Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy
Simon and Schuster
July 18, 2017
Imagine a book set in the seedy underbelly of early 20th century New York city, where there is a high class secret society set on destroying the lower class by any means possible, and the lower class gangs just won’t stand for that. Sounds pretty sweet, right? Now add in some magic, time travel, and a pinch of romance and that’s pretty much the basis of The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell.
Esta lives in New York City, in a world where magic is all but gone. The island of Manhattan is surrounded by the Brink, a powerful piece of magic placed there by The Order (an organization of people who hate Mageus and want to see them all dead) hundreds of years ago to ensure that any Mageus who steps foot on the island can never leave, or they will die. Esta has a special affinity for time. Using a special stone, she can travel through time as well as slow time down almost to the point of stopping it entirely, so she can move faster than anyone can see her. This makes her an exceptional thief, and that is why Professor Lachlan has her travelling through time to steal powerful magical objects. There’s one last object that Esta needs to steal in order to take down the Brink for good so that she and all the Mageus stuck in Manhattan can be free – a book last seen in 1901, when it was stolen by a Magician who disappeared after betraying his crew. Esta must travel back in time and befriend this crew of Mageus who pulled off the heist (before they actually do it), steal the book herself, and bring it back to her time before the Magician can disappear with it.
This novel is full of twists and turns that you will not see coming – I promise. I read so much that I can usually see a plot twist from a mile away, but the ones in this book will catch you completely off guard. The ending had me begging for the next book in the series to be out already! The book starts a little slow, and I spaced out a few times and had to re-read a bit, but it picked up pretty quickly and I got pulled right in.
If you liked The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare or the Ruby Red trilogy by Kerstin Gier, you’ll love this book. This is a true Urban Fantasy, and while it is housed in the YA section of the bookstore, it will definitely appeal to older readers as well.