The Last Magician ★★★★☆

4.5 stars

This book was so interesting to read about and even though I read it over a long span of time, it was always something I wanted to continue reading. This book had very few dull moments and when it comes out I will definitely be recommending this book to my friends that enjoy time travel and magic.

This book comes out on July 18th, 2017!

*I was sent this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review and this in no way affected the review.*

Goodreads Summary:

Stop the Magician.
Steal the book.
Save the future.

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.

My Review:

The plot of this book didn’t rely on any romance factor and I really appreciated that about it. Sometimes the romance will just dominate the entire plot and unless the book was meant to be a romance story, it just doesn’t work for me. The main character was a bad ass girl who didn’t take any man’s shit and I really loved reading about her. Esta learned so much in order to succeed in her time traveling endeavors and I really admire that about her. While she can be a little rash at times it only serves to show how young she really is.

Sometimes I mixed up the characters in the beginning but that may have been because of how I ended up reading the book. Once I got into the book though I never really mixed up the characters that often and if I did it was an easy fix. This book became such a staple for me to read when I was on my phone and now that it’s over I miss it. I cannot wait for the next book to come out because I’m really interested in seeing what happens to Esta. 

I also really loved Viola because even though she is really “mean” to Esta in the beginning, she looks out for her when it really matters. Also, there’s another reason I relate to her but for fear of spoiling a portion of the book, I’m not going to mention it. I just really love the relationship that Esta and Viola had because they didn’t become instant best friends (its a very annoying trope tbh).

Omg the plot twist towards the end though. I can definitely say that I wasn’t really expecting that until everyone started acting differently. I definitely applaud Lisa for having such an amazing plot twist in her book because most of the time a plot twist is really predictable and having one that I didn’t see coming from 100 pages in was refreshing. 

The magic in this book was so amazing, it really felt like it could be real and that is what I really love finding when I read a book with a magic system. I would love to learn more about the history of the Mageus and the order because it is just so interesting how everything played out. I’m curious to find out why so many mageus moved to where the brink was and while we may not get any of this background in the next book I think it would be a cool topic to write a novela around.

As I said before I will definitely be recommending this book to my friends when it comes out and I will certainly pick up my own copy of it on July 18th. This book not only has time travel and magic but it also comes with betrayal, gangs and a romance that doesn’t take over the entire plot of the book.

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