Thursday, December 18, 2014
REVIEW: WALKING THE LABYRINTH by Lisa Goldstein
REVIEW: WALKING THE LABYRINTH by Lisa Goldstein "Magic, magic, all is magic--" or so the reader feels of this very magical (in so many senses) tale. Stage magic is basically illusion, sleight-of-hand, trickery of the observer's eye; but then, so are con games like three-card Monte and shell games. Interpersonal con artists use illusion too, as do Faery, and with them it's called Glamour. All that brings us to the elusive (definitely, "now you see them, now you don't) Allalie Family: brother Callan, sisters Fentrice and Thorne (and aren't these just magical names?) In 1935, a local reporter tried to interview this illustrious family of stage illusionists, walked away with this conclusion: "Truth? Lies?" Sixty years later, Molly, granddaughter of Callan, orphaned as a toddler, raised by Fentrice, is abruptly accosted by a alleged private detective, about details of the family she doesn't know: all is concealed behind a veil of illusion, and perhaps--chicanery.