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Lisa Maxwell Books In Order

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Lisa Maxwell is a young adult fantasy author from Washington DC. Lisa is the author of seven series in the “Sweet Unrest” and “Last Magician” among several single standing titles. She grew up in Akron Ohio, has an English doctorate and has held a range of jobs including editor, scholar, teacher, and bookseller. She got started in writing in 2010 when she moved to a new state and a new town and had to look after two children. She began writing the manuscript for her debut novel “Sweet Unrest” to keep her sanity since she had nothing to do. The novel was first published in 2014 and gave her the confidence to write all the others that would follow. Maxwell is known for writing magical fantasy and young adult novels with an element of romance. Her inspiration comes from the novels she reads though she does not stick to any one genre when it comes to reading. Her bookshelves are full of everything from Harry Potter to Toni Morrison, Hemingway, and Nora Roberts. Nonetheless, she loves to read anything that has some romance in it. When she was younger, she spent much of her time reading gorgeous and wonderfully written literature with depressing endings. As an adult, she has gravitated towards stories with happily ever after endings. When she is not writing her novels, she may be found teaching at a local college near Washington DC where she makes her home.

While she was an English major, she had never been of those people that were interested in a career as an author. It was not until she was thirty that she started writing and discovered how much she loved it. It was the reading of young adult and romance literature that did it for her. Unlike many authors, Lisa Maxwell has never taken a creative writing class though he spent nearly a decade reading for her doctorate. She asserts that studying for her doctorate played a huge role in preparing and training her for a future career as a storyteller. In that way, her teaching has come in handy as a training manual on how to write the long-form novel. She also loves that she gets to teach young people and hence attains an understanding of how they think, which makes it possible to write her novels. On the other hand, her writing has been helpful in her job as a professor as she can show her students how to get through challenges by showcasing her struggles in something akin to empathetical teaching. Since she was never taught story form and plot in graduate school, understanding how to do this has given her new perspectives on how to deal with issues of interpretation when teaching her students.

“The Last Magician” by Lisa Maxwell is a novel set in contemporary New York where magic has all but been eliminated. The Mageus who are the only remaining beings who still love magic have been banished to the shadows where they hide their identities. Any Mageus who ventures out into the city above will be trapped by a dark energy barrier known as the Brink, which confines them to Manhattan. As such, crossing into the city often means that they will pay with their lives or at best lose all their power. Esta has been trained in the art of stealing magical artifacts and is one of the most talented thieves in the city. She has been charged with getting the artifacts held by the creators of the Brink who are a sinister Order that has yet to be infiltrated. But she can manipulate time, which means she can go back in time and swipe the artifacts before her enemies notice her presence. She has been trained for one job – to go back in time to 1902 and grab an ancient work that is full of the secrets of the Brink and the Order. She has to get there before some magician dooms the Mageus to a future without hope by destroying it. But it is a city full of secret societies and ruthless gangs, an Old New York where magic crackles in the air and nothing including the magician is what he seems to be. The only way for Esta to complete her mission may involve betraying everyone she had dealt with in her former life.

“The Devil’s Thief” by Lisa Maxwell is the spellbinding sequel to “The Last Magician” the debut novel of “The Last Magician” series. Harte and Esta embark on a cross country chase that goes back in time as they seek the stones that will be critical in saving the future of magic. Her parents had been murdered in cold blood when she was a child and the event had left her scarred for life. She then discovers that almost everything she had been told concerning magic was a bunch of untruths. She had once upon a time believed that the key to freeing the Mageus from their enslavement by the Order was the “Book of Mysteries.” But now she knows that the content contained in the pages of the book poses an even greater danger. Once they found the book, it had invaded Harte and now lives inside of him. If he will be unable to harness it, it will go out and destroy the world in the quest for revenge. To control the power, Harte and Esta need to track down elemental stones strewn across the region. But the world they have to scour is a very dangerous place and nothing like they had expected. Some Mageus who live outside of the borders of the Brink are unwilling to continue making a living in the shadows and the Order is determined to ensure they do not invade their domain. In St Louis, the first stone is hidden by the World Fair though a new enemy is emerging even as the old is out for revenge. Back in New York, Jianyu and Viola need to vanquish a traitor in a city that is about to explode into chaos. As the future and past collide, even a time-traveling thief finds out that they need a lot of time to rewrite history.

