Born of Illusion by Teri Brown

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With an eye-catching jacket cover, this wordy mix of magic, history and romance will appeal to fans of Libba Bray.


For fans of Libba Bray and Anna Godbersen, this thrilling historical suspense novel is the story of a budding magician who has spent her life playing sidekick to her faux-medium mother—and trying to hide the fact that she possesses magnificent powers.

As the illegitimate daughter of Harry Houdini—or so her mother claims—gifted illusionist Anna Van Housen easily navigates the underground world of magicians and mediums in 1920s New York, though the real trick is keeping her true gifts secret from her opportunistic mother. But as Anna's powers intensify, she experiences frightening visions that lead her to explore the powers she's tried so long to hide.

Lovers of historical fiction and stories filled with romance and intrigue will fall for Born of Illusion and its whip-smart, savvy protagonist.


About Teri Brown

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Teri Brown is most proud of her children, but coming in a close second is the fact that she jumped out of an airplane and beat the original Legend of Zelda video game. She is a word scribbler, head banger, math hater, book reader, food fixer, kitty keeper, and city slicker. Teri lives with her husband and way too many pets in Portland, OR. You can visit her online at
Published June 11, 2013 by Balzer + Bray. 389 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, History. Fiction
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on Apr 03 2013

With an eye-catching jacket cover, this wordy mix of magic, history and romance will appeal to fans of Libba Bray.

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on Jun 27 2013

Teri Brown's Born of Illusion is an imaginative, detailed and truly enchanting story about Anna, a teen who may or may not be the illegitimate daughtrer of Harry Houdini.

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Gina Rose 15 Aug 2014

Born of Illusion, was a mystifying read with magical aspects and likable characters, a great page turner.