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 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 even 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 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 I want to know the fate of these characters. The Devil’s Thief is scheduled for publication October 9th, 2018.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.