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The Last Magician Series

The last magician publisher's summary.

From Unhooked author Lisa Maxwell comes a captivating new world filled with magic and deception, about a girl who must travel back in time to find a mysterious book that could save her future.

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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The Last Magician

  • By: Lisa Maxwell
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  • Length: 16 hrs and 7 mins
  • Overall 4.5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Performance 4.5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Story 4.5 out of 5 stars 390

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.

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  • By Anne on 08-06-17
  • Release date: 07-18-17
  • Language: English
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The Devil's Thief

  • The Last Magician Series, Book 2
  • Length: 22 hrs and 19 mins
  • Overall 4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance 4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story 4.5 out of 5 stars 151

Esta’s parents were murdered. Her life was stolen. And everything she knew about magic was a lie. She thought the Book of Mysteries held the key to freeing the Mageus from the Order’s grasp, but the danger within its pages was greater than she ever imagined. Now the Book’s furious power lives inside Harte. If he can’t control it, it will rip apart the world to get its revenge, and it will use Esta to do it. To bind the power, Esta and Harte must track down four elemental stones scattered across the continent. But the world outside the city is like nothing they expected. 

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The Serpent's Curse

  • The Last Magician, Book 3
  • Length: 22 hrs and 38 mins
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  • Performance 5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story 4.5 out of 5 stars 72

Esta isn’t a stranger to high-stakes heists. She’s a seasoned thief who has no reservations about using her affinity for time to give her an edge, and she’s trained her whole life for one mission: travel back to 1902 New York, steal the ancient Book of Mysteries , and use its power to destroy the Brink and free the Mageus from the Order’s control. But the book held a danger that no one anticipated - Seshat, an angry goddess, was trapped within its pages.

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Get on with it

  • By M. Beavers on 11-03-23
  • Release date: 04-13-21
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 86 ratings

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The Shattered City

  • The Last Magician, Book 4
  • Length: 21 hrs and 57 mins
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Once, Esta believed that she could change the fate of magic. She traveled to the past and stopped the Magician from destroying a mystical book that held the key to freeing her people from the Brink, an energy barrier that traps all Mageus who cross it. But the Book was more than she bargained for. So was the Magician she was tasked to steal it from. Hunted by an ancient evil, Esta and Harte have raced through time and across a continent to track down the powerful artifacts they need to bind the Book’s devastating power. 

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  • By S. Ensch on 06-29-23
  • Release date: 12-06-22
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 33 ratings
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The Ultimate Recap of The Last Magician

If you’re like me, you fell in love with Lisa Maxwell’s The Last Magician the first time you read it. I devoured the fantastical magic, the old-timey New York City, the rival gangs, the heist crew, and the Magician himself (*heart-eyes*).

In case you forgot anything that happened in the book before you read the next books in the series, The Devil’s Thief and The Serpent’s Curse , here’s a recap of The Last Magician !

There’s a short recap at the end if you need it! And here is your recap of The Devil’s Thief once you’ve finished this one.

1902 : The Magician stands on the Brooklyn Bridge, ready to jump.

1926 : Esta is at a party at Charles Schwab’s mansion. She’s running late but she manages to crack Schwab’s safe and extract a dagger, set with a mythical stone. She’s been tasked by her father-figure Professor Lachlan to steal the stone before it is given to the Order of Ortus Aurea, whose whole deal is that they use corrupt ceremonial magic while suppressing the Mageus, who are born with real magic.

Because of her delay, her partner Logan is shot as they try to escape, and Order members Charles and his nephew Jack, see Esta use her magic to disappear. Esta is a Mageus and her magic is that she can travel through time!

1902 : Dolph Saunders waits outside J.P. Morgan’s mansion. His partner Leena had gone undercover there and hasn’t come back. The Order is definitely to blame. His crew-member Nibsy arrives with one last message from Leena and they follow a carriage carrying her to the Brink, the magical line that traps Mageus in Manhattan. They can’t save her- she falls into the Brink. Dolph uses all his strength to grab her, but she’s gone, and he and his magic are damaged.

