I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. It was quite literally about the magician’s assistant and I couldn’t quite understand the point of the story. I had assumed (incorrectly) that it would have more magic and excitement. Instead I found it rather boring and the protagonist a bit unlikable which made it a difficult read. Had I not gone into it with a certain expectation it could pass for a decent story, albeit one that I still don’t understand the point of. 2/5 stars.
–An anonymous Winter Reading participant