Skip to main content

Magicians Impossible

Magicians Impossible
Brad Abraham
Thomas Dunne Books, 2017
Source: E-Galley, Library
Audience: Adults, Older Teens

From Goodreads:
Bartender Jason Bishop's world is shattered when his estranged father Daniel seemingly commits suicide, but the greater shock comes when he learns his father was a secret agent in the employ of the Invisible Hand; an ancient society of spies wielding magic in a centuries-spanning war. Now the Golden Dawn; the shadowy cabal of witches and warlocks responsible for Daniel Bishop's murder, and the death of Jason's mother years before, have Jason in their sights. His survival will depend on mastering his own dormant magic abilities; provided he makes it through the training.

From New York, to Paris, to worlds between worlds, Jason's journey through the realm of magic will be fraught with peril. But with enemies and allies on both sides of this war, whom can he trust? The Invisible Hand, who've been more of a family than his own family ever was? The Golden Dawn, who may know the secrets behind his mysterious lineage? For Jason Bishop, only one thing is for certain; the magic he has slowly been mastering is telling him not to trust anybody.

Magicians Impossible started out perfect. It was funny, magical and action-packed. However, about halfway through the middle section, it lost me a bit. I would describe it as a combination of Harry Potter, Robert Langdon and Night at the Museum. All of that together became a bit much. Whenever I thought I was about ready to give up reading it, though, something came along and saved it. I especially enjoyed the first twist, but after that, all of the twists, turns and indecision made me impatient. Honestly, I think Magicians Impossible would have made a better movie than book - which makes sense, because the author has worked in film and TV. I hope it does make it to the screen at some point, because I think I would enjoy it.