Baby’s blood… Virgin’s tears… Chainsaws… It’s remarkable what some magicians keep back-stage.
Two magic shows: the Maestros of Magic touring the country, playing provincial theatres; the Carnival of Conjurors successful in the West End. When the Maestros learn that the Conjurors are using real magic – Black Magic – to do their tricks they decide that they must use their own, distinctly unmagical, stage skills to stop them. Soon people are dying on stage – but can the Maestros really beat a team that has the devil on their side?
A darkly humorous thriller by a writer who knows the world of magicians and stage magic.
Tom Williams is the author of six previous books, but this is his first novella (33,000 words).
I think a part of me has never grown up, for I love anything magical.
So when I saw the amazing cover for Dark Magic, I knew I had to read it.
The title told me this would not be about the kind of magic that children adore, there would be no fairy-tale animals or rainbows, but my curiosity pulled me into the story anyway.
Tom Williams introduces us to the modern world of magic, and is probably a magician himself, for he seems to know so much about it.
This story is about two rival magic shows, The Maestros of Magic and the Carnival of Conjurors, both touring the UK.
We get to meet all the diverse characters. Beautifully created, real life people from both groups as they compete to be the most successful.
When members of the public begin to die after some of the Conjurors incredible performances, the Maestros want to know why. Some of their rival’s acts seem unreal, but they know magic doesn’t exist, that everything is just a lot of smoke and mirrors, but it does seem as though the Conjurors have something else up their sleeves.
This story takes you for a funny but often sinister ride into the wonders of the magic world as the Maestros try to find out what is going on, and then as they try to stop it.
I really enjoyed Dark Magic and will be looking out for more from Tom Williams in the future!