Title: The Devil’s Thief
Author: Lisa Maxwell
# of Pages: 700
Synopsis (From Goodreads):
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.
I loved this book as much as I did The Last Magician!
The story alternates between 1902 New York and 1904 St. Louis. Harte and Esta travel through the Brink in order to bring together the five artifacts. We get to experience the city of St. Louis through the eyes of Harte and Esta as they attempt to find the first of the artifacts. What I enjoyed most about this perspective is getting to know the world of magic outside the Brink. Originally, it was believed that Mageus did not exist outside of the Brink. The 1904 POV also shows us the consequences of their earlier actions compared to the future as Esta knew to be.
Back in New York, we get to experience point of views from both Jianyu and Viola, which we did not get to experience in The Last Magician. But those are not the only perspectives that we get to experience in New York. We are introduced to a few new characters by having their story told through their experiences as well.
The perspective in New York allows us to see the aftermath following the heist at Khafre Hall and the events on the bridge. We get to see how characters we already loved dealt with the consequences following that cliffhanger. As previously mentioned, we also get to know new characters whose stories interact and are changed by the main plot of this series.
As you may be able to tell from what I’ve written so far, there are ALOT of perspectives in this sequel, much more than in The Last Magician. While I believe the author did a great job telling the story with that many different perspectives, I still found it to be alot.
Another thing I found odd was how possessive Harte was when it came to Esta. Whenever a chapter was told from Harte’s view, it felt like it was ‘Esta this and Esta that.’ I understand the reasoning behind it, his attempt at protecting her, but it still didn’t sit right.
I love this series so much and I can not wait for book three. This series is great for anyone who considers themselves a fan of fantasy novels. Definitely one of my favorite reads so far this year!