Devil’s Luck is a stand alone novella set in Carolyn Crane’s Disillusionists world. If you have not the read the series, you might wonder what the Disillusionists are, and about their history, but since this story focuses mainly on the romance between Fawna and Simon you won’t be lost. This might be just enough to tease you into trying out the series and finding out what the Disillutionists are all about. If you have read the series then I’m sure you’re just as excited as I was to get to read just a little more from this wonderfully imaginative series.
Most of the characters in this series are quirky and somewhat out of the ordinary and Simon and Fawna are no exception. Simon is the most reckless of the Disillusionists. He’s a bad boy through and through, a reckless gambler and bent living always in the moment. Fawna is eccentric, layered with quirk, yet very real. She’s a childhood friend of Packard’s who has suffered a great deal after being imprisoned for years so her captor could exploit her gifts as a prognosticator. Now that she has her freedom, she finds herself drawn to Simon’s recklessness even though Simon’s nature is so much the opposite of hers.
I’m am very impressed with how robust this novella is. We have a good solid story and a lovely romance with characters who are fabulously entertaining by themselves. When these two unlikely lovers get together, they both become even more likable than ever. The story is told from both points of view and so we get very personal and intimate with both characters. This really read more like a full length novel rather than a novella.
Devil’s Luck is wonderfully satisfying addition to the Disillusionists series. I’ve really enjoyed all of the characters from this world and if there are no more full length books to come in the Disillutionists series, then I hope we’ll continue to get great novella’s to see them all to their romantic happily for now or ever after.