Review: The Arts of Legerdemain as Taught by Ghosts


Set against a backdrop of magic tricks, ghost stories, and attempts to communicate with the dead, The Arts of Legerdemain as Taught by Ghosts tells the story of Steve Kozwa–a former stage magician who’s recently released from prison. Steve is living in a dilapidated apartment, working a dead-end job at a donut shop, and clinging to one spark of hope: that he can somehow scrape together enough money to get to New Zealand and the fresh start his sister has promised.

His fragile existence is shattered by a poster advertising a magic show, and a magician Steve recognizes: his ex-lover, Fox Fellows. As he wrestles with the conflicting emotions and memories surrounding his failed relationship with Fox, Steve tries to gain ground on his potential future, signing on to help a sad and obsessive hunt to communicate with spirits. And, just as Steve thinks he’s managed to get over the crux of his problem, an unforeseen catastrophe wipes everything away, and leaves him facing a dangerous and desperate set of choices.

Rating: 5-stars


The Arts of Legerdemain As Taught by Ghosts is entertaining, suspenseful, and well-written. Jim Naremore has created a marvelous masterpiece. After opening the book, the story swept me off my seat…and settled me deep into the tale. Following a magician as his turn of events go from livable to highly dangerous, was fun. I didn’t know what to expect. Each page was full of adventure. Bold, enticing, and engaging. 

Jim Naremore has created a character reader’s like myself won’t ever forget. Steve Kozwa. A magician who is let out of prison and soon finds himself starting back towards magic. Then, there’s his ex lover, as well as the promise of a new life. But first, he is easily turned away by someone over her own success. Next, he’s framed…or is trying to be framed. Yet Steve and his magic are so good, it’s unbelievable what he can do. Steve is easily a character I liked. His story hooked me from the beginning to end. I look forward to reading more about Steve Kozwa in the future. The ending leaves so much that could be turned into more possibilities. Overall, I highly recommend The Arts of Legerdemain As Taught by Ghosts, to readers worldwide. 

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