Review of The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell in Honor of The Devil's Thief upcoming Release!
In honor of The Devil's Thief coming out in 81 days, I thought I should re-share my review of The Last Magician. I absolutely loved this book which was such a fun ride that I never saw coming. You have plenty of time to pick up a copy of The Last Magician and catch up before book 2!
Book Blurb:Stop the Magician. Steal the book. Save the future.
In modern-day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.
Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.
But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.
Genre: Historical, Mystery, Supernatural, Suspense, Teen, Time-Travel, Witches--
Esta has the gift to travel through time, a skill that the Professor recruited her to use to steal parts of history so the Brotherhood can't get them to hurt the remaining magicians. After her last mission in time to retrieve a magical artifact went wrong, Esta will do anything to help fix the problem. Even if that means going back to the 1900s to steal a book of immense power- a books that many different people are already trying to get. Esta has no idea what she is really going to face or how she will do it, but she is willing to try.
Can I please get more Last Magician now? This book was such a pleasant surprise- sure I had wanted to read it ever since I saw and fell in love with the gorgeous cover, and the synopsis was interesting, but I did not expect to be blown away by a book. I picked it up and was instantly sucked in- counting down hours until I got off work so I could listen to the audiobook while driving home, reading the ebook in the dark while pretending to attempt to sleep, grabbing my signed physical copy to take a picture of... Yep, I am a crazy who owns three different versions of the same book and I have no regrets. I highly recommend it in any medium you enjoy because I have first hand experience with them all.
The cast of characters was extensive, to say the least, but Lisa was able to create such unique personalities and motivations that they all came to life and I was never mixed up of confused. Esta was such a dominant voice, be it her personality as well as role in the story. And boy, was she a surprise in pretty much every aspect. I really liked her wit, go with the flow attitude and spunk- this girl did not take no for an answer and she could take care of herself. Side note, the fact women were seen as such useful teammates in this world regardless of the time period was great, go girl power! There are so many interesting people who play a role in the plot and the mystery, such as Viola with her knives and anger, Dolph with his sadness and power, and Jianyu with his speed and secrets. And let's not forget Harte, who was my favorite and I may have a teensy crush on him (ok a huge crush on him, but I will willingly give him up to Esta!). He was charismatic, pragmatic, smart, resourceful and tricksy. I can't wait to see what The Devil's Thief will bring for all the people I have come to love.
The Last Magician is one of my favorite books of the year so far and I have no idea why I waited so long to read it- but now I have no idea how I will cope until the next book is released. This was the perfect blend of mystery, history, character development, surprises and magic, exactly what I did not know I was looking for (that ending though!!). I highly recommend this book as well as whatever is to come next!
P.s. look at the cover for the next book, The Devil's Thief, it is absolutely stunning!
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