The Devil's Thief (The Last Magician, #2)
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.

The Devil's Thief (The Last Magician, #2) Details

TitleThe Devil's Thief (The Last Magician, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 9th, 2018
PublisherSimon Pulse
ISBN-139781481494458
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Historical, Historical Fiction

The Devil's Thief (The Last Magician, #2) Review

  • Ashley Nuckles
    January 1, 1970
    Holy crap. HOOOLLYYYY CRAP. I have no words. I am in love and horrified at the same time, and I don’t know which is worse. If you haven’t heard it from me yet, please pick up this series. It. Is. Amazing.
  • Cesar
    January 1, 1970
    We got a title! FUCK YEAH!!!And that cover!
  • Sabrina The Trash Queen
    January 1, 1970
    COVER: Astonishing.Love snakes 🐍.
  • ellie ☼
    January 1, 1970
    *grabby hands* boy this is now my most anticipated release for this year!
  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    YESSSSSSSS so excited for this one!
  • Samhita Peechara {Multi Dreamer}⚔
    January 1, 1970
    I NEED THIS I NEED THIS I NEED THIS This book is one of my most anticipated releases ever and I need it ASAP. The titles for this series are amazing so far...
  • Nicole Phoebe
    January 1, 1970
    Kfzebdns the book cover is so beautiful AHHH
  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    Just like in Last Magician, what really shines in The Devil's Thief is the way Maxwell twines history and magic together. We get to see what our favorites are up to now that everything kind of what backward for them. Esta and Harte travel across the country and time to St. Louis during the Worlds Fair (meet me in St. Louis, Louis. Meet me at the fair) while Jian and Viola deal with the aftermath of Dolph's murder and Nibs' take over. We also get introduced to other characters, the most wonderful Just like in Last Magician, what really shines in The Devil's Thief is the way Maxwell twines history and magic together. We get to see what our favorites are up to now that everything kind of what backward for them. Esta and Harte travel across the country and time to St. Louis during the Worlds Fair (meet me in St. Louis, Louis. Meet me at the fair) while Jian and Viola deal with the aftermath of Dolph's murder and Nibs' take over. We also get introduced to other characters, the most wonderful being Calla; a black seamstress who gets tied up with our mageus thanks to Harte Darrigan. This book is full of lovely characters, fun capers, and twists that will leave you begging for more.
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  • Misty Smith
    January 1, 1970
    She did it again! What a great story with such great characters! I loved this book from beginning to end! Esta is a badass & I love her.
  • Austine (NovelKnight)
    January 1, 1970
    This book was provided by the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.After several hours and nearly 700 pages of YA fantasy goodness, I finished The Devil's Thief and immediately wanted to curse its author out for doing that to those poor characters. Yeah, it was that good.When I read  The Last Magician , I was blown away by the world-building and attention to detail. The Devil's Thief moves back and forth between the years 1902 and 1904. I wasn't a li This book was provided by the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.After several hours and nearly 700 pages of YA fantasy goodness, I finished The Devil's Thief and immediately wanted to curse its author out for doing that to those poor characters. Yeah, it was that good.When I read  The Last Magician , I was blown away by the world-building and attention to detail. The Devil's Thief moves back and forth between the years 1902 and 1904. I wasn't a live then. Y'all weren't alive then. We couldn't live that history but I still felt like I was there. And Esta, she's a modern girl in a world where her way of thinking may not go over like she expects (*cough* any scene involving clothes and losing them and Harte and SWOON).And being a sequel, I had some reservations about how this book could go down, could the stakes be any higher, and all that jazz. No worries, it surpassed expectations! I was immediately sold on Esta and Harte's chapters. To be fair, they're my favorite characters and I will die with this ship (and almost did a number of times because HOLY TENSION). Though I did feel like their story became more about the slow burn romance "we can't be together but we want to be" business rather than the plotting and thieving I fell in love with in the first book. I still loved it, don't get me wrong, but once they reached the rebel group it started feeling strained.Maxwell introduced new PoV characters so that this book was bouncing all over the place between New York and St. Louis, from our Thief and Magician, to Jack, to Jianyu and Viola, Cela, and even more characters. I loved that Viola had more page time. She was one of those characters that didn't say much but had a presence in The Last Magician and seeing her background fleshed her out more. Also, not to come back to romance subplots but hers was fantastic (F/F which y'all shouldn't be surprised about from the last book but I won't spoil who it's with!). I'm really looking forward to seeing her character in book 3.IN ADDITION, not only did Never the chapters switch characters each time but often the location and the year would change. have I been so thankful for chapter sub-headings. To be honest, the constant shift did pull me out of the story at times because I had to re-adjust to what was happening in that year versus another (even more confusing when characters appeared in both timelines). And because of all the jumping, I felt like there was an added need for detail to ground the reader nearly every chapter and it bogged things down a bit.The Devil's Thief is a LONG BOOK. At times, I really felt that and others I flew through it like no other, simply based on the scenes. I felt like not much happened but also a lot happened this time around, if that makes sense. The world-building and all the characters and the story lines and it all just came together so beautifully but also seemed to accomplish less overall compared to last book? Perhaps it set many things up for book 3!But. I'm being critical but I also loved The Devil's Thief. It's fun and exciting, the characters are easy to get attached to and follow along with, and this world is just downright magical. I'm not sure where Maxwell will take this series next but I know I"m not prepared for it!Find Me on: My Blog || Twitter || Instagram || Bloglovin'
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    I want it now.
