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The Last Magician

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The Last Magician

Bewertungen:
4/5 (66 Bewertungen)
Länge:
613 Seiten
9 Stunden
Freigegeben:
Jul 18, 2017
ISBN:
9781481432092
Format:
Buch

Beschreibung

An instant New York Times bestseller!

“Will keep you guessing until the last page.” —Cinda Williams Chima, New York Times bestselling author

A girl travels back in time to find a mysterious book that could save her future in Lisa Maxwell’s “splendid series opener” (Kirkus Reviews).

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.
Freigegeben:
Jul 18, 2017
ISBN:
9781481432092
Format:
Buch

Über den Autor

Lisa Maxwell Aibangbee best known for her Blog Writers Essence and her Podcast Revive, is a lover of Jesus, a wife and a mother of two amazing boys. She is the founder of Mummies @ Home (MAH) a new community which aims to inspire, encourage and uplift stay at home mothers. Lisa is an excellent speaker and communicator thanks to her degree in Broadcast Media Design and Technology, and a career at a well-known Television station where she was a News Anchor and a TV Producer. Whether you are listening or reading any of Lisa’s work, you will be inspired and motivated to pursue God as well as fulfill the purposes God has for you. Her Blog; Writers Essence and Podcast Revive are full of insight in balancing motherhood but also maintaining your own identity.A few years back, Lisa decided to be a stay at home mother in order to raise her warriors for Christ. This was one of the best decisions she could have taken at the time. Since then she has discovered the joys of motherhood and established her own brand. Lisa’s passionate about young women and is determined to help them grow spiritually and become who God created them to be.Outside of the home, she is an active member of a local church, part of the women’s ministry and also provides advice to young girls in the church to love God and follow their God given purpose.


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  • (4/5)
    This was a great book that my friend told me to read. It's about a girl who goes back in time to steal a book. Along the way is a lot of magic, betrayal, little bit of love, and murder. The twists were great and I was not expecting them at all. Of course the ending was left wide open for her next book... which I'm excited to start reading soon.
  • (3/5)
    This was a four-star book right up until the "twist" at the end.
  • (5/5)
    Ms. Maxwell does not scrimp on the excitement and continuous movement through her story line in The Last Magician. I was so caught up on who was fooling whom that it wasn't until 3/4 through the book I realized who The Last Magician was actually referring to in the story. The back stories are just enough to keep you moving without this whole drawn out explanation and psychological analysis ( Red Queen ) of why someone is doing what their doing. I loved the twists and the Big Reveal at the end ( hint hint ). I believe there was just enough romance that it didn't take away from the deception and lies. My only request is that we get seedier and more depraved characters to create a dark and even more twisted perversion in the next book. Overall, a fantabulous tale and a winner !!!
  • (5/5)
    Intrigue, deception, romance,time travel and plot twists galore in this young adult historical fantasy.

