The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

July 2017 Simon & Schuster


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 1901 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order-and the Brink-before the Magician can destroy it and doom Mageus to a helpless 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.”


I’ll tell you exactly when I liked this book, page 154-Foundation Work. Previous to that chapter, I wasn’t enjoying this book. The prologue, the “flow” if you will-didn’t exactly spark my interest, or seem cohesive in any way to me. Looking back, at the book as a whole, I’m not  feeling as bad about the opening as I did reading it, seeing that it was a necessary introduction to key characters.

With that being said,  I went from not liking this book at all, to being completely immersed in the world of magic created by Lisa Maxwell! Set in New York City both present day and the early 1900’s, The Last Magician is filled with magic, danger, intrigue, fascinating places and characters with complex personalities and backgrounds.  Gangs and their bosses with their own interests and motivations, opium and historical figures such as J.P. Morgan. Lisa Maxwell truly created an in depth story that has plenty of lingering questions and plots, the perfect setup for this anticipated series!

I loved the characters. Each was flawed and complex, with secrets and multifaceted pasts (with some truths even unknown to themselves.) There’s romantic tension, unexpected twists and plenty of betrayal. They are all fascinating and well-rounded human beings that have trust issues and secrets of their own. We quickly see how keeping these secrets and not trusting can either save or destroy you.

Of course this book ends on a cliff hanger! So my only question is- How long exactly will we have to wait for the second book? Hope you’re writing Ms. Maxwell!




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