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In Australia, a magician impresses audiences by producing real elephants. Nobody realizes it's not an illusion.
Across the world, individuals and ancient organizations with supernatural power suddenly detect the presence of something even they can't understand.
At the center of it all, Seb Varden, a 32-year old musician with a secret in his past, slits his wrists, is shot dead and run over on the freeway. He's had better days.
Seb is about to discover the universe is a far more complicated place than he'd ever imagined.
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By DobieChuck on 01-15-17
Very good read w/ some sneaky creativity... First you think SF, then you think fantasy, then you thin SF again... It literally is SF&F perfectly blended, w/ a strong influence of the Clark assertion that anything not sufficiently understood is indistinguishable from magic... Genre bending and fusing... Kinda urban/contemporary fantasy, but only slightly as the SF elements become more recognizable... Some really good characters, complete w/ a decidedly dastardly bad guy... The narration is adequate, but adds little to the experience... Which is fine, bc this story is where it's at and the narrator has it easy w/ such a smooth flowing yarn... Feels like there's a dash of Larry Niven's Magic universe influencing w/ better results imo...
40 of 41 people found this review helpful
By TJunk on 02-08-17
Different plot direction that I initially assumed was happening. I liked the direction, was just blind sided by it. This doesn't happen often so I'm happy with the result. Can't wait for book 2.
16 of 17 people found this review helpful
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By Fiona on 06-15-17
Nope - I lost it
I'm not sure what happened here, but I've had to abandon the book mid-way through.
I'm 12 chapters in and still really don't have any idea what's going on - I like the idea of setting up lots of little threads of this and that, to keep us guessing and weave them together artfully later on. But - 12 chapters in and I have just a handful of threads I don't understand.
One more titchy niggle, not really worth mentioning but while I'm on the subject... ~ the reader's english accent really bugged me - it's not bad exactly, but it sounds like David Essex which I find massively confusing.
The blurb seemed to promise a great story, and if anyone's minded to write the book I hoped for here I'm all ears. Until then sadly this book and I are not friends and will, with regret on my side at least, go our separate ways.
19 of 19 people found this review helpful
By JR Hartley on 07-12-17
Not for English audiences
Quite how you get a job reading an audiobook with a key character from England, when you cannot do an English accent, is beyond me. It has made this book unbearable to listen to, however the story turns out. I'll buy a hard copy and hope the US accents in my head are better than this English one was in my ears.
36 of 37 people found this review helpful