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Dispel Illusion

(Impossible Times #3)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  4,415 ratings  ·  458 reviews
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 the
Kindle Edition, 234 pages
Published November 14th 2019 by 47North
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Mark Lawrence
Apr 07, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Each book in the trilogy is 99 cents on US kindle for the month of March 2021!


I have copies!

Wobble is guarding this one fiercely.

"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
Robin Hobb
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The usual Caveat: Mark Lawrence and I are friends who have never met, courtesy of the internet. I do not think that affects my review of this book. After all, I bought it!

Dispel Illusion is an eminently satisfying conclusion to the Impossible Times trio. Friendships are revisited, threads are pursued to their logical conclusion, all while remaining true to the characters introduced in One Word Kill.

This is solid story-telling.

No spoilers. I will say that there were moments in this that I hadn'
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Final review, co-written with Kat, and first posted on Fantasy Literature:

Dispel Illusion is the final book in Mark Lawrence’s IMPOSSIBLE TIMES trilogy. (Readers will need to finish One Word Kill and Limited Wish before beginning Dispel Illusion, so we’ll assume you’ve done that.) Kindly, Mark Lawrence provides a recap of previous important events at the beginning of this book. (Thank you, Mr. Lawrence!) Then the story begins, literally, with an explosion. It’s a singular explosion, though: time
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“The two saving graces of explosions are that from the outside they’re pretty and from the inside they’re quick.”

One Word Kill ★★★ 3/4
Limited Wish ★★★★
Dispel Illusion ★★★★ 1/2

I am in awe of this series because every book was better than the last one and I would have never asked for a different finale. I am usually disappointed with trilogies as I feel closure is something difficult to get but not with this series! A perfect ending to a gre
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The stage of destiny

A great ending to a great trilogy. I really enjoyed every book of the trilogy. This is the best time travel story I have read so far. Mark's background gives the science of the story extra authenticity.

Nick and Mia have come through a number of trials an tribulations of both time and life. Now Nick mush face his greatest challenge, to change his fate of becoming Demus which will lead to his own death.

This book takes place in 1992, 1985 and 2011. The different eras of Nick's
Mark Lawrence
Sep 28, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
h o l l i s
Well well welllllll.

This series has been a wild ride of weirdness, geekiness, violence, and wtf'ery. That last mostly in the sense of "I have no idea what's happening, I'm so dumb, this book is hella smart, why am I reading this." But this final installment?

W o w.

Not only is this my favourite of the set, it also wraps everything so.. perfectly. The cleverness of the author, of bringing all these convoluted strands of time, events, people, and more, together, is just unreal. Again, I stumbled my
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I told (her) that this had been the time I was going to allocate to catching up on all those great fantasy books I never managed to get round to reading. She told me that they were still publishing great fantasy books, with more coming out each week than I could read in a year. I told her to shut up.


“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 str
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Let's say that most of the questions regarding time travel are pretty much covered, and yet I still had some left: the first time Demus traveled back in time, how did he become bald in 1986, so that his memory is always this of the bald man? (view spoiler) ...more
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, 2020-shelf
What a fantastic end to this time-travel SF trilogy!

Each volume gives us a firm grounding in these friends' cool D&D sessions and twists the events into very clever plots full of deception, imperfect memory, and time-paradox filled with the possibility of entire lost universes. Of course, it's not a good D&D session without REALLY high stakes, right?

But as this particular title implies, there may... or may not... be a lot of deception going on within the pages. Of course, revealing the spell, t
Zitong Ren
There were like multiple timelines that followed the same characters and everyone was travelling all over the place since it’s about time travel and it really messed with my brain which is barely functioning at this point. Since I haven’t been bothered to write full reviews on any of these books in this trilogy(sorry about that, just wasn’t in the mood for it), I will say that it is very smart with lots of scientific stuff about it that I don’t understand but it didn’t stop me from enjoying the ...more
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Dispel Illusion is the third book in the Impossible Times series.

For almost all of it I tried to solve the time travel puzzle that Lawrence has set up, and for almost all of it I didn't manage.

Then, however, just before the climax, I understood where this was headed, and here's why I'm torn: it's a time travel series that makes sense (at least to me) and ends up with a satisfying conclusion BUT wasn't it all just a tiny bit too convenient by the end? (It felt like part of the conclusion took awa
The Cats’ Mother
This is the first book I’ve ever “read” as an audiobook! I read and very much enjoyed the first two parts of the trilogy last year, but somehow missed seeing this come up on NetGalley so bought it, then saw that for a couple of extra $ I could get the audio version. I have just started an audible subscription, mainly for running, but thought that this might also be something my husband would enjoy too, even though he hasn’t read the previous two, so we tried it out for a long car journey and bot ...more
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We are, all of us, endless.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! What a mind fuck. Of course, it's a timey wimey story so you need to have at least one knot in your brain by the time you finish it. ;)

For this third and final volume we're back with Nick, Mia, John and Simon. Actually, we are back with several versions of them, at a number of different point in time. We're also back with the D&D since that is such a great influence on Nick and his friends.
Nick has become a Nobel Prize winner and famous scientist. He
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 9.0/10

Thanks to the author for an advance reading copy of Dispel Illusion (Impossible Times #3) in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this eARC did not influence my thoughts or opinions.

