Waiting on Wednesday: The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme created by Breaking the Spine where each week we discuss upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.


The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

the last magician

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.

Okay, to tell the truth, I was interested in whatever else that Maxwell would be writing after I read her book, Unhooked. It was this epic Peter Pan retelling that totally played into my Once Upon A Time fangirling dreams about Captain Hook. Oh, Hook on there is so swoony. I never thought I would be so into guyliner. Oh sigh.

Anyway, when I first read about this book, I was super intrigued. It gave me such Six of Crows feels, and any book that gives me SOC feels, I’m totally sold. Then Maxwell created the coolest way to get hyped up for this book with its own website, quizzes, jobs you have to do, and more. It’s called the Devils’ Own Contest, and while you’re learning more about the story, you’re also up for epic prizes such as chances for arcs, signed postcards, and more! Um, how cool is that? Check it out here!

So, awesome writer, awesome concept, awesome book fun. Um, so much YAY to all of these, so I can’t wait to get my hands on this. And I mean, Old New York? JUST GIVE IT TO ME.

Find out more about the story here!

What books are you excited for to come out? What are you waiting for to come out? Are you excited for The Last Magician? Let’s discuss in the comments below!

12 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday: The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

  1. Ahhhh yes!!! I’ve never heard of this book before until I got an email from the author (I think I must have signed up for the newsletter without even noticing XD)! And I love the little challenges and stuff that she does on her website! I can’t wait to read this one 😍

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    1. Ahahahaha. I’ve done that a few times as well, Jackie. It’s just amazing what pops up in your inbox. XD But yes! It’s super duper cute and I really feel like I’m into the book without ever having cracked it open. XD But same! 😀

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  2. AHHH YESSS! I TOTALLY GOT SoC FEELS FROM THIS TOO AND SLAMMED THE “WANT-TO-READ” BUTTON! It sounds so amazing I cannot wait to read it! I must check out this Unhooked book! If it has someone that is Hook-like ( The Once Upon a Time version of course) then I must slam my “want-to-read” button again!

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  3. I’ve never read anything by Maxwell before, but I am certainly intrigued by this book. That is a FANTASTIC book cover! I do agree that it’s got me thinking of SoC. Definitely interested to see what happens. So glad you featured this one!!!

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    1. I only have read her Peter Pan retelling one, and it was actually really super good, so if you are ever looking for a Peter Pan retelling randomly, that would be the one. XD But YES. It’s so creepy but amazing. But yes, I totally agree. Definitely interested to see what this one will be like and if we are right on the SOC feels. 😀

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