Publishing Date: July 18, 2017
Dates Read: June 11 – June 27, 2019
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Science Fiction (Time Travel)
Format: Audiobook & eBook
My Rating: 4.5
”Liars do make the best magicians, and he happened to be exceptional.”
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.
The Last Great Magician by David Birdie
(this song can be found in Spotify, and yeah the name is fitting hehe)
MORE THAN A HEIST…
Although book had a slow start and took some time to pick up, I was able to really appreciate it in the end because it was part of the world building. And everything just played out beautifully in the end. (view spoiler)
This might be my favourite time travel book yet. It had what I was looking for in a time travel plot… mix that with the Six of Crows vibes… I was in love by the end.
MY CHARACTER INVESTMENTS…
And I was SO INVESTED in Harte’s character and I just had no idea what was going to happen. The plot does a good job building up the suspense because we already know how everything is suppose to end but then we’re not sure if Esta is going to be successful or not. I am just so happy there was more to the heist plot than the book led be to believe and…. *sigh*… I am satisfied.
The plot intrigued me and Esta was an interesting MC. She’s not so much of a typical female MC because SHE’S A THIEF IF YOU DID NOT ALREADY KNOW. That made her really interesting to me because it puts her in kind of a morally gray position and I feel like I never entirely know what she’s going to do next. Though, she did start to grow like the female MCs we all know and love. I was cheering Harte on from the very first page and I really like his dynamic with Esta ❤ It’s one of my favorite kinds and I STAN !!
They are both far from perfect people in the beginning of the story but I really liked their character development. They seemed to both grow into their roles in the story and I think there masterfully written to intrigue you. Other than that, I thought that all of the characters were actually flushed out well and played into the story in a beautiful way.
”Who said I was you to be anything but what you are? I like your angles and edges, …I have plenty of my own, you know.”
I really liked how most of everyone’s affinities weren’t outright and plainly said. You kind of had to figure it out along the way and that just added a little something to the story for me. It honestly kind of gives me Six of Crows vibes but then everyone has powers.
And here I was thinking that time-travelling wasn’t as explored throughout the majority of the book though which made me kind of disappointed but OH BOY WAS I WRONG!!
I really enjoyed this book and I seriously cannot wait to get my hands on the next one once they restock in my bookstore :”)
FIRST INSTALLMENT IN “THE LAST MAGICIAN” SERIES