Title: The Last Magician
Author: Lisa Maxwell
Series: The Last Magician #1
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Sci-Fi, Romance
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: July 18th, 2017
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.
“Magic lived in the spaces, in the emptiness between all things, connecting them. It waited there for those who knew how to find it, for those who had the born ability ti grasp those connections.”
I decided to finally pick this book up after months sitting on my shelf, mostly because I was so curious about it and I’ve been hearing a few positive things lately, so I ended up reading it, and I was so happy I did that because I ended up loving it, and it’s one of mu favorite books I’ve read this year so far.
I don’t know why, but when I first started reading The Last Magician, at some points it reminded me of The Diviners and the things I loved about that series so much, so I became super engaged with the story and the characters, and I found myself flying through this novel despite it being quite a long book and having a slow start. Nonetheless, I think once you passed the first quarter of the book, things started to become more interesting and the plot started to evolved, which is when I could not put it down.
Something that I really adored about The Last Magician was how the magic was introduced to the reader and its importance throughout the story. I think those elements were so interesting and added an extra touch to the story that made it stood out from the rest, and given the fact that it was a time travel book made it even more intriguing and unique. I adored learning more about that magic and its limitations, and basically the part it played as the story went by.
And when it comes to the characters, I was so shocked by how much I ended up loving them. I think this is one of those rare occasions where I ended up liking all the cast of characters that were in it. I enjoyed Esta as a main character, and I think she added so much to the story with her personality and evolution. I found it so easy to connect with her while reading the book, and I really enjoyed her relationship with the rest of the cast, and the dynamics and interactions with Harte, and the romantic relationship going on between them.
“Esta couldn’t help but smile. Steal me the night, like it was an impossible task. Like she hadn’t been born to do exactly that.”
And speaking of romance was also soo good! As you may know already, I’m a sucker for an enemies to lovers, hate-to-love romance, so I was living for this one. I feel it was so slow and angsty, and it was the right amount of romance in a book that I couldn’t help but want them together. Plus, their interactions were freaking hilarious and they were so sassy and sarcastic to each other at certain points in the story that wanted that romance to happen.
Also, I don’t know why but every time I read a story about time travel or where time is circular, my brain ends up fucked up. Maybe it’s because I cannot comprehend for the life of me what is going on or how that may seem possible, but it ALWAYS happens to me, so needless to say, it did happen with The Last Magician, too. There were a lot of twists and turns that I sure wasn’t expecting, and especially there was one revelation made towards the end that totally blew my mind, because my lazy ass brain could not even figure it out. So, props to you, Lisa Maxwell.
Overall, The Last Magician left a very lasting impression on me. I think it checked all the marks for everything that I love in a fantasy book, so I couldn’t be happier. I adored the characters and the interactions, and the world and magic were super interesting, so I cannot wait to know what awaits them.
“He hung the cuffs back on their hook where he’d be able to see them. His entire life had been one big escape act. Getting out of that prison of a city wouldn’t be any different.”
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