The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

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Title: The Last Magician
Series: The Last Magician #1
Author: Lisa Maxwell
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Narrator: Candace Thaxton
Source: Library

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 Thoughts:
Oh my goodness! The twist at the end! I can’t get over it. So did not see that coming.

The Magician is a story I’m now mad at myself for hanging on to for so long before reading. I should have read this much sooner – I do have a copy on my Kindle but just haven’t found the time to sit and read so when I saw the audio version available from my library I thought I’d give it a shot. And even then I listened to one or two other stories I had checked out with this story. If you have a copy of The Magician, or can get a copy from your library. Do so, and read it immediately.

I felt the story itself was somewhat original. I loved the writing style, how the story just flowed and I felt I was there with Esta traveling through time, stealing from pockets or trying to win over a mark. And I felt her falling for “The Magician”, and he falling for her. Don’t worry, this is far from an insta romance. Those two fight it all the way.

Listening to Candace Thaxton narrate, was another experience of its own. I believed the characters were real. She brought the story to life, and I felt like I was there in the early 1900s. Felt the air, and smelled all the smells.

Then the ending. It’s been over a week now since I finished this story and still can’t get over the ending. I need the next book in the series now. The ending was perfect, and now I’m hooked.