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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.
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Ooooh this book. This book was fun.
THE LAST MAGICIAN combines two of my favorite things. Time-travel and fantasy. It blends those things together perfectly, throws them into 1902 Manhattan, and won me over all in one go.
This book is massive compared to most YA books I read. At first I was a little intimidated, because as much as I love a huge book, many times they seem unnecessarily lengthy and very drawn out. Like maybe the author was just going for a certain page count? Who's to say. All I know is that The Last Magician never felt drawn out, or wordy, or boring, or any of the other terms I've used to describe big books with minimal content. Nope, The Last Magician was packed full of action, plot and character development, world-building, and fun. It truly felt like it needed to be 500+ pages. Honestly, I wouldn't have minded it being longer, because by the time the ending was upon me I was most definitely NOT ready to put it down.
Oh boy, and what an ending that was. I had gone into The Last Magician thinking it was a standalone, but it left off on a severe cliff-hanger. A fun, gut-punch of a twisty cliff-hanger. I loved it.
The characters were delightful to read. They all felt unique and fleshed out, each one displaying both good and bad traits, sometimes making the wrong decisions. It made them feel comfortable and real. I did start to get annoyed at the lack of trust between a lot of the main characters, if only because they kept circling back to mistrust for so long, and it never worked out well. Learn from that mistake they did not. Was it enough to pull me out of and away from the story? No, not at all. It's actually something that bothers me in a lot of my favorite books, a plot device authors use a lot that I've learned to live with. Esta was a fantastic leading lady, I can't wait to see more of her in the sequel(there HAS to be a sequel. Please buy this book so it gets a sequel). And Darrigan...whew, I definitely am going to need more Darrigan in my life. There is definitely a Six of Crows-esque crew in this one that, while not quite as endearing as Kaz and the gang, still has a great dynamic and some really emotional moments.
THE LAST MAGICIAN is a dark, magical story that has grit, heart, and some really great twists. I can't wait for the sequel, I hope it's just as long and just as fun as this one. If you enjoyed Leigh Bardugo's Six of Crows or Rysa Walker's Timebound, then this book is definitely for you.
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