Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Book Review: The Magician by Sonia Rao

Don't Judge a Book By Its Cover...

The woman, on the cover of The Magician by Sonia Rao, called out to me from the day I saw it for the first time. With her proud aristocratic nose and her hands claiming to embrace the fantasy world had so many facets that one can't but question what the book is all about. 

What's her role in the story? Is she the protagonist?  There were so many questions that burned in my mind. The first thought was maybe it's a supernatural one. A woman controlling the lives of many? 

While the supernatural part was far from it, but my last point proved to be correct. A woman controlling the lives of others. The Magician in the deck of Tarot, controlling the lives of three women who are connected through friendship.

The Story of Stong Women...

The story is about these women. Sasha, Nilima, and Shanta. Sasha is an elite housewife bound to her husband by an arranged marriage. She has dedicated all her life to her family until she does not see another woman hanging onto her husband's arm at their anniversary party. To top it all, the card of Death settles on her fate that night. Who that other woman is and how the Card of Death is related in their lives is for you to find out by reading this book. 

Coming to the second character, Nilima, one finds a woman next door, totally in love with her husband. A perfect marriage, an ideal career, everything a girl can dream of. But then dreams are made to be broken. How that happens forms the soul of this book. 

Shanta is my favorite of all the three protagonists. A tarot card reader with a heart full of love. She finds love in the most unusual places. Every time the question that pops out is if he is the one. When she meets Danny, the bartender, the question finds its answer. Or does it?

Identifying with the Characters...

The Magician does not follow a straight path where the protagonists reach from point A to point B. Sonia Rao had layered them with emotions that seem to pile up as the story progresses. Shades of Grey, not the fifty shades kind, but where the good against bad merges into a thin line, can be found in many instances. I had to question myself many times - what would I have done in this situation?

If I have to find the 'base' of the story, I could say that the Tarot, though forms the background of the story,  does not take over the story as I had initially suspected. A clean-cut women fiction where the lives of the three women are analyzed, broken, and mended to such an extent that as a woman, I am forced to identify myself with one of them. Which one? I am so not telling. But if you tell me which one is you, I might tell you mine. :D 

Naughty Sonia Rao...

Sonia Rao has been naughty in a few scenes too, But being her debut novel, I could sense, as a reader, that she is holding back. The scene between Nilima and her husband was a clear indication of the author changing her mind suddenly. 

But then again, this book does not claim to be an out and out romance. It's more about the journey of a woman in different phases of life. Ms. Rao has done an excellent job of catching the insecurities in a marriage, extramarital affairs, and yet kept the innocence of love alive throughout the novel. 

Bring them on...

I am looking forward to reading more from this author. Whether she sticks to dramas or jumps into the bandwagon of romance, readers will be able to find out in her next novel, which, if the grapevine is right, is coming out soon. 

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At October 17, 2019 at 6:55 AM , Blogger Tomichan Matheikal said...

Seems interesting. Is it kinda women's stuff rather than universal?

At October 17, 2019 at 11:33 AM , Blogger metroreader said...

Wow, what a review

At October 17, 2019 at 11:49 PM , Blogger The Book Club said...

I think this book has something for everyone. Give it a try.

At October 17, 2019 at 11:50 PM , Blogger The Book Club said...

Coming from you - means a lot. Thank you <3


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