Welcome to the Devil’s Own || Magic under the Moon


In Lisa Maxwell’s The Last Magician, there are magical objects that are infused with power. They allow their user to hone their own magic and become more powerful. In the case of Esta, she’s able to walk further through time, which is a really cool affinity to have. Ordinary objects have power in the world of The Last Magician and for this round I’ve been asked to think about an object I would infuse with some sort of power.

I wear a lot of necklaces. If I was a Mageus who had an object of power, I’d want it to be something unassuming. If it’s obvious I would worry that I’d lose it or it would get stolen. So for my magical object I’ve chosen my moon necklace.


This necklace was given to me as a gift and is already unique even without magic. The moon on this piece is actually from the day I was born, which I think is really cool. Since it’s already special to me, I thought I’d make it even more so by giving it some powers.

If you found me wandering the world of old Manhattan, sipping a drink or catching a show, I’d be wearing this necklace. It would allow me to travel unseen when touched, similar to Jianyu’s power of bending light. There’s limits to power, however, so the necklace is strongest at night under the light of the moon. It can work during the day, but it’s not as strong.


I think I’ve made a good choice with an object I want to make magical. I’d get a lot of use out of this one, especially when I want to avoid crowds. What sort of object would you make magical? What power would you fill it with? Let me know in the comments! And if you’re curious about The Last Magician and its upcoming sequel The Devil’s Thief, check out the website here. The sequel is out October 9th, 2018! I’m getting so excited for it and will continue promoting it for the next couple of months.

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Welcome to the Devil’s Own || Music in the Night


I listen to a lot of music. When riding on the trains, when walking from place to place, or when cleaning. I really love listening to music when I’m writing and sometimes find myself inspired by certain songs. There’s a certain ambiance that music can give a scene or the setting and I love conveying that through my words.

Likewise, there’s music that reminds me of certain places or things, such as books. As part of the Devil’s Own I was tasked with creating a playlist of songs that reminded me of Lisa Maxwell’s The Last Magician, be it characters, setting, or scene. I had a ton of fun doing it and wanted to share it with you here!


1. “Shine on, Harvest Moon” sung by Ruth Etting.

I get Harte and Esta vibes from this song. It reminds me of how slow their friendship (possibly more!) built up. Plus it’s just a really great old song. I love the voice of the singer.

2. “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked” sung by Cage the Elephant (though my SoundCloud link has a Foo Fighters cover).

I mean, this one basically reminds me of all of the Mageus. They’re doing things for a reason, but sometimes they’re quite wicked according to others. This song is about people who do what they can to survive and I thought it fit Dolph, Esta, Harte, and the other characters quite well.

3. “Dream a Little Dream of Me” sung by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.

Ella and Louis are two of my favorite old singers and even though the era of the song is later than the setting of this book, this song gives me so many Last Magician vibes. I feel like it’s perfect for walking the streets of Manhattan in the early morning after a party and there’s a slight drizzle of rain falling down.

4. “La Vie en Rose” sung by Louis Armstrong.

I hope I’m not cheating by including two from the same person, but I love these songs so much. This one reminds so much of hanging out on rooftops with your beau and watching the sun rise. This one is for all the couples in The Last Magician.

5. “O Valencia” sung by The Decemberists.

This is my Dolph song. The story the song tells reminds me a lot of the things he went through. I’m going to keep it spoiler free here, but if you’ve The Last Magician you may know what I’m talking about.

6. ” 鎌倉(Kamakura)” performed by Moe Shibata.

This song is for Esta. It’s the song that I imagine playing when she walks through time.

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My playlist can be found here. I know SoundCloud isn’t accessible in every country, so I included YouTube links as well!

Let me know what you think of my playlist! Did you make a playlist? Put a link in the comments so I can check them out!

The Devil’s Thief  by Lisa Maxwell will be available on October 9th, 2018. Check out the website for more information. #devilsthief

 

 

Welcome to the Devil’s Own || The Last Magician and The Devil’s Thief

A little over a year ago I read an amazing story full of magic, elements of old New York, and characters that captivated me. The Last Magician was (and still is!) a novel that I couldn’t stop reading until I had turned the final page (or in my case, tapped my kindle screen for the last time). I practically screamed with frustration at the realization that I would have to wait for months until the sequel.

