Hello fellow book nerds! After seeing The Last Magician everywhere, I knew I had to pick it up. While it took me a little bit to get into I ended up loving this story. It was truly unique with such a great cast of characters.
If you had magic, what would you want?
Rating according to Goodreads:
5-It was amazing
4- Really liked it
3- Liked it
2- It was okay
1- Did not like it
The Last Magician
4 out of 5 stars
Taken from Goodreads
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.
What a story. This was a fantastic read and definitely had me captivated. I am a sucker for anything magic and I was very pleasantly surprised. The story mostly revolves around Esta traveling back in time to steal an ancient book which contains secrets that could help the Mageus’ in the future. The book belongs to the Magician, whom Esta must steal it from. She is one of the best thieves and has been raised to do this task. However, she was not really ready for what Old New York would really be like. I thought it was clever how anyone with magic who enters Manhattan is stuck there. This is something that I haven’t read before and really gives the story depth. There was so much secrecy and conspiracy in the book which kept me wanting more. While the beginning of the book had certain issues, I was completely invested a little less than halfway through. The start of this story was just a little confusing with all the jumping back and forth in time – I got lost a little in the details but the pacing smoothed out once Esta went back in time to Old New York. The ending of the story has me so excited to continue to the next book. I thought it was so clever how she made everything come together. It was a twist I did not see coming and left me truly surprised.
Even though this was a great and unique story, Esta and Harte truly stole this book. First, Esta is absolutely amazing. I loved everything about her character. She was so smart and cunning, with such an attitude that I couldn’t imagine her not having. Esta is so sure in herself and it really shows through the pages. Every scene she was in, I enjoyed immensely. Then there is Harte. What an amazing counter character to Esta. His mystery really gave him an edge to the story that made you want to know more about him. And the chemistry between them two. OH. MY. GOODNESS – GIVE ME MORE! While we had great main characters, every single side character was equally as important. There was meaning to every person we met and each added something to the story. They all gave the story a purpose.
Overall, The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell was a fantastic read. I really enjoyed this unique story that made it hard to put down. Even though the beginning was a little confusing, it soon captivated me and I was completely invested. The rest of the story had a great pacing with an ending I didn’t see coming. Esta and Harte are what truly drives this book. Their personalities were fantastic and complemented this story. I highly recommend this book for those who love magic, secrets, and characters with sassy attitudes.