The reviews are in and critics are praising The Last Magician:
"A doorstopper with a total shakeup of an ending: don't miss this splendid series opener." -Kirkus
"A mix of historical fiction, romance, fantasy, and magic, the well-plotted and tightly paced story moves between present day and 1901 New York, a time of gangs, tenements, turf wars, and a fascination with science and technology as a cure for society’s ills. A few historical figures make an appearance ... but this is definitely Esta’s story, and she is a smart and feisty female protagonist in whom readers will delight." -Booklist
"With painstaking worldbuilding, Maxwell captures the danger and grittiness of New York City in the early 1900s" -Publisher's Weekly
"...the book never loses urgency, and readers will likely hit the final page wishing for more." -BCCB
Stop the Magician.
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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 1901 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.
"This twisty tale of alchemy and magic in Gilded Age New York will keep you guessing until the very last page."-Cinda Williams Chima, USA Today & NY Times Best Selling Author
"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 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 1902 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 Prisoner of Night and Fog and Traitor Angels
"A gorgeous, timeless, all-consuming tale." -New York Times bestseller Wendy Higgins