Review: Born of Deception

Born of Deception
Born of Deception by Teri Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After scoring a spot on a European vaudeville tour, Anna Van Housen is moving to London to chase her dream and to join an underground society for people like her with psychic abilities. But when Anna arrives in London, she finds the group in turmoil—one of its members has been kidnapped, and members of the society are starting to turn on one another. With her life in danger and her relationship with her boyfriend, Cole, fizzling, can Anna track down the kidnapper before he makes her his next victim—or will she be forced to pay the ultimate price for her powers?

Anna is now in a new city and excited over having her own show and her independence. Her relationship with Cole is somewhat on the rocks, seeing as he is not so vocal about his affections. While in London, she also considers joining the Society which Cole is a part of, in order to better understand her psychic abilities. But someone is targetting Sensitives and she is also on that list. So, while juggling her magician’s career, her relationship and her powers, she also has to try to find out who is killing Sensitives. As a character, Anna is quite likeable, and her street smarts keeps her safe for the most part. Also, she doesn’t trust easily which works out in her favor. Cole, on the other hand – dude needs to speak up more. He is almost passive, and it was a step down from Born of Illusion. I think without the psychic thing they have, their relationship wouldn’t even make much sense.

Now, about the world – it is quite a good blend of existing characters like Harry Houdini and Aleister Crowley into the psychic society. The whole 20s vibe is very much refreshing and I love how Anna brings out the age into the picture through her descriptions. The plot was quite good, though a little predictable for me in some parts. I felt Crowley was a great addition to the series – adds a whole new level of danger to the story. Black magic, ghosts, psychic abilitiees – this book is a win for paranormal blending into the normal. The magic of the earlier book, though, is a bit diminished. I didn’t feel the same level of excitement while reading it as much as the first. That level of mystery and intrigue was not maintained. Nevertheless, it is good on it’s own and the conclusion was well done.

Received an ARC from Balzer+Bray via Edelwiess in exchange for an honest review

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