From Unhooked author Lisa Maxwell comes a captivating new world filled with magic and deception, about a girl who must travel back in time to find a mysterious book that could save her future.
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 1901 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.
I have to admit I was first drawn to this book because of the cover; it was giving me flashbacks of The Neverending Story so I became deeply intrigued.
The fantasy and historical settings of the book flowed beautifully and definitely lived up to the amazing artwork on the outside that draws you in. Maxwell knows how to create detailed worlds that are magical but somehow feel very realistic too as if you could walk down the streets of New York and believe her characters and their lives actually unfolded on these streets.
Getting to travel back in time was a delight to experience and her writing is so fresh and vivacious I was able to pull away from the modern era and dive full in as if I was walking alongside her characters which are absolutely delicious. A book with such strong, independent, kickass female characters is a must for me since I have 2 daughters who need books showing they can be just as strong as their imaginations.
My only complaint is that the length and amount of detail would have been easier to read and enjoy in paper form than tablet. My eyes felt like they were going to burn out so I’m looking forward to giving this another try when I can do it the old fashioned way.
Thank you to Netgalley and Simon Pulse for allowing me to review this book.
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*synopsis and pic from netgalley.com