The Great Fox Illusion by Justyn Edwards, reviewed by Niamh

The Great Fox Illusion is the first book from Justyn Edwards and the start of a new exciting series, featuring Flick Lions and the world of magic tricks.

13-year-old Flick takes part in a new television programme, where she pairs up with a boy called Charlie Lopez and competes against siblings Harry and Ruby Townsend to win the legacy of a famous magician, called The Great Fox. 

Everyone competing holds their own secret that makes winning the most important thing to them, including Flick’s search for the mysterious Bell System trick to bring her dad back.

I think The Great Fox Illusion is an amazing book, filled with excitement, mystery and an intriguing insight into the world of magic and magicians. It’s also very inspiring that the main character has a prosthetic leg and the story tells you about the challenges of having a disability.

I absolutely love that it explains magic tricks that happened in real-life as part of the plot. After reading about magician David Copperfield making the Statue of Liberty disappear, it inspired me to watch a video of the trick!

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes mysterious, adventure stories and learning new interesting things as they read. It’s a must-read for 2022 and I’m going to suggest it as a class book to my teacher because my friends would love it.

I’m really looking forward to reading the next books in the series and I think the next one should be called The Great Lion Illusion! 

Perfect for fans of: The Nowhere Emporium by Ross MacKenzie; Escape the Rooms by Stephen Mangan; and Escape Room by Christopher Edge. 

About the book:

Secrets and illusions abound as a group of young magicians competes for the prize of a lifetime in this gripping adventure, the first in an enthralling new series from debut author Justyn Edwards.

“Magic is about dreaming what is impossible and making it possible. It’s the innocent young mind in all of us that loves it.

We want to be filled with wonder. We want to believe. I want the winner of this competition and the recipient of my legacy to dare to dream big.

So, let the Great Fox Hunt begin.”

Thirteen-year-old Flick Lions has won a place on a new television show, in which young people compete to win the legacy of The Great Fox, one of the world’s most famous magicians. But Flick isn’t interested in uncovering the Great Fox’s tired old magic tricks – she’s after something much more important. The magician destroyed her family, and this is Flick’s only chance to put things right.

Inside the Fox’s house is a secret that will change the world of magic for ever, and Flick will go to any lengths to find it.