I really enjoyed this book. The characters were beautifully drawn and the story was compelling. The main character, Ada Bates, later known as the Amazing Arden, runs away from home to save herself from her abusive cousin Ray. Ray believes that he can break her bones, and then heal her. This is one of the first times magic is alluded to in the book, but certainly not the last.
I won’t tell the details of this book, since I’m hoping that you are intrigued enough to read it yourself, but eventually Ada becomes a magician, changing her name to Arden. She becomes famous for her magical tricks (including one called Woman on Fire) and others begin to copy her act. If you have any form of curiosity regarding magic, you will get some answers in this book. Due to her fame, her cousin Ray finds her, and she must find a way to escape him.
The story is told through flashbacks, which of course keep you reading since you want to find out both how the story ends, and the entire story. This is a good read that is both interesting and exciting. I highly recommend it.