BOOK REVIEW: Chronicles of Nick, #5: Illusion by Sherrilyn Kenyon


5 stars




Be careful what you wish for…

You just might get it.

Nick Gautier is tired of his destiny. He doesn’t want to be the son of a demon who’s fated to end the world. Nor does he want to see another demon or other preternatural creature who wants to kill or enslave him. He just wants to be normal and have normal problems like everyone else.

But normality isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. When he gets sucked into an alternate reality where his mother has married his mentor and his Atlantean god best friend has become a human geek, he begins to understand that no life is free of pain, and that every person has a specific place in the universe… Even the son of a hated demon.

Most of all, he sees that his powers aren’t the curse he thought they were, and that the world needs a champion, especially one its enemies can’t imagine rising up to defend the ones he should destroy.

Old enemies and new friends square off for a major battle that will either restore Nick to his real world, or end him forever



I don’t know how to rate this book. There were a few problems I had with it but I think the good stuff really make up for those problems so I really just don’t know.

Let’s start with the problems because there were a decent amount of those.

I was originally going to give this book 3 stars because I felt like it was all over the place and unclear. Sometimes the POV would change within paragraphs and it was really confusing to tell who’s speaking even though this series is told from third person omniscient but then kind of switches to third person limited and it just confuses me.

Another thing that I didn’t like was that there were really unnecessary phrases and words being repeated. I remember reading the word “masochist” and I thought it was hilarious and then see it pop up a little later made it less hilarious and a little annoying. Another example is how Nick refers to “getting kicked in the stones” a LOT. Yes, I get it, it hurts, please use another term for the pain that’s not referring to “the stones”. Making those words and phrases repetitive and make the comedy lackluster.

I was also going to rate it less because Nick just wasn’t like himself when I thought about it and realized HE IS NO LONGER THE LITTLE FOURTEEN YEAR OLD KID FROM INFINITY. HE IS NOW AT LEAST SIXTEEN OR SEVENTEEN AND THAT LITTLE BOY HAS TO GROW UP. That’s what really put everything in perspective as to why something happened the way it did and I respect it. With all the responsibility Nick has to take on at such a young age really isn’t fathomable because we, as humans, have no insight on the complexity of this fictional world. It must be the scariest thing to endure but Nick endures it all for everyone he cares for. I remember one quote in this book:

Acheron gave him a gimlet stare. “Worst we could do is torture you.”

Nick grinned at his threat. “Pain I can take. Really. Doesn’t scare me, either.”

It’s just the fact that he would take a beating instead of letting someone take advantage of him or his friends and family is very admirable of him.


Something this book did a lot, was give some very IMPORTANT details and information on who is who. You would think it would just imply so-and-so were related throughout the series. Nope. So-and-so being related, s0-and-so is so-and-so’s grandfather, and so-and-so is an Egyptian goddess?!?!?!?! All of that was the most random piece of information that really would have been great to know as the series progressed.

But I really liked knowing now wh0 is who and how are they related and such. I think it was a great book.


Gif Summary

Caleb and Nick’s relationship:

(it kind of seems like this..)

Adarian’s last conversation with Nick:

Nick Two:




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