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4.18  ·  Rating details ·  2,670 ratings  ·  470 reviews
Reeling from betrayal at the hands of the Whispers, Renata Convida is a girl on the run. With few options and fewer allies, she's reluctantly joined forces with none other than Prince Castian, her most infuriating and intriguing enemy. They're united by lofty goals: find the fabled Knife of Memory, kill the ruthless King Fernando, and bring peace to the nation. Together, R ...more
Published May 11th 2021 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Edit 9/2/20

Cover/title reveal moved to Sept 8th! Sorry friends! We want to make sure the preorder links are live.


Edit: 8/28/20

I've heard from a little publishing bird that there may be a cover dropping on Sept 4 ;)


Hi! If you follow me on here you know I keep track of some updates in these reviews. Right now, I just want to say that I have finished the book. It was a JOURNEY. And I love the characters I've created and Renata's growth and power. So...UPDATES.

- HOLLOW CROWN #2 is still
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The perfect conclusion!
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If Incendiary was a journey of discovery for Renata Convida, then Illusionary is where she truly finds herself. So much remains hidden from her, deep within the Gray. But things have changed. Memories are no longer hers to take. Instead, they are breaking out of their prison in her mind, revealing a secret past that has the power to change the future of Puerto Leones. All she has to do is team up with an enemy, take a journey into the unknown, and overturn the rule of a tyrant…

As we know from th
Bethany (Beautifully Bookish Bethany)
Romance, action, self-discovery, found family, twists and turns....Illusionary has it all in spades and is a really strong conclusion to the duology.

Picking up right where Incendiary left off, we follow Renata on the run with a prince, learning about her own past and the past of the kingdom, facing difficult decisions and betrayal, and beginning a passionate romance along the way. Zoraida Cordova has really consistent quality in her writing and this is no exception. It was a fun time and I real
Apr 11, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2021-releases
September 08, 2020: THAT COVER OMG! I MEAN, it's just tooooo perfecttttttt-

April 11, 2020: Incendiary was average for me but Castian and Nuria are above average and they need my love so I'm definitely looking forward to the sequel for them and them ONLY.
Rebecca Roanhorse
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This YA Fantasy picks up where the series opener INCENDIARY left off and boosts the adventure and romance in equal parts. Corrupt kings, desperate rebels, lost goddesses, magical weapons and dark injustices fill the pages of this fast-paced conclusion to the duology. Some nice twists and turns right to the end. An enjoyable read.
Maria Elena | _mkarys
Apr 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If I could put my feelings in a jar every time I finish a book, Illusionary’s would be glowing.

This book was character development at its finest. Renata grows so much since the events of Incendiary, both emotionally and in regards to her power, and I loved seeing that progress. Not that I didn’t like her in the first book, but it’s always beautiful to see a character become a better version of themselves. I can say without a shadow of a doubt that she’s one of my new favorite YA heroines. (The
Hedieh Danesh Bayan
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading Incendiary and it was incredible. I really hope to read more about the relationship between Prince Castian and Renata in the second book.
Amy Burt
Jun 20, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 08, 2020 marked it as to-read
Ready for some Ren and Cas feels.
Aleksandra (drawingandreading)
Actual rating: 4.5 stars

Did Illusionary deliver everything I hoped for after Incendiary put me through a rollercoaster of feelings? Yes, yes it did.

After I finished Incendiary last year, I couldn't wait to finally hold the sequel in my hands. The court intrigue, the rebells, the magic system, the worldbuilding, the characters - I loved it all. It may have taken me longer to finally read this book, but it doesn't change the fact that this duology will stay close to my heart. I adored this book!

Richel (letsreadshallwe)
Apr 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Update | August 30, 2021

5 Stars

Even better the second time around! Although rereading Illusionary made me realize that I still haven’t really forgiven Dez and Margo😆

Will forever recommend this duology to everyone♥️

Update | May 8, 2021

4 Stars

“I don’t care if we’re in the middle of the sea or on one of the thousand isles of Luzou. Hate me, love me, have me. Wherever you are, that’s my kingdom, Nati, and you are my queen."

Illusionary picks up from where Incendiary left off, remember that cliffhange

5/11/21: so i finally got my hands on this book and i am so ready you have no idea

5/16/21: everything was so off with this book. i don't know why, because i was so excited for it after i finished reading incendiary and then more so when i finally got it, and believe me, i tried, but there were t
Chiara | _ckarys
Apr 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-fantasy
Actual rating: 4.5/5 stars

To say ILLUSIONARY was one of my most anticipated sequels of 2021 is an understatement, so I’m super happy I was able to get my hands on an e-arc of this wonderful book! I read Incendiary last year for the #booktalkwithwifey read-along and fell in love. It has so many of the elements I love: royals, rebels, court intrigue and magic all wrapped in one. But what ruled over all else was Prince Castian. This villainous prince who somehow dominated the narrative even with li
I feel like I spent half of the book laughing and the other half crying.
May 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Please you must read this duology it's so good!!