  • Vania
    January 1, 1970
    I HAVEN'T EVEN STARTED TO READ THE FIRST BOOK BUT THIS COVER HAS ME SHAKING!!
  • Meghan
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book as an advanced reader's copy due to our patrons' love for the Last Magician and like the first novel, this book was not disappointing. The adventure gets bigger and bigger for Esta, Mageus, Harte, Viola, and Jianyu. This book will not allow you to stop reading because each time you turn the page, a new twist happens and it is a real game changer just when you thought it was going one way, it goes another way. Our young adult readers truly love these types of novels and will I received this book as an advanced reader's copy due to our patrons' love for the Last Magician and like the first novel, this book was not disappointing. The adventure gets bigger and bigger for Esta, Mageus, Harte, Viola, and Jianyu. This book will not allow you to stop reading because each time you turn the page, a new twist happens and it is a real game changer just when you thought it was going one way, it goes another way. Our young adult readers truly love these types of novels and will be very pleased when they see this book at our library. We will definitely be adding this book to our cart and that is why we are honored to give this book 5 stars!
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  • Audita
    January 1, 1970
    FINALLY. OH MY GOD. EVERYONE, it has a title!! YES. Yes, I am SO EXCITED.
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    January 1, 1970
  • Gaja Kos
    January 1, 1970
    There are some books you just can’t stop thinking about, no matter how much time goes by. The Last Magician was one of those for me.Right when I thought I’d moved on, my mind would offer up a snippet, an emotion, a taste of the amazing atmospheres Maxwell created... It was a struggle to keep myself from reading the book over and over again. So, naturally, it made me wonder how could anything possibly be better than The Last Magician? How could anything ensnare me as much as This. Damn. Book?Appa There are some books you just can’t stop thinking about, no matter how much time goes by. The Last Magician was one of those for me.Right when I thought I’d moved on, my mind would offer up a snippet, an emotion, a taste of the amazing atmospheres Maxwell created... It was a struggle to keep myself from reading the book over and over again. So, naturally, it made me wonder how could anything possibly be better than The Last Magician? How could anything ensnare me as much as This. Damn. Book?Apparently, I only needed to wait long enough to get my hands on The Devil’s Thief.First of all, let me say that it was a dream to spend time with all my faves again, as well as meet the newbies (love the newbies!). The cast was one of those aspects that played a crucial role in making me fall heads over heels with TLM, and let me tell you, the ball just keeps on rolling. The blend of queer, POC, as well as white cishet characters builds a believable reality that is only further augmented by the layered complexity of every individual we meet. They all have their own struggles, some tied to the story, some to their own emotions, but also to society and its perception of what is acceptable and what is not. Their voices are clear and distinct, so even though I have my personal sweethearts, I thoroughly enjoyed every single perspective The Devil's Thief offered.I won’t go into the story itself because it would be super hard to avoid spoilers, but I can say that the book didn’t disappoint. The prose is stunning, and Maxwell ingeniously weaves the numerous storylines into a seamless, spellbinding whole that spans across time. The Devil's Thief is definitely among my top 2018 releases, and the series itself is one of my favorites in general. I highly recommend it to all who enjoy losing themselves not only in an epic story, but an entire intricately designed world.  The next installment can't come out soon enough!
