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Fade To Black

(The Weir Chronicles #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  31 reviews
In the world of illusions there are many secrets . . . Ian Black has more than most.

Ian Black is an illusionist with a talent for keeping secrets. College student Rayne Bevan has a gift for uncovering them. She suspects that the popular performer's skills extend beyond the stage and that he's the area’s mysterious and elusive defender of the innocent.

In her efforts to unco
Hardcover, 456 pages
Published October 2014 by CrossWinds Publishing (first published August 29th 2014)
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Montzalee Wittmann
Fade to Black
The Weir Chronicles, Book 1
By: Sue Duff
Narrated by: Christopher J Mayer
This is an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary.
I really liked this paranormal book about an illusionist, but his secret is that they are not illusions. He does magic. Then off stage he does help those in need. Unfortunately, a nosy gal is on to him and has figured out he is the one helping people. She didn't know how deep things really went until she started poking around.
A very good and excitin
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was offered nor would it have been accepted.

Magic? Check. Urban fantasy? Check. Characters that intrigue you? Check. Sue Duff's FADE TO BLACK was one of those books whose premise hooked me in, combined with an interesting cover that hints of things to come, I knew I had to read this book. I was not disappointed!

The book starts off with a bang and drops you in the middle of some action, however I
Jessica Bronder
Oct 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Weir are a race of people that have been protecting the world. But a split in the people have some using their abilities/magic for personal gain and letting the world destroy itself, the Duach, and other half still fighting to keep the world whole, the Pur. This civil war is coming to a head with a prophecy about a young Weir having all the powers of the Earth.

Enter Ian, a magician that is trying to help keep the Earth going and save those humans that he has visions about. One of those huma
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
This book took a while to get into and understand, but once I did, it was worth the effort. It starts out smack in the middle of action, but without some explanations given about the who/how/why, I found it quite confusing. While I don’t want an info dump, some information would have been helpful.

Those explanations did come, but not until almost halfway through the book. Once I learned the background and ground rules, everything snapped into place, and I started to really enjoy the story. There
Roxanne Kade
Dec 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
A stunning debut, with a thrilling mix of sci-fi and fantasy, Duff has a real hit on her hands.

The first half of this book was pure fantasy. With exciting magic and mysticism, I was drawn into the story wanting to get to know the characters more. The fact that Ian and friends, apart from Patrick, were more than mere Illusionists intrigued me, and I had to know their secret. Especially when Rayne came knocking on their door, because it really seemed to disturb them – her snooping for answers. The
Alia Gonzales
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got to meet this author at Denver Pop Culture Con and was given the chance to listen to the book on Audible. I wasn't sure about the narrator at first, but he grew on me. The story was fairly intriguing from the first half an hour or so of listening. It only took me a few days to get through all 9 hours because I kept wanting to know what was going to happen next. This was definitely a worth while read and I look forward to reading the next in the series too.

The author did a great job of maki
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
Did I enjoy this book: Short answer: Yes.

Long answer: Ian is a complex and believable character. He isn’t your usual selfless hero–he cares more about his own freedom than his nebulous “duty” (at least in the beginning) . . . This makes everything so much more realistic. We see a kid struggling to come to terms with a childhood of captivity as well as having the fate of the planet (literally) resting on his shoulders. Ian grows as a character throughout the book and again, it’s in a realistic an
Mara Walters-hooey
Sue Duff has quite the stellar debut on her hands. I’m always amazed at how authors create these inventive worlds and characters. Duff’s do not disappoint.

However, I echo the sentiments of other reviewers; it was darn confusing at the beginning. I was starting to question my intelligence (and my right to being a middle school language arts teacher). I feel as if Duff got to a slow start, but then she found her voice and writing flow toward the 100 page mark. That’s when it turned into a rip-ro
Intriguing tale that’s set in a magician’s world filled with illusions that you didn’t see coming until it came upon you. It was action packed and it held your attention. So if you like magicians with a Chris Angel type vibe who knows how to shift, you’ll like this interesting tale. You’ll like Rayne and Ian who’s the magician with the Chris Angel vibe and they’re good when they get together eventually. You even, like the other characters that help them out, even if some of them are a bit on the ...more
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Fade to Black” is a story that uniquely blends both science fiction and fantasy genres while taking place in modern time on Earth. Sue Duff does a very good job of blending these two genres, however I would have preferred a bit more magic used throughout the book. I thought Christopher J Mayer did an exceptional job of narrating the audiobook edition. If you are a person who likes unusual stories with a solid amount of action, mystery and a touch of humor, I would recommend you pick up this boo ...more
The book is fine. Basically, a teen has 'powers'. He is sent on a quest to prove that he can control them. Along the way a plot is uncovered and the fate of the world is in the balance. Not exactly unique. But a fun quick read.

The biggest issue with it is that it reads like a movie. It is incredibly fast paced, with minimal details, minimal worldbuilding and little history. The last 10% in particular is pretty terrible.

One example of lack of details: The MC's closest companions are twin girls.
Kyle Hempel
Overall this was a decent book but it really felt like it was being written for the teen/tween age group. If that was the authors objective then they did a great job. The characters have a decent amount of back story and intrinsic motivation for their actions. You are led into the secrets of each character over time and in a manner that does not feel forced but their are other parts where the author feels like they wanted an overly dramatic scene so they created one. If you are okay with non nua ...more
Razer Head
It's not a bad book. But sadly it comes with the worst cliche ever and that's the "why kill enemies if you can let them live" cliche. There's not much worse than a book where the protagonist let's the villain life just so he can appear later in the story again.
Either don't give the MC the opportunity to kill the villain or give a believable reason why the MC lets him live, but going and letting him live just because is such a deal breaker, that I won't read any further.
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
If you are considering reading this series, I would recommend it. Excellent read, great action, great plot. I wasn't thrilled by the narrator, but he was alright. ...more
Nov 01, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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This is a really tough review to write and I’ve been contemplating on how to write it while actually making sense. Because I have tried to put my thoughts down on paper and the only way I can really explain this book is with this analogy.

