Really enjoyable summer read. Above everything else this is a classic romance novel. There are some magical elements but regarding the story it could work absolutely the same as mundane political intrigue/ romance without magic involvement et all.
The main character is Jessamin, a young girl of mixed origins, with black mother and white father, who came from colonized island Melei to the capital, for studies. By including the racism problem author tried to make a twist in a story and give it more depth then in similar romance novels.
But is that really different? I mean, in that kind of a story there is always a girl who doesn’t belong in a society she lives in, or she is too different, “weird” or has some other trait that sets her apart form the majority of people, and she inevitably falls in love with the most popular, the wealthiest, the most powerful and mysterious bachelor around, after what someone makes multiply attempts on her and his life.
Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with that plot, it’s usually funny, includes light banter between characters, is interesting to read, has a feel good finish and ultimately makes you smile, it’s just that you know what to expect and you get exactly that, nothing less and nothing more.
The same thing is with Illusions of fate. I read it in a day and had really good time. Characters are likeable, conversations flow easily and have some funny moments, SPILER ALLERT the story has a happy ending ;), and I would gladly recommend it to anyone who likes romance novels such as those written by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Brenda Joyce or Julie Garwood.