Dolph is devastated. He devotes all his energy to Leena’s message that says “libero Libra.” It has to be about The Book of Mysteries, aka the Ars Arcana! The Order must have it, and Dolph is determined to get it before they can use it to destroy all Mageus.

“Liars do make the best magicians, and he happened to be exceptional.”

1902: We meet stage magician Harte Darrigan (heeeeey). He’s reluctantly meeting Dolph, who offers him a way out of the city (impossible!). He needs Harte’s help to get the Book, as Harte has befriended Jack Grew (remember him from 1926?), whose uncle is an important member of the Order. Harte has spent the last few years trying to get out of the gangs of downtown and make a name for himself, so he’s not interested (lol no he’s totally interested but doesn’t want to be).

Present Day : When Esta and Logan get back, they find they’ve changed the future. The Order has figured out that Esta has been stealing powerful stones through time. The Professor tells Esta she’s going to 1902 to join and double-cross a group of Mageus to steal the Book before it disappears. To do this, she must find the Magician and stop him.

As Esta pulls time around her heading to 1902, she see that her friend Dakari has been shot! She wants to go back, but the stone that helps her time travel has disintegrated. She’s trapped in 1902 and the only way to get home is to get the stone as it exists in 1902 and to do that, she’s got to join the heist.

1902 : Harte is meeting Jack for drinks when he feels magic. No one is dumb enough to use magic at the Haymarket, except a girl picking an old man’s pocket (it’s Esta of course!). Harte tries to subtly save her from notice and in doing so, kisses her. Smooth, Harte. She bites him, but in her escape, she’s trapped by a lecherous man, kicks him repeatedly in the face, and is taken captive. But Esta convinces her captor she’s useful, and is sent to Dolph.

Harte meets with Jack but it doesn’t go well when his snooty friends show up. Jack sulks off and we find out he’s building some sort of machine to impress the Order. It’s definitely going to be trouble.

Dolph isn’t impressed by Esta, but after she steals items from everyone on his crew (my loves Viola & Jianyu included), he agrees she might be useful. Nibs takes her to one of Harte’s shows. He has a feeling she might convince Harte to join their scheme. Esta is pulled on stage for the act – Harte’s show pretends his magic isn’t real – and lots of witty banter happens between my OTP. Harte still isn’t convinced but I sure am.

“The only way to go was forward, as always.”

Esta gets herself on Dolph’s Mageus team stealing items from the Order at an exhibit event. The heist goes sideways but Esta saves the day and more witty banter (swoon) happens between her and Harte, who is there cozying up to Jack.

Dolph now entrusts Esta with getting Harte on board with his scheme. Harte & Esta (Hesta? Daresta?) share another hate-kiss backstage at one of Harte’s shows. But! Harte was using his affinity for seeing into people’s mind during the kiss! He is confused by the modern images in Esta’s mind. Harte is *shaken* in more than one way.

Meanwhile, Jack has started up his machine and it creates a mini Brink. One of Dolph’s, Tilly, gets zapped and everyone is devastated when she passes away. Dolph is more determined than ever to get Harte on his team, and on Nib’s suggestion, gets Paul Kelly, another gang boss downtown, to put some pressure on him. We learn that Harte’s weakness is his mother, an addict.

Always the schemer, Dolph sends Esta to live with Harte and WOW am I living for the romantic tension as they share a tiny apartment. Harte and Esta agree to work together to con Jack using the lost heir scheme. Esta pretends to be the long-lost daughter of Baron Franz von Filosik, an alchemist Jack would love to learn the secrets of. They prepare for their big performance and wow Jack with their stage magic.

“You can trust me…at least until the very end.”

After their show, Esta and Harte charm Jack back at the Haymarket but Esta gets distracted, and when the dance hall is raided, she’s taken into police custody. Jack takes Harte to see his machine, and Harte realizes just how vital it is to stop him and the Order. He’s not on-board with giving the Book to Dolph, but knows they need to take it from the Order.

