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Dispel Illusion Sometimes being wrong is the right answerNick Hayes s genius is in wringing out the universe s secrets It s a talent that s allowed him to carve paths through time But the worst part is that he knows how his story will end He s seen it with his own eyes And every year that passes, every breakthrough he makes, brings him a step closer Mia s accident is waiting for them both inIf it happens then he s out of choicesThen a chancediscovery reveals that this seeker of truth has been lying to himself But why It s a question that haunts him for years A straw he clings to as his long awaited fate draws nearTime travel turns out not to be the biggest problem Nick has to work on He needs to find out how he can stay on his path but change the destination Failure has never been an option, and neither has survival But Nick s hoping to roll the dice one time And this new truth begins with a lie The stage of destinyA great ending to a great trilogy I really enjoyed every book of the trilogy This is the best time travel story I have read so far Mark s background gives the science of the story extra authenticity Nick and Mia have come through a number of trials an tribulations of both time and life Now Nick mush face his greatest challenge, to change his fate of becoming Demus which will lead to his own death This book takes place in 1992, 1985 and 2011 The different eras of Nick s The stage of destinyA great ending to a great trilogy I really enjoyed every book of the trilogy This is the best time travel story I have read so far Mark s background gives the science of the story extra authenticity Nick and Mia have come through a number of trials an tribulations of both time and life Now Nick mush face his greatest challenge, to change his fate of becoming Demus which will lead to his own death This book takes place in 1992, 1985 and 2011 The different eras of Nick s life Though somethings are constant like Simon, John and their ever evolving Dungeons Dragons games It is amazing how many life clues lessons can come from this game.A great story linking everything together, everything must come full circle It is great when I high hopes for a book and it delivers So when a whole series is like that it is even better I would recommend this trilogy to anyone This Review Blog Twitter InstagramThe two saving graces of explosions are that from the outside they re pretty and from the inside they re quickOne Word Kill 3 4Limited Wish Dispel Illusion 1 2I am in awe of this series because every book was better than the last one and I would have never asked for a different finale I am usually disappointed with trilogies as I feel closure is something difficult to get but not with this series A perfect ending to a gre This Review Blog Twitter InstagramThe two saving graces of explosions are that from the outside they re pretty and from the inside they re quickOne Word Kill 3 4Limited Wish Dispel Illusion 1 2I am in awe of this series because every book was better than the last one and I would have never asked for a different finale I am usually disappointed with trilogies as I feel closure is something difficult to get but not with this series A perfect ending to a great series which is actually now my favorite sci fi series of all time.The pros are the same as cons when it comes to this book and it was that the book was so smart Technically speaking, I think it is the most complicated of all three and as someone who wanted to get the scientific aspect of what was happening, I was confused and frustrated but at the end everything made much sense and my nerdy heart was so happy The good thing is that it is a Novella so even if you feel a bit confused just keep going because everything will make sense in a short amount of time I think it took me barely 3 hours to finish it.The writing is great as the rest of the series is, I like how Mark uses relatable examples and is actually up to date with the current pop culture lol The book has been planned meticulously from book 1 and all the details come together beautifully in this finale As soon as I finished the book, I wanted to start the series all over again to pick up all the hints given I still can t get over how smart it wasIt is a lot easier to prevent time travel than to achieve itSummary This was a perfect finale and I am so satisfied I highly recommend for fans of sci fi books and specially time travel enthusiasts This made me want to check the authors other works which I will be doing very soon You can getbooks from Book Depository The usual Caveat Mark Lawrence and I are friends who have never met, courtesy of the internet I do not think that affects my review of this book After all, I bought it Dispel Illusion is an eminently satisfying conclusion to the Impossible Times trio Friendships are revisited, threads are pursued to their logical conclusion, all while remaining true to the characters introduced in One Word Kill This is solid story telling No spoilers I will say that there were moments in this that I hadn The usual Caveat Mark Lawrence and I are friends who have never met, courtesy of the internet I do not think that affects my review of this book After all, I bought it Dispel Illusion is an eminently satisfying conclusion to the Impossible Times trio Friendships are revisited, threads are pursued to their logical conclusion, all while remaining true to the characters introduced in One Word Kill This is solid story telling No spoilers I will say that there were moments in this that I hadn t known I was hoping for, and that made them all theenjoyable The trio of books that make up Impossible Times are much shorter than most Mark Lawrence books If you haven t bought any of them, I recommend purchasing all three, as you will immediately want to go on to the next part of the story Well well welllllll.This series has been a wild ride of weirdness, geekiness, violence, and wtf ery That last mostly in the sense of I have no idea what s happening, I m so dumb, this book is hella smart, why am I reading this But this