Title: The Last Magician
Author: Lisa Maxwell
# of Pages: 498
Synopsis (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.
This book was AMAZING!
I really enjoyed the magic system in this series! People are born with an affinity, giving them a specific power. They were referred to as Mageus. We had characters who could heal, see all possible outcomes in the future, and one who could bend light to make himself invisible. It left us on edge as we had to guess whether a new character was Mageus as it is something people didn’t share.
Esta, our main character, has the ability to slow time and travel through time. She is set with the mission of finding a powerful book that could spell the end of the Order, an organization set on destroying Mageus. To find this book, she travels back to 1902 to join the team that went through with the heist, making off with the Order’s most powerful artifacts. Dolph and his crew were so fun to get to know as they all had their own story of how they ended up working for him. They were characters that readers could fall in love with, except Nibsy.
I HATE NIBSY. What a conniving, backstabbing scoundrel!
It definitely gave me a ‘Six of Crows’ vibe.
…..And the slow burn romance. The tension builds as we go through the story. It’s a battle of mistrust and navigating the walls that both these characters have built in order to protect themselves. I am 100% willing to wait for this romance to happen!
“She didn’t have time to swoon over some boy, no matter how pretty he was.”
Of all the characters, Harte Darrigan was my favorite. He has the affinity to read minds and give them commands through physical contact. We have this backstory where he forced his father to leave the city with his mother abandoning him soon after. He used to work for Dolph Saunders before he went off to become a performer, building a new life for himself. He is such an intricate character and we get to know him first through his and Esta’s back and forth relationship. I could not get enough of their banter!
The one small issue I had was the confusing beginning. We get these scenes of Dolph trying to save Leena, the Magician jumping off the Brooklyn bridge, before we even get to meet Esta. At first, the relevance of these scenes was not clear. AND THAT ENDING! I can’t wait to read the second book. However, it did not put me off in giving The Last Magician 5/5 stars.