** spoiler alert ** First note after reading other reviews: Ignore the book jacket and just read the book for what it is!
I finished reading this book for book club and was so excited to talk about it with my friends when my daughter had to go to the emergency room and I never got to discuss. 😦 So, I am going to write my thoughts here, some of which may be spoilers. I will say that I absolutely loved this book. It’s not one I thought I would like as it’s not a YA trilogy or a contemporary romance with functional people, but it did have the magic, mysticism, and romance that I do usually enjoy. And now, on to the discussion part with spoilers.
The parts with the reveurs made me think of them like current day fanboys. I could picture them going to Comic-con in their black outfits and red scarves! of course they had no Internet, but What would reveurs be like if they did? The reveurs also made me think of those who followed the Grateful Dead or Phish. I loved every bit of the reveurs and found them just as fascinating as the illusionists.
There was a lot of symbolism in this book, of course the Tarot cards represented each of the characters, but that was rather blatant, but two themes recurred: scales/balance, and trees. The transmutation h
was foreshadowed- Widget’s story, Celia talking about Hector’s last trick and what he could have done. The tree is very symbolic- for Bailey (the oak), for Marco (the book), for Celia (the wishing tree). I loved all the tree references. The scales were important for Isobel as she became the balance, the Temperance, to make sure Marco and Celia were able to continue creating illusions. In the end, Marco and Celia were each other’s balance, a perfect matched set.
Color was obviously important, too. The circus is black and white, Alexander is grey, and when the circus folk are being themselves, there is vibrant color (like at the anniversary party).
All in all, this one will stay with me for awhile. I enjoyed it a lot, including all the narrative shifts and time shifts. 5 stars.