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    Just got to the end of "The Last Magician" and realized it was a book1. Now comes the waiting part!Excellent so far
  • Nanna
    January 1, 1970
    my god!! this book’s cover is stunning!!
  • Larissa
    January 1, 1970
    I received this arc and immediately had to pick up because I loved The Last Magician and needed to know what happens after that ending. I really like the characters and the whole feel of this book, you guys, historical fantasy is one of my favorite genres.In TLM Esta and Harte’s POVS were my favorites but in this book I wasn’t as invested in them and their storyline with the whole Antistasi thing. I much preferred Jianyu and Viola’s storylines, and I really liked Cela, Ruby and Theo, the new cha I received this arc and immediately had to pick up because I loved The Last Magician and needed to know what happens after that ending. I really like the characters and the whole feel of this book, you guys, historical fantasy is one of my favorite genres.In TLM Esta and Harte’s POVS were my favorites but in this book I wasn’t as invested in them and their storyline with the whole Antistasi thing. I much preferred Jianyu and Viola’s storylines, and I really liked Cela, Ruby and Theo, the new characters that interact with them.Viola’s POV was my favorite by far, she’s probably my favorite character and I looved the f/f romance, I found myself wanting to skip all the other chapters and only read hers, which is probably why I read this book so fast because sometimes there was a huge gap without any chapter from her POV (It makes sense because the book is huge but still). Anyway, back to the romance, I love me some mutual pining when the own characters are in denial or oblivious of that (but its obvious to other ppl) and I thrive on angst, so ugh, I loved it, can’t wait to read more of that in the next book!One thing that I didn’t really like was the back and forth jump between years, from the start the whole situation made me anxious. I’m curious to see how this conflict of timelines will turn out because from what I see it can go both ways and one of them is better than the other in my opinion.Overall, I really liked the book and I love these characters but I still preferred TLM a little bit, I’m hopeful that things will get better once the characters all come together again.
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  • Jordan (pagetravels)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/5!The world-building in this installment is so fascinating and complex, and I loved getting to explore a new landscape alongside continuing to get to know the one from the previous book. St. Louis was magical and intriguing and I could picture every detail she described. Lisa Maxwell really knows how to balance and make sense of two different plots happening at different points of time yet simultaneously, and I was consistently in awe of how she handled both time travel and the timing of plo 4.5/5!The world-building in this installment is so fascinating and complex, and I loved getting to explore a new landscape alongside continuing to get to know the one from the previous book. St. Louis was magical and intriguing and I could picture every detail she described. Lisa Maxwell really knows how to balance and make sense of two different plots happening at different points of time yet simultaneously, and I was consistently in awe of how she handled both time travel and the timing of plot points throughout the book.The characters were amazing and complex, and I adored revisiting the people from the last book while also getting to know new characters that I can't wait to see again in book 3. There were a few tiny minute plot holes here and there, and there were moments in which the plot lagged the smallest bit, but other than that this book was utter perfection.Also... THAT ENDING!!!!!!!
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  • Courtney Judy
    January 1, 1970
    There was a good amount of suspense in the second part of the series that I don't really remember in the first book. I specifically enjoyed from Part 4 and on -- lots of action, lots of different moving parts, lots of interactions with many characters and a few surprises for good measure. Much like the first book in the series, I would say that I "liked" the story -- but I didn't love it. I struggled a few times with all the jumping back and forth between years (that's not a total spoiler, and u There was a good amount of suspense in the second part of the series that I don't really remember in the first book. I specifically enjoyed from Part 4 and on -- lots of action, lots of different moving parts, lots of interactions with many characters and a few surprises for good measure. Much like the first book in the series, I would say that I "liked" the story -- but I didn't love it. I struggled a few times with all the jumping back and forth between years (that's not a total spoiler, and until you read it -- you won't understand that reference). Because I was reading an ARC, there were a few instances of grammar errors that made a sentence or two confusing, and in some instances I'm not even sure that I know what the sentence should have been. All that complaining aside...if you enjoyed the first book, I don't see why you wouldn't enjoy the second book in the series. I would probably read the third book in the series to see what ends up happening with everyone.
