Top 10 Fun Facts About THE LAST MAGICIAN with Lisa Maxwell

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I am thrilled to introduce Lisa Maxwell as today’s guest! I am a huge fan of Lisa’s writing and THE LAST MAGICIAN is a definite must-read!
Check out Lisa’s top 10 fun facts about the book and enter the giveaway for a chance to win a copy and some swag! There is also a second opportunity below to win a swag pack, so keep reading!

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Stop the Magician.
Steal the book.
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

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Top 10 Fun Facts about THE LAST MAGICIAN

1) The decision to set Esta’s story in turn-of-the-century NYC was in part inspired by Newsies. I loved the movie as a kid, and when I introduced my own kids to it, watching it again gave me the idea for the setting.
2) If you’re a fan of Newsies, you can find subtle references to the movie throughout the book.
3) Dolph Saunders was a real person, though nothing like the character in the book. I found the name doing research, and liked the sound of it enough to steal it. Which is fitting, since the real Dolph Saunders was a con man.
4) Dolph is also based on a gang leader who was self-educated and liked to quote philosophers, like Voltaire. I never managed to work in the Voltaire quotes though.
5) I actually went to learn how to throw knives to write Viola’s character. I’m pretty awful at it.
6) Jianyu is an undocumented immigrant. After the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, it wasn’t uncommon for Chinese men (and women) to be smuggled into the country or use false documents to enter.
7) The “Dead Line” really existed. Once Inspector Byrnes started to make policing more systematic, his police would arrest any known pickpocket on sight in the financial district.
8) Pickpocketing would have been a highly lucrative career at the time, because people had to carry large amounts of cash to make purchases.
9) The Schwab mansion that Esta robs at the beginning of the book was a real place, and it really did have a full pipe organ at the top of the grand staircase.
10) The combination of the safe Esta cracks is a series of birth and anniversary dates of people in my family.
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Lisa Maxwell is the author of The Last MagicianUnhookedSweet Unrest, and The Gathering Deep. She grew up in Akron, Ohio, and has a PhD in English. She’s worked as a teacher, scholar, editor, writer, and bookseller (at Little Professor Book Center in Alabama). When she’s not writing books, she’s a professor at a local college. She now lives near Washington, DC, with her husband and two sons. You can follow her on Twitter @LisaMaxwellYA or learn more about her upcoming books at
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Which of the fun facts do you find the most interesting? Leave a comment for a chance to win a swag pack (US & International)!

5 thoughts on “Top 10 Fun Facts About THE LAST MAGICIAN with Lisa Maxwell

  1. This book has every single one of my BOOK LOVES and this cover is GORGEOUS! Time-travel, thievery, hijinks, secret societies… I can’t wait to read it!! I love this list of fun facts about the book, too! Thanks for the chance! ❤

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  2. I loved how Dolph got his name! Seems fitting he was based on a con man – and it makes you think of how many characters you can pluck from history and wrap them in a story.

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  3. I like the “full pipe organ at the top of the grand staircase”. It seems such a weird place to put a music instrument. It gives me a scene when someone climbing up the stairs could stun the musician.


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