Rescued by Salco, marketing executive Becky finds herself in an unknown magical world filled with happy people that try to forget their land is on the brink of destruction.
Becky will soon learn none of this was an accident, and the council of Tsinia are certain her union with Darthorn's son, Kovon, will create peace. And although her future has been planned out, she gives her heart to another.
"llusional Reality was definitely one huge ride. The story is very unique, you won't find any stereotypical fantasy ploys in this novel! Karina Kantas has managed to do the almost impossible by weaving a thrilling story with romantic twists that will have you turning pages all night, and most probably give you quite a large book hangover. -- S.H
Illusional Reality is filled with intrigue, deception, and danger. The story holds your attention as the events play out. I identified with the characters, loving the facets of their personalities. Well done. I loved the book. -- B.C
Best Book Bit:
“You retain the whole of Tsinia at your feet. What could I possess that you would claim as your reward?” Alkaz.ar asked
Thya didn’t answer.
Leaning closer, he lowered his voice. “More to the point, my lady, what could you offer me?” His eyes bored into her soul . “Alas, regrettably I will decline.”
“Why so?” Thya asked.
His eyes shone as did his smile. “I do not gamble for I am fearful of the amount I could l lose.”
“You retain a sharp tongue, Thya. Tis prudent you do not remark more. I recognise the duration spent absent from your land has not taught you manners. Tis prudent you depart. I will give you duration to mull over your decision, for your heart will alter.”
Thya was seething. “I do not need duration to mull over your pathetic proposal. You will never control Tsinia. I will rule henceforth.”
She regretted the words immediately. Did she realise what she had said? Would she keep to her word? Could she?
“You will pay for your impertinence,” Kovon warned. “What I do hereafter will be on your head. Remember that, Princess!”
Thya left then knowing if she said anymore her subjects would be put in further peril.
“You retain a quality about you, Princess,” he whispered in her ear. “A shadow beyond your beauty. Tis what I have desired. There is an essence in your spirit. I can sense it.”
Although Thya could not answer Kovon, she tried with all her might to break free from his will.
“Do not fight me. Not one can resist my power. I will cause this to be pleasant enough.”
Thya’s mind screamed, but no words passed her lips. What had he done to her? She felt aroused. She did not desire his touch, yet her body yearned for more. Kovon was creating false lust, and she was compelled to fight him. Her existence and soul depended on it.
Other reviews for “Illusional Reality”
Karina Kantas does an exceptional job with Illusional Reality from start to finish. The action never stops. Karina brings to life the fictional world of Tsinia in such a way that you almost believe it is real. All of the characters are fully fleshed out and very interesting. Thya, or Becky, is the princess of this magical world and faces many trial and tribulations. She passes them with flying colors. She is a bold and strong female character, not afraid to stand up for what she believes, even if it means she loses her life. The ending was a big surprise. You don’t want to let this one get away. I sure hope Karina has another one planned!! A must read!!
Generally, I’m am not a fantasy book reader, but occasionally I make the exception.
I have read other books by Karina Kantas and enjoyed them as they are hard hitting Biker books, so a clean living fantasy book hadn’t appealed to me.
However, the book cover is so eye-catching and I saw it around so often, I decided to give the author credit. As she knows how to spin a story, I should try this one as well.
Oh my goodness! I was not disappointed. This was magical – and it really was. Some of the people in the world the author created had magical powers. They all came together for the greater for an explosive ending – although, I’m getting ahead of myself!
The story starts with Becky who accidentally leaves her purse in work and the taxi driver, realising she can’t pay, puts her out. Then the adventure begins. She is taken through a portal and told she is Princess Thya and her subjects need help in combatting an enemy.
There is romance and adventure as she discovers this new world and it’s a wonderful place, a place she could learn to love if it wasn’t for Kovan who wanted to wipe out her people.
A fabulous story and extremely well written by the author. Imagining another world is not an easy task. Making it believable and charming is even harder. Karina pulls it off and I heartily recommend for all age groups to enjoy.
A Gold book worm for this one.
Submitted by Karen J. Mossman
I enjoyed the fact that this author didn’t make it so easy for Thya and Alkazar to form a connection and be together right away. All sorts of elements stood in the way of their union, and just when you think they are finally going to have a happily ever after moment, another plot twist comes along.
Truth be told, this story didn’t jump out at me right away. The cover is remarkable and the title is memorable, but the story itself just didn’t pull me in at first.
There were a number of characters introduced quite quickly in this tale, which is probably what threw me off in the beginning. As well, it has a modern-turned-medieval feel to it that was a bit challenging to navigate at first.
With all of that said, I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book once I did two things:
Imagined all of the characters with British accents, appearing like the characters in one of my favorite movies,The Princess Bride. In stories like that, a multitude of characters are often introduced simultaneously, as those from royalty typically have many servants and court members who perform various tasks. Immersed myself in the language and time period. Because I’ve been reading so many modern tales recently, it took a few chapters to get “into the groove” of this story, but once I did, it was a riveting tale. I particularly liked the names the author came up with for the cities and characters; they were true-to-form and believable. As I progressed through chapters, the characters’ roles were further brought to light and a tangled web of deceit, murder, betrayal, and malice was unveiled. I was drawn to each character, though some were more developed than others, and turned page after page to learn more about them.
And just when I thought the author was going to relieve some of my angst and allow Thy and Alkazar to be together, another plot twist was revealed—one that left room for a sequel.
If you want to find out what it was, you’ll simply have to pick up this story.
Full disclosure: There were a few grammatical errors and head-hopping issues which pulled me out of the story on occasion. With a light edit, this title could definitely garner a GOLD-worm rating based on the likability of the story.
I do look forward to seeing what this author comes up with next!