Dispel Illusion

Dispel Illusion

Sometimes being wrong is the right answer.Nick 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 t...

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Title:Dispel Illusion
Author:Mark Lawrence
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Dispel Illusion Reviews

  • T.O. Munro

    A thoroughly enjoyable conclusion to an excellent series. Lawrence starts with his usual (and in this case literally) explosive opening and the story charges off from that point weaving through decades and tacking across timelines in an effort to both meet and evade the future that awaits Nick.

    you can read my full review on the fantasy-hive website here

  • Timy

    This review was originally posted on my blog


    This review was originally posted on my blog

    Everything has to come to an end, and so with Dispel Illusion, we have to say goodybe to the Impossible Times trilogy by Mark Lawrence. I know I said this before, but I seriously didn't expect to get hooked on this series so much. It's YA(ish), has a lot of sci-fi elements, one plotline is about these kids playing D&D. Nothing here says YOU ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO READ THIS and still, here I am, trying to get my thoughts together, but I don't think I'm ready to let Nick, Mia, Simon, John, Elton and Demus' hand go. It doesn't happen often lately that I actually finish a series, so I totally forgot how bittersweet it is to do so.

    I will try to keep this review as spoiler free as possible, but if you are not familiar with the events in One Word Kill or Limited Wish then it might spoil those books for you. So, read with caution, as I want you to experience this story for yourselves.

    We are six years after the events in Limited Wish, just as Nick, Mia, John and Simon start their adult lives with their first jobs - well, for Nick he is still in his first job, working alongside Dr Creed and Professor Halligan to make time travel possible in the very very near future. They are on the verge of a break through, and Mr Guilde - supported by Charles Rust - is really adamant with getting on with the experiments. For which they have their own reasons of course. While One Word Kill and Limited Wish only focused on a narrow timeframe, in Dispel Illusion we jump forward in time to 2006 and then the dreaded year 2011. These glimpses into the future help to understand how Nick reached some of his decisions and generally how his and his friends' lives went. And of course those episodes where they play D&D give depth to "real life" events as they happen.

    As I hardly ever finish a series lately, I forgot how it feels nearing the end. I wasn't ready for it, even though I was eagerly waiting to read Dispel Illusion to be released. I was curious how the story will end. I mean, we kind of now that - or at least those who read One Word Kill do - but I was also sure that a twist is waiting for us somewhere. And even though I did expect it, I still wasn't ready for the hit. When a book makes me tear up, then that means the author did something right, because damn, that's hard to accomplish. But Lawrence is generally good at balancing the serious moments with some humor or emotional moments, which helps you feel less helpless while you try to wrap your mind around the scientific stuff going on - I have a hard time with this, but I never been into sciences, so there is that.

    I only wish that Simon, John and Elton didn't get more spotlight in the final book of the trilogy. I know that strictly speaking this wasn't their story, but they gave the life and heart to it. Actually, Elton caused the most emotional moments for me and he had the least role in the books.

    Dispel Illusion brings a most satisfying ending to the Impossible Times trilogy. The threads are closed seamlessly and there aren't unanswered questions left. Maybe a few smaller ones, but in general, you can't have much complains. I had high expectations for Dispel Illusion, and it didn't disappoint. Just as full of heart, and life lessons as the previous books. I highly recommend the whole trilogy if you'd like to dive into a tale about time travelling, love, friendship, decisions and second chances.

  • Adam


    “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 mu


    “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

    delivers the prestige with the precision of a master storyteller at the top of his game.

    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,

    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 D&D doesn’t rot the brain, but

    ) These chapters offer excellent breathers between the heady time trails and philosophical head-scratchers while infusing plenty of character depth and a healthy dose of snark.

    What I find most impressive about

    is how every mystery presented in

    --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

    is a brilliant finish to the Impossible Times trilogy, rife with unpredictability, nostalgia, and ceaseless imagination.

  • Chris

    TBD - next few weeks.

    But it really does deliver on the promise of the series, and gives you an ending that feels both emotionally valid and narratively compelling.

  • Mark Lawrence

    3 days, people! (November 14th)


    I have copies!

    Wobble is guarding this one fiercely.

    3 days, people! (November 14th)


    I have copies!

    Wobble is guarding this one fiercely.

    The train stops here!

    With you on November 14th (ebook) / December 31st (paperback & hardback).

    "Chapter 1 - 1992

    The two saving graces of explosions are that from the outside they’re pretty and from the inside they’re quick. The one I was in was taking forever though and had none of the fiery goodness of the typical Hollywood offering. When time explodes it tends not to create exciting fireballs, and most of the shrapnel inside the Winston Laboratory was crawling through the air at a pace that makes snails look zippy."


  • Bibliyohan Blackthorn ➰

    Pre-ordered this book in Amazon! Honestly, am I the only person who is grateful for Mark Lawrence's great talent in publishing 3 books in a year? The guy is

  • ♠️ TABI ♠️



    (*scribbles down notes about this brilliant tactic that I will probably not follow*)

  • Mark Lawrence


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