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  • manasa k
    January 1, 1970
    This novel is a little hard to review, because it is both underwhelming, yet satisfying all at once. Reading the first book, the Last Magician was one of those books I couldn't stop thinking about even after I finished it- maybe it was the time I read it, but everything came together perfectly- I loved the characters, the magic system, and the twists and turns in the plot.All those aspects still exist in the Devils Thief, but they weren't as remarkable- Harte and Esta are still front and center, This novel is a little hard to review, because it is both underwhelming, yet satisfying all at once. Reading the first book, the Last Magician was one of those books I couldn't stop thinking about even after I finished it- maybe it was the time I read it, but everything came together perfectly- I loved the characters, the magic system, and the twists and turns in the plot.All those aspects still exist in the Devils Thief, but they weren't as remarkable- Harte and Esta are still front and center, but they were the most uninteresting POVs of the book. I was much more invested in Viola's plotline with two reporters (who were so interesting!), and Jianyu's journey with Cela. While Harte and Esta are perfectly reliable characters, I also feel like I've read them a thousand times before- they spend too much time pining for each other, and not enough furthering the plot. Maxwell stays good at bringing plot twists out of nowhere, and every single one of them works perfectly. I was thoroughly invested in this novel because the need to know what happened next was constant- sometimes cliffhangers can be cheap, but the one at the end of this novel felt well-deserved, and I am legitimately excited to read the next book in this series.I also liked the lack of exposition- the Last Magician understandably spent a lot of its pagetime building its world, and less time with the actual actions of its characters. Now that these are established, the Devil's Thief is constant action, and makes for a fun and thrilling ride.Pros:- Engaging plot with good twists- Well-developed new characters- Unique system of magic- Good wordbuilding- Good cliffhangerCons:- two "main" characters fall into overused stereotypes too often- Jumps between years were sometimes confusing-lots of POV switches- mostly well done, but the voices blend sometimes and you aren't sure who is speaking
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  • Chapter by Chapter
    January 1, 1970
    Didn't realize this was book 2 in a series when I received it for review. No wonder I was so confused at 50 pages in.
  • Ellyn
    January 1, 1970
    I wish I could say more about the things I loved in this book, but that'd be spoilery. The Devil's Thief picks up right where The Last Magician left off. My one critique of The Last Magician was that it was very heavy on exposition and incredibly light on dialogue for a significant chunk of the book. That was not the case for The Devil's Thief. Maxwell dives right into the action. Esta and Harte are front and center in this sequel, but we still get plenty of page time with other members of the D I wish I could say more about the things I loved in this book, but that'd be spoilery. The Devil's Thief picks up right where The Last Magician left off. My one critique of The Last Magician was that it was very heavy on exposition and incredibly light on dialogue for a significant chunk of the book. That was not the case for The Devil's Thief. Maxwell dives right into the action. Esta and Harte are front and center in this sequel, but we still get plenty of page time with other members of the Devil's Own. Maxwell moves the story forward, adding in new twists, characters, and complications. We learn more about the backstory of the stones and the book as Esta and Harte find themselves outside of the Brink. Readers, be prepared: Maxwell once again leaves us with a major cliffhanger. Special thanks to Edelweiss and Simon Pulse for the ARC.