final installment W o w.Not only is this my favourite of the set, it also wraps everything so perfectly The cleverness of the author, of bringing all these convoluted strands of time, events, people, and , together, is just unreal Again, I stumbled my Well well welllllll.This series has been a wild ride of weirdness, geekiness, violence, and wtf ery That last mostly in the sense of I have no idea what s happening, I m so dumb, this book is hella smart, why am I reading this But this final installment W o w.Not only is this my favourite of the set, it also wraps everything so perfectly The cleverness of the author, of bringing all these convoluted strands of time, events, people, and , together, is just unreal Again, I stumbled my way through the first two, but this one even though, again, my brain couldn t keep up sometimes actually made sense It worked And it worked because of everything that came before.This is definitely a series I recommend that you binge but, if not, Lawrence was kind enough to include a previously, on at the beginning of this third novella I won t say it helped to make things any clearer than it felt to actually read said previous books but it got me upto speed on some of the finer details I ve forgotten since finishing book two Which, again, meant I was still the tortoise in this hare race But this time it was wayenjoyable overall.But, yeah, this isn t a series I would necessarily recommend because, again, complicated, and weird, and nerdy, but if you like time travel, if you like characters that play DD, if you enjoy twisty turny, timey wimey, and aren t afraid of being confused or maybe you re smarter than the average duck , you should give these a try For all that your brain needs to invest a bit in the details, you aren t really investing your time hahahah I didn t do that on purpose because these novellas aren t long But a lot does happen So, figure that one out.Once again, this has cemented my need to readfrom this author something I haven t done since finishing the last installment of this book, whoops and I can t wait to explore his epic fantasy series I received a finished copy from the publisher thank you in exchange for an honest review This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities . I told her that this had been the time I was going to allocate to catching up on all those great fantasy books I never managed to get round to reading She told me that they were still publishing great fantasy books, withcoming out each week than I could read in a year I told her to shut up Every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part we call the Prestige, claims Christopher Nolan s script in his 2006 film of the same name This third act of an illusion must rely on the str I told her that this had been the time I was going to allocate to catching up on all those great fantasy books I never managed to get round to reading She told me that they were still publishing great fantasy books, withcoming out each week than I could read in a year I told her to shut up Every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part we call the Prestige, claims Christopher Nolan s script in his 2006 film of the same name This third act of an illusion must rely on the strength of its premise and the faith of its audience for the prestige to succeed For fans of Mark Lawrence s Impossible Times trilogy, the concluding novella Dispel Illusion delivers the prestige with the precision of a master storyteller at the top of his game It is a shrewd, skillfully constructed, and wholly fulfilling conclusion to a tale that defies comparison I was a seeker of truth By nature and by profession Lies, falsehood, ignorance These were my enemies The idea that a lie could be a savior that was a new and alien concept to me.I enjoy books that challenge the reader, and this series raises as many questions as it answers While the first two books have Nick scrambling to figure out the logistics behind time travel, Dispel Illusion deals with the consequences of time manipulation once you have it under your control If you go back in time, are your actions still predestined even if you know you could avoid them What if you choose instead to fork into a new future but risk a reality shredding paradox What is your moral responsibility to the universe against your own personal needs But this story isn t all time manipulation and reality forking While the book drops a few head spinning bombshells like the complex pattern of reinforcing feedback cycles feeding energy in at a rate calibrated to the elasticity of local space time should have built relentlessly to reach the target level, it knows when to switch gears and explore a new mystery, or amp up the fraught tension and humor.A reoccurring theme in this trilogy is how real life challenges are juxtaposed with the Dungeons and Dragons scenarios our group finds themselves facing It just goes to show that DD doesn t rot the brain, but inspires creativity and lateral thinking, Mom and DadThese chapters offer excellent breathers between the heady time trails and philosophical head scratchers while infusing plenty of character depth and a healthy dose of snarkWhat s the longest this might take Well, on the assumption that protons decay, we can expect the heat death of the universe to occur in around well, it s a one followed by about a hundred zeros years And after that the concept of time becomes somewhat problematic So before then What I find most impressive about Dispel Illusion is how every mystery presented in One Word Kill even the nearly forgotten, offhand references had their explanations revealed This story felt as if it were a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle in which you could mostly see what the overall picture was, but by the time the book ended, every single piece slotted into place The final intersection of plot threads and timelines within the story was enough to convince me that this trilogy is secretly an autobiography I m not sure how else Lawrence was able to cross all his t s and dot all his i s without having to go