Review: The Last Magician

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Title: The Last Magician | Author: Lisa Maxwell | Number of pages: 500 | Genre: Fantasy | Publisher: Simon Pulse | Price: 15,73 € | ISBN: 978-1481432078 | Where you can get it: Amazon*

Content

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. [goodreads]

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Profound. Cunning. Magical.

Before I began reading The Last Magician I wasn’t sure of what to expect of this novel. There is so much to explore! This book is telling a story of a whole new world with hundreds of unexpected lifes to discover. It took some time for me to get through reading this book. One of the reasons was the impressive worldbuilding and the construct of magic Lisa Maxfield has created. I needed to get used to the rules and the logic of her magical world. Every inch of information was important for the continuing story. If I’d have missed a part or didn’t get it the right way, I wouldn’t have understood the course of the plot. This book wasn’t just about a magical story. It combines magic with crime in the coolest way possible: through time traveling.

“But then, liars do make the best magicians, and he happened to be exceptional.”
The Last Magician | Lisa Maxwell

The beginning is already telling an important fact about the whole plot and with every following page I was getting curiouser and wanted to know how everything will lead to this point of departure. After I finished reading one chapter after another I was overthinking my own theories concerning the prologue. Lisa Maxfield was feeding us with little sparkles of information which were messing up my own theories. I was turning back to the beginning every now and then to check if my ideas were on the right track or wether I was getting everything the wrong way. It was exciting to read like this through the story.

“But then, liars do make the best magicians, and he happened to be exceptional.”
The Last Magician | Lisa Maxfield

The story is playing in my most favorite town of the world: New York City. I was so excited to enter this city through the eyes of the narrator. And as though this wouldn’t be enough the novel is also told in two different time zones: In the past and the present. The time traveling theme is making the entire plot extremely fascinating. By jumping between those time zones the story is becoming a riddle. Every time we switch in a different zone something changed. Every time I wasn’t sure who to trust. Why did this and that change? Why did those peoples behavior change? Is it important in any kind of way for the story or is Lisa Maxfield just playing tricks on our mind?

He wasn’t sorry for using their fears and hopes, their prejudices and their sense of righteousness against them. For distracting them from the truth. He was simply surviving in a world that hated what he was.
The Last Magician | Lisa Maxfield | p. 161

I found myself in a conflict between magicians and those who didn’t posses magic. Who couldn’t control it. Magic is strictly prohibited in New York City and everyone who is caught will find themself killed. It is dangerous and yet the most exciting part! Through telling the story out of diverse different narrators everything is getting more interesting by getting to know everyones own story. One second everything seems utterly clear and in the next moment Lisa Maxfield mixed everything up and lead us in a complete different direction. I was never certain what so expect.

„So, am I going to be taking the couch, or are you going to be a gentleman and give me your bed?“ she asked, batting her eyes innocently. „The only way you’re getting into my bed is if I’m in there with you,“ he told her.
The Last Magician | Lisa Maxfield | p. 298

Esta, the protagonist, and Harte were making me laugh and love this book so much. I loved the way they fought against each other. They were never sure wether they could trust one another. And to be honest: I wasn’t sure myself until the very end. Nothing was ever clearly explained which was making the whole plot so exciting!
It’s not only the tale of those two that was making this book so special. Every now and then Lisa Maxfield includes little stories that will break your heart just like that. She is writing about so many lives, fates and promises that I was surprised in the end by knowing that this book was only 500 pages long. It felt like so much more. All those people will haunt you for quite a while. They will live in your thoughts and make you smile every know and then.

Because the hope for a different future was that powerful.
The Last Magician | Lisa Maxfield

I was trying to solve the riddle of this plot and still got utterly surprised by the final outcome. It was astonishing. Impressive in the way everything finally made sense. I wasn’t expecting anything of it! And I can’t wait to read the second book to get to know what the final riddle is about.

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Lisa Maxfield created a masterpiece by writing the magical novel The Last Magician. The reader will get fascinated by the plot, fell in love with the characters and will end destroyed by the ending. Trust me: You will suffer a lot. Fortunately the second book will be released in October 2018! This book is for fans of the Harry Potter series and the Shadow Hunters.