Learning Esta is gone, Harte goes to Dolph’s but Nibs intercepts him and reveals his nefarious affinity for always being several steps ahead of everyone else. Nibs threatens Harte and get punched. It’s very satisfying.

Harte rushes off to save Esta, but she’s totally already saved herself! They share a tender moment, both inwardly torn that they’re planning on betraying each other. AHH!

Esta convinces Jack that she and Harte should be the entertainment at the upcoming Order shindig at their HQ Khafre Hall, and the heist planning begins.

It’s heist time. Harte changes their stage act at the last minute and Esta is trapped on stage as he and Viola raid the secret chamber for the Book and the stones. Harte betrays them all and disappears with the goods.

While all this is happening, Dolph gets shot while visiting Leena’s grave. He deserved better!!

Everything is in chaos. Nibsy takes over for Dolph and gets a note that from Harte promising the Book in exchange for Esta. This is Esta’s final chance to get the Book, and her time travel stone, back so she can return home.

“She had to make sure the past remained just as it should have been, or else who knew what her future might hold.”

All our players gather on the Brooklyn Bridge. Esta pulls time around her so she and Harte can talk in private. Harte has sent the stones out of the city to keep them out of Nib’s hands (he killed Dolph!!). Harte gives Esta the Book and her travel stone so she can escape and plans to take himself – as he now contains the Book’s power! – out so the Order can’t get their hands on him. Time resumes and the two share one final kiss. Harte jumps. Esta time jumps home.

“He hadn’t betrayed her in the end. He’d given her exactly what she needed.”

Present Day:  Esta rushes back to save Dakari, but he’s okay! They return to the Professor who is eager to get his hands on the Book. But Esta isn’t so sure they should use the Book to destroy the Brink as the Professor intends. Harte shared that the Brink is there to protect the Mageus just as much as it contains them. Destroying the Brink might destroy magic altogether.

The Professor isn’t happy with Esta’s questions. He admits he had Dakari shot as incentive for Esta to return. In his evil soliloquy, he slips and Esta realizes that the Professor IS NIBS!! He wants the power of the Book to control the world! ALSO turns out Esta is Dolph and Leena’s secret child and Nibs has orchestrated everything, grooming Esta from when she was a child for his evil intents.

Professor/Nibs threatens to kill everyone Esta loves unless she take the Book back to his younger self. He sends Logan the guard her, and they travel back to 1902. Esta feels like she’s going home and I feel like sobbing.

1902 : Esta knocks out Logan and rushes to the Brooklyn Bridge to save Harte. He’s alive! Jianyu helped him fake his death. Esta is elated and also very mad at Harte. He lied to her again! But he did it to protect her! These two!

They’re not safe yet. Esta knows if they let things be, the stones can still be gathered by the Professor and he can do his evil. They need to get them first. Esta thinks they can trick the Brink using the Book and get out of the city. They have a plan!

Esta time travels back to 1902 NYC to foil the Magician and steal the Book, as directed by the Professor. She joins Dolph’s crew and works to convince Harte, the Magician, to join the heist team to steal the Book from the Order, before Jack, an aspiring Order member, blows up all the Mageus in the city. After much banter and kisses-with-ulterior-motives, Esta and Harte team up, then betray each other, then un-betray each other. Esta takes the Book back to present day NYC but! the Professor is Nibs, a shady character from 1902 who wants the Book to takeover the world. Esta escapes and returns to 1902 and she and Harte make plans to save magic and the world.

Want to know what happens next? Check out this recap of The Devil’s Thief !

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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.

Esta is a thief and a Mageus . After nearly exposing herself and her kind in a high-stakes robbery, Esta is determined to prove herself to the Professor , the only fatherly figure she has in her life. The Professor reveals his plans for Esta, a plan to steal the Ars Arcana , a book that is rumored to hold the secrets of magic itself. Esta learns that the Book could also be the key to destroying The Brink , a magical barrier created by The Order to trap all magical beings in New York City.

