The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

BOOK REVIEW TIME YALL!

Today we are talking about The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell! Since this is my first review on this blog, I am going to tell you my format so you all understand what to expect going forward. First I am always going to have the synopsis from Goodreads, some stats about the book (ie: genre, page count, how I read the book, my rating, etc) and a spoiler-free section, to give you an idea of my thoughts. For all of my reviews, if I have a spoiler part it will always start under the Read More portion, that way there is no fear of being spoiled for a book if you’re scrolling through my reviews!

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Synopsis:

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.

Stats: 

Genre: YA Historical Fantasy 
Page Count: 498
Published By: Simon & Schuster 
Publication Date: July 18th, 2017
Format: Audiobook 
Read Dates: 11/12-11/15
Rating: 4 ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  

Spoiler Free: 

Let me start of by saying that this book immediately pulled me in. I’m always a sucker for time travel in books, especially when we’re going back in time (not forward). Throw some fantastical elements in there, and we’ve got a winner. Esta, who is our main character, is such a delight! She’s snarky, sarcastic, stubborn (I need more ‘S’ words!) and not afraid to rough it and tough it like all the boys in this book. Above all though, my biggest enjoyment of her character was her ability to be all of those fun characteristics, and yet also have the biggest heart toward the other people in this book. She just cares so damn much, though she might try to hide it.                 

There were two drawbacks about the book for me that wound up dropping this rating from a 5 star down to a 4.

  1. The bury your gays trope: I can’t speak about who without fear of some spoilers, but just be aware that this book has it, and it infuriated me. 
  2. One of Esta’s main reasons for not trusting the people she meets back in time, and feeling the urgency to get back to the present, is because she’s worried about her people, her chosen family, in her time. I personally felt like the author had Esta jumping too quickly into the past, and we didn’t get enough time to develop the relationships Esta has with Logan, Dakari, and Professor Lahlan to feel that urgency along with Esta. 

Besides those two things, I think Maxwell did a really good job handling other topics, such as Esta being a woman in 1902, and all the difficulty that entails, the fun romance that was intense from the very beginning, a fun hate-to-love(iiiiish) relationship that did not take away from the plot at all, and showcasing the difference between the family you’re born into, and the family you choose.  

Overall, I thought was plot was thrilling, the twists were super fun, and I’m definitely going to be picking the second book “The Devil’s Thief” up soon! 

Let me know if you’ve read this book or are wanting to in the comments below! 

-Abi

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