An entertaining light read that combines magic and mystery in revolutionary Boston. While I enjoyed it overall, I felt that it was a bit lacking in some ways. The writing itself is nothing special; the book is solely plot-driven. I felt that the magic could have been developed further; there were several magical fight scenes that all seemed to follow the same pattern of the main character getting beaten to a pulp and then somehow finding his way out of the situation through luck or perhaps some “deus ex machina”. In the final scenes his magical skills seemed to improve rather rapidly. Additionally, the entire novel felt like a big build-up to the mystery of who this really powerful conjurer was and why he was murdering people. In the end, the resolution was a bit of a let-down, and the reasons behind the conjurer’s behavior were less than compelling.