In order to retrieve the book, however, Esta will have to travel back to 1902 and stop The Magician , a Mageus who disappeared with The Book and all its secrets. But Old New York proves to be a ruthless place, even to someone as gifted as her. Unkown to her, using her affinity could mean death if traced by The Order, and Esta is only saved when a mysterious man saves her from their watchful eyes. But when Esta injures a man with close relations with The Order, Dolph Saunders grants her protection, so long as she brings in enough pay to earn her keep. After assisting Dolph in a successful robbery in which they stole priceless artifacts from The Order, Dolph grows to trust Esta and assigns her with the task of recruiting Harte Darrigan to assist them in stealing The Book from The Order.

Meanwhile, Harte Darrigan is trying everything to shake Dolph Saunders from his tail. No matter what Dolph offers, Harte isn't interested in his plan to steal The Book from The Order, and would rather continue his career as a stage magician. But Harte may find himself in deep trouble when he recognizes a familiar face in his audience: the girl he saved from The Order. After visits from gang-members who threaten his mother, It isn't long before Harte agrees to meet with Dolph about stealing The Book. The pair strikes up a deal, in which it is decided that Esta will be staying in Harte's apartment until the deed is done. Harte takes advantage of the situation and makes Esta his new stage assistant.

Jack Grew, one of Harte's friends and member of The Order has taken a special interest in Harte's new stage assistant after she claims to be the long-lost daughter of a renowned Alchemist. Jack plans to build a largescale machine that will exterminate all Mageus in the city. His only problem—he can't isolate an element vital to his machine and needs the assistance of an Alchemist to help him do so. Still oblivious of both Harte and Esta's true intentions, Jack invites the pair to perform at Khafre Hall , the headquarters of The Order. Now, Dolph's team executes a seemingly flawless plan to steal The Book, that is until Viola , Dolph's trusted assassin kills Harte after he refuses to hand it over to her. Viola returns and announces that she has The Book, and killed Harte Darrigan to get it.

They return, ready to deliver The Book to Dolph, but are devastated to learn that he was shot and killed while they were gone. Nibsy , Dolph's trusted right-hand man, insists they that continue on without him, only to find that Viola had never recovered The Book in the first place. Using his affinity, Harte had deceived Viola's mind into thinking that she had killed him and taken The Book.

Upon touching The Book, Harte learned that destroying The Brink would only destroy all the Mageus, and he is determined to never let that happen. Now that he knows the truth about The Brink, Harte plans to jump from the Brooklyn Bridge in order to finish The Book once and for all. Before he can end his life, he gives Esta The Book and she returns to the future, certain that Professor Lachlan will know what to do. However, the Professor's ulterior motives are revealed when Esta hands over The Book, and in an attempt to obtain all of its power, he plans to sacrifice Esta. He explains how Esta was born of Dolph and Leena, back in 1902, and had been sent to the future as a part of his plan to obtain all the power The Book holds. Using the key artifacts Esta had stolen over the years, he plans to sacrifice her and absorb The Book's power. When the sacrifice fails, the Professor angrily insists it is because there is not enough magic left within their world for it to succeed. He forces her to return to the past, explaining that, because he can see everything the future holds, there is nothing she can do to stop him.

Esta returns to the bridge, where she finds that Harte had only faked his death to force her to leave and create a better future.

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-Esta Filosik

-Harte Darrigan

-Dolph Saunders

-James “Nibsy” Lorcan (aka Professor Lachlan)

-Logan Sullivan

-Viola Vaccarelli

-Jianyu Lee

-Paul Kelly (Paolo Vaccarelli)

-Leena (Saunders?)

-Bridget Malone

-Dakari (x)

-Molly O’Dohorty

-Werner (x)

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The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell || Newsies with Magic

Posted August 30, 2018 by Sammie in book review , dark fantasy , fantasy , four stars , historical , time travel / 2 Comments

Being born and raised in New York (upstate, not the city, thank you), I couldn’t resist the idea of a book being set in Old New York.

I mean, there’s also the whole idea of magic, heists, betrayal, and time travel, which only makes it better in my opinion. Hard to go wrong with that.

Stop the Magician. Steal the book. Save the future.

The tagline seems so  easy, but of course it’s not. Because how boring would that be? As soon as I read the tagline, though, I knew I had to read the book. I’m a fan of all three: magicians, books, and the future. As long as there’s no zombies.

