Trapped Within Illusions

A Time Stream Adventure

Fiction - Fantasy - Epic
540 Pages
Reviewed on 07/29/2016
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Author Biography

Like my characters, I have insatiable desires, have had to overcome terrible challenges, and have suffered tragic loss. The seeds of my passions lie in the fairytales whose colorful illustrations fired my imagination, yet reading The Hobbit truly began my quest for all-things-fantasy. Though I’ve always had stories to share, I couldn’t write them because of a writing phobia that made drafting a simple letter an all-day nightmare of self-induced papercuts.

Over the years I fed the fantasy craving with more books than I can count and indulged in so many roleplaying games that I occasionally checked my front door for traps before touching it. It wasn’t until 2008 that I overcame the fear of writing. Within two months, I awoke with a dream that haunted me, begging to be written. That dream is Kyron’s Worlde. I invite you to step into my mind, where not everything is as it seems.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Leah Gonzalez for Readers' Favorite

Trapped Within Illusions by E.S. Tilton is an imaginative and intriguing fantasy that takes the reader on a long and exciting ride. Straight away we meet the main characters of the story. Parian, one of the seven seers, has been searching for The One for a long time and believes he has found him or her. One of his psychic searches leads him to a cell where a blood-covered, chained Sarenka and a guard, D’Trav, are standing over a dead baron. Sarenka escapes and ends up in the streets. She’s wanted for murder and has to hide behind illusions, steal for food, and fight off assassins to survive. D’Trav, also being hunted down in connection with the baron’s murder, manages to disguise himself with the help of an old lover. Sarenka, D'Trav and Parian are all connected somehow, but they all have their own agendas and battles to fight to stay alive.

Wow, this book is something else when it comes to world building and characters. E.S. Tilton has an amazing imagination and has cooked up a unique world with original and interesting races and creatures. She also writes creatively and I enjoyed her descriptive writing, which makes the book pretty easy to read. The story is also creative and interesting, with a good share of action. There's a bit of sex and violence, but nothing too graphic. The twist towards the end is a great one. Overall, Trapped Within Illusions is a great read that any fan of epic fantasy will enjoy. 


My favorite thing about speculative fiction, especially epic fantasy, is when the author gets inventive. Trapped is full of unique character types. The world is rich with cultures. Reading this, you can tell the author put a lot of thought into building the world these characters occupy. And the writer's style is visceral, which is always a nice bonus.

By Jessica on July 9, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase


Trapped seems an appropriate title for this book as I found myself trapped...entirely caught up in reading cover to cover, coming up for air just long enough to sleep and eat. Once begun, I could not put it down.

There is something spellbinding about this author's writing that I cannot define well, weaving a compelling web of mystery and adventure. The characters become larger than life. I feel their feelings, share their emotions and identify with their frailties. I miss them when the book is finished and the last page turned and am already hungry for more. So now I wait for the next adventure in this Kyron series....(sigh).

By FyIguy on July 17, 2016

Paula B

A wonderful addition to Kyron's Worlde. I would also highly recommend reading the other books in this series. A very colorful and unique world, with strong characters finding their way towards a destiny they know nothing about. The insights into character and self-awareness are not overdone and play well with the active adventure and conflicts that take place. There are two versions of this book - Trapped and Trapped X, which contains more sexual description than Trapped. I don't think the author needed to create a milder version of the book. The sex isn't over the top or overly frequent at all, plus it adds to the story. But that was her choice to make of course. Whatever version you chose, you will enjoy this book.

Kamilah S. Bryant

This is the first book that I've read by this particular author though there are apparently more books set in this world. It used to be that all I ever read was epic fantasy and sci fi, though nowadays I hardly read books in that genre at all. It was refreshing to return to that kind of world building. Epic fantasy definitely has a broader scope to it. Everything can be explained with “it's magic” which leaves a lot open to the author's imagination. But the author still has to make it make sense. I thought the writing in this book was really good. The world building was interesting. The characters were sympathetic. I love the cover, so pretty. I was drawn into the story and it held my interest. I am excited to read more by this author and reading more books in this series. 4 stars.

Custom Painter

As an art guy, reading and listening to stories creates images in my mind. ES Tilton has a way of getting into my head when I read her work and it becomes more like I'm an observer and part of her world. The depth of the characters and the tapestry she weaves with them pulls me, takes me hostage and I'm along for an incredible ride as I see the story unfold more like a motion picture. The story will get you in its grip and not let you go... but, if the Red Pelican finds out you've been a part of hiding something from them... woe be unto you. READ IT! You will not be disappointed!


In the world of fantasy, this is exquisitely written with vivid details. Giving each unique character a distinct voice. Edge of your seat what will happen next. Page turner. Five out of five stars.


When this book is ready for purchase I highly reccomend on grabbing a copy. I got to read it because I won it in a contest. I strongly urge you to grab and read. You will not be disappointed

Rebecca Goins

I love it.. I felt I was a part of the adventure into this wonderful world you have created. You are very talented. It takes a special kind of writing to capture my interest like this. Thank you.

J.E. Feldman

E.S. Tilton has done it again! An amazing addition to Kyron's Worlde. From the very first words, it swallows you into its pages with vivid details and impressive characters. The twists and turns will always keep you guessing. You'll never be able to put this book down! Another wonderfully perfect novel from a creative genius!

Samantha Zeiner

When an author is able to create an entirely separate world for their stories, I am always more than impressed. Tilton does more than that, she creates a world and then pulls us into it, with dynamic characters, deep backstories and intense feelings. With new species of humanoid characters, we are pulled in to not only the characters personal stories, but the backgrounds of their species, of their culture and ways of life, as well as how it effects their dealings with one another and the outside world. While showing us the many pitfalls of humanity within human and non-human characters alike, we are able to find within ourselves something relate-able in each chapter, that one thing we understand, that thing that connects with us. While this book is erotic and violent at times, it also shows the endurance of spirit and the way to fight for not only what you think is right, but for freedom from oppression.

She shows us ourselves in a mirror world, set in another time and place.

From the first page you are drawn in, a woman is seen bloodied and naked on the floor surrounded by death, but who started it? Who deserved to die? What could have led us here? With patience, all questions are answered.

Since this book is slightly longer than most of this genre, there is a never ending desire to keep turning the pages to find out what will happen next. Many books that change perspective between characters can have points of wanting to get back to "who we care about" but in this, we care about all of it, the visions of the villains, the flashbacks to the lives of the main characters, all of it lends itself to that emotional build as we try to reach the end of the tunnel and see the light.

I personally cannot wait for the next installment, to find out what is in store for our main characters Sarenka and D'trav.