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I found this amazing interview with Lisa Maxfield on the Bookblog Wanderlust Reader concerning The Last Magician and the upcoming novel. I absolutely recommend this interview though you should know the book before reading it, it might spoiler you a little bit.

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9 Antworten auf „Review: The Last Magician

  1. Oh, ein neuer Post. OOOOHHHH, GANZ in Englisch. OMG! Is ja nun nicht so, dass mir Dein Vorschlag neulich, einfach bekannte Bücher in dieser Sprache zu lesen, um mir auf die Sprünge zu helfen, nicht zugesagt hätte. Aber – dass Du mich nun gleich SO aktiv unterstützen willst. MUSS DOCH NICHT SEIN!. 😋

    Moin birdie,
    ich bin ja von Natur aus so dermaßen neugierig, äähm, also wißbegierig, dass ich wirklich sehr beglückt war, als ich den Link zur deutschen Fassung Deiner Liebeserklärung sah. SO verstehen wir uns. 😉

    Gleich zu Beginn ein paar Dinge, die mich denken ließen ‚ OK, wohl nicht meins.‘ Wenn ein Buchblogger laaange braucht zum Lesen – mmmh. Dann die vielen Protagonisten, was neurliches Lesen von Absätzen benötigt – mmmh mmmh. Resultierende Konflikte und Beziehungen und jede/r noch so kleine ist von Bedeutung. Puh! Da brauch ich ne handvoll Pillen fürs Hirn. Oder nen Stichpunktzettel. Oder beides. 😅 Will ich das?

    JA! Ich will. 😀 Denn anschließend hast Du alles auf den Tisch gepackt, was dafür spricht, dieses Buch zu lesen. Also unbedingt zu lesen. Das große Mysterium der Zeit. Das allein ist ein Thema, das mich stundenlang gefangen nehmen kann. Kennst Du den Film ‚Arrival‘? Einer meiner am häufigsten gesehenen Filme. Wenn es mich packt, guck ich den zum Frühstück. Mitten unter der Woche. SO GENIAL. 😍
    Und dann Rätsel. Eine feine Sache. Wenn sie denn nicht dem Mathematikunterricht entspringen und da lauten: ‚Wenn in China ein Sack Reis umfällt und Hansi Dir drei Äpfel klaut – wie viele Kartoffeln kannst du dann ernten?‘ 🙈 Rätsel sollen meine Synapsen nicht zum Explodieren bringen, sondern sie sanft umschmeicheln, hier und da ein bisschen reizen, schön langsam das Tempo steigern, bis dass sie schließlich vor lauter Lust dem Ende stürmisch entgegendrängen. Oder hab ich da jetzt was verwechselt? 👀😂
    Ja und dann … ganz großes Kino: Spielchen treiben. Hach, herrlich. An mir ist so eine grandiose Schauspielerin verloren gegangen. 🤪 Nä, nich wirklich. Aber Spielchen lieb ich trotzdem. Und ich meine jetzt auch die, von denen Du geschrieben hast. 🤣🤣

    Also, meine Liebe, Danke für das frühmorgendliche Vergnügen sowohl Deiner Buchempfehlung, als auch meines hinzugegebenen Senfes. 😁
    Und wenn Du mir jetzt noch verrätst, wo ich den Link finde für den Dankes-Bonus …

    Ich wünsche Dir ein zauberhaftes Wochenende 🌷☀ und freue mich auf baldiges Wiederlesen.
    Grüßle, Britta

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  2. Liebe Buchnachbarin.
    Du hattest mich bei „for fans of the Harry Potter series and the Shadow Hunter“ :-D
    Aber du hast uns ja schon vor einiger Zeit was von dem Buch vorgeschwärmt und irgendwann werde ich mich sicherlich dazu aufraffen es aus dem Regal zu holen und zu lesen.
    Hoffentlich steige ich durch.

    Liebe! <3

    PS. ich scrolle täglich und ständig über deine Seite, hin und her, weil ich sie so schön find!

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