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.
Thank you to Simon & Schuster Children Publishing for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour. This doesn’t affect my opinion about the book.
With the lush, imaginative descriptions of Lisa Maxwell, I fell in love with The Devil’s Thief. The Last Magician is one of my favorite books last year and it was vivid, amazing, and compelling. It throws me off how brilliant the plot line is and how Lisa Maxwell executed her craft in magic as well as her storytelling in one meaningful masterpiece.
Related Link: Book Review of The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
I couldn’t say anything about The Devil’s Thief but just how wonderful, complex, courageous and … speechless I am with this book. What I really love in this book is how Lisa Maxwell implemented the complexity of Esta and Harte’s situation that makes the readers think what would they do next. There are times that both of this character makes me keep on my edge, then, in a minute, they would leap and stunned me on how they think and escape the challenges that have been bestowed upon them. Both Esta and Harte’s ability to manipulate and deduce is commendable.
Happy as I am being reunited with the gang, I am also sad that the members are being separated and having their own difficulties to face. Actually, that was unexpected and I am thankful that The Devil’s Thief is here to have their own spotlights. I really like Jianyu discovering things on his own while being fragile and vulnerable and trying to face the challenges ahead that have been given with him. I also adore Viola, one stunning woman that deserves my respect and attention. I couldn’t grasp how I love Viola’s character and the things that are happening in her in the book. It was also refreshing to see Viola in a submissive and yet dominant perspective while studying the things around her.
There are times that The Devil’s Thief made me angry. There are chapters that will shock you, chapters that I want to be mad with Harte. Or parts that I wanted to yell to Jack or James. Then there are also events in this book that I was stunned because Esta is sooooo amazing. And the one main thing that I really noticed about this book is that Lisa Maxwell tries to deliver a message to her readers; To girls: Don’t let the other gender define you for who you are, you will define yourself and do what you want for yourself. To boys: Don’t define the girls. Shut up and accept that they can think for their self. This book just displays so much feminism with a lot of strong women that you will just fell in love with.
*cough* Viola *cough*
Related Link: Interview with Lisa Maxwell
What really caught me off guard with The Devil’s Thief is how Lisa Maxwell wrote this book. It was a total balance of tease, shock, betrayal, unexpected twist, and eagerness on all of the characters present in the story. I was so happy that this book did not disappoint. It was over the top. The 700+ pages are so worth it that it left me hanging and wanting more. While the plot is being remarkable, I couldn’t help it to love the character developments of each and every character in this book compare to The Last Magician. While those aspects are being laid upon, let’s also appreciate how Lisa Maxwell incorporates feminism and diversity on her book knowing that she wrote the draft for The Devil’s Thief within three months. That was actually a beast! I have so much respect to her after reading this book and knowing the facts behind writing the book.
The Devil’s Thief is that one book that you will not forget. Like how I couldn’t forget The Last Magician. One remarkable young adult historical fantasy that dwells with the power of Ars Arcana and powerful artifacts that will change the world where people here are opportunistic and power-driven. In short, the actual depiction of our society today. TDT is a powerful book, that’s for sure. And I can’t wait for its publication because it will definitely teach the readers to think, be wise, and among others, to be the better version of what they want for themselves.
MY RATINGS: 5 STARS!!!
Grand Prize for the Tour Participants:
A signed copy of The Devil’s Thief
pavé snake bracelet
Runners Up (2)
signed swag pack
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lisa Maxwell is the New York Times Best-Selling author of THE LAST MAGICIAN. Also of UNHOOKED, SWEET UNREST, and GATHERING DEEP. When she’s not writing books, she teaches English at a local college. She lives near DC with her very patient husband and two not-so patient boys.