back in time once or twice to correct a few inevitable inconsistencies I m onto you, Lawrence DM me some upcoming sports results and I ll make sure that this paragraph is just a funny thing for readers to skim over and forget about by dinnertime I could ramble on about all the brainy twists, the tenderness, love, sacrifice, adventure, and exceedingly intelligent what if ideas that were followed through to the end of this novella Perhaps I already did and decided to jump back for a re do If I did it right, you ll never know What you should know is that Dispel Illusion is a brilliant finish to the Impossible Times trilogy, rife with unpredictability, nostalgia, and ceaseless imagination ARC via author On sale November 14, 2019. What a fantastic end to this time travel SF trilogy Each volume gives us a firm grounding in these friends cool D D sessions and twists the events into very clever plots full of deception, imperfect memory, and time paradox filled with the possibility of entire lost universes Of course, it s not a good D D session without REALLY high stakes, right But as this particular title implies, there may or may not be a lot of deception going on within the pages Of course, revealing the spell, t What a fantastic end to this time travel SF trilogy Each volume gives us a firm grounding in these friends cool DD sessions and twists the events into very clever plots full of deception, imperfect memory, and time paradox filled with the possibility of entire lost universes Of course, it s not a good DD session without REALLY high stakes, right But as this particular title implies, there may or may not be a lot of deception going on within the pages Of course, revealing the spell, the purpose of this spell, or the number of people involved in this spell is forbidden, and not least because of the master illusionist at the top of the Tower of Trickery MuahahahahahaI love the way this novel brings together all the pages of all three novels and gives us all a muchcomplete and delicious wrap up and explanation for all the events It s definitely one of the best time travel paradox defying novels I ve read And it is DEFINITELY one of the most fun Final review, co written with Kat, and first posted on Fantasy Literature Dispel Illusion is the final book in Mark Lawrence s IMPOSSIBLE TIMES trilogy Readers will need to finish One Word Kill and Limited Wish before beginning Dispel Illusion, so we ll assume you ve done that Kindly, Mark Lawrence provides a recap of previous important events at the beginning of this book Thank you, Mr Lawrence Then the story begins, literally, with an explosion It s a singular explosion, though time Final review, co written with Kat, and first posted on Fantasy Literature Dispel Illusion is the final book in Mark Lawrence s IMPOSSIBLE TIMES trilogy Readers will need to finish One Word Kill and Limited Wish before beginning Dispel Illusion, so we ll assume you ve done that Kindly, Mark Lawrence provides a recap of previous important events at the beginning of this book Thank you, Mr Lawrence Then the story begins, literally, with an explosion It s a singular explosion, though time itself is exploding in their lab, affecting various things in different ways Dangerously sharp metal shards hang in the air and slowly creep outward, while Nick and other people in the lab are moving on a far faster internal clock This isn t as helpful as it might seem Nick observes that the air doesn t want to get out of your way running at 300 miles an hour is just as hard as standing still in a super tornado with 300 mile an hour winds trying to knock you down At this point in the story, it s 1992 and Nick is 22 years old He s at Cambridge, working on inventing time travel He knows he has to accomplish this by 2011, the year that he was visited by his future self when he was a teen in One Word Kill Nick dreads the accident that will inspire his 40 year old self to go back in time to safeguard Mia s memories He also knows that when he goes back to the 1980s, he will die So at the same time that Nick is inventing time travel and setting events in motion to be able to travel back to 1986 if necessary to save Mia s memories, he s also doing his best to help Mia avoid her near fatal accident in 2011 Those efforts are complicated by the re emergence of their old nemesis Charles Rust Rust s job with Miles Guilder, the unscrupulous business tycoon who has been financing Nick s time travel research for years for his own reasons, put Nick and Charles at odds once again.The timeline in Dispel Illusion shifts back and forth between 1992 and 2011, with a few stops along the way in other time periods Guilder introduces a game changer when he brings Nick and his girlfriend Mia to a hidden cave that Guilder has discovered, where a shocking, tangible evidence of time travel has been found.Dispel Illusion is fun We like Nick and his friends, who are still playing the same game of Dungeons Dragons that they were playing six years ago Throughout the trilogy, their DD game, in which they use spells called Power Word Kill, Limited Wish, and Dispel Illusion, has subtly paralleled the events happening in Nick s life.To his credit, Mark Lawrence paysattention than most authors to the scientific problems and paradoxes that time travel causes, including the complication of the Earth traveling through space One of theintriguing complications that Nick and his fellow researchers face is an experiment that causes a time loop Nick s handsome, somewhat superficial friend John is forced to rise to the occasion, which leads to an amusing joke referencing the film Groundhog Day The visible evidence of someone traveling forwards or backwards in time was a unique twist to standard time travel lore And as Nick and Mia eventually turn time travel into a highly secret enterprise, the psychological motives of the time travelers and the mental effects on Nick were intriguing as well.I was no longer the Nick Hayes who first met Demus a few streets from Simon s mum s house I had left that boy behind in my wake, just as we all abandon the children