“Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts. The first part is called The Pledge. The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man. He shows you this object. Perhaps he asks you to inspect it to see if it is indeed real, unaltered, normal. But of course…it probably isn’t. The second act is called The Turn. The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. Now you’re looking for the secret… but you won’t find it, because of course you’re not really looking. You don’t really want to know. You want to be fooled. But you wouldn’t clap yet. Because making something disappear isn’t enough; you have to bring it back. That’s why every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part, the part we call The Prestige.”

— Cutter, from Christopher Nolan’s THE PRESTIGE

SS-CoverOnly one more month until the third act of my Great Magic Trick is revealed. I call this trick—or trilogy—THE BOOKS OF THE SHAPER. This final act, this all-important Prestige, the most important part of the Great Trick, is the Big Payoff, the Grand Finale, the Coup de Grace…the Great Reward for reading one’s way through the trilogy.

It is the best of the trilogy because it is the best book I’ve ever written, period. It HAD to be. The stakes are higher than they’ve ever been, the magic is more potent and more deadly; the threats and conflicts are increasingly colossal…

On December 3rd, my great Act of Magic concludes with a bang. Come witness for yourself the part where the magic overflows the pages. A story is only as good as its ending, and every end is a new beginning.

Come along, read, and feel the magic.