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Empyreal Illusions (The Inferno Unleashed #1)

4.3  ·  Rating details ·  73 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
Fourteen-year-old Breena Taljain’s dreary existence in the slums of Purgaire comes to a sudden end when a chance encounter with a criminal mastermind known as the Patriarch goes horridly wrong. His assault on her for refusing to pay for her mother’s addiction leaves her comatose and teetering on the edge of life and death.

Galbrecht Atalir is a washed-up doctor struggling t
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Published May 25th 2013
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Apr 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is full of vivid and explosively real descriptions and plenty of action. Breena broke my heart, having grown up without a father and a deadbeat for a mom. I wanted more for her, and she gets it! But not before something very tragic happens to her. I am not a fantasy reader, but I was really swept away by Breena's adventures and the interesting characters she meets. I enjoyed this and really look forward to seeing more of Breena in the next book!!
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
5- Star Review for Jake Bonsignore’s Empyreal Illusions

So I will preface this review by saying that I found this author through an online author group and we really connected, so of course I wanted to read what he was writing. I normally don’t read fantasy books (I usually cannot follow the story or plots) so I was secretly hesitant about picking up this book.
Now, I look back on my hesitation and say WHY!?
This book was amazing! The characters, although hard to pronounce, were actually really ea
Novel Grounds
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Now, I am not one to give my reviews "Fluff" So believe me when I say this book is EPIC! I could not stop reading it. It was the type of book that drew you in and had you fighting for the characters with every new page. A MUST READ for anyone really. It has all the great elements to draw any person in: Love, Vengeance, Drama, Mystery, Adventure, I really could just go on and on about it but regardless you need to read it.

We start by meeting Breena. She has lived such a hard and horrible life, it
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A few words that come to mind after reading this book- Eloquent, richly-detailed, intense, and well-developed.

Breena is a young girl raised in Purgaire by her drug-addicted mother. Never knowing her father, Breena struggles to provide for herself amidst the desperation around her. After Korvan, the owner of the local bar (and also her boss) takes advantage of her, she quits, leaving her unprotected against the ills of the street.
Tairo (aka known as many other names) quickly finds her. He exact
Lori Myers
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing! Jake is gonna be an author that brings teens into the realm of fantasy fiction.... this book was AMAZING! Excellent, unique plot, easy dialog, excellent writing style...Very rarely do I force myself to slow down...I usually go with the flow of the book...but for this one, I forced myself to slow down (until the last part of the book, then I just ran full speed ahead) to savor each word. Jake made me feel like I WAS Brenna, I felt her despair, her hope, her rage at the unfairness of i ...more
May 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Jake's story is full of colorful descriptions of the characters and the fictitious locations where they dwell on. It's fast paced and intriguing, and the reader wants to turn the pages and find out more about the fate of beautiful teenager Breena, the main character. From the first chapter, you're already hooked! The story is written with passion and superb imagination, it's a great book for young adults and especially those who enjoy a nice fantasy plot. Well done!
May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
It took me a while to get into this book, as its not my usual type of reading, but once I did I found it an enjoyable fantasy novel.
Jake has a very easy to read writing style.
Great job well done.
Amber Forbes
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I haven’t read fantasy in forever, and I can’t even tell you why. I’ve just been thirsting for a lot of YA contemporary lately, along with the occasional dystopian and paranormal YA novel. But I saw Jake Bonsignore’s book on Facebook in one of the Like events for Facebook Pages, and the cover immediately drew me to the book. I am not ashamed to admit I do judge a book by its cover. With so many books competing against one another for shelf space and online space, books nowadays have to have some ...more
Gladys Gonzales Atwell
Oct 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nerdgirlofficial
There is always something to be said about an author who can build a fantasy world in his mind and transform it into a visual masterpiece in the readers mind. Jack Bonsignore did just that. I am a lover and a true appreciator of WORLD BUILDING and of CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. Most of my reviews focus on my appreciation of the authors abilities to weave those two techniques together systematically to make a wonderful debut novel to a series. Jake was spot on! I am impressed! And it says a lot since ...more
Sarah A. Kaider
Dec 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: authors-i-know
Jake Bonsignore is a brilliant author with an incredible knack for spinning a tale. I fell in love with Empyreal Illusions within minutes of starting it. In the beginning, we meet poor fourteen year old Breena Taljain, a girl who lives with a Nepenthe addict and works her way out of starvation at The Laughing Banshee, a bar run by an abusive barkeep and his prostitutes. After standing up for herself, Breena quits her awful job and decides to leave her awful town, Purgaire. The Patriarch, the man ...more
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jake Bonsignore paints a colorful world full of magical creatures, hateful people, helpful heroes, and hope. Breena lead a dreadful life of poverty. Her mother was a drug addict and at fourteen years old she was the one that had to work to bring home enough money to not completely starve to death. Money she had to hide or her mother would find it and buy more Nepenthe. Her bad luck seems to continue and the Patriarch catches up with her. He is the one that sells the drugs around town. And he wan ...more
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Jake Bonsignore has diligently created a world that blends mythologies together and creates new ones. His ideas are innovative and imaginative, and the imagery within this book is beautifully vivid.
The protagonist is a convincingly cynical 14 year old girl by the name of Breena Taljain, who is a down on her luck miscreant living in a broken, drug addicted city. In Breena’s town, you are either a junkie, or being beaten up by one. She is left despairing of life, forced to grow up too soon.
When a
Andrea Staum
May 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Jake Bonsignore does not follow the rules of fantasy. Empyreal Illusions has a hodgepodge of new (chainsaws and advanced medicine) and old (candlelight and constables on horseback) mixed into the world of Purgaire and a rich mythical land in Aeroboth and the neighboring hinterlands. It can be disconcerting to a fantasy reader reading about a fight involving brass knuckles and a chainsaw, but it does work with the story.