The stories of our lives don’t behave themselves; they don’t have clear
beginnings, and even death isn’t a clear end. We just do what we can, we take what kindness and joy we find along the way, we ride the rapids as best we’re able.

If anyone could write a novel that grabs the threads from the previo
Paul E. Morph
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
A really great ending to an incredibly fun trilogy. Mark Lawrence must have plotted this out meticulously because he wraps it all up with a bow, albeit not a very neat one. I had an absolute blast with this SF series and will definitely be checking out the author's other work. ...more
Jon Adams
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nailed it.
Milda Page Runner
Feb 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Review now Live at Grimdark Magazine.

“Sometimes being wrong is the right answer.” That’s a great lead on the blurb for this book, and only makes sense after the experience has completed. Dispel Illusion is the third and final installation of the Impossible Times trilogy, and it truly brings everything full circle.

I reviewed Book One, One Word Kill and Book Two, Limited Wish last year at Grimdark Magazine. I was blown away by how Lawrence pulled me into the story and kept surprising me throughout
Queen Terrible Timy
This review was originally posted on my blog RockStarlit BookAsylum!

I've got an uncorrected proof copy through Netgalley. Thanks to 47North and Mark Lawrence for the opportunity.

"I had left that boy behind in my wake, just as we all abandon the children we were. Slow or fast, the years pull us apart from them, sometimes in one savage yank, sometimes by degrees, like the hour hand of the clock, too stealthy for us to perceive its motion and yet when you look again it is no longer where you le
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-own
I loved it, the whole trilogy but this last one best. I loved the way it ended and I loved how the characters feel like friends now.
I didn't really try to understand the time travel stuff, just took it for granted and I loved that I could and still thoroughly enjoy the story.
I would recommend this series to, well, ehm... everyone!
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great conclusion. Took me a bit to absorb some of those time paradoxes, but well done!
Bibliyohan Blackthorn ➰
"All good stories come full circle in the end."

Mark Lawrence is a genius, I can't think of nothing else to describe him as an author.

Dispel Illusion definitely wrapped the trilogy way better than I expected. This book just caught me off guard and everything in me starts to unravel- emotionally speaking, that is - especially with that multiverse theory which I've clung to for most of my life and how all of us are infinities and somehow, it's a comfort for me if not for everybody.

"We can look at o
May 02, 2020 rated it liked it
I was left somewhat unsatisfied by this ending. I will attempt not to spoiler it, but will probably fail. This trilogy was a fun sort of blend of sci-fi and D&D. Lawerence had some good thoughts about the nature of existence but ultimately this felt like a personal time travel game as if Lawrence was going to write a more ambitious trilogy (his specialty) in the future and wanted to try out some time travel ideas.

The time travel piece was seriously complicated and I sometimes got a bit lost but
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So Good

If you’ve read the first two books in the Impossible Times trilogy, then you already know that time travel, DnD and Nick and Mia are the heart of this rip roaring tale of friendships, love and winding paths.

As with the two predecessor novels, this book is short and quick (around 300 pages) and zips by. Darting from the 1980s to 2011, with dalliances in quantum physics and the danger - or cost- or ‘knowing’ your future.

There’s a surprising amount to digest in this bite sized morsel of a b
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Binge read the entire trilogy!
G.R. Matthews
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An excellent ending which wraps up the story. I enjoyed all three and can recommend them to folks who want to be told a good story with some absolutely beautiful lines.
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ok wow what a way to end a trilogy! No spoilers but let's just say that whatever your think might happen in this book there are a few surprises sound the way.
This is a nicely told time travel tale interwoven with a chunk of DnD which is particularly relevant to the main story.
It's a rollicking good read that I consumed in under a day so it certainly keeps you hooked.
I'll be sorry to leave these characters behind and prepared to be surprised if there are any future takes to be told!
I'd highly rec
Jun 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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I did not think it possible for the third book to be better than the previous two but alas here we are. A perfect book to end the series with a bow on top, going full circle.

I waited to find the sentence that ended my belief. The thing where I would groan and think Whyyyyy.... noooo..... that is not possible.
But it never came. And as the final page rolled around I was smiling, and crying. All of a sudden you did understand Demus in a way I hadn't before. You'd known he came back to save his Mia
The final book in the Impossible Times trilogy and about as good an ending as I can remember in any trilogy/series I’ve read in a long time. It’s always hard to finish off a series that satisfies and this volume does that, and also does it in a ‘Wow, didn’t expect that’ surprising manner too. Not just a good ending but an unexpected ending too!

Given that statement it’d be silly of me to reveal much about the plot. The author has ‘built the world’ in the previous two volumes so we know the basic
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