The Last Magician: Over a century ago, when magic wielders started coming into New York, the Order decided to create a barrier called the Brink to stop the dangers of old magic. However, because of this barrier, those who carry old magic, the Mageus, are unable to leave the confines of the city, entrapping them inside. Over the years, magic has long since faded away, but those who still have powerful affinities, are hiding from the eyes of the Order.
Esta lives in a day and age where the non-Mageus believe magic only to be a fairy tale. But Esta knows the truth: that it’s alive in the city as well as alive in her. With her strange affinity for time and a knack for thieving, Esta is ordered to gather items to help Professor Lachlan disable the Order’s powerful field. Only one item is left, but it was destroyed in the early 1900s by one of their own: The Magician.
Now Esta has to venture to 1902, alone, to gather a book that can free them all. However, she ends up getting stuck in the past and has to find a way back to her own time. Before she can do that, she must first stop the Magician from destroying the future of the Mageus and steal the book before he does.
Review: Ahhhhhh, this was so addicting.
I’ve been waiting for a year, almost a year and a half, for this book to come out, and let me just say… It was worth the wait.
I could not put this down. I’m not kidding you, I brought this EVERYWHERE with me, and read the pages whenever I could. I’m a bit saddened to return it (I borrowed it) but I hope this review will make up for its empty space on my shelf.
I really enjoyed this book, but it didn’t go without its flaws. There were a few that I caught, or thought that needed tweaking, but it didn’t ever drive me away from the story. (It did only take me three days to read, being 500 or so pages and all. I stand by may earlier statement and confirm that it is addicting.)
The writing was very descriptive, it had its own way of pulling you into the story, and making the world come to life in a darker way. But it was very direct with its world building. It once got to the point where whenever something exciting happened, it’d pause the scene to explain the world a little better, and how things worked. It only happened in the beginning, and lesser towards the middle, but it confused me for a bit because two things were going on at once. It was also very repetitive with plot details, and some of the dialogue seemed off from where the scene was heading or from how the characters were from before. I also was confused with transitions to different POVs. But, oh wow, the style was great and left me on the edge of my seat.
I’ve read Lisa Maxwell’s Unhooked a year ago, and like that book, The Last Magician deserves an award for great plot twists. There were some things I predicted (I don’t even know how I got those predictions right, I guessed them early on when the characters were just being introduced. I’m still reeling from the shock!) and a lot I didn’t. Originally, I thought that this book would be a standalone, but it left off in a place where a second book could easily be introduced, so if that were to happened, I’d happily read it!
Esta was a good character. She was one of those fierce heroine tropes, and I admired her it. However, with those tropes I find issues with dropping subjects, important or unimportant, because the story is focusing on the character and not the details. There were things that Esta would ignore until later, and I kept thinking about all of those details that she “forgot” about, and waited, quite awhile, for them to be mentioned again. Her character was resourceful; she had some pretty good schemes on how to get out of a difficult situation, and she had this mix of sarcasm and cleverness that she’d throw around at people, which was always entertaining to watch. For the most part, she emanated with confidence, but it sometimes felt too much and that she may have been a tad conceited. However, I still enjoyed her character for being independent and risking herself for others.
I really enjoy a few of the supporting characters (not everyone, but some). Viola wasn’t all fire and malice, and I wished I got to see her side of things a bit more. But I was happy with what I was given, and continued to read. Jianyu was another good supporting character. There was a line in the book that made you distrust him, and I thought that his character would evidently have a bigger role to fill, but it was short-lived. His character had something promising about him, but his personality changed to something more neutral, and we didn’t get to learn much more about him.
The supporting characters reminded me a lot of the characters in Six of Crows. But where the SoC gang slowly became closer in their own chaotic way, Dolph’s gang in this book had a hard time trusting each other and worked separately before coming together for the big heists. There was a lot of tension between them and it slowly ripped them apart. They would work together as a group, but the problems that they had within their circle was obvious and uncomfortable. But it made for some good drama. 😉
There weren’t many loose ends, probably only one, and it isn’t really that important. If there is going to be a second book out soon, maybe it’ll be tied up in there, but I don’t necessarily believe it can be. But I’ll have to read it and see. 🙂
Overall, I still really enjoyed this book, and could not be away from it for so long. If you ever decide to read it, I hope you like it!
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