One thing that drew me in was that Bonsignore voices the concerns of the read
Teresa Martini
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the first time I have ever read the Fantasy genre and I have to tell you I love it after I was asked to read this amazing book by Jake Bonsignore.

I fell in love with this book and could not put this down from the very first page and experiencing the turmoil and pure emotions that Breena experienced with having a mother who was a drug addict, along with her pain, anger, and loss. Then the nightmare of Galbrecht Altair's loss of his family was truly a nightmare that no one should ever have
May 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book follows Breena as she struggles to stay alive and also Lodan a doctor who is fighting to make things right after the loss of his family. It is an intoxicating book and a must read. I can't wait to read the second book.

I struggled with this book, not because it wasn't good, it was great, but more because of the style. I do not like a lot of description when I read...I am more a dialoug person. There is nothing wrong with descriptive books, I struggle through reading them and this one a
Sarah Foster
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Empyreal Illusions is an amazing fantasy novel. I was lucky enough to read it while it was being developed. Once I started this book, I couldn't put it down, and I couldn't get enough. The fantasy genre is not my usual cup of tea, but if more books were like this one maybe it would be! Surprisingly, the sequel is even better. Just you wait.... Epic doesn't even begin to cover this series.
Aisling Spofford
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Empyreal Illusions is an amazing book. I loved reading it, it's such a captivating story. I'm looking forward to reading the next book to find out what will happen next on Breena's journey.
George Chambers
Jul 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the book very much. It took me some time to figure out what was going on. It was a twist that I think is great. the characters are full and believable. all i all it was a great read
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Jul 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: indie
This book definitely blew me out of the water. I was not expecting what I read based on just the cover. AND IT IS A PRETTY COVER! But there’s really just so much more happening in this book than what the cover or the summary of the book tells you. I was completely and utterly undone.

Empyreal Illusions follows the story of two individuals. Breena Taljain and Galbrecht Atalir. (The amount of times I wanted to pronounce this ALTAIR was uncanny). Breena is a fourteen year old who lives and works in
Yuki Fox
Jun 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Sakura’s

What an amazing novel!

With justice burning in his heart, Galbrecht begins a race against time to seek out the Patriarch in the underworld before Breena loses her struggle against the ever-darkening terrors of her mind….

