The Last Magician Book Review

Ready to read about a badass female time-traveler thief? Yeah… me too.


Author: Lisa Maxwell
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication date: July 18th, 2017
Format: ARC 
My rating: 4/5
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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.

The Cover:

I think the cover is badass. I love the snakes intertwining with one another, and that one is a full body snake, while the other is just the bones. Its a sick cover. I like the colouring and the font as well, its sort simple yet complex at the same time. I just can’t get the snakes out of my mind. Its a very cool design.

The Story:

This book hits you with a bang from the get go. I enjoyed the first page so much that I was like, “well I have to find out who our mysterious magician is!”

Its also nicely written, however at times the character descriptions sort of seemed cliche to me. In one particular scene, Logan is being introduced through Esta’s third person narrative and he’s described as someone every guy wants to be and every girl wants to be with. It makes him seem a little too plain, maybe it was the author’s way of describing him as the typical type.

Aside from that, I loved Esta’s character. Extremely. I related to her so much as well. She’s the ambitious prodigy! You know, the kind of student who’s good at learning, and most definitely the best student, but gets too cocky and tries to do it all at once. I learned a lot from her character. Like how to be patient, and how to grow from mistakes.

The idea of the story was extremely well thought out. I think Ms. Maxwell did an amazing job with the timeline and the whole theft back in time. It’s actually so clever. I think the story was unique. It’s a great way to mix time travel with supernatural, and it kind of bleeds into Sci-Fi which is my forte obvi!

The range of emotion the author puts into her story telling is also amazing. The first few chapters I found myself at the edge of my seat, chewing my nails, and crying at the same time. I respect Ms. Maxwell’s capability to evoke emotion from characters I’ve only just met. I mean it takes a lot for me to start to feel sorry for some stranger, I was practically praying for these characters. So honestly, what a job she did with getting her readers to feel passionately for her characters. The suspense too! My goodness, the end of every chapters had me like, “ofhgmgh, what happens next!”

Warning: The story’s first few chapters jump around in time a lot, but you have to keep reading to get the hang of it. It’s not a big deal, but I honestly found myself getting lost a few times. It was probably my fault because I decided to read the book while I was babysitting my nephews. So pay attention, and don’t let yourself get distracted!

And I’m sorry, I have to do this because it kept tickling the back of my mind the entire time I was reading this book. But the Order is literally every conspiracy theorist’s dream! Illuminati much! Sorry guys, I just had to.

Note to author if she reads this:

To Lisa Maxwell:

I cannot wait for the second book. How do I get over this book? How do I wait? Every time I close my eyes I keep picturing the alchemy and magic.

Thank you Simon and Schuster Canada!!!!!

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