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    **I received this as an egalley from the publisher through Edelweiss, and as an ARC from BookCon 2018, in return for an honest review.**I absolutely adored reading The Last Magician last year so of course this was going to be one of my most anticipated releases this year. I loved Maxwell's world-building in this first one, and it continued to be just as great in this one, if a little more confusing with some new information, and of course the characters are definitely what kept me going. There w **I received this as an egalley from the publisher through Edelweiss, and as an ARC from BookCon 2018, in return for an honest review.**I absolutely adored reading The Last Magician last year so of course this was going to be one of my most anticipated releases this year. I loved Maxwell's world-building in this first one, and it continued to be just as great in this one, if a little more confusing with some new information, and of course the characters are definitely what kept me going. There were some flaws, though, and it did feel like it dragged a bit at times, but overall I was mostly content with it as a sequel.I think my biggest issue with this book was the addition of new characters and concepts, mainly the Antistasi. I completely understand where they come from and how things led to their group to being what they are, but I just felt for most of the novel that it was just one more unnecessary conflict against Harte and Esta. We already had Nibsy and the Order to deal with, and having to understand and contend with this new morally grey group had me feeling like I was being pulled in one too many directions in the story. It wasn't until the very end that things were made a little clearer, but even that final revelation wasn't enough to keep me from feeling that I did not care for the Antistasi storyline at all. It served nothing except to cause more tension between Harte and Esta while showing off characters that were following one person's ideals blindly and without consideration for consequences most of the time. I don't know, I just felt like I could have done without the whole Antistasi thing. It just stopped the story in its tracks in a way. Along with the Antistasi was the addition of new characters and their perspectives. Some felt good and made sense to the plotline, but others just, could have been done without. I'm mostly thinking about the Antisasi characters, to be honest. I very much enjoyed Cela Johnson, and while Ruby was interesting I was only mildly cared about her (she is one of those with a sob story that she kind of exaggerates for herself a bit). I would have liked to see more from Logan's point of view, and actually, I think the one character I would have liked to see more of, to get a much better understanding of, would be Nibsy - or James, as he prefers. He is supposed to be the Big Bad that no one saw coming in the first book, but in this one he barely graces the page with his own perspective. And I would very much have liked to gotten a little more from him I think. One thing I did notice in this book was just how stubborn all of these characters are. I liked it in the first book because they didn't let that define them, but I swear in this one every single character was stubborn to the point of being annoying. Despite knowing that Harte was harboring a power that wanted to consume her own, Esta still got irrationally hurt every time he avoided touching her, angry even, and she basically refused to ever listen to his reasoning about the Antistasi. And Viola would not let Ruby talk for one second, constantly putting words into her mouth and refusing to listen. I get the reason for the stubbornness, but to have it with basically every character got to be annoying and honestly frustrating.Overall, I enjoyed the read and liked where things were going for the most part. There were several new characters I enjoyed and some I could have done without, and the ones that I already knew felt like they relied on their stubbornness just a bit too much for my liking. But it's bringing the story along and I look forward to what happens next.3.5 stars
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  • Frank Miceli
    January 1, 1970
    Review taken from my blog - www.centersquareblog.comI was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of The Devil’s Thief by Lisa Maxwell as one of my BEA 2018 pick-ups. I started the line and refused to move for almost 40 minutes to ensure I got a copy of a book I was extremely happy to find out would be given away there. I mean seriously, just look at this cover again. After I thought the cover for The Last Magician was amazing, this outdoes it and takes a cover to an entirely new level. If you Review taken from my blog - www.centersquareblog.com​I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of The Devil’s Thief by Lisa Maxwell as one of my BEA 2018 pick-ups. I started the line and refused to move for almost 40 minutes to ensure I got a copy of a book I was extremely happy to find out would be given away there. I mean seriously, just look at this cover again. After I thought the cover for The Last Magician was amazing, this outdoes it and takes a cover to an entirely new level. If you are sometimes like me and occasionally pick up books based on covers solely alone, then this has to be one of your 2018 pre-orders. Trust me you do not want to miss out on this epic and long second book in the series. Since I receive an ARC I want to be sure not to give too much away to spoil things plus things can change when it comes time for the final copies to be printed. I will do my best to sell