Looking for a series where you completely escape this world? Lisa Maxwell’s The Last Magician series is a historical fantasy set in turn-of-the-century America where magic still exists. The second book, The Devil’s Thief, gets super ambitious and journeys to the World’s Fair in St. Louis 1904.
This is a series where you have to read all the books so spoilers ahead if you haven’t picked up The Last Magician!
Here’s the official summary of The Devil’s Thief:
In this spellbinding sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Last Magician, Esta and Harte set off on a cross-country chase through time to steal back the elemental stones they need to save the future of magic.
Hunt the Stones.
Beware the Thief.
Avenge the Past.
Esta’s parents were murdered. Her life was stolen. And everything she knew about magic was a lie. She thought the Book of Mysteries held the key to freeing the Mageus from the Order’s grasp, but the danger within its pages was greater than she ever imagined.
Now the Book’s furious power lives inside Harte. If he can’t control it, it will rip apart the world to get its revenge, and it will use Esta to do it.
To bind the power, Esta and Harte must track down four elemental stones scattered across the continent. But the world outside the city is like nothing they expected. There are Mageus beyond the Brink not willing to live in the shadows—and the Order isn’t alone in its mission to crush them.
In St. Louis, the extravagant World’s Fair hides the first stone, but an old enemy is out for revenge and a new enemy is emerging. And back in New York, Viola and Jianyu must defeat a traitor in a city on the verge of chaos.
As past and future collide, time is running out to rewrite history—even for a time-traveling thief.
Turn-of-the-century New York City
My take on The Devil’s Thief
In The Devil’s Thief, the same cast of characters returns, many of whom get their own POV chapters. We also get introduced into a whole slew of diverse characters as the story journeys out of New York City to the 1905 World’s Fair in St. Louis. This book is more complex and more ambitious which is why it’s nearly the length of two books.
The setting is textured and well-researched with tons of vivid detail that brings the story to life. Some incidents help shed light on some not-so-great moments in our country’s past. Fortunately the diverse cast of characters helps to balance those problematic attitudes that we still need to evolve today.
With so many characters and two time periods, this is a huge story that steadily weaves towards the ending where all elements combine.
My favorite storyline is, of course, Esta and Harte whose slow-burn relationship fuels this story. Sometimes I was impatient to get back to their story. Other characters would disappear for a hundred pages or so thus, it took a moment to figure out who they were and where we left them off. Typical Big Fantasy Book problems really.
No, this isn’t a light and breezy book. If you’re looking for an immersive story to take you to a whole different world with big stakes, this is a great choice!
World’s Fair, St Louis, 1904
Want to win some The Devil’s Thief stuff?
(Yes, you do!)
Author Lisa Maxwell is holding giant raffle with a grand prize of:
- Signed copy of The Devil’s Thief
- Pavé snake bracelet (like the awesome cover!)
- Character art
- Signed swag
There are also two runner-up prizes with cool signed stuff!
- Character art
- Signed swag pack
Click here to enter!
If you want more details on the contest rules, we got those too!
Dont want to leave it to chance? Click below to order your copy! Barnes & Noble has an exclusive, signed edition with an additional short story!
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Indiebound (to purchase from your local independent bookstore)
Want more info? Follow Lisa on social media or check out these websites!
Main website: www.lisa-maxwell.com
Series website www.thelastmagician.com
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