Posted By: Frank Miceli
Before we even get into any sort of review on the book, look at that cover!! If I was picking a book solely on cover, this would make my “to be read” pile in a heartbeat. Notice the slight twist on the ouroboros here. Generally you would have a snake eating its own tail but here there are two snakes devouring each other, one of which is in skeletal form. I think I will just be a tease and tell you to read the book to find the meaning of the cover rather than give it to you here. Yes, I know that might be a bit cruel but 1) it is definitely worth the read to find out and 2) this is my section of the blog so we play by my rules and I say no spoilers if they can be avoided!
Now then, we start this book with a flashback to 1901 New York and what really seems like the end of a story relating to The Magician. This sets up the story beautifully by introducing you to a character and a scene which becomes so much more detailed the further along you go. Time travelers get ready because you are taken between several time periods during the beginning of this story. We meet the main character Esta who was absolutely fantastic throughout the story. You barely scratch the surface on the character at the onset as she is full of surprises.
When I look for a new read I want to see a few things. Is there a story I can get behind? Am I excited over where I think this story will take my mind? Do I think I will like the characters based on the summary of the book? In this case, all three boxes were checked. I have been wrong in the past but this was not one of those times. From the start I could not put this book down. As you flip from one POV to another there are new developments and twists and characters that keep you on your toes. While falling in love with the main characters, to be able to care about some of the minor characters as well, is what really took this read to another level for me.
I have said time and again that I like puzzles. I am at times able to figure out how a book will end or what twist will come at the end and my enjoyment is sometimes reduced by this. I was able to do no such thing with The Last Magician. There is enough going on and enough twists that every time you think you know what will happen, BAM! something happens and changes what you were thinking.
Another problem I sometimes have is that the big reveal and/or the ending of a book just leaves me kind of mehhhh. This was not the case here. You wait so long to get to the end to see how things turn out for our cast of characters and there was ZERO disappointment factor there. I absolutely loved the ending to this book!! I cannot wait for the next installment. The way this book ends perfectly sets up where book 2 will start and some challenges that will be present within it. Do yourself a favor, pick up a copy of The Last Magician and thank me when you are done reading.
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