"This twisty tale of alchemy and magic in Gilded Age New York will keep you guessing until the very last page."
– Cinda Williams Chima, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author for THE LAST MAGICIAN
"A gorgeous, timeless, all-consuming tale."
– Wendy Higgins, New York Times bestselling author of the Sweet Evil series for THE LAST MAGICIAN
"A twisty, spellbinding romp. Inserting feuding magical factions into an already tumultuous time in American history, Maxwell’s The Last Magician mesmerized me until the very last page."
– Janet B. Taylor, author of Into the Dim and Sparks of Light for THE LAST MAGICIAN
"Intriguing, romantic, and full of twists, THE LAST MAGICIAN kept me reading late into the night. The richly imagined alternative version of 1901 New York City pulled me in, but the fascinating characters had me turning the pages, desperate to find out what happened to them."
– Anne Blankman, author of the Prisoner of Night and Fog duology for THE LAST MAGICIAN
Gangs, immigrants, and the rich keeping the poor down, with a twist. Crisp pacing and plenty of details tell the story of engaging, if selfish, characters in their late teens and early 20s working at cross purposes for big reasons. A doorstopper with a total shakeup of an ending: don't miss this splendid series opener. (map) (Historical fantasy. 12-adult)
– Kirkus Reviews on THE LAST MAGICIAN, 5/1/17
As there are significant plot reveals all the way through (we actually learn a secret about Esta’s dad, for example, only about twenty pages from the end), the book never loses urgency, and readers will likely hit the final page wishing for more. Hand this off to fantasy buffs who appreciate historical fiction, since a good deal of the novel takes place in the early twentieth century, and Maxwell’s attention to detail makes that time period seem vivid and compelling.
– BCCB on THE LAST MAGICIAN, June 2017
This stripped down plot summary does no justice to the captivating and complicated story created by Maxwell. A mix of historical fiction, romance, fantasy, and magic, the well-plotted and tightly paced story moves between present day and 1901 New York, a time of gangs, tenements, turf wars, and a fascination with science and technology as a cure for society’s ills. A few historical figures make an appearance, J. P. Morgan, for example, but this is definitely Esta’s story, and she is a smart and feisty female protagonist in whom readers will delight. — Cindy Welch
– Booklist online on THE LAST MAGICIAN, May 31, 2017
The writing is deceptively simple, allowing the reader to become immersed in the world without confusion. Shifting points of view within the narrative help characters stand on their own as individuals that the reader cares about. The pacing, suspense, and twisting plot will keep teen readers interested and longing for more.
– School Library Connection on THE LAST MAGICIAN, August/September 2017