Nicolas Deschanel was betrayed by the only two people who matter 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 goodbye to a world which 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 only begin once you’ve set free what means the most.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The American South has been a popular setting for modern-day Gothic romance since Anne Rice’s Lestat de Lioncourt and Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse. In The Illusions of Eventide, Sarah Cradit uses this rich setting for a more traditional fantasy: it’s where the majestic Empyrean race has lived and loved unseen alongside humanity for millennia … and now they're (partially) revealed. From the outset—as Cradit’s poor-little-rich-boy protagonist contemplates suicide on his private island—this first book in a series establishes an intriguing and uneasy atmosphere that’s perfect for this strange, dark tale of sex and death.