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: YA Science Fiction & Fantasy
Title: The Last Magician
Author: Lisa Maxwell
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Esta can wrap the seconds around her and move like no one else. But not only is she a rare kind of thief, one with morals and skills beyond the norm, she’s also a young woman with a story that I just could not seem to get enough of.
When Esta goes back in time to retrieve the book and locate a certain wayward Magician, a mysterious man who’s initially painted as… well, as the one you wouldn’t want to root for, we get what soon begins to unfold as something more than a simple mission. There’s action, excitement, budding romance, and a classic thrill you don’t see every day. Told through multiple POVs, I thought the story was told beautifully as each person got a say in what they perceived the current issue at hand to be. Brilliant, really, with just how everything was spun. I liked Esta and seeing her walls come down, but I also really liked Harte, and how he was this disgruntled, sexy guy with too many masks. His and Esta’s chemistry as they fought to maintain some professional- and pleasant -atmosphere was both funny and sweet. I couldn’t get enough of them.
It’s just an overall beautiful thing, but if there’s one thing I appreciate even more, it’s that this book was amazing enough to turn my negative mood around. As an advanced copy from NetGalley, I had a hell of a time trying to get this to open on any of my devices, and reading this with an unfamiliar app only made the reading experience worse. When I first tried to read this, just the thought of it made me despise its existence. But when I finally got to reading it, and with every page that I had to double back on due to technical issues, I ended up smiling more than cursing the gods for dealing me a shitty ARC, and by the time Esta was proving herself to a reluctant gang, I was already forgetting about my bad mood and wanting to know more, more, more. So really, any book that can get you out of a funk is a book more than worth checking out.
The characters were cool, the plot twists were great, and it was an overall perfect blend of action and heart. It’s a definite recommend.