We’ve got a fun guest post for you today from The Last Magician author Lisa Maxwell, as part of the official blog tour, talking about the first time she saw her stunning cover. Be sure to keep reading for more about the book and your chance to win a copy!
The first time I saw the cover, I was teaching a writing course in Ireland with Jaye Robin Brown. I know for sure that I screamed, because I think one of the other writers asked me if I was okay. Being able to share the cover with other writers was something I’ll never forget, because every one of them understood just how much it meant for me to get it.
Originally, I don’t think I knew what to expect at all for the cover. Originally, my editor told me that they were working on a cover that featured the Brooklyn Bridge and the Brink, two major parts of the book. But then they thought it still needed something, so they wouldn’t show me anything. They did ask if there were any symbols or anything, and I sent them an image I’d found that the tattoo the gang members all wear was based on. That image looked like this:
I don’t think I could have imagined the cover that they actually came up with.
Seeing it for the first time was amazing. I’ve had really good luck with all of my covers, but this one felt different. Bigger. There was something so alive about it. I couldn’t have been happier seeing it for the first time…until maybe I saw the cover they’ve worked up for the sequel. It’s even better than the first one, and I can’t wait until it’s time to share it with everyone!
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Save the future.
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.
Lisa Maxwell is the author of Sweet Unrest, Gathering Deep, Unhooked, & The Last Magician (Simon Pulse, Spring 2017). When she’s not writing books, she’s an English professor at a local college. She lives near DC with her very patient husband and two not-so patient boys.
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