When we meet Pamela and Aleister they are young children. Pamela is fascinated with the theater but must relocate from London to Jamaica. Aleister is a bit of an outcast obsessed with magic. As the years pass we see them experiencing little snippets of magic as they age. Pamela is drawn into the theater and Aleister into an underground magical society. When Pamela is enlisted to draw a special deck of tarot cards, their paths cross and only one can prosper.
I was a little lost with this one. I liked Pamela a lot but we didn’t spend enough time with her. I’m not well versed in tarot so I think some of the references were lost on me. The story blends historical fiction with magical realism but failed to wow me on either aspect. The major battle that is outlined in the synopsis takes too long to get to. Lots of cameos in this one. Bram Stoker is a major character. We also see William Butler Yeats.
Read this one if you liked The Spirit Engineer.
Thanks to Booksparks for the gifted copy. All opinions above are my own.
Do you believe in tarot cards? Psychics? Fortune telling?