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The Last Magician, 1

The Last Magician, 1

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An instant New York Times bestseller

"Will keep you guessing until the last page." --Cinda Williams Chima, New York Times bestselling author

A girl travels back in time to find a mysterious book that could save her future in Lisa Maxwell's "splendid series opener" (Kirkus Reviews).

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.

Author: Lisa Maxwell
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published: 07/18/2017
Pages: 512
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.40lbs
Size: 9.30h x 6.30w x 1.60d
ISBN: 9781481432078
Age Range: 14-17

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 6
Point Value: 25
Interest Level: Upper Grade
Quiz #/Name: 196757 / Last Magician

Review Citation(s):
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 06/01/2017
Publishers Weekly 05/08/2017
Kirkus Reviews 05/01/2017
School Library Journal 06/01/2017
Voice of Youth Advocates 08/01/2017 - Recommended - Readable
Hornbook Guide to Children 07/01/2018 pg. 117 - Recommended, Satisfactory

About the Author
Lisa Maxwell is the author of the Last Magician series and Unhooked. She grew up in Akron, Ohio, and has a PhD in English. She's worked as a teacher, scholar, editor, writer, and bookseller (at Little Professor Book Center in Alabama). When she's not writing books, she's a professor at a local college. She now lives near Washington, DC, with her husband and two sons. You can follow her on Twitter @LisaMaxwellYA or learn more about her upcoming books at

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