Saturday, July 4, 2015

Smoke and Mirrors by Helene Opocensky

Smoke and Mirrors
by Helene Opocensky

My rating: 4 stars

Publication Date: November 26, 2014 | Paperback: May 8, 2015
Publisher: Createspace
ISBN-13: 9781512019179
Genre: Fantasy - 12 - 18
Print Length: 280 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
 
How could Corbin possibly do what he was supposed to do? After Corbin’s mother died, Maxim Moritz Grobian took him, penniless orphan that he was, under his wing and taught him the magic that was their heritage. Corbin owed Max everything, and now Max had given him a mission. Corbin was to bring Max's estranged daughter to New York. Lorelei was the only one, Max insisted, that could use the Heartstone, a crystal of phenomenal power, to keep mages safe from the Inquisitors that hunted them and allow mages to finally take their rightful place in the world.

A worthy goal, thought Corbin initially, but now that he had actually met Lorelei all he really wanted to do was to run for the hills. Both afraid of hurting her and endangering himself, he needed to stay away from her, not befriend her to do Max’s bidding. Besides, his instructions were more than to just befriend her. He was supposed to make her fall in love with him.

There was no way, absolutely no way he was going to do that – not after what she had told him.  

 
Smoke and Mirrors by Helene Opocensky 

Smoke and MirrorsHe was trapped between childhood and adulthood, when his mother died, and through his youthful eyes, he was terrified to go into the child protective agency’s care, lost and alone. The day he “met” a crow, his life was changed forever and Corbin discovered a world of fantasy and magic, while finally finding a place to home again. Fast forward two years and a wealthy and caring man takes him, in makes him his apprentice, and trains him in the art of magic to use powers he was unaware he had. Max has done more for Corbin than anyone and Corbin knows he owes his good fortune to him. Corbin discovers he is a mage.

Eager to repay Max’s kindness, Corbin reluctantly agrees to travel to a far distant land to carry out Max’s diabolical wishes. Once again, Corbin’s world is changed as he finds true friends, a community who understands him and a special girl. With danger all around, deceit and betrayal in the air, Corbin and his friends must work together to stop a threat that could end their existence.

Follow Corbin and his friends as they traverse the paths of magic, spells and curses, as well as deceit, and the evil machinations of not one but two entities, each teen comes of age while working together as a team.

Smoke and Mirrors by Helene Opocensky is a delightful read, age appropriate from 10 on up, filled with the magic of fairytale characters, the corruption of good men when power is involved. Each character has their own quirky, sometimes over-the-top personality that colors their actions, while Corbin becomes a young man wise well beyond his years who is determined to be a man his late mother would be proud of.

I received this copy from Smith Publicity in exchange for my honest review.



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