  • (4/5)
    Giving 4 stars because of the action, the plot twists and the 1902 NYC setting. The villain(s) were great. Dolph gave me great vibes and Esta had an okay attitude. For some reason Viola stood out to me the most and Nibs ended up gaining my heart (lol at the outfit scene, he grew a lot). What I’m not too confortable about is the “love story”. I see people commenting about one, and I’m here questioning if we read the same thing. It‘s way too forced to say there was one and those two had no chemistry to the point I’m not sure if Esta likes him that way. That is totally fine by me, Esta had her Priorities straight and I LOVE that in a character.
  • (5/5)
    Amazing book with surprising plot. Can’t wait to read the sequel.
  • (5/5)
    Ms. Maxwell does not scrimp on the excitement and continuous movement through her story line in The Last Magician. I was so caught up on who was fooling whom that it wasn't until 3/4 through the book I realized who The Last Magician was actually referring to in the story. The back stories are just enough to keep you moving without this whole drawn out explanation and psychological analysis ( Red Queen ) of why someone is doing what their doing. I loved the twists and the Big Reveal at the end ( hint hint ). I believe there was just enough romance that it didn't take away from the deception and lies. My only request is that we get seedier and more depraved characters to create a dark and even more twisted perversion in the next book. Overall, a fantabulous tale and a winner !!!
  • (4/5)
    There were many things I enjoyed about this one, the relationships, the twists, they’re entertaining, it’s really just a matter of mixed feelings regarding the length and pacing.I’ll leave the plot summary to the publisher’s blurb as there’s a lot going on here and it would be challenging to condense it, the same really goes for the mythology/history (whatever you want to call it) involving the magic, it’s a lot, so in that sense I understand why this book is as long as it is because I imagine it would be virtually impossible to explain/weave in all the plot elements without the book being lengthy. The “epic” part of epic fantasy sometimes really is necessary. However, at times the vast array of information maybe could have been doled out in a more palatable way than the chunky paragraphs or overly long streams of dialogue sometimes encountered here. Maybe in those moments there could have been more of a back and forth between the characters in the dialogue rather than one person explaining for a long time, I don’t know, it just seemed like there needed to be something to break those moments up a little so they’d read a little breezier.I know it’s common for epic fantasies to feature several points of view, but whenever I turned the page to a new chapter I felt a bit disappointed if it wasn’t Esta or Harte’s POV. Unlike the other characters (with the exception of Viola, loved her, would have welcomed more of her), Esta and Harte had me invested emotionally, and since both are observant characters, it felt like maybe we could have forgone those other less engaging POVs and simply relied on Esta and Harte to relay info on those characters when the story required it, and the things they didn’t know about those other characters, if they’d had to piece those together over the course of the novel that might have upped the suspense. I thought it was a smart choice to set this (for the most part) in early nineteen hundreds New York, there’s something about the juxtaposition of the glamour and the grime of that era that played really well as the back-drop for magic, heists and double-crosses.As for romance in the book, I enjoyed the push and pull between Esta and Harte, the gradual progression from resentful sparks to caring, all while they weren’t sure whether to trust one another, and although Viola and Tilly didn’t receive much page-time, there was a lovely, bittersweet quality to their relationship. The ending is what you might expect given that this is the first book in a series, which is to say the ending is not entirely satisfying, it’s more of a jumping off point.
  • (4/5)
    I spent this whole book thinking I had its number but REALLY IT HAD MINE.

    Y'all, I got conned by this BOOK.

    I spent this entire book at a solid 3 star situation to be honest.
    And then the last 120 pages handed my ass to me on a platter.

    Reasons you should read it include: Time Travel! Heists! Con Artists! Thieves! and some Magic- of the card trick and Fairytale variety.

    Things I loved:
    - The characters are really well done to be honest; the crew and their dynamics are well laid out and I really liked watching them all work against each other while trying to play nice. (despite it driving me absolutely crazy.)
    - Harte and Esta collectively and individually ruined me.
    -Jianyu?? Needed more page time?? but Anyways. I would die for him.
    -Viola.
    -CON ARTISTS BEING CON ARTISTS IN THE EARLY 1900's. U G H. History and heists are all I need.
    -The way the Lisa Maxwell completely played me. I definitely spent a good deal of this book believing I knew what was going on and I was so wrong.

    Things I didn't love:
    - The TELL not SHOW style of writing that happened very often in regards to the characters feelings. Maxwell didn't really leave room for the reader to infer what what was happening or be brought along, she just had the character do all the work inside their head. This led the writing to feel a bit bulky to me and it took me nearly half the book to adjust to it.
    -No but seriously, Jianyu needed more page time.
    -Dolph was written really strong at the start and I felt like his character got a bit ignored later on in the book.
    -Jack really really really feels kind of useless to me as a "bad guy."
  • (4/5)

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    I loved the age recommendation for Lisa Maxwell's New York Times bestseller, The Last Magician......14-99. Because really, who doesn't love a magical tale? At any age.The Last Magician is set in New York City in the early 1900's. Esta has travelled back in time from the present day to steal one last artifact from a sinister group that has been killing off those that are truly magic. Can she do it - and save the magic?Ahh, what's not to love - time travel, magic, good vs. evil, romance. Yes, romance - a lovely yes/no/maybe so attraction! Dastardly villains, thrills, dangers, intrigue, action and much more. Maxwell's world building was excellent, the plotting detailed, the characters engaging and the story moved forward at a good pace.I chose to listen to The Last Magician. As I've mentioned many times before, I find I become more immersed in a story while listening. A magical world seemed like the perfect book to get lost in.The reader was Candace Thaxton. She has an unusual voice - it is very, very expressive with intonations that rise and fall in tone many times in each sentence. Her voice is somewhat gravelly and quirky, if that makes sense. I liked it and thought it matched the book she was narrating. She enunciates well - her words were clear and easy to understand. She conveyed the emotions of the characters well. Actions, time, place and tone of the story as well. And at the end I wondered.....what if there was still a bit of magic in the world? Even better - there's a sequel in the works!

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