THE LAST MAGICIAN by Lisa Maxwell: When Old NY Gangsters​ Wield Illicit Magic




While magic once thrived in New-York, only a few remaining Mageus now show an ability for it. Esta Filosik, like any other Mageus living in New York, is confined to the island of Manhattan by the Brink, a magical barrier erected by the Order and meant to steal the power (and often the life) of any Mageus who crosses it. 

All her life, Esta has been forced to hide her ability to manipulate time for fear of being punished by the Order. Secretly, she has also been trained to travel in the past and steal magical artifacts from under the Order’s nose until she’s ready for the most hazardous heist of all, the one that will change everything.

This time, Esta must change the future by traveling back to 1902 and stealing the Order’s most precious book before a man known as the Magician gets ahold of it and destroys every chance the Mageus have at freeing themselves from the Brink. What Esta didn’t expect, though, was to find this world brimming with magic and ruthless gangsters so alluring, and to find herself torn between securing the future of all the Mageus and staying true to those she has come to hold dear in the past. 


GENRES: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult


I could end this review right here because, let’s be honest, this is pretty self-explanatory. But I will indulge in the pleasures of a rave that, hopefully, you will have just as much pleasure reading. 

First, let me tell you that The Last Magician is hugely underrated. Why doesn’t everybody talk about this book all day and dream about it all night? With its lively writing style, badass characters, and engaging plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very last page, The Last Magician qualifies as one of the most underrated YA fantasy books. 

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4 Reasons to Add THE LOCKSMITH’S DAUGHTER by Karen Brooks to Your TBR




When Mallory Bright comes back to London after a scandal has destroyed her reputation, she is unable to get back into her old life. Her father, a famous locksmith, then seeks the help of his old friend, Sir Francis Walsingham, to find employment for Mallory. 

Sir Francis, Queen Elizabeth’s spymaster and Secretary, draws Mallory into his own web of secrets and network of intelligencers. Under a false identity, Mallory must use her sharp mind and remarkable skills to unmask Catholics and traitors. 

Soon, she realizes that her espionage entails serious consequences she could never have foreseen for both the guilty and those she loves the most. When everything and everyone is at risk, Mallory will have to decide where her loyalties lie and what she is willing to do to save herself and her loved ones. 


GENRE: Historical Fiction

The Locksmith’s Daugther was a wild ride. Full of secrets and intrigue, filled with love and affection, this is a solid, brilliantly crafted historical fiction novel. 

It will punch in the gut. Make you weep buckets and shudder in horror and wish you could hold Mallory Bright in your arms at times. But you will also close the back cover with a small smile trailing on your lips. 

If you think an emotional train wreck of such is not for you, or you need further convincing to actually go on Goodreads and add this book to your To Be Read pile, keep reading. I put together a list of 4 reasons why you should pick up The Locksmith’s Daughter when in search of your next historical fiction read. 

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