Book 116 of 2018: The Devil's Thief by Lisa Maxwell.
Finished copy provided to me by Simon Teen (Simon and Schuster) in exchange for my honest review.
In this tantalizing sequel to The Last Magician, we follow Esta and Harte as they set off on a dangerous quest to retrieve the elemental stones that will save the future of magic.
Esta has been living a lie, and it hurts more than she cares to admit. Her parents were murdered and the person she thought of as a father was nothing but a skilled deceptor.
Harte thought he was meant to die. But fate would not have it that way and now he must exist with the Ars Arcana's power lurking in his mind and body.
To bind its power, Esta and Harte must travel across the continent and track down the elemental stones, but time is running out and they will have to sacrifice many things to save the fate of magic.
Firstly, thank you so much to Simon Teen (Simon and Schuster) for sending this finished copy my way! It was such a wonderful surprise and I am really happy I got to read this beauty a few days before it released.
If you have not read The Last Magician and you love historical fiction, original magic systems, time travel, witty banter between characters and subtle (oh, so subtle) romance, I have no idea why you have not picked it up. Maxwell created such a wonderful world using the structure of a very popular city and the way she weaves time travel is truly exquisite. The Last Magician was one of my favorite books last year and getting to read The Devil's Thief satisfied my craving to know more about the characters.
The writing is amazing and Maxwell's descriptions so vivid, it felt as though I could see Esta and Harte travel through time as they hunted down the first stone.
I love how we got to know and understand the main characters feelings about the whole situation (the possible extinction of magic, no big deal) a little bit more. Their fear and doubts truly gave both of these amazing characters a little bit more dimension, and I am all for realistic protagonists!
Not only do we get to see the world and its dangers... 4/5 ⭐. Full review on my Goodreads account, link in bio!