Huge thanks to Legend Press for asking me to kick off Greer Macallister’s blog tour for the paperback release of ‘The Magician’s Lie’. Here is my review:
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.
A magical and mysterious historical thriller, perfect for fans of The Night Circus and Water for Elephants.
What does TWG think?
I’ve got to be honest. If I was nosing through Amazon looking for a new book to read, there would be a slim chance ‘The Magician’s Lie’ would be the one I would usually pick. Why? Because magically inspired novels haven’t really made me go ‘ooooooh’ before. I’ve always thought that the storylines would be too far-fetched which meant that I have been bypassing these novels, purely based on assumption and lack of ‘ooooooh’ feeling. The question I asked myself upon finishing this novel was – ‘have I been missing out on some cracking reads?’. Answering that honestly, if all of the magically inspired murder mysteries out there are similar to Greer Macallister’s novel then yes, I have been missing out on some good reads.
If it wasn’t for Legend Press pointing ‘The Magician’s Lie’ in my direction, I would never have come across it on my accord, and for that I am quite thankful. Don’t get me wrong, some parts of the storyline were a little bit slow burning and made me lose interest a little bit. But, overall, I was genuinely surprised by how hooked on this book I was.
Straight away I was pulled into the storyline by the prologue and, laying all my cards on the table, I assumed the answer was clear. Once again my assumptions prove irrelevant but the shock factor was such a welcome surprise. However getting to the all important storyline conclusion was a definite slow burner. Whilst I wanted the author to get the point, I understood how vital some of the information Greer Macallister included, was. Did I think all of it was? No, I didn’t, yet the change of genre and overall storyline theme was incredibly refreshing. I surprised myself by enjoying the magical side to the novel, including the more in-depth parts of the tricks. Far fetched or not, it certainly is a talent.
I enjoyed the mysterious element of the storyline, especially the ‘whodunit?’ part as it meant the reader was able to get involved in the storyline by trying to piece everything together. Did I miss part of the storyline? Who was with ‘The Amazing Arden’ on the night? Why did she change from a saw to an axe? All these questions I tried to answer yet just like Virgil Holt, I had to be patient. ‘The Amazing Arden’ is such a complex character who, even when the storyline came to an end, I felt like there was so much more to the character than what we saw which piqued my interest even more. What happened to her once the conclusion was reached? Where did she go? What happened to her show?
Of course the likelihood of me finding out those answers are extremely slim, but the fact the author has managed to keep my interest even after the story has ended, is absolutely brilliant. Especially since this genre wasn’t my cup of tea to begin with.
Honestly? ‘The Magician’s Lie’ didn’t blow me away yet I really enjoyed the majority of the novel. I definitely will be reading Greer Macallister’s next novel after this.
Huge thanks to Legend Press.