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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.

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❧ The book basically opens at the close, and that hooked me right off the bat.

No, that’s not a riddle. Please don’t put the book in your mouth. Nothing splendid will happen. I’m pretty sure of that, at least.

This is a pretty common technique I see lately, and sometimes it falls flat, but here, I thought it worked well with the story.

The book opens with the Magician destroying himself, and by extension the book, and that’s a pretty attention-getting way to start.

Since this obviously ties to the main character’s mission (you can figure that out from the summary), it’s relevant and plunges the reader right into the story. Besides that, it shows some pretty high stakes for the conflict, right? But what I thought made this particularly effective is that the book deals with  time travel , so the beginning isn’t really the beginning, and the ending isn’t really the end, and nothing is as it seems. Not even this (duh, he’s a magician) . You’ve been warned.

His life might have been built on illusions, but his death would be his greatest trick. Because for once there would be no deception. For once it would be only the truth. His ultimate escape.

❧ I’m getting a  Newsies vibe here, and it feels all warm and familiar and cozy.

I mean, if you find teens/young adults living in squalor and forming gangs just to survive cozy, I guess? If you plan to survive as a Mageus in Old New York, you basically need to fall in with a gang, which is generally full of young kids. By the time you’re in your mid-20s, you’re already old.

Dolph Saunders is the leader of the gang Esta must earn her way into, and he trades not in threats and violence, necessarily, but in secrets.

Which I thought was a fantastic way for him to hold power, and rest assured, we get to see it in action, and I love it! That’s not to say he shies away from violence when it’s necessary, but that’s just not the majority of his strength.

This book has about 70% of the charm of  Newsies , except with higher stakes and 100% more character death.

There’s no music. Sadly. If someone figures out a way to make that happen, though, that’d be awesome and you’d be rich. The leader of the opposing gang also isn’t an adorable teen with big blue eyes and a horrible accent who comes to your aid in the end because, hey, he’s a pretty swell guy.

Actually, the big rival gang in this book is pretty horrible. Go figure. But if you enjoyed  Newsies , this setting, at least, should feel familiar to you.

❧ If this book had a Facebook relationship status, it would be “it’s complicated.”

Because it is. Everything. Everyone. The relationships between everyone are tenuous, at best, and no one is what they seem. Everyone has secrets. Everyone has a different end game. The layers of complexity in the story are brilliant,  and eventually, things start to slowly tie together and make sense.

This is a world where anybody can be a traitor, and where being betrayed has severe—and mostly short-lived (pun intended)—consequences, so all the characters keep others at an arm’s length.

In short, it’s not a great place to live in. Makes a great story, though, as you struggle with the characters to figure out who to trust and what everybody’s motives and endgame are.

Life and death, Dolph had once told him, back when they’d still been friends. Survival was about balance. The threat of death could inspire you to carve out a life worth having.

❧ The magic system is unique and fascinating.

There’s no definitive answer for how the Mageus came to be or what made the Brink that keeps them trapped in Manhattan. The only thing anyone knows for sure is the  Ars Arcana must hold the answers. Also, anyone who has the book would have ultimate power. How’s that for motivation?

The types of magic were interesting and varied, and I loved seeing how everyone twisted their talents to fit the lifestyle they had chosen.

Esta, our protagonist, just happens to be able to slip between time, which helps her as a master thief. I can’t really give away anyone else’s power, because that would be spoilers, and you’ll just have to read it to find out. Rest assured, they’re all pretty unique.

❧  I’m a big fan of the main character being a female thief who has to travel back in time.

I mean, she’s no assassin (although, there  are a couple of those), but she’ll do. What I particularly liked is that the world Maxwell creates mirrors ours to some extent with fashion and societal norms, and Esta has to get used to a woman’s place in Old New York, despite being raised otherwise.

Esta is no stranger to danger (this one’s not intended, I swear), and she’s a capable, strong female lead … for the most part.

I’ll admit, there were a few times I wanted to shake her, but hey, that happens. All in all, I love the way she played the game, how she remained strong and inserted herself where she needed to, unabashedly, and didn’t feel the need to hide her strength. There are a lot of strong females to choose from in this book, and that was refreshing.