Have you ever joined a group of people in the middle of a conversation? Someone might be telling their bad experience of a date they had the night before or whatever. You really have no idea what’s going
Mar 02, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Some other readers have complained about how you are dumped into the middle of the story with little explanation. True. But that is not a major dealbreaker. The cliches however are too much. Reads much more like a teen romance. Handsome protagonist with a secret. Brave journalist. Maybe it gets better as you read on. Not my cup of tea however.
Aug 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Provided by the publisher via Roger Charlie for an honest review. Thank you!

I'll start with the bad because there is only two things, and the bad are my humble opinions really. Nothing more.

First, Fade to Black took a long time to get into. It took nearly a month for me to finish this, so yeah. Loooong time. The story wasn't bad, nor were the characters, the pacing, all of that literal device jargon was fine. What really threw me off from this book was the way it was written and how information
Michelle Graham
Apr 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
FADE TO BLACK reads like a rollercoaster. You know the drill: you buckle in and grab the bars. You stare at the course ahead of you, wondering what in the world you’ve gotten yourself into. Then the click-click-click of the cars heading up the first hill begins. It’s slow and steady, but smooth. And then you get shoved into 60-mile-an-hour headlong race to the finish.

Even though the beginning is slow and a bit confusing, it's still fun. The setting is urban and modern, so you don’t have to wrap
Isis Ray-sisco
Fade to Black by Sue Duff is an interesting sci-fi /fantasy read. I enjoyed the premise of the plot and enjoyed the characters. Fade to Black is the first book in The Weir Chronicles. It was a good start to the series and I am interested in seeing how things play out in the next installment. Fade to Black is Ian and Rayne’s story. There is a bit of romance weaved throughout the pages but it isn’t the only focus of the lot. I liked the fact that there was more to the story than romance.

Ian is go
Dec 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this, Book One of the Weir Chronicles, a young college student named Rayne takes interest in Ian Black, a popular local illusionist. Her interest is piqued further when Ian saves her in a dark alley, not far from his performance venue. Her instincts are right; there is much more to Ian than meets the eye. In fact, the survival of the entire planet depends on him! Ian is part of a magical race known as the Weir. His people, the Pur, are sworn to protect the Earth. Their adversaries, the Duach ...more
Michelle (Adventure in Bookland)
What an action pack-thrilling book!!! Fade to Black kept me captivated from the very first page!!!! Since Sue Duff drops us into an action filled scene, the reader wants nothing more then to figure out what’s going on. Yes there were times I was completely confused about what was going on, but all questions were answered in a matter of time.

I also enjoyed reading about each and every one of the characters, they were all truly likable, except for the bad guys! I completely adore Ian Black, there
Lee Ward
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Weir are people charged with protecting the world. But when there is a split in the people, the Duach use their special abilities for personal gain and the Pur struggle to keep the world whole and good. Civil war is raging, but a prophecy soon reveals that one young Weir has all the magical powers in the world. And so the adventure begins...

This story is packed with action and great characters. Once the action amped up, it didn't let go until the last page was turned. Add in a forbidden love
T.H. Leatherman
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ian is a magician with a head full of secrets. Secrets that can hurt him and his friends. Rayne knows there's something off about Ian, but can't put her finger on what it is. Her effort to uncover the truth brings her into mortal danger. Two magic wielding factions secretly struggle wipe the other out. One wants to protect the earth; the other wants dominate it.

Sue Duff weaves a wonderful story magic and mayhem. Her characters are complex and have their own agendas. Sometimes those goals align.
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my second Sue Duff read, and it's also another fav. The beginning was a little questionable for me, but it all came together quickly. It's a magical tale filled with likable characters. It's fast paced and action packed once you get the hang of it. Ian Black is such a loveable hero that it makes it all worth it. The ups and downs are endless while the unique plot of the story leaves you wanting more immediately. Read it this summer absolutely!! ...more
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-fiction
I received this book free from Sue along with Sleight of Hand, which was the Goodreads prize book.
Sue also sent me Masks & MIrrors

Great Book
Great opening to a series.

Ian Black is an illusionist, but he has a secret, a pretty big secret at that.

I really don't want to spoil these books for you, just read them, then you'll see why I don't want to give too much away.

Lets just say Illusion is a means to an end, or not the end of life.
Read the books, you'll understand
Crystal Collier
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
It has been a long time since I read an urban fantasy. Man, have I missed it. Opening this book was like falling into a warm hot tub on a cold day, and I didn't want to get out. Good thing it's a series, eh? The tension was great and kept me turning pages. Without betraying any of the plot or twists, let me just say, I was surprised up until the very end. LOVED the magic system in this story. Looking forward to reading more.

Content warning: violence, one cuss word.
Susanne E Loeffler
Incredible intro into a new world

Original, fast paced adventure with twists that I didn't see coming. A great collection of "Scooby gang" heroes out to save the world. Can't wait to get my hands on the next one!
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book. Premise is something I haven't read before and intrigued me. Definitely a page turner, even on the rare occasions when I felt a little lost and wished for a bit more backstory. ...more
Candra Hodge
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More than just magicians. A new kind of fantasy novel.
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Sue has been writing since high school but never became serious about it until a skiing accident laid her up for an entire summer and she turned on the word processor to combat the boredom. A couple years later, her first urban fantasy novel, Fade to Black, was a finalist in the RMFW Colorado Gold Writing Contest. By day, she’s a dedicated speech-language therapist in an inner city school district ...more

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