The sequel to Lisa Maxwell’s fantastic The Last Magician will be coming out in a few short months. On October 9th, The Devil’s Thief will hit shelves and readers will be able to find out what the Devil’s Own is up to now. Leaderless, spread to the winds with no idea what’s coming next, what will they do in the face of the unknown?
In the coming weeks, those of us on the street team are going to be sharing some of our favorite things about the series. Today, I wanted to share quotes from my initial review of The Last Magician to explain why I loved it so much and why I want to share my thoughts on it in the lead up to The Devil’s Thief.
Time travel is an amazing storytelling device. Sometimes it can be confusing, such as when potential paradoxes pop up or the varying ways timelines can change. While I was a bit thrown at first in The Last Magician, what with Esta’s timeline hopping ability being demonstrated early on and the early 1900’s being introduced via Dolph, I hit my stride quickly for which I was very thankful.
Time travel, for one. While it can get really confusing really quickly, Lisa Maxwell did a great job at introducing her version of it and explaining how it worked, including how changes in the past might affect the future through the use of a newspaper clipping that Esta brought with her from her own time back through the years to Dolph’s time.
I liked finding out the motivations of the cast. everyone’s motivations. Esta’s and Harte’s were, of course, the primary ones to advance the reader, but there is still a lot to be said for the others, such as Dolph, Jack, etc. Even those who’s purpose wasn’t quite glaringly vital to story line A still held up the supports of the novel well.
There were a lot of perspectives and while some of them didn’t seem important at times, they came together in the end. I loved the clues that were planted throughout the ones that appeared to be especially out of place that ended up meaning more than I realized originally.
Magic is so integral and there’s a very real fear about it disappearing forever, but there’s also not a 100% reliance on it. Esta, for example, was taught to be a thief without her magic before she learned to work her affinity into her work. Harte learned to use effects in his act, such as false thumbs to hide pins.
The symbiotic relationship demonstrated between magic and ordinary talents, particularly by Esta and Harte, was a good one. Often in books where there’s magic you might seem characters too dependent on their abilities, scoffing at people without the ability to wave a wand or manipulate time. Esta’s teacher made sure she knew how to be a thief without relying on her magic because he knew that magic was in danger in their time, so he didn’t want her to be reliant on it. This gave her a strength that she might not have had otherwise.
Lisa Maxwell found a great way to weave a long story (500 pages in my edition) into a pleasant, lose yourself in the pages way.
The writing style was one of the best things because it was so easy to get into, to have so much to read and yet not feel bogged down by it at all.
There’s a lot to enjoy in this book and I’m sure there will be even more in the next book. If you want to have some fun ahead of the release of The Devil’s Thief, you can visit www.thelastmagician.com and take quizzes, see character art, and join in the conversation on social media with the hashtag #devilsthief.
It’s going to be a fun few months. Enjoy the magic!
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