The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

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“The only rule that counted was to not get caught.”

I FREAKING LOVE THE LAST MAGICIAN, AND THIS COVER WITH ALL MY HEART!! The plot is well done, the characters are flawed and wonderful to read, great world building. The Last Magician is a fast-paced book that had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Told from 3 POV: the main character, Esta, Dolph Saunders- the gang leader, and Harte Darrigan- magician.

The Last Magician follows Esta’s journey into 1900 New York City, to steal a book that could save all the Mageus from extinction. Surrounding Manhattan is the Brink, a magical barrier trapping all Mageus in the city. Any Mageus trying to leave risks losing their magic and usually their life.

What I enjoyed most was the magic system and how magic ruled the 1900s in NYC. Persons with magic are Mageus hunted for years by the Order, a secret society trying to eradicate raw magic while also seeking power from ritual magic. Each Mageus’s powers were very different. This talent wasn’t like power over an element or extra strength, stuff like that. No, these powers were so unique and special to each person. This unique world building was one of my favorite parts to read. The 1900s were run by gangs as well as the Order, and you really got a  sense of what life was like in Manhattan at the time.

My girl Esta was just an unbelievable character. Her magic was something I had never heard of before, the ability to slow down time. Yes, she could time travel, but only with the help of magical artifacts and even then it was a difficult thing to do. Esta was smart, strong, and a great thief. She could pickpocket almost anyone.

It was thrilling to read about her time in the 1900s. Women were a little more submissive and Maxwell does a great job of showing Esta’s integration into the past. Esta was still a witty, fierce character who was able to distinguish herself as someone who could be trusted while also stabbing you in the back.

“But then, liars do make the best magicians, and he happened to be exceptional.”

Man, do I wish Harte Darrigan was real, sigh. I will be fangirling over Harte for years to come. I’m never a fan of inst-love, I think it’s just too much for me. But The Last Magician takes slow burn romance to another level. Two sides of the same coin, Harte was a brilliant foil for Esta. A magician on stage and a Mageus of persuasion, Harte was able to lie his true intentions to pretty much every character. His deception POV was insane and I loved any minute of it.

“They were sitting on opposite sides of the board, playing each other in hopes of gaining the prize.”

The Last Magician is a great story about deception and is deceiving someone really bad if it’s for a good cause. If you’re a fan of morally ambiguous characters, time travel, gangs, magic, and twists and turns, The Last Magician is right for you. I definitely recommend this to fans of The Six of Crows, and Ace of Shades.



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A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan

A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan


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“A Touch of Gold” is a retelling of the Greek Mythology story of King Midas. The story focuses on the daughter of Midas, Kora, and the curse her father accidentally gives her. Kora is somewhat of a legend in the castle, concealed by most until a thief steals some of her father’s cursed gold. With Kora’s connection to the cursed pieces, she goes on a seafaring journey with the charming young Duke Aris and his hired crew of pirates.

Kora is the main character and the daughter of King Midas. I was honestly not her biggest fan in the beginning. I found her to be indecisive and just muddled as a character. As the story progressed she began to grow on me. She was a sheltered character with a distant father and no real friends aside from her cousin. But I truly felt like she had some of the best character development and by the end, she became a great character.

Why you might like reading A Touch of Gold


The Twists and Turns in the plot

The romance was huge in the first half of the story. I’m not the biggest instalove fan, and so I was a little wary of whether I’d like this book or not. But about halfway through the book, the romance takes a turn and it was surprising to me. The turnaround was one of my favorite parts of this book, and I think that’s when I really started to enjoy “A Touch of Gold”

A Touch of Gold ticks a lot of my favorite boxes: Magic, sirens, curses, and pirates. But what is so fun about this book is that it’s not bogged down by one specific trope. It’s a fun mix of a light fantasy YA story.


The Character Relationships.

My favorite scene in the whole book was between Kora and Hattie. A high-risk scene, Kora, and Hattie work so well together and it was just brilliant. The two characters, who I was most wary, have this one scene that was so great, it made me love them even more.

Hattie also has a great relationship with Rhat. He acts as a great foil for Hattie and constantly keeps her on her toes. It was fun to watch Hattie come out of her shell and learn to love adventures.


A Touch of Gold ticks a lot of my favorite boxes: Magic, sirens, curses, and pirates. But what is so fun about this book is that it’s not bogged down by one specific trope. It’s a fun mix of a light fantasy YA story.

I read A Touch of Gold during my reading slump of 2018. I didn’t know much about it at the time of reading, but I really enjoyed it. The ending felt a little rushed but overall this standalone was fun and unpredictable. I was surprised by many of the twists and turns.

A Touch of Gold is perfect for fans of Daughter of a Pirate King and Song of the Current.