We’ve been proud this month to present to you the Disillusionists series by the lovely and talented Carolyn Crane. This series is what we like to think of as the pinnacle of Urban Fantasy. Her characters are smart and complex and her universe is a unique take on the supernatural, which utilizes the growth and development of simple folks with complicated conditions and lives.
Thank you, Carolyn for your support of our little site and for giving your readers (and ours) the opportunity to play in Justine’s world. We look forward to reading more of your work.
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No wager is too outrageous for Simon Fitzgerald, the most reckless of the Disillusionists. His dark secrets drive him to take increasingly extreme risks, but he’s never lived so quite so dangerously as when he hooks up with Midcity’s most powerful prognosticator.
Fawna Brady is tormented by the destinies she sees for those around her. To Fawna, knowledge of the future is a cage she’d do anything to escape. She’s stunned to discover a taste of the freedom for which she yearns at the side of Simon, the one person in the world who despises everything she is, everything she stands for.
Simon’s defiant attitude toward destiny captivates Fawna, but will her love destroy him? And will Simon rush headlong into the delicious doom she offers?
In the Disillusionists series, we were introduced to wild, reckless Simon, fellow Disillusionist and frenemy of the series protagonist, Justine. Simon’s the perpetual bad boy who seems to be running from the past, avoiding the future with attention only for what happens today.
He’s a loner, a rebel who lives only for the thrill, no matter what danger that leads to and in Devil’s Luck, a novella that Carolyn Crane refers to as version 3.5 in the Disillusionists series, Simon runs into unfamiliar territory: a somewhat serious relationship.
In the novella, we get a glimpse at the life that Fawna led away from her friends and the impact that her gift for knowing precisely what Fate has in store for everyone has on those around her. Including Simon.
We got a small taste of the Fawna/Simon dynamic in Head Rush and we saw that theirs ended as a bickering love/hate connection. But, of course they protested just a tad too much. Simon has a propensity for rule breaking and defying Fate. Fawna sees Fate and Destiny as something unavoidable. They challenge one another, they insist and insinuate to win the Fate vs Choice debate. This leads to both their beliefs being challenged, being changed, and forces the couple to step outside of their comfort zones in order to see the other safe and protected. No matter the individual cost.
Devil’s Luck is a treat to Crane fans. It gives us an ‘outtake’ view of the lives and attitudes of two of Crane’s most complex characters. The only compliant I have with this novella is that is ended such a dynamic series.