Master of Illusion Book II continues the story of the tormented
genius, Angel, and his childhood friend, Elise, the prima ballerina who once
graced the stage as La Belle and now directs their own opera house, the Opéra
Magique. Their lives ensue in an entanglement of secrets, subterfuge, tragedy
and love through which they battle their fated hand. Though the skeletons of
the past continue to haunt, the veil concealing the truth begins to fall.
It is Paris,1892, and the Opéra Magique is riding a wave of unparalleled
success, with the help of Sprite, the Master's popular, fairy-like assistant.
Walking the fine line required to keep in abeyance the mutual passions of her
star, the volatile magician known as the Master of Illusion, and her
goddaughter, the beautiful comtesse de Villefontaine, Madame Dupont needs all
her ingenuity to divert the jealous rage of the comte and the suspicions
of Police Chief Captain Moreau.
Few people know the truth behind the Master's identity, yet one of
them is, all unwittingly, about to give him away. But as their opera house and
lives are plunged, yet again, into unthinkable tragedy, fate thrusts Angel and
Elise—the Master and Madame—onto a new path of discovery: a path that holds
both alluring revelations and nightmares of untold suffering.
Angel and Elise battle choices of life and death, of courage and
sacrifice, as they finally discover the answers they've so
longed for. But, in discovering the truth of the past, the truth about Angel
and the truth about love, do they find the solace they so crave?
Can Angel and Elise overcome the barriers of fate, or will
they be destroyed in their determination to do so?
Anne Rouen is an Australian born historical fiction author whose writing is inspired by the opulent operatic era of 19th century France. This passion was ignited from delving into her own French heritage, and a lifelong love of historical fiction writing of a similar ilk to Georgette Heyer.
And so, inspiration for Master of Illusion and its ongoing series was born. Anne Rouen is the alter ego of Lynn Newberry: a country woman from the New South Wales New England region, who breeds Brangus cattle by day and is a dedicated, passionate horsewoman.
The lady behind Anne Rouen has completed a specialist teaching degree in the Rural Sciences department of the University of New England, and has spent most of her life involved in the agricultural industry—twenty of them as an educator.
Throughout her career, Lynn has escaped the everyday demands of work through the hand of Anne Rouen. Master of Illusion—Book One was her first published novel, and it has been nominated in several award programs, most notably, the Global Ebook Awards.
Lynn has also seen success with her short story writing, achieving a Highly Commended in the Rolf Boldrewood Literary Awards (2011) for The Scent of a Criminal.