By Christopher Priest
In 1878, younger level magicians conflict in the dead of night throughout the process a fraudulent séance. From this second on, their lives develop into webs of deceit and revelation as they vie to outwit and divulge one another.
Their contention will take them to the peaks in their careers, yet with bad results. during pursuing each one other's wreck, they'll set up the entire deception their magicians' craft can command--the optimum misdirection and the darkest science.
Blood may be spilled, however it are not adequate. in spite of everything, their legacy will go on for generations...to descendants who needs to, for his or her sanity's sake, untangle the puzzle left to them.
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