we were Slow or fast, the years pull us apart from them, sometimes in one savage yank, sometimes by degrees, like the hour hand of the clock, too stealthy for us to perceive its motion and yet when you look again it is no longer where you left it That night I looked in the mirror, not wanting to meet my own gaze, and it was Demus who looked back at me and smiled a bitter little smile.In our review of Limited Wish, we said, We are wondering what illusions will be dispelled and, indeed, Lawrence pulls the curtain aside and gives us several surprises The climactic scene sheds a new and unexpected light on some prior events But in that review we also said, we re simply not convinced that the first instance of time travel, the one that created all these problems for Nick and his friends, ever needed to happen in the first place So far, the suffering and confusion that has resulted doesn t seem worth it Unfortunately, we have to report that we are still not convinced It s been a while since we read the first two books, so it s possible that there are facts we re missing or misremembering, but it seems like there was a much simpler way for adult Nick in 2011 to attempt to save Mia s life view spoiler Why didn t he just go back far enough to avoid the car accident that damaged Mia s brain It seems like that would have been a lot easier and would have avoided all the paradoxes And though in the end the price paid in pain and loss of life for Demus s trip to the past was not what it initially seemed to be, Nick Demus had no knowledge of that when he made the choice to pursue that course, so our point about his motivation being insufficient still stands hide spoiler And, while we re discussing this, we re also not convinced that view spoiler the truth about Elton s dad had to be hidden from Nick Why bother to stage the death if their memories were going to be wiped after They had their memories wiped twice once after young Mia notices the wires and they decide to stage it, and then again later It seems like there must have been another way that didn t involve losing Elton s friendship for 25 years hide spoiler A few other nitpicks Lawrence keeps telling us that when Nick goes back in time, he has to do everything exactly like he remembers or it will cause a branch in the timeline But the human memory is remarkably fallible and there s no way that Nick remembers every event and conversation or even most events and conversations accurately The text suggests that when Nick doesn t remember the exact words he tends to naturally say the same thing he said before, but that seems a bit of a stretch Maybe it doesn t matter as long as Nick s memories match, but what about the memories of all the other people involved It is possible that we misremember, misunderstood, or simply missed the answers to our questions If so, we apologize But even with its flaws, we enjoyed the IMPOSSIBLE TIMES trilogy Nick and his friends are appealing and it s easy to sympathize with their plights The story is fun and after much tension it ends satisfactorily Who cares that we didn t always believe it Dispel Illusion contains a thoughtful treatment of time travel, moments of brilliance, and the running Dungeons Dragons subplot supplying several metaphors for the main plot and for life generally Andto paraphrase The Princess Bride Chases Escapes Lies Truths Friendship Strong hate True love It s a fitting end to this time travel saga I received a free review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley Thank you Content note Scattered F bombs Let s say that most of the questions regarding time travel are pretty much covered, and yet I still had some left the first time Demus traveled back in time, how did he become bald in 1986, so that his memory is always this of the bald man view spoiler Who saved Demus and Mia in 2011 from Charles Rust I know that now, in the iterations when he returns and talks to his mother, she saves them, but before he first time traveled, how was he even alive without his mother there to save them hi Let s say that most of the questions regarding time travel are pretty much covered, and yet I still had some left the first time Demus traveled back in time, how did he become bald in 1986, so that his memory is always this of the bald man view spoiler Who saved Demus and Mia in 2011 from Charles Rust I know that now, in the iterations when he returns and talks to his mother, she saves them, but before he first time traveled, how was he even alive without his mother there to save them hide spoiler If Demus stimulates medical research so the science advancesrapidly, how does the timeline not forkIn real life, when you miss a target you tend to be able to assume that you will at least get somewhere near what you were aiming at If I aim at the bullseye I may miss, but I can be fairly sure my dart will hit somewhere on the board, and even if I m having a particularly off day I can still pretty much guarantee that it will at least hit something in the pub When mathematics goes wrong the consequences can besevere, rather like the dart missing the bullseye, the board and the pub, and hitting a three toed sloth instead, somewhere in the Bolivian jungle Or perhaps drifting away through interstellar space off the shoulder of Orion


About the Author: Mark Lawrence

My new books The Girl And The Stars and Dispel Illusion are out now Blog here here newsletter here Prizes FreeContentI m even on Tumblr Instagramhttps www.instagram.com mark___lawrPlus I have free stuff on Wattpad Lawrence is married with four children, one of whom is severely disabled His day job is as a research scientist focused on various rather intractable problems in the field of artificial intelligence He has held secret level clearance with both US and UK governments At one point he was qualified to say this isn t rocket science oh wait, it actually is.Between work and caring for his disabled child, Mark spends his time writing, playing computer games, tending an allotment, brewing beer, and avoiding DIY.


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