The Last Magician (Paperback)
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This is book number 1 in the The Last Magician series.
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.
About the Author
Lisa Maxwell is the author of The Last Magician, The Devil’s Thief, The Serpent’s Curse, Unhooked, Sweet Unrest, and The Gathering Deep. She grew up in Akron, Ohio, and has a PhD in English. She’s worked as a teacher, scholar, editor, writer, and bookseller (at Little Professor Book Center in Alabama). When she’s not writing books, she’s a professor at a local college. She now lives near Washington, DC, with her husband and two sons. You can follow her on Twitter @LisaMaxwellYA or learn more about her upcoming books at Lisa-Maxwell.com.
"This twisty tale of alchemy and magic in Gilded Age New York will keep you guessing until the very last page."
— Cinda Williams Chima, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
"A gorgeous, timeless, all-consuming tale."
— Wendy Higgins, New York Times bestselling author of the Sweet Evil series
"A twisty, spellbinding romp. Inserting feuding magical factions into an already tumultuous time in American history, Maxwell’s The Last Magician mesmerized me until the very last page."
— Janet B. Taylor, author of Into the Dim and Sparks of Light
"Intriguing, romantic, and full of twists, THE LAST MAGICIAN kept me reading late into the night. The richly imagined alternative version of 1901 New York City pulled me in, but the fascinating characters had me turning the pages, desperate to find out what happened to them."
— Anne Blankman, author of the Prisoner of Night and Fog duology
"A doorstopper with a total shakeup of an ending: don't miss this splendid series opener."
— Kirkus Reviews
"Readers will likely hit the final page wishing for more...vivid and compelling."
"Captivating and complicated...a smart and feisty female protagonist in whom readers will delight."
— Booklist Online
"The pacing, suspense, and twisting plot will keep teen readers interested and longing for more."
— School Library Connection