The Magician's Lie
Water for Elephants meets The Night Circus in The Magician's Lie, a debut novel in which the country's most notorious female illusionist stands accused of her husband's murder—and she has only one night to convince a small-town policeman of her innocence.
The Amazing Arden is the most famous female illusionist of her day, renowned for her notorious trick of sawing a man...more
“But this is life, and when bad things come to us, there isn't much choice. You survive them or you don't.”
I doubt I have ever given five stars to an ARC. I'm pretty easy to please when it comes to books, and I do give out a large amount of near-enough or full-on five stars, even if others have rated it one. As long as it keeps me hooked and the characters are enjoyable, I'm happy.
The Magician's Lie is all of that and more.
What I liked:
- Amazing Arden's amazing life story.
- Amazing Arden's ...more
The Line - “I might be a prisoner but I didn’t have to be a victim.”
The Sinker - ...more
The impossible is nothing new to me. As I do every night, I will make people believe things that aren't true. I will show them worlds that never existed, events that never happened. I will weave a web of beautiful illusion to ensnare them, a glittering trap that drags them willingly with me into the magical, false, spellbinding world.
The Magician's Lie was a thrilling book about a female illusionist, who is well known for her trick of sawing a man in half. When ...more
Started off vey slowly and in the beginning it was hard to accept the premise that makes this story work. It is when Arden begins to tell her story to Holt that the novel becomes fascinating, that is if you are a lover of magic and illusions. Loved reading about how these illusions are performed, the planning behind ...more
The story is presented as a series of tales related over one night by the Amazing Arden, a famous female illusionist. Her sole listener is the local Sheriff who has just taken her in for the suspected murder of her husband. The Sheriff is ...more
There were so many other lives I wasn't leading, all because of a handful of choices, mostly made by others.
I couldn't decide on a rating for this book - I enjoyed most of it, although I definitely did not agree with the blurb's statement of Water for Elephants meets The Night Circus. Three quarters of the book was a quick, fun read and I especially enjoyed reading about the tricks of the magic trade. I hated the ending though, it felt rushed and did not fit the rest of the story. I decided on a ...more
It's gothic, dark, sensual and has a touch of a thriller in it. I know that I was more than a little tense at the end.
This story starts in Waterloo, Iowa in the early 1900s. (pure excitement I realize...I can say that because I lived in Iowa for a while..so there.) Our Amazing Arden is an illusionist, and not just any illusionist but a FEMALE illusionist. That matters...because sadly...it matters. The very early scenes of the book are of her amazing show ...more
It says: "The magician's lie is that, instead of making the doves disappear, she hides them in her butt."
Pardon me, but... HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
No offense meant to fans of the book or the author, but the unintentional symbolism of the title and the cover is hilarious. Keep on keeping on, Greer Macallister. I'll give you five stars just for giving me a chuckle.
Then I read and reviewed Rosie Thomas’ The Illusionists, about a troupe of magicians in Victorian London, and enjoyed that one, too.
Now, when presented with a 3rd recent historical novel about magic and magicians, I had no qualms about picking it up, and I’m very ...more
This book starts off quite dramatic which help pull you in right away.
The Magician and her axe! And is that fake blood?
The stage smoke as it lingers and goes over toward the audience and in the audience that night was the Towns only police officer.
Its the 1800's, we have folk riding on horses to get to their destination. So you need to put your mind back to that era and how people lived.
The name of the arresting officer is Holt.
Some interesting conversation and dialogue go on between Hold and ...more
Another great book by Greer Macallister. This author is so easy to read. Her words just flow. You actually visualize what she has put on paper.
The story of an Illusionist. One who is being arrested for murder - the murder of her own husband in Waterloo Iowa, right after her performance. Having just that night performed the 'saw a man in half' illusion, Arden instead of the saw, used an ax. Her dead husband found, she is arrested and begins to tell her sordid tale. Police officer Holt ...more
There are a great deal of flashbacks that really add to the flavor of the story and gives the reader great insight on who Arden is. She’s illegitimate, and moves with her mother to her relatives’ ...more
The Magician's Lie kept me hooked pretty much from start to finish. ...more
Such a promising story full of so much potential...until the last twelve pages ruined the entire thing.
From pretty much the very first page, I was completely hooked by this novel. It was just...entrancing. Stories about illusionists have always been a draw for me, so of course I had to pick this one up as soon as I heard about it. And, for much of my time spent reading it, it did not disappoint.
I was totally captivated by Ada's sweeping tale full of intrigue, mystery, horror, and pain. ...more
The concept worked partially, in that I found Ada/ Arden’s story interesting but the set up to get to her back story was awkward and didn’t make sense to me. Ada gets arrested by a small town cop, Virgil, accuse of her husband’s murder, ...more
A quick, thoroughly enjoyable read, delving into a world of magic and illusion.
When I saw that this book was compared to The Night Circus, and hailed as a great read by none other than Oprah Winfrey herself, I felt duty bound to request a copy. I'm a total sucker for anything relating to magic, and this promised to be an entertaining read.
Whilst I didn't feel that it was anything like the Night Circus (not sure who ...more
This is a simple premise. Ada (Arden) a female illusionist in the early 20th century who is accused of a murder when someone ends up death at one of her shows. A police inspector followers her and tries to get a confession to help his career. Which is why we end up at Arden telling about her life these last few years.
It is vivid and beautifully written. You could really get a feel for the characters (Ray is sure to give me ...more
I have never read a magical story involving a magician. I loved how the story combined magic and a murder. The point that I liked here is that in most cases an illusionist is a man and I like the way this subject was turned around on its heel to a woman illusionist. This is the life of the most famous female illusionist in the world. Now this is the time which Arden has decided to leave it all behind. This is the life she will end. Arden every night, will make people believe things that aren’t ...more
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