The Magician

by Carla Cook

Love Spell, June, 2002.
Paperback, 307 pages.
ISBN: 0505524902
Subgenre: Paranormal

The Magician by Carla Cook Katherine Marlowe's husband died ten months ago, after years of what seemed like a perfect marriage. Now Katherine's six year-old girl, Gina, is having terrible nightmares in which she goes into a dark tunnel and never returns. When Gina has the dream, she appears to be dead, or at least in a coma-like state. The numerous doctors consulted are all baffled by the case, and Katherine is at her wits end when a handsome and compelling man, Lucas Connelly, shows up on her doorstep saying that Gina is a night traveler, and that she is in great danger. Katherine initially rejects Lucas' offer to help, although she can't shake the feeling that she has known Lucas before. But when Gina's state deteriorates, she allows Lucas to try to save her daughter. Lucas is a stage magician, who has recently been having visions of a great evil that he must fight. He knows he must save the little girl, but will the mother's fears keep him from doing his job before it's too late?

The Magician is actually a gripping horror tale of good versus evil, with a passionate romance as a secondary plotline. Lucas and Katherine are star-crossed lovers who have lost their chance at happiness in every previous lifetime and who will try this one last time to get it right. The threat to the child is quite chilling, and the feeling of menace is quite real. Lovers of dark paranormal romance will find this story especially entertaining.

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This review was published in the September, 2002 of The Internet Writing Journal.

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