This book was an amazing read, and I can’t believe I didn’t read it sooner. Breena is a tenacious, funny, and strong willed female lead, that you can’t help but love her from the moment you meet her on the first page. She sharp tongued, which gets her in trouble … the wo
Dec 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013, kobo
*3.5 stars*
This was book of the week #9 for my book group. I had a hard time rating this one and I hope I will be able to explain why I came to the one I did.... This review may contain spoilers!!!!!!
I did really enjoy the world building done in this book and not just for one world but for a few, the descriptive nature of what the characters saw gave me a pretty clear picture of what these places were like. I noticed that the author tried to give a lot of the information of the worlds was done t
Sarah A. Kaider
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: authors-i-know
Jake Bonsignore is a brilliant author with an incredible knack for spinning a tale. I fell in love with Empyreal Illusions within minutes of starting it. In the beginning, we meet poor fourteen year old Breena Taljain, a girl who lives with a Nepenthe addict and works her way out of starvation at The Laughing Banshee, a bar run by an abusive barkeep and his prostitutes. After standing up for herself, Breena quits her awful job and decides to leave her awful town, Purgaire. The Patriarch, the man ...more
Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
It’s been awhile since I read a YA fantasy novel like this. The worlds that Jake Bonsignore have created are truly original. He can write from one extreme i.e. the downtrodden land of Purgaire to the next, i.e. the magical world of Araboth without skipping a beat. I thank him for providing me a copy in return for an honest review.

Reading this book was like watching a movie. The effects were not lost because the imagery is presented to you in a way that gives you guidance on what is being seen b
{my thoughts} – Breena Taljain, this is one character I can relate to. She is fourteen and she is forced to live in poverty because her mother is a drug addict. Her mother steals her funds to feed her habit. Bree has to get a job just to attempt to keep herself feed and clothed. The place she lives is a run down unsanitary situation that should from the description be condemned and the whole building should be burned to the ground. Eventually Bree has a run in with her mother’s drug provider and ...more
Marcial Keesing
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Okay so it has been long past time that I got this review up!
And to be honest I'm freaking glad that I did take so long........EMPYREAL ILLUSIONS has been such a FAB read EPIC really.

If you don't believe me just ask JAKE I brought two sets ONE FOR MYSELF AND ONE SET FOR A FRIEND, why because once I read it I was captivated by the whole dang story.
Sometimes I think to myself that I need to get away from some of the pure beast, power hungry, sexual books I read on a daily basis lol.
I like the acti
Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was another read in my review book group. Unlike a lot of other reviewers, I loved the beginning of this book. I fell right into the world. The part that I had trouble with was once Breena arrived in Araboth. I couldn't tell what was real or not, even though it was flashing back and forth. I did enjoy the world that Jake Bonsignore created and all of the different creatures he described. I do wish we had gotten more information on Purgaire and more background on Breena's mother and fat ...more
Michelle Lewis
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Book Talk Reviews

I was given a copy of Empyreal Illusions for an honest review.

This book was fantastic! the author takes you to a new world full of surprises. I'v not read many books by male author who's book is from the female point of view and I have to say Jake Bonsignore did a great job.

The main Character is 14 year old Breena Taljain and she is one brave cookie! I really enjoyed her character and I was just heart broken for he
Barbara Gordon
Aug 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Overall, this book was enjoyable. Just don't give up on it. Okay... I had a hard time with this book, especially at the beginning. It was the first time in a long time I just wanted to quit reading a book before I finished it (which I NEVER EVER do). I pushed through and it got much better. By the end of the book I was completely invested in the story. I think right off the bat I was angry with the way the heroine was being treated by everyone around her. And then the violence. And magically she ...more
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading Empyreal Illusions it was so full of action, drama and so much more. Although there was some blood guts and glory which I dont like in my stories it wasnt so much that it took away from what was really going on. The creativity and detail in this story was amazing. Though I have to say it was a lot to take in at times and I found myself going back through and reading parts because I became confused, however the meaning behind the story was still there. I can't wait to get ...more
Jeannette Joyal
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An enchanting tale told with such elegant and passion it will leave you breathless...
I was given an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review.
My heart went out to this girl whose life was such an incredibly tragic. Some part of me doesn't want her to wake up from such a beautiful paradise only to be face the awful reality of things, even though she is fight the demons within. However who is to say what is reality. One's mind can be a refuge for to deal with pain and grief while get the l
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Jake Bonsignore is the author of multiple novels, including Empyreal Illusions, Awakening the Fire, and The Lioness. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida with magna cum laude honors. Outside of his literary pursuits, he enjoys playing sports and is a fitness enthusiast. He is currently working on his next book.
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