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Devil's Luck (The Disillusionists) by [Crane, Carolyn]
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A standalone novella from the Disillusionists world (32K words)
In time order, it would be 3.5, but you can read it alone, because it is about side characters.


No wager is too outrageous for Simon Fitzgerald, the most reckless of the Disillusionists. His dark secrets drive him to take increasingly extreme risks, but he’s never lived so quite so dangerously as when he hooks up with Midcity’s most powerful prognosticator.

Fawna Brady is tormented by the destinies she sees for those around her. To Fawna, knowledge of the future is a cage she’d do anything to escape. She’s stunned to discover a taste of the freedom for which she yearns at the side of Simon, the one person in the world who despises everything she is, everything she stands for.

Simon’s defiant attitude toward destiny captivates Fawna, but will her love destroy him? And will Simon rush headlong into the delicious doom she offers?

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3.0 out of 5 stars Simon is Still as Reckless as Ever 7 July 2015
By Robin Snyder - Published on
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Simon is a mess. He is a complete and utter disaster who seems to always do the thing that will get him into the most trouble or the most hurt. He was one of the most interesting characters of the disillusionists series so I was excited to get to know him a little better.

“Do you ever win?” she asked.
“I hold my own.”
When there’s no chance in hell. That was a kind of winning.
“Do you zing them with your recklessness? Dump it into them and make them go wild? Is that your edge?”
“Hell, no. I keep it all for myself.”
She snorted. “So that’s your special talent? Huge amounts of recklessness?”

I can say that I know him better now and understand his obsession with recklessness. Simon has an interesting back story that I didn’t see coming, it was an interesting twist. I didn’t initially see he and Fawna hitting it off so well but they go from frenemies to lovers in 2.5 seconds. It was super fast but it seems that Carolyn Crane does have a tendency to escalate things quickly.

Fawna was perhaps as interesting as Simon. She is a prisoner to her predictions and he was able to bring her out of that and show her how to spit in the eye of fate so to speak so that she wasn’t trapped by her gift.

-- 'It wasn’t just her—almost any time she told someone good news about his or her future, there’d always be that ‘but what about this…’ moment. Everyone kicked the tires. Happily-ever-afters belonged to people who couldn’t know the future.'

They are a pretty good fit overall and maybe if the story was longer they would have had a slower building relationship but as is it goes really quickly.

Simon is who he is and I’m glad he wasn’t ‘cured’ or changed at the end of the story. It wouldn’t have felt true to me if that had happened…he fell in love and it ‘fixed’ him. I like that he fell in love and did something even more reckless…because that IS Simon.

This is definitely not a much read. It is a little uncomfortable in Simon’s head but if he was one of your favorite characters from the series it is fun to see where he ended up.
4.0 out of 5 stars Ah, wish it had been longer and the drag race shorter 8 March 2014
By Mir - Published on
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I found Simon's character so intriguing when reading the trilogy (at first, a sexy irritant, then grew on me a lot) and then Fawna's, so, naturally, this was a must-buy after finishing Head Rush. Simon is so humanized here: his motivations and inner issues. He becomes downright lovable. Fawna as well is fleshed out. I frankly wished I had seen more with them, a longer story. But the length here is not bad, just drags during the drag race. That seemed to go on too long and I, frankly got bored and I skimmed through a good deal of that. But what came after and the character growth, that was delightful. And it has a happy ending, which makes me happy. The romance is fun and the action is excellent. Miss Crane is becoming one of my must buy authors. If she writes another urban fantasy, I am definitely gonna check it out. She is GOOD. Very good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fans are still enamoured with this series 14 March 2012
By Alpha Reader - Published on
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Simon Fitzgerald is living on borrowed time - and that's just the way he likes it. He has recklessness in the blood and defies fate at every turn. So his natural enemies are prognosticators - harbingers of death and future. And Simon's number one frenemy of late is Fawna Brady - Otto and Packard's old farsighted friend from their days as gang kids, and the best prognosticator in Midcity.

As a child, Fawna was stolen away from Midcity and taken to a lab for a few years. . . before being `rescued' by Bobby Barrington - and made to hedge his bets and get him big gambling wins. Fawna didn't get a childhood, but now she's making up for that. She wears a coat with a collection of memories stuck to it - a doll's head for what she was denied, a gold coin from Barrington's casino. . . and in trying to live her life to the fullest, Fawna is trying desperately to cut back on her visions and peeking into the future.

