The Devil's Thief

The Last Magician Series, Book 2
Narrated by: Candace Thaxton
Series: The Last Magician Series, Book 2
Length: 22 hrs and 19 mins
Categories: Teens, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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In this spellbinding sequel to the New York Times best seller 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. 

©2018 Lisa Maxwell (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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Not at all like the first book

The first book had a clear focus on Esta and her mission. This one lacked that focus and instead chose to jump from the viewpoint of one character to the next. I count about 12 different characters who are giving first person story contributions. It breaks up the story too much and really stops it from progressing. Especially since they are in different times, and it feels as though everything that is happening in the past is completely pointless since the future that Esta and Hart are in has already been shaped, and their experiences are, or should be, the main focus of the story. Why is the author telling us about a new character 2 years ago that can’t change Esta’s story? A setup for the next book maybe, but the longest most boring setup ever if that’s the case. The story moves so slowly from the constant jumping around from character to character that by the end I felt that nothing had happened at all, and I probably could have skipped this book altogether.

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a shadow of the first

i struggled to finish. High hopes for starts, but it was over the place and so much awkward romantic tension throughout. What was once the strong prolific characters are now shells, struggling, hyper emotional, and barely in control of themselves. I won't ever turn anyone away from a book but this isn't one ill be recommending like i did so much with the first. dissapointed over all.

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Two strikes...

I finished the first book, but didn't like it at all. With all the great reviews, especially for book two, I thought I'd give the series a second chance. I couldn't even finish it.

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Disappointing

I was expecting so much more from this book! The first book was AMAZING!! However, I had issues with the plot and characters. I get characters are supposed to grow, but they were all so annoying! Especially Esta and Hart! The story was all over the place and didn’t make much sense. Only the ending had potential. However, I don’t even really know how it ended. It was confusing and I was bored. However, I do want to figure out how Jack goes down! So l, I will read the next book. Yet, I won’t be using 1 of my precious credits for it.

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Struggled to finish...

Struggled to finish this book. I loved the first one, but this one failed to give me regular intervals of hope (or, at least hints of hope). I felt that the characters were on a hopeless downward spiral. the cliffhanger at the end was unexpected, and may be enough for me to read the third book in the series when it comes out.