❧ Trust. No. One. Everyone’s lying.

It’s just a matter of to what degree and how likely their lie is to get you killed. Which is a pretty important thing to determine before hanging out with a person, obviously.

I was a big fan of the duplicity and cover-ups in  The Last Magician , as they kept me on my toes and had me guessing.

We know Esta’s lie right off the bat: she has to steal the book. However, she’s far from the only one with ulterior motives. I can’t even name one character who doesn’t have them, so be prepared! The Magician isn’t the only one performing tricks here.

Forgive my cheesy jokes, I’ll see myself out now.

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❧ The book is just under 500 pages long, and it took foreverrrr to get into the real interesting meat of the story.

I contemplated adding this to DNF several times. The writing is good, I didn’t feel there was a spark to keep me interested in the plot. I wasn’t all that fond of Esta, who felt flatter in the beginning, and I really didn’t care as the other characters (like Dolph) were introduced in the alternating timelines because they didn’t seem to connect up or have anything to do with each other at first. Until they did.

In fact, I would say that nothing of interest really happens until Esta goes back into the past, and even then, it still takes a while to really ramp up.

At that point, the two timelines merge, and the characters start having more life and interacting with each other.  That’s  when I really started caring for them. It was a long build-up, and ultimately, it was worth it, but I had my doubts there for a while.

❧ I saw the big shock reveal at the end coming from about midway through the book.

Which only serves to make me even more disappointed that the characters didn’t. Not even so much as a doubt, question, suspicion—nothing. From a person who’s a master of duplicity. It just made me grr.

❧ There were multiple times the characters did something that had me scratching my head.

They’re pretty bad-ass, capable, suspect everybody, and smart enough to put two and two together. I’m not the sharpest pencil in the … cup? Pencil holder, I suppose, for all you fancy, not-poor people. Still, some of the things that happened were  so obvious that even I figured them out ahead of time. How is it that none of these smart people did?

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I started it last year and left it after 30 pages to pick up again at some point and that never happened. I was so excited but the start couldn’t grab me.But I’ll give it another try at some point.

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It was reeeally slow to start, so I don’t blame you at all. I gave this a bit longer than I normally give books to grab my attention, only because I’d heard good things about it and it has tropes that I genuinely enjoy. But with all the buzz about the sequel, I really wanted to give it a fair shake, and I’m glad I did. I’m looking forward to the sequel, because the ending was fabulous, once things got rolling. 🙂

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Lisa Maxwell is the  New York Times  bestselling author of the Last Magician series and  Unhooked . She’s worked around words all her life and is currently a professor at a local college. She has strong opinions about pasta and a soft spot for loud music and fast cars. When she’s not writing books, you can usually find her going on adventures with her husband and two amazing boys. Though she grew up in Akron, Ohio, she now calls northern Virginia home. Follow her on Instagram @LisaMaxwellYA or sign up for her newsletter to learn more about her upcoming books at Lisa-Maxwell.com.

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  • Grades: 9 and up
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"This twisty tale of alchemy and magic in Gilded Age New York will keep you guessing until the very last page."

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"A gorgeous, timeless, all-consuming tale."

– Wendy Higgins, New York Times bestselling author of the Sweet Evil series

"A twisty, spellbinding romp. Inserting feuding magical factions into an already tumultuous time in American history, Maxwell’s The Last Magician mesmerized me until the very last page."

– Janet B. Taylor, author of Into the Dim and Sparks of Light

"Intriguing, romantic, and full of twists, THE LAST MAGICIAN kept me reading late into the night. The richly imagined alternative version of 1901 New York City pulled me in, but the fascinating characters had me turning the pages, desperate to find out what happened to them."

– Anne Blankman, author of the Prisoner of Night and Fog duology

"A doorstopper with a total shakeup of an ending: don't miss this splendid series opener."

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"Captivating and complicated...a smart and feisty female protagonist in whom readers will delight."

