Published by Simon Pulse on July 18, 2017
Series: The Last Magician #1
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy & Magic
Source: Bought Hardcover
Also in this series: The Devil's Thief
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.
Holy Cow, the Last Magician was utterly fantastic! The Last Magician is a young adult fantasy novel by author Lisa Maxwell. It is the story of Esta, who is a Mageus with the ability to time travel. Esta uses this time traveling ability to steal magical artifacts. This aspect of the story reminded me of the show warehouse 13, which many of you know I really love! There is a small dose of romance, but the real star of this book was the plot. It took me a good 3 chapters or so to get into it, but after that I was hooked. I loved all the detail and background information we get early on. It does take some time for all of the information to build, but once it does we are off on a fast paced, intense adventure with plenty of twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat. The last Magician was a real winner for me!
One of my favorite things about Lisa Maxwell’s books is her wonderful atmospheric writing, and just like her previous novel Sweet Unrest, The last magician was a wonderfully rich atmospheric read. Esta goes back to the year 1902 to steal the oldest recorded book of magic. Does that not sound like an amazing plot for a story?? Well, it is! This novel took me on a magical adventure. It was so easy for me to get swept up in the pages of The Last Magician.
I read this book in one sitting. It is one of those novels that you get so sucked into that when you finally come up for air, you have lost all concept of time. I thought I would sit down and read for maybe an hour or so, and before I knew it, it was several hours later and I had flipped the last page. I am already itching to dive back into this world. The second book, The Devil’s Thief releases in October 2018 and that cannot come soon enough. I need book two right now! I want to see more of Esta and Harte’s adventure’s.