The Illusions of Eventide : The House of Crimson and Clover

  • by Sarah M. Cradit
  • Narrated by Kate Udall
  • Series: The House of Crimson and Clover
  • 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Dive into the secret, ancient, powerful world of two New Orleans families, the Deschanels and the Sullivans....
The Illusions of Eventide is volume 1 in the House of Crimson and Clover series and the recommended starting point for new listeners.
Nicolas Deschanel was betrayed by the only two people who mattered to him. Their disloyalty stung, and an overwhelming sense of loss lingers. Nicolas has lived the high life, professing to not have a care in the world, and now this illusion is calling his bluff.
Determined to take control of an existence now devoid of purpose, he sojourns to his family's holiday home on the Gulf of Mexico. Resolved more than depressed, he plans to privately say good-bye to a world that no longer needs him. Of questionable fortune, he finds a woman, Mercy, sitting alone on the shore at eventide. Nicolas is conflicted between an obligation to help and annoyance at her intrusion.
Mercy has many layers of secrets. Deepest of all, she cannot tell this Child of Man she is thousands of years old and very powerful. In her presence, Nicolas' own dormant powers begin to surface, triggering a sequence of events that cause both of their lives to spiral further out of control. When old friends from both sides come to help, together they all learn a painful truth: New life can begin only once you've set free what means the most.

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This is a good but confusing series

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I really enjoy this series. It is not chronologically posted so it does get a little confusing keeping up with what's current and what's happened. I do recommend this series to readers that enjoy fantasy style stories of magical beings. I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

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- Lisa Harris

Very Slow Start But Give it a Chance

This book is clearly the start of a series because there is a lot of information given and world-building that I think will be important for future books in this series. Overall, I enjoyed the story and am interested in listening to volume 2 but I have a few comments.

This book is VERY slow to start out, I was confused and wondering what the point was for the first few hours. One of the main characters, Mercy, was always lying to Nicolas because she had to hide her real identity but we would hear her the truth, albeit a limited version of the truth, in her thoughts. Then, finally, the story slowly started unfolding, some truth was revealed and things started to make more sense. There was world-building and a lot of information given out that was helpful for this book but I think it will be crucial for future books in the series.

The relationship between Mercy and Nicholas is such a small piece of the story, once you get past the beginning of the book, but it does end sort of wrapping up their relationship while preparing you for what is to come in book 2. I’m sure we will see Nicholas and Mercy again but I’d be surprised if either of them are primary characters again.


I am interested enough in the story to want to continue on with the next book in the series before I make up my mind about it. It was an enjoyable listen once you get through the incredibly slow start.

I recommend you give this book a chance but I would ask that you commit to at least trying the next book before making up your mind about the series because I have a feeling it will be a good series to listen to. The biggest problem with this volume is that it just took too long for things to get started and for it to catch your attention. But stick with it and hopefully you’ll enjoy the fantasy world that Sarah M Cradit created. I deducted one star, I would have given it 3.5 stars if I could have, because of the slow start but I was curious enough to see what would happen that I stuck with it and I’m glad I did

Kate Udall’s performance was pretty good. I have pretty high standards for narrators and she won’t be making my favorites list but I would certainly listen to another book narrated by her.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-16-2016
  • Publisher: Author Sarah M. Cradit