The Last Magician | Book Review

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Author: Lisa Maxwell

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Publication Date: July 18th, 2017

Publisher: Simon Pulse


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 :—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.


First off, thank you so much to Simon & Schuster for sending an ARC copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Oh my gosh, I don’t even know where to begin.

When I had first received an ARC copy of Lisa Maxwell’s other book, Unhooked (a Peter Pan-ish retelling), I knew that she was an amazing author. Then this book came to my door and I completely devoured it. Everything about this book screams READ ME NOW!

First, let’s talk about this cover. The intertwining of snakes, which proves the double meaning it has in the book, #perfect.

This book went from 0 to 100 real quick, to the point where I read close to 300 pages in one day just to finish the book. Of corse, that was after I was done yelling at the characters in it. And trust me, there was a lot of yelling, almost to the point of me throwing the book across my room.

Etta, the main character, has the ability to travel back in time. Of corse, she is sent back to my favourite time period, the early 19th century. Ugh, right from here, I knew that it was going to be a long night of me staying up and reading it. Everything about this time is historic (if that is the right word), and it is set in New York City, one of the major boom cities.

The characters are all there own. Each one is well-rounded and is uniquely different from one another (for example, here is a drawing of Dolph, from Lisa Maxwell’s sites).

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And to quote the author herself, the book has a bunch of “cute boys in suspenders”, which, in my terms, is enough to win me over. Every character has their flaw, whether it be about their family, or that they are hiding their own secret, it is up for you to find out.

Traveling along-side Esta, readers are taken back and forth between the past and present, in which both places have been corrupted by The Order, and need to stop them. The beginning was a bit confusing to follow, as it flashed back and forth between multiple times and characters, but after that, it was a whirl of excitement.

The ending completely messed with me. It took a complete 180 and through me for a loop. And then to top it all off, the book ends on a cliff-hanger! How am I suppose to handle this!?

Without a doubt, this has been one of the best (and longest) books I have read in 2017. If this book is not already on your anticipated reads for the month of July, it defiantly should be. I cannot wait for the next book to come out!



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