Buy on Amazon│Buy on B&N
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.
ARC received for review purposes in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
The Last Magician was a book I was more than excited to read. It has a heist, magic and a historical setting, all elements that made it seem like a book I would love. Unfortunately, the book let me down. However, I don’t think that should stop anyone from picking this one up, because I really think a lot of my lack of enjoyment of the book had to do with my personal preferences when it comes to book lengths.
You see, The Last Magician is close to 500+ pages long, and while normally that would have taken me 2-3 days to read, I struggled through this one for about 6 days. I was reading about 2-3 hours daily, and every time I checked my progressed, I would get annoyed that I had only made it through 20%. Additionally, I just didn’t feel like the book warranted that many pages, because there’s a huge chunk in the middle when the story in The Last Magician remained stagnant. I feel like 200 pages or so could have been cut down from this book, and it would have made for a more intense, action-packed story. Instead, it just dragged and dragged with no end in sight. Boredom and distracted not what I expect to feel when I’m reading a book about a heist!
The characters themselves were decent. They weren’t in any way memorable for me, mostly because there’s quite the cast here, and I tend to struggle with big casts. The main character, Esta, I liked. She was very brash, confident and sassy, which made for great characteristics in a heroine. Her potential love interest, Harte Darrigan, I was very skeptical about. He was a little too mysterious for my tastes, and I’m still not quite sure what his agenda was in the The Last Magician.
Overall, I wasn’t bowled over by this book I was expecting to be. The world building was good and had great potential, I just didn’t feel like the execution worked for me. But like I said, give it a shot if you’re interested in reading it because I don’t think other readers will have the same issues with The Last Magician as I did. Be warned though, this is apparently not a standalone.