you on book two of this series, as it was truly epic. Now we all know we were transported back to 1900s New York in The Last Magician. The beauty of The Devil’s Thief is while you are once again taken into the past, you are now taken into different cities, in different years! If that was not enough, you also get different character POVs! I mean seriously, some of the “secondary” characters from Book 1 wholeheartedly deserved chapters dedicated to them and in The Devil’s Thief you get just that. Now, I will not say exactly what characters get their own chapters but I can confirm that Viola is one of them. Since a snippet of a chapter from Viola’s POV has been released on https://www.thelastmagician.com/ I feel I am not really spoiling anything for anyone by repeating it here. Part of what made this book special was truly feeling like you have actually been transported in time and place to the locations in the book. Lisa Maxwell does an amazing job of making you feel as if you are right in the middle of everything with vivid descriptions of characters and places. At times it felt as if I was no longer on a train to work in 2018 New York but rather in another location in a different century entirely! Of course, our favorite characters are back in Esta and Harte, both of whom are again the main characters of this story. Have they finally learned to work together or are they still working “against” each other in book 2? Is Esta still reeling from all of the revelations we learned about in book 1 or has she comes to grips with everything life has thrown at her in a short time? Who will win in the end? This took a bit to read but trust me it is well worth your time. Add this book to your pre-order list for 2018 and you will not be sorry when it does release later this year.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    After my binge read experience with The Last Magician, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the sequel, The Devil’s Thief. And, overall, I wasn’t disappointed. Maxwell does an amazing job at progressing the story and making me love characters I already adore. We should all aspire to be Viola: amazing, badass, and loyal (although, I do not support murder).The novel begins where the last novel leaves off. Hiding from the threat of the Order and having crossed the brink, Harte and Esta search for the After my binge read experience with The Last Magician, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the sequel, The Devil’s Thief. And, overall, I wasn’t disappointed. Maxwell does an amazing job at progressing the story and making me love characters I already adore. We should all aspire to be Viola: amazing, badass, and loyal (although, I do not support murder).The novel begins where the last novel leaves off. Hiding from the threat of the Order and having crossed the brink, Harte and Esta search for the pieces necessary to control the Book’s power. While Harte’s friends battle the threats within the city to keep Mageus safe from Jack and the Order, Harte and Esta face threats apart from just the Order, threats that they can’t run from. Literally, they can’t run from it, unless Esta dumps Harte on the curb, because the power of the Book has nested inside of him, and for some reason, it’s hungry for Esta. And OF COURSE that hunger makes Harte nervous to touch her. Let Haresta live, Maxwell! Aren’t dangerous relationships the best ones?At the beginning of the novel, we go a long time before truly discovering what is going on with Esta and Harte. Not TOO long (about 50 pages). That time is instead spent on some of the other characters, following perspectives that weren’t explored as much in the first novel. I actually loved this. It creates an air of mystery at the beginning, hearing all the perspectives about what happened. In a way, that puts us in the same place as everyone else, not fully understanding the events that had passed after that jump, and that made me invested in finding out what happened.When it comes to these differing perspectives, the chapters play well off each other. They intertwine and progress like a dance. Thanks to the time stamps, I always knew what time these perspectives took place, making the flow of these chapters followable. Although, Maxwell’s ability to orient us makes them not entirely necessary.As always, the perspectives Maxwell builds are very strong. I’ve always been a lover of close 3rd POV, being that I prefer getting into the characters’ heads. I absolutely love how much internal thought and emotion are on the pages. So much of this plot and character development are driven by what these characters are feeling.However, certain moments are a little over-explored. That would be my only complaint with this novel. I found myself skimming certain paragraphs because it ended up being a reiteration of something I was very aware of at that point, especially when it came to characters’ feelings. Or it would be something that was being explained in a scene for too long at that point. And these certain paragraphs slow down the story, especially when the moment should be fast paced. Even in scenes of high anxiety and action, the prose feels somewhat stunted, and I find myself skimming to get to the action. This also applies to certain perspectives of more minor characters. I’d read whole chapters without feeling like I needed it there to progress the story. However, this didn’t stop me from really liking The Devil’s Thief. Maxwell once again does a great job at orienting us in the time period, writing strong characters, and making the chapters and story itself flow in a way that leads to well done development. I’m very excited for the next novel!