Now a year has passed and I’m taking part in promoting this book’s sequel: The Devil’s Thief. I LOVE the title and the cover reveal!

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

I’m so excited that this novel is coming closer to my eager hands and eyes. I can’t wait to read it! 

To count down the days, I’m participating in a contest to promote this book. It means I get to talk about this book more, which is okay by me.

Here’s a snippet of my review, which can be found here if you’re curious what the first novel is about and why I couldn’t get enough of it!

The Lost Magician starts with a connection, though they don’t know it yet. Esta is a thief who uses her old magic to manipulate time, slowing it down and even jumping to the past and present. Dolph is the leader of a gang of Mageus who use their powers to protect those who cannot. And Harte is trying to blend in as a Sundren magician, hiding his Mageus powers in plain sight in a time when having old magic marked you as a target for the Order of Ortus Aurea in their climb to power. Their stories are connected by the Ars Arcana–a book that was thought to be lost. A book that is said to hold the secret to magic itself. A book that they all want.

If you’re interested in learning more about The Devil’s Thief, check out www.thelastmagician.com. If you’ve read the first book, take a quiz to see how much you remember of The Last Magican! Or find out if you’re Mageus and where you’d fit into Esta’s world.

[Furyborn] Claire Legrand

The premise of Furyborn is the legend of two queens: one of light and one of blood. Legrand takes the legend of these two queens and sets them miles––and years––apart. As the story spans across centuries, the legend of the two queens becomes just that––a legend. But when a girl who can’t be injured comes along, people begin to believe that perhaps it’s not just a legend.

To start off, I think that the premise for this book is amazing. I love the idea of things that don’t seem connected at first, especially when they involve the falls of kingdoms and of powerful women who don’t downplay their talents. It’s something that I love seeing in books, because I feel like there’s a ton of female characters who write off their talents. This was not the case for Rielle and Eliana. They both know that they’re talented––one with the elements and one with knives––and they’re both really unapologetic about it. There need to be more women like this in fiction. Having the book focused on the two of them made it really enjoyable, and I liked how both of their perspectives were super different. Their lives were so different too and seeing that contrast showed more of the world than if they’d both come from the same background.

The worldbuilding in this novel was great! The world was easily my favorite part about this novel. It was really interesting to see how Legrand built up the world by subtly putting in information as Rielle was going through the elemental trials. It was just enough that I really wanted to know more––or perhaps I could read some prequels about the Saints?? please and thank you––without taking away from the rest of the story. This novel kind of has two different settings and worlds, too; even though both Rielle and Eliana technically exist in the same world, they exist a thousand years apart. That means that Rielle’s reality, the one that we’re shown with angels and magic, is not Eliana’s reality. In fact, so many years have passed that people don’t really believe that magic ever existed. They think that they’re just stories. I loved that we could see these two settings side by side because of the dual perspective. I also really appreciated that Legrand showed negatives and positives to both times and didn’t make one better than the other.

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Ten books I’d slay a lion to get early

I love the prompt for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday. There’s a lot of books I want this year that I have to wait for. And for some of them, I have no problem waiting. But for others…others I truly would do most anything to get one early. Apparently that extends to slaying a lion. (Though truthfully, if it came down to it I’d never be able to do it. It’d be too scary!)

Anyway, this is my ultimate list of books I really, really, REALLY want. I will probably cry tears of joy if I got any of them earlier than other readers.

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January 8th, 2019. (I don’t know how I’m going to wait this long!)

This is my number one right now. If I got this one I would disappear to read it in one go. I really loved the first and am so excited for this one!

2.

July 10th, 2018

This is the final installment in my favorite alternate-historical fiction. Lada is one of the most powerful female characters I’ve ever read. And her brother, Radu, is also extremely well-written. These siblings are two of my favorite characters.

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October 9th, 2018

I loved the first novel in this series and have been eagerly anticipating the second since I finished. I must see how it continues!

4.

