Title: The Last Magician
Author: Lisa Maxwell
# of Pages: 498
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
In modern-day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.
Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.
But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.
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An Ember in the Ashes – ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
A Torch Against the Night – ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Truly Devious – ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ (Review here)
Smoke and Iron – ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
A Reaper at the Gates – ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
The Poppy War – ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ (Review here)
Golden State – ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
The Last Magician – ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
March Reading Stats
Books Read this Month: 8
Young Adult: 6 / Adult: 2
3 ⭐ 1
4 ⭐ : 4
5 ⭐ : 3
Favorite Book of the Month: The Last Magician
April Reading Goals
- March was the first month that I had read one of my Book of the Month selections so I want to read two in April to catch up on that yearly goal.
- I want to make this month my best reading month so far by reading 9 books.
- As I previously said in my April TBR, I would like to read at least half of the remaining V.E. Schwab novels that I have not gotten to yet.
What was your favorite book of March?
Title: The Poppy War
Author: R.F. Kuang
# of Pages: 530
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
When Rin aced the Keju—the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to learn at the Academies—it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who believed they’d finally be able to marry her off and further their criminal enterprise; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free of the servitude and despair that had made up her daily existence. That she got into Sinegard—the most elite military school in Nikan—was even more surprising.
But surprises aren’t always good.
Because being a dark-skinned peasant girl from the south is not an easy thing at Sinegard. Targeted from the outset by rival classmates for her color, poverty, and gender, Rin discovers she possesses a lethal, unearthly power—an aptitude for the nearly-mythical art of shamanism. Exploring the depths of her gift with the help of a seemingly insane teacher and psychoactive substances, Rin learns that gods long thought dead are very much alive—and that mastering control over those powers could mean more than just surviving school.
For while the Nikara Empire is at peace, the Federation of Mugen still lurks across a narrow sea. The militarily advanced Federation occupied Nikan for decades after the First Poppy War, and only barely lost the continent in the Second. And while most of the people are complacent to go about their lives, a few are aware that a Third Poppy War is just a spark away . . .
Rin’s shamanic powers may be the only way to save her people. But as she finds out more about the god that has chosen her, the vengeful Phoenix, she fears that winning the war may cost her humanity . . . and that it may already be too late.
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