The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

If you like mystery, fantasy, historical fiction, and a bit of rom-com, this book is for you. All of the characters have such a lovely love/hate relationship that propels the storyline far beyond what you expect. The events in this alternate versions of Manhattan keeps you on the edge of your seat. The mystery behind why magic is dying, the Order, and who the Last Magician is, what they are planning and the uncertainty of a future, leave this story cloaked so that every time you think you have figured out what is happening and who is on which side, a twist springs up to turn the plot.

Book Summary:

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 enter Manhattan becomes trapped by a dark energy barrier – The Brink – that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their powers and, more often then not, their lives.

Esta is a talented thief. She has been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister anti-Mageus group named The Order, who created the Brink. with her innate ability to alter time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting artifacts before the Order realizes she’s even been there. All of Esta’s training has been for one final mission… travel back to 1901 and steal the ancient book containing the secrets of the Order, the Brink and the future of the Mageus, before the Last Magician can destroy it and doom them all to a helpless future.

Old New York is a dangerous, different place than what history records. It is ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies bent on destroying one another. It is 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.