Simon is a reckless spirit, too beautiful to ignore. He and Fawna are natural enemies - one is ruled by fate, the other defies it at every turn. But when Fawna's foresight sees Simon in grave danger, she has to do everything in her power to help him. . .

`Devil's Luck' is a Disillusionists novella from Carolyn Crane.

The `Disillusionists' trilogy is done and dusted, but fans are clearly still lusting after a few beloved characters . . . like reckless maniac Simon, and elusive Fawna. I have been seeing reviews for `Devil's Luck' popping up all over the place. And with a cover model who reminds me a little of Michael Fassbender, I just couldn't resist revisiting Midcity one more time!

At 32k words, `Devil's Luck' is short but packs a punch. Carolyn Crane does a masterful job at getting to the crux of these two very complicated characters. Simon's recklessness is explained with surprising clarity, and even though `recklessness' always seemed like the most insubstantial of zinging powers, Crane gives us a peek into just how this wild and rash thinking has been Simon's saviour for many years.

On the other side we have Fawna - who peeks into people's futures against her psychiatrist's orders. Fawna is addicted to her own foresight - particularly as it affirms her `doom or gloom' predictions of love, life and humanity in general.

Simon and Fawna are natural enemies for their clashing ideals, and their push-and-pull gives readers some delicious tension early on.

Simon and Fawna are a delectable couple. Opposites do indeed attract; Simon and Fawna fall into an unlikely but heated connection after a drag race goes wrong. . . and with his feelings, Simon experiences a new sort of recklessness. He is utterly charming and endearing in his sudden, blazing feelings for Fawna, and what he wants to do for her.

The Disillusionists trilogy is over, and I can't wait for Ms Crane to release her new `paranormal romance spy series' and `urban fantasy adventure series'. But as reception to `Devil's Luck' illustrates, fans are still enamored of Crane's debut series. . . Simon and Fawna are certainly scratching a collective itch we all still seem to have for those neurotic superheroes.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This Disillusionists' short was A 'Lucky' find for me 20 May 2012
By melindeeloo - Published on
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It's been a while since I read the first book of the Disillusionists, but even though I don't remember that much from the series - and I didn't remember either of these characters or if they were present in that book - I remembered enough of the framework of the series to feel comfortable jumping back into Crane's world and she supplied everything else that was needed for me to really enjoy this story.

Even at the short length, the leads - Fawna, whose talent is that she sees the future and Simon who is able to spread his recklessness to others - were well developed and those who follow the series will be happy to discover what makes the pair tick. And I thought that the romance was well done and liked that even though Fawna and Simon initially seem so wrong for each other - she can't enjoy the present since she sees everyone's long term fate and he lives like there's no tomorrow - but they end up be so right for each other when all is said and done.

So I really enjoyed Devil's Luck and now I really have to go digging through the TBR pile to see if I have any of the other books in the series in need of rescue.
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent novella 24 March 2012
By Erin Satie - Published on
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Devil's Luck is a Disillusionist-world novella about Simon, the reckless disillusionist, and Fawna, the prognosticator. The only thing wrong with it is that it's a novella. Novellas are short!

I love the Disillusionist series but I can't say I ever had a particular attraction to Simon, or a drive to see him get his HEA. Luckily, Carolyn Crane is brilliant and the first few pages of Devil's Luck completely sold me on him. The first scene at the fair is fantastic, probably my favorite in the book. And I was fascinated to find out what, exactly, was the source of Simon's recklessness.

I was also amazed at how perfectly he and Fawna were matched. Simon, who has been pointing his middle finger at certain doom since he was a teenager...and Fawna, who has been caged by her knowledge of the future all her life. I got the feeling that Fawna needed Simon a lot more than Simon needed Fawuna, but since he's a crazy dude and she's an amazingly accurate oracle, that's a pretty amazing dynamic to pull off.

Novellas always leave me kind of unsatisfied - short! They are short! - but, sometimes, if I like the author enough, I'll read them anyway. Good decision, in this case.

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