Lies and Illusion

Diplomacy has never been Alex’s strong suit…

When the vampire council puts Alex and James on trial for exposing the species’ existence to the world, Alex's freedom and James's life hang in the balance, though Alex suspects James’s new daywalking ability is the real aim of their inquisition.

Any hope of talking their way out of hot water evaporates when one of the council members is found murdered . . . with James standing over the smoldering corpse. With every vampire looking to claim Alex’s power for themselves, she will have to team up with an unlikely ally, push her magic to its limits, and match wits against a powerful new foe if she hopes to come out unscathed.
Book 7 in the MAGICSMITH series
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A Drop of Magic

"A damned fun and original read, with sass, action, hot men, and a whole lot of magic."
—Diana Pharaoh Francis, author of the Diamond City Magic and Horngate Witches series

"Definitely a must read. I couldn’t put the book down once I started."
—Sarah Taylor, Goodreads review

Praise for Lies and Illusion:
"I was so darn excited to see another book in this series, I almost cried….This book starts with a bang and really never lets the reader go….Another well-written, engaging, non-stop action thrill-ride sure to please fans of this series. Highly recommend." -Penny N., NetGalley reviewer
"This has become one of my favorite fantasy series. The author is adept at worldbuilding as well as creating relatable characters. Her plotting is spot on" -Evan G., NetGalley reviewer
"This is an intricately woven tale of hope, betrayal, deceit and love. Such a creative intense story filled with twists that are often creepy. Evil abounds but good prevails in the end. Awesome read!" -Karen F., NetGalley reviewer
"A brilliant and powerful addition to the series. Hands downs one of the best installments yet!… I was left feeling so invested in Alex and James that I couldn’t stop reading. I absolutely must have more and I am very anxiously waiting for the next installment of this mind blowing series!" -Richelle R., NetGalley reviewer
"Death's , twisty's, an escape, and a heartbreaking compromise for 2 lives in [the] balance. Great story. Really the best so far." -Helen W., NetGalley reviewer
"Oh my if you thought the Fae were nefarious just wait for what goes on at the Vampire Council!...I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and it felt wholly fresh and very different." -Marta C., NetGalley reviewer
"I love the roller coaster that LR Braden takes us for a ride on with all of her books, and this one is no exception." -Laura O., NetGalley reviewer
"This book is full of twists and turns, the action is breathtakingly fast, everyone has an agenda, not all are who they appear to be...Another brilliant book in this series. I cannot wait for the next." -Anne S., NetGalley reviewer
"This series is one of those that once you start you just keep impatiently waiting for the next one to come out... I really was invested in this novel. I could not put it down. James and Alex were well written and I felt like I was in the book with them. I can not wait to find out what is going on and where we go next." -Angela J., NetGalley reviewer