Parents' Guide to

The Last Magician, Book 1

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Clever con schemes distinguish New York City fantasy.

Book Lisa Maxwell Fantasy 2017
The Last Magician, Book 1 Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

There aren't any parent reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say Not yet rated
Kids say (2 ):

Con games and magic are a powerful combination in this complex tale of wizardry and crime. The setting of The Last Magician is both vivid and unusual -- New York City during the time of Tammany Hall. The cast includes escape artists, crooks, cons, and assassins, and author Lisa Maxwell gives each a welcome air of multidimensionality. Esta and Harte, in particular, flirt and feud, and their interplay proves to be one of the novel's highlights. Some readers may be confused by the intricate plot, but many will enjoy the constant surprises.

Book Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate