Monday 6 March 2017

Book Review: The Magician's Lie by Greer Macallister

Title: The Magician's Lie
Author: Greer Macallister
Publisher: Legend Press
Publication Date: 3 April 2017
Pages: 304
Format: eBook - EPUB
Genre: Fantasy/Historical
Source: ARC via NetGalley

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The Amazing Arden is the most famous female illusionist of her day, renowned for her notorious trick of sawing a man in half on stage. But one night she swaps her trademark saw for an axe.

When Arden's husband is found dead later that night, the answer seems clear, most of all to young policeman Virgil Holt.

Captured and taken into custody, all seems set for Arden's swift confession. But she has a different story to tell. Even handcuffed and alone, Arden is far from powerless, and what she reveals is as unbelievable as it is spellbinding.
(Goodreads Synopsis)

The Magician's Lie is a story that captivated me from the first page. A true fantasy realism piece, it leaves you never 100 per cent certain whether the story Arden spins is true or pure fiction. I enjoyed the slow build and subtle weaving of Arden's spell (over us as much as Virgil Holt) but, for me, the ending seemed a tad abrupt. After such a steady pace at the start, the denouement was over within a few pages. It's certainly a book to try if you enjoyed works such as The Night Circus.

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