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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.