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Parent's need to know that The Last Magician is a stand-alone fantasy by Lisa Maxwell ( Unhooked ) set in a magical Gilded Age New York City. It features a group of con artists attempting to steal magical relics. There are scenes of violence, magical and otherwise: a stabbing, a fistfight, a fatal…

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The Last Magician is set in 1902 in an alternate New York City. Students can talk about how the novel differs from historical fact.

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Learning to trust other people can be difficult but is generally worth the effort. Problems can often be solved through teamwork.

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Esta is a thief -- clever, resourceful, brave, but also cunning and duplicitous. She is often running a con game on those around her. Sometimes she agonizes over her crimes but proceeds with them anyway, but sometimes she pays attention to her sense of loyalty.

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The Last Magician contains scenes of violence, but they are generally understated. People are stabbed with knives. A major supporting character is shot to death.

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Parent's need to know that The Last Magician is a stand-alone fantasy by Lisa Maxwell ( Unhooked ) set in a magical Gilded Age New York City. It features a group of con artists attempting to steal magical relics. There are scenes of violence, magical and otherwise: a stabbing, a fistfight, a fatal shooting. Profanity includes moderate use of "hell," "damn," "bastard," "bitch," and "s--t." Some scenes are set in a brothel, but scenes of physical intimacy are limited to a few passionate embraces.

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At the start of THE LAST MAGICIAN, time-traveling thief Esta is on a mission back to 1926 to steal a magical book -- a critical weapon in a war between the members of the Order and other practitioners of magic, known as the Mageus. The mission fails, causing drastic changes in the timeline. Esta must go back to 1902, find someone known as the Last Magician, and steal the book all over again. She falls in with a gang of dangerous criminals, but soon feels her loyalties tipping toward them. How can she save the future without destroying her new friends in the past?

Is It Any Good?

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.

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  • Author : Lisa Maxwell
  • Genre : Fantasy
  • Topics : Magic and Fantasy , Adventures , Great Girl Role Models
  • Book type : Fiction
  • Publisher : Simon Pulse
  • Publication date : July 18, 2017
  • Number of pages : 512
  • Available on : Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated : June 26, 2022

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<p>When I was growing up, I was terrified of witches and anything that evoked spooky autumnal feelings. I stopped trick-or-treating when I was in the third grade, and I refused to watch spooky movies in the fall—although I did watch <em>Hocus Pocus</em> every year ... with my hands covering my eyes at the scariest parts. That all changed when I started reading books about witches. I've <a href="https://www.rd.com/article/love-for-reading/" rel="noopener noreferrer">always been an avid reade</a><a href="https://www.rd.com/article/love-for-reading/" rel="noopener noreferrer">r</a>, preferring to stick my nose in some of the <a href="https://www.rd.com/list/books-read-before-die/" rel="noopener noreferrer">best books</a> rather than play in a pile of orange-hued leaves. Reading offers so many benefits, and over the years, books have helped me understand the world better and feel more empathy toward others—even, it turns out, witches.</p> <p>Reading books about witches in the fall has become a tradition of mine. Luckily, this is something of a trending topic, so it's easy to find witchy women these days, whether they're in a cozy <a href="https://www.rd.com/list/best-romance-novels-of-all-time/" rel="noopener noreferrer">romance novel</a> filled with sweet, small-town magic, an atmospheric <a href="https://www.rd.com/list/scariest-books/" rel="noopener noreferrer">horror book</a> about witches that are up to no good or a historical nonfiction book about the plight of women accused of witchcraft throughout history.</p> <p>As fall approaches, I get more excited about pulling up a cozy chair, making a steaming mug of tea and curling up with my cat and a good book. And while you <em>could</em> gobble up a <a href="https://www.rd.com/list/halloween-books/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Halloween book</a> this time of year (or return to your favorite <a href="https://www.rd.com/list/halloween-kids-books/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Halloween book for kids</a>), I suggest you grab one of these books about witches to get in the spirit.</p> <p class="p1"><b>Get <i>Reader’s Digest</i>’s </b><a href="https://www.rd.com/newsletter/?int_source=direct&int_medium=rd.com&int_campaign=nlrda_20221001_topperformingcontentnlsignup&int_placement=incontent