June 7th, 2018

I’m intrigued by this because the author is a bookstagrammer and book blogger who writes books in two days. The story also sounds really sad but hopeful, so I want to check it out.

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Fangirling Friday: Bright We Burn cover reveal

Hey all! It’s Friday over here and while I was sleeping, Delacorte Press FINALLY revealed the cover to the final installment of The Conquerer’s SagaBright We Burn!!

Photo credit: Delacorte Press

*cue screaming*

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This is such a STUNNING final cover to the series! So colorful and violent. I knew that the last book in this series was going to be violent and this cover just confirms it. Bright We Burn is one of my most anticipated reads of 2018. Possibly the most anticipated.  I can’t believe I have to wait until July!

The Conquerer’s Saga are cover goals. It makes me want to write amazing historical fiction.

Photo credit: Kiersten White

 I mean–LOOK AT HOW PRETTY~ They’re all so different but they all go so well together! You can feel the tension and the changes that the characters are/will go through because of the covers. They’re some of my favorite covers ever. The artist did a stunning job.

This will be me for the rest of the day when I think about how great the covers are:

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What are the books and their covers that make you fangirl or boy out? Let me know in the comments!

[The Last Magician] Lisa Maxwell

I love the ouroboros element on the cover.

Find the Magician. And stop him before he destroys our future.*

The Lost Magician starts with a connection, though they don’t know it yet. Esta is a thief who uses her old magic to manipulate time, slowing it down and even jumping to the past and present. Dolph is the leader of a gang of Mageus who use their powers to protect those who cannot. And Harte is trying to blend in as a Sundren magician, hiding his Mageus powers in plain sight in a time when having old magic marked you as a target for the Order of Ortus Aurea in their climb to power. Their stories are connected by the Ars Arcana–a book that was thought to be lost. A book that is said to hold the secret to magic itself. A book that they all want.

Lisa Maxwell has created a story full of fascinating characters, a vivid setting, and an interesting plot. At 512 pages, it may seem a little long, but it kept me fascinated the entire time. As the story progressed and the twists began to show themselves, I seemed to read it faster, hurtling toward an end that made me angry–because it was over and I wanted to read more! While I initially thought The Last Magician was a stand-alone novel, it turns out that it’s the first part of a duology. I’m so glad I get to spend more time with the people and places of Maxwell’s Mageus society, even though I’m not happy about having to wait. I will just have to practice my patience.

The bulk of The Last Magician is set in the world of 1900s Manhattan, in the city before it became soaring skyscrapers and cacophonous noise at all hours of the day and night. The Manhattan of The Last Magician is full of the clip-clop of horse drawn carriages through cobblestone streets, the sickly-sweet smell of opium nests, and the thrill of living in a city that looks toward the future. The city has elements of hope and fear as the Sundren and Mageus live together, sometimes unknowingly. For the Mageus, having the old magic means that you have an affinity: power that allows you to manipulate time, know someone’s thoughts, or kill someone without touching. Naturally, the Sundren fear this, because people often fear what they don’t understand. The old magic is palpable in the air, with a warmth and a hum that is so different than Esta’s Manhattan.

In present-day Manhattan, the old magic–the magic that Esta and the rest of the Professor’s Mageus crew have–is nearly dead. The one thing that connects the two times, other than the magic flowing through their veins, is the Brink. The Brink, to those without magic, is nothing. To those with magic, it is terrifying. If they get too close to the Brink, it seems to pull at the magic in them, desiring to take it from them. To get close is to feel like you are losing part of yourself. To pass through means the loss of your mind and certain death. The Mageus have been trapped on the island ever since the Brink was created by the Order. And in 1902, more and more Mageus flock to Manhattan and the promise that they will not be persecuted there like they have been in their old countries, only to find that they are trapped there by the Brink.

A view of the Brooklyn Bridge, where the Brink is located.

Maybe it was because the Order of Ortus Aurea and all they’d done so long ago seemed more like myth than reality. The stories had been so monstrous, but in actuality, the Order itself had always been little more than a shadow haunting the periphery of Esta’s vision, the boogyman in her unopened closet.* 

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