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An Illusion of Thieves (Chimera #1) (Paperback)

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This is book number 1 in the Chimera series.

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Magical heists? Yes, please! An Illusion of Thieves is an incredibly fun fantasy about Romy, the ex-mistress of the Shadow Lord, and her brother Neri, an impulsive young man who gets them both into a dangerous situation. In order to fight for their survival, and possibly saved thousands of other lives, Romy and Neri enlist the help of two other magically inclined friends to help them with a dangerous heist. I loved the character development and world building! The heist is fun as well, and although this book is a complete story there is definitely and indication that more adventure is on its way. Can’t wait to see where this group of characters end up next!

— Lindsey


A ragtag crew with forbidden magic must pull off an elaborate heist and stop a civil war in An Illusion of Thieves, a fantasy adventure from Cate Glass.

In Cantagna, being a sorcerer is a death sentence.

Romy escapes her hardscrabble upbringing when she becomes courtesan to the Shadow Lord, a revolutionary noble who brings laws and comforts once reserved for the wealthy to all. When her brother, Neri, is caught thieving with the aid of magic, Romy's aristocratic influence is the only thing that can spare his life—and the price is her banishment.

Now back in Beggar’s Ring, she has just her wits and her own long-hidden sorcery to help her and Neri survive. But when a plot to overthrow the Shadow Lord and incite civil war is uncovered, only Romy knows how to stop it. To do so, she’ll have to rely on newfound allies—a swordmaster, a silversmith, and her own thieving brother. And they'll need the very thing that could condemn them all: magic.

About the Author

CATE GLASS was born and raised in Texas, and now resides in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies with her husband and three sons. She is the author of the Chimera novels (An Illusion of Thieves).

Praise For…

"An Illusion of Thieves drew me in with its clever, resourceful heroine and delightful supporting cast, and kept me turning pages with forbidden magic, intrigue, and a smart and daring magical caper. I can’t wait for more!” —Melissa Caruso, author of The Tethered Mage

"A treat of a story that starts off with a bang, and builds to a superb finish. Characters, setting, tension, Glass delivers that rare read that delivers on all counts." —Janny Wurts

"Intrigue and skullduggery abound in this great new read, full of misfits, betrayal, forbidden sorcery, and unexpected friendships." —Curtis Craddock

"Political intrigue, deceit, and forbidden talents...with a Mission Impossible vibe." —Booklist

"Very tense and twisty [with] a world that feels broad and deep and believable... seriously compelling." —Locus

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250311009
ISBN-10: 1250311004
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: May 21st, 2019
Pages: 352
Series: Chimera