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net***Note: this is the second book in a series that should be read in order. If you are new to this series, check out my review on the first novel- The Last Magician HEREThe Devil's Thief is the second novel in the Last Magician series by Lisa Maxwell. I loved the first book in this series so much. I thought the Last Magician was utterly fantastic! And I have to say that the sequel, The Devil's Thief completely lived up **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net***Note: this is the second book in a series that should be read in order. If you are new to this series, check out my review on the first novel- The Last Magician HEREThe Devil's Thief is the second novel in the Last Magician series by Lisa Maxwell. I loved the first book in this series so much. I thought the Last Magician was utterly fantastic! And I have to say that the sequel, The Devil's Thief completely lived up to my expectations after the first. I might have even liked more than the first book! In case you are new to the series, The Last Magician is a young adult fantasy novel by author Lisa Maxwell. It is the story of Esta, who is a Mageus with the ability to time travel. Esta uses this time traveling ability to steal magical artifacts.The Devil's Thief gave me all of the characters that I loved from the first novel, and we get to meet some more as well. I really liked seeing the cast expanded, and some of the secondary character storylines were actually great as well. But of course the main focus is still Esta and Harte, and here we have a world fair setting. To be honest, I totally loved this setting! Lisa Maxwell is a master world builder. She has this incredible ability to transport the reader to a place and time. She made me feel like I was at that St. Louis World Fair. And when you take that ability and combine it with magic and time travel and heists. I am so in love with this series. I feel like it was written just for me! And the romance was kicked up a notch in this book as well, which I really loved.This series reminds me of the show warehouse 13, combined with  X-men like magicians and a dash of Ocean's 11. It's just so, SO GOOD!  Just like book one, I read this book in one sitting. And that is saying something, because The Devil's Thief clocks in at about 700 pages. But it is still one of those novels that you get so sucked into that when you finally come up for air, you have lost all concept of time. I thought I would sit down and read for maybe an hour or so, and before I knew it, it was several hours later and I had flipped the last page. I am already itching to dive back into this world. I am so excited to see where Lisa Maxwell is going to take this series next. I know one thing, I am ready for more Esta and Harte!This review was originally posted on Book Briefs
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  • Danielle M
    January 1, 1970
    In four words: THIS BOOK IS SPECTACULAR.Lisa Maxwell is a rare writer. The kind of writer that can spin a web of words and images around you until the real world fades away. THE LAST MAGICIAN was one of my favorite reads of 2017. I fell in love with the rich atmosphere and the characters and the heart-pounding tension that was woven through every line. My expectations for THE DEVIL'S THIEF were high, to say the least. And this book didn't just meet them. It blew them away.Everything about this b In four words: THIS BOOK IS SPECTACULAR.Lisa Maxwell is a rare writer. The kind of writer that can spin a web of words and images around you until the real world fades away. THE LAST MAGICIAN was one of my favorite reads of 2017. I fell in love with the rich atmosphere and the characters and the heart-pounding tension that was woven through every line. My expectations for THE DEVIL'S THIEF were high, to say the least. And this book didn't just meet them. It blew them away.Everything about this book took my breath away. The setting is rich, and Maxwell's prose is nothing short of brilliant. I felt immersed in the world she created. The depth and vibrancy of the characters. Not just Esta and Harte, but every single character took on a life of their own. I was all in. So much so that my heart was in my throat half the time because the stakes were that high. I don't know how Lisa Maxwell accomplished this other than by sheer magic. Oh yeah, there is magic in this book. Clever, original, ingenious magic. Another thing that sets this book apart is the breadth of the story. The scope is epic in every sense of the word. It is complex not just in plot but also thematically. Maxwell does not shy away from the darkness in human society. Instead, she shines a light on it and dares you to look away. You won't be able to look away. The action is constant and the tension does not let up from the first line. Never have so many pages felt so short. I could keep going, but I won't because every second you spend reading this review is a second you are missing out on this book. So I'll just say that I loved THE DEVIL'S THIEF more than I can say. Get it now. Seriously, just do it.
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  • Teri
    January 1, 1970
    The first book in this series was easily a 5 star read for me.  At nearly 500 pages, I almost didn't request it because of the length - but it didn't feel that long when reading it.  At 700 pages, I didn't hesitate to request The Devil's Thief  because of how engrossing the first book was, but this novel felt like a chore at times, and the series still isn't complete.  With the third book (I'm assuming it will be the last?), the series will be considerably longer than Stephen King's uncut versio The first book in this series was easily a 5 star read for me.  At nearly 500 pages, I almost didn't request it because of the length - but it didn't feel that long when reading it.  At 700 pages, I didn't hesitate to request The Devil's Thief  because of how engrossing the first book was, but this novel felt like a chore at times, and the series still isn't complete.  With the third book (I'm assuming it will be the last?), the series will be considerably longer than Stephen King's uncut version of The Stand.The dual timeline is compelling, and not at all confusing.  I liked seeing how events in the past influence the present, and the changes in some of the characters over that time period.  I gasped at a couple of surprising twists, and the world-building remains top notch.  Characterization is also strong, and I enjoyed spending time with these characters again.However - Esta and Harte are disappointing.  The majority of their story focuses on the romantic drama/tension between them, and it does nothing to advance the plot.  Viola and Jianyu have the more interesting plot developments by far, and Julian is a nice addition to the lineup.  There's also a good amount of repetition, but this was an ARC, and final editing may take care of that and lower the word count.  Although this book underwhelmed me and didn't move as quickly as the first, I'm curious to see where the next book goes, and want to know the fate of these characters.  Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.  
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