I actually received this book in a sort of interesting way. I got an email asking if I would post about the sale of The Magician’s Lie by Greer Macallister from Source Books, on my social media. I asked in return if the publishers would send me a copy to read- since I don’t really like to advertise things unless I really like them. So, she said she would. I waited for a while to receive the book- and then I realized that it was stuck in my front door (we don’t use my front door, pretty much ever). I was so excited that it didn’t get lost in the mail that I ripped it open and started devouring it right away. The first thing I noticed about this book was the packaging. It came in this really cool box, and it added to the mystery of the book:
Second, the cover of the book was beautiful, and it features a girl on the front that really reminds me of Ginnifer Goodwin, whom I absolutely adore. Okay, now moving on to the book (FINALLY), this book was just shrouded in mystery from the very beginning. It takes you on a ride, and continuously stops and starts, like an old rollercoaster, to make you want more and more as the pages turn. The story takes place in the very early 1900’s and follows the Amazing Arden, one of very few female illusionists of her time. Though there is much speculation about her, and the way that she does magic, it all comes to a head when her husband is found murdered with in the box she uses to cut people in half.
Once she is taken into custody by one of the policemen, Virgil, she weaves a tale so intricate and spell binding, that Virgil doesn’t know what to make of Arden. She begins the story by telling Virgil about when she was a young girl, and doesn’t end until the present day. All the while, Virgil has to decide if she’s telling the truth, or if she really murdered her husband. The illusion she sets forth may mask the truth, but Virgil needs to decide if she is worth trusting or else he needs to pull back the curtain of her wicked ways.
I thought this book was so beautifully written, and it really captured my attention. From the early days of Arden, to the cold room she’s sitting in with Virgil, the words really create a picture in your mind of what is happening. I thought it was a great story, and I was trying to figure Arden out as she told her stories. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars, I would love to read more from this author.