Renata and Castian they both share the storyline where they were the villains, the spies, the good ones, enemies, friends...just?? The characters story was so complex but everything was just so well done! I loved how in this second part the plot wasn't around the love story of the characters, like I can say that was so smooth and it really talked about everything. Leo and Nuria are the other characters that I absolutely adore like they're literally
May 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Thank you Zoraida Córdova and Little, Brown and Company for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

TW: violence, death, semi-graphic murder scenes

Rep: Medieval LGBTQ+ (side characters), racial diversity, Spanish-language usage

So I enjoyed Incendiary, but Illusionary solidified this duology as a new comfort and something I will be rereading for years to come. In the first book in the Hollow Crown duology we are introduced to our struggling protagonist Renata. Initially,
Ashley Lewis
Oct 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the conclusion to this duology so much more than book one. I still didn't get all of the answers I wanted, seriously, is the magic system all genetic? and if so how come one brother can effect feelings and the other create illusions?

Regardless, I was very attached to the characters by the time I got halfway through this installment and by the end I was all in. Very creative world, and I really enjoyed my time in it.
julia ☆ [owls reads]
#1 Incendiary: ★★★★★ | 5 stars


5 stars!


And she would never let go.

Me @ Zoraida Córdova: pls write books forever thank u

I was a bit nervous starting Illusionary since I loved the first book so so so much and didn't want to be disappointed?? But Córdova once again captured my heart and imagination and I loved every single thing about this installment.

The writing style was wonderful! That was just something about it that hooked me right from the beginning again and, with the way Cór
After devouring the previous book, I'll admit that I was super excited to dive into Illusionary. Like, really excited. I wanted so many things to happen throughout this that it hurt a smidge to have high expectations before reading it. It was still a pretty good sequel though.

Now I'll admit that the beginning was a bit slow for me. I was happy that it picked up right where the first book ended because it didn't confuse me or anything. Which, yes, is a huge plus for me. Renata and Castian are sti
Natasha  Leighton
“Once I was a rebel, one of the Whispers. Now I am just a traitor.”

In this thrilling conclusion to the Hollow Crown duology, Our favourite Robári embarks on a dangerous voyage, teaming up with one of her greatest enemies to find the mythical knife of memory.They plan to bring justice to the kingdom and end the reign of tyranny,once and for all.

A truly breathtaking sequel to Incendiary, with all the action,adventure and romance of a cinematic fantasy. Someone NEEDS to adapt this series, movie or
A brilliantly written, beautifully crafted, satisfying conclusion to a sensational fantasy duology.

This book was everything I'd hoped it would be and then some. I couldn't have asked for more (except, perhaps, many more books because I don't want to leave these characters, their world or story.)

Illusionary is YA fantasy at its finest. It's reminded me why I keep persevering with this genre, despite often not getting on with it. Zoraida has written a story, world, magic system and cast of charac
Oh that was so lovely!! I really enjoyed the classic adventure-style YA vibe that Zoraida cultivated with this and the first book.

Full review to follow!
May 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you so much Hachette Book Group Canada for, providing me with a physical copy of Illusionary. Thank you for giving me the chance to read and review this book.

Illusionary, in my books, surpassed its predecessor (Incendiary). It is my favourite of the two books in the duology. Córdova does a great job of mesmerizing readers into her fantasy world. After the first chapter, I was immediately hooked and invested in the plot. I am also in love with this author's writing style. Córdova's writing
Jun 22, 2021 rated it liked it
This book picks up right after the first, with Renata and Castian on the run from the King and the Whispers. Ren has been betrayed by her people and Castian's father has put a bounty out for him. They're searching for Des, the missing prince, when they stumble on a story about a magic knife that might be able to help Ren with the memories plaguing her.

I thought this unfolded a bit slowly and was hoping for more action. More than an adventure story, this was about Renata discovering herself and
Sep 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Sometimes you return to a place, and it no longer feels familiar. Not because it's changed, but because you have, and there isn't anything you can do to get that feeling back"

Hollow Crown duology

The grittiness of the world building, the magic and political system made for a very complex plot, brimming with betrayal, deception, traveling in a Spanish Inquisition inspired world, rebel fighting, friendships and SWOON WORTHY romance. While I was able to predict some of the twists, I have to point o
Becca (Horners_book_corner)
May 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Hodder kindly sent me a copy of Illusionary to read and review and I thought it was such a brilliant ending to the Hollow Crown duology! I don't want to spoil anything for anyone who hasn't started the series yet, so I will just say that I adore Renata (and Castian), the back-and-forth banter, the painfully slow burn romance and the *magic system*, which is SO unique! If you enjoyed Incendiary you'll definitely enjoy this too 😍 ...more
Kaelyn Grace
May 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2021
This book made me feel so many emotions. I’m so sad that it’s over, but it’s the best way to end this duology! I’m still so in love with Castian and this book increased my obsession A LOT. Love this book so much plz read it!!!
Allie (alliewithbooks)
May 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
True rating: 4.5 stars

[ Review to come ]
Aug 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thank you for making Illusionary start right where Incendiary ended because that cliffhanger made you need the next book. Perfect ending for a fantastic fast paced duology.
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Zoraida Córdova is the author of many fantasy novels for kids and teens, including the award-winning Brooklyn Brujas series, Incendiary, and Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: A Crash of Fate. Her short fiction has appeared in the New York Times bestselling anthology Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, Star Wars The Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark, Come on In: 15 Stories About Immigration and Fi ...more

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