If you follow me on pretty much any social media platform, you already know how excited I am for this book to hit shelves everywhere. If you don’t, this is basically me:
So when I won a signed ARC near the beginning of the Devil’s Own contest, well, see the above gif. I didn’t let myself tear through it like I wanted to, but instead savored every page and spaced it out a bit. Before I jump into my review, there are a few TW/CWs I noticed. Let’s do this thing!
- physical abuse (familial)
Remember that slow burn romance we talked about from The Last Magician and how I was so excited they finally faced facts and sort of got together at the end? Well, LOL at me because the slow burniness is back. (Yes, that’s totally a word.) I LOVE the characters in this novel. I was also really excited to get to see some new point of view characters and get to know them a bit. I feel like they were all developed really well. I also love seeing the additional character development on the existing characters. They were all quite three-dimensional before, but now I feel like I’m getting to know them a bit better.
We’ve moved forward a bit! The world from The Last Magician is continued and built upon. However, The Devil’s Thief is split between 1902 New York City, which was fully built up in The Last Magician but does get a bit of building in this novel, and 1904 St. Louis. I really like what Lisa Maxwell did with both locations and timelines and honestly I’m not sure how she did it? Clearly, Lisa Maxwell is Mageus because the world building was incredibly complex and immersive.
The story itself flows really well. I love how many plot twists there were, some of which I never saw coming! There were a few that were obviously meant for me because the characters didn’t gain the information that I did, and for the most part they hit their mark. The pace of the story is considerably fast, diving right into the action from page one. I really enjoyed the story, right up to the cliffhanger at the end.
I’m not super excited about the cliffhanger ending, but I am super excited to see what happens next! I absolutely adore Lisa Maxwell’s writing. I’ll probably pick up something else she’s written in the near future, but for now I’ll be rereading The Last Magician along with the Read Along that runs through October 8th. 😀
Overall, I rate The Devil’s Thief 4 out of 5 bookworms. Don’t just take my word for it. Add it on Goodreads and enjoy it for yourself when it’s released on 9 October! (Also, the author has some pretty nice preorder goodies available. Just saying. Everyone likes awesome free bookish things! :D)