To be honest, I don’t think the blurb does this book justice. It certainly sounded interesting to me which was enough to make we want to read it. I suppose that is the goal of the blurb, and, while there’s nothing misleading in the back cover, this book is so much more than that. It only takes a few pages for me to realize that and I was quickly hooked.
That first chapter drags you into the world that Alexander created without overwhelming you. A world of magic and mythology in the 1930s. The author weaves in hints of the backstory of our main character, Anson Walker, expertly and, as you read on, more of the world is revealed not only through the eyes of this character but of the other characters as well. It’s enough to keep you from getting lost as to what’s going on and it’s never too much info to bore you.
And in regards to our main character? Well, when it comes to antiheroes, I find some authors miss the mark. Alexander Thomas didn’t miss it. This is an antihero that I feel for, that I want to see succeed. Even when his actions and motivations are less than pure, I can understand why he’s acting the way he is. And this brings me back to the point above. Alexander does a brilliant job of weaving in that backstory with the right amount of detail at the right time so you are never left thinking that Anson isn’t worth cheering for.
With such a wonderful world building and unexpected twists to this tale, The Magician’s Sin keeps you engaged and you are left wondering, ‘What’s going to happen next?’ with each chapter that pulls you deeper into the engaging, magical world. Alexander takes you on a wonderful and sometimes frightening, journey with this story that is written with beautiful detail and relatably flawed characters.