Book Review: Illusion by Frank Peretti

When I was in high school, I read Peretti’s This Present Darkness. I was an avoid reader at the time already, attending a private Christian school, and there’s been a lot of talk about it. For those who are unfamiliar, it’s a book about angels and demons and spiritual warfare. I guess it could be classed with other books that might be called urban fantasy.

Illusion is very removed from that book of religious urban fantasy, explaining away the fantasy with a
small bit of science fiction. The book tells the story of time travel and the impact on a married pair of magicians.

At it’s core, it’s a romance, as most stories are, grounded in a relationship of the long married couple. Some of it reminds me of The Time Travelers Wife, without as much of the sadness. Illusion is a good read, but it is fairly lighthearted even when dealing with death and danger, which kept me from feeling the gravity of it all. Maybe this is the fault of the omniscient narrator, telling the story from both sides. We know too much to really feel the emotion.

I recommend Illusion, but also suggest you pick up This Present Darkness if you haven’t read it. Some of the other books by this author are skippable though (I’m looking at you, Monster.)

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