The Last Magician Series: The last Magician #1
Published by Simon and Schuster on July 18, 2017
Source: Owned Paperback
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, General, Historical, JUVENILE FICTION, Prejudice & Racism, Romance, Science Fiction, Social Themes, Time Travel, Young Adult Fiction
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“Will keep you guessing until the last page.” —Cinda Williams Chima, New York Times bestselling author
A girl travels back in time to find a mysterious book that could save her future in Lisa Maxwell’s “splendid series opener” (Kirkus Reviews).
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.
This book sits at just over 500 pages which gives the author plenty of room to set the stage for the events waiting to unfold in the pages of this book. At the start of the book, we jump around between the past and the present to lay the groundwork for how the two will combine in the later parts of the book.
The story centers around the determined talented thief Esta who has the unique aspect of stealing anything in what appears to be the blink of an eye. I loved how the author enveloped us in the magical elements of this world steeped in magic. This is the second book I read from this author. The other was Hooked. She is very good at describing the scene, and when a death occurs, your heart is ripped out just like it should be. This story had me wrapped up in it, and I did not want it to end. I am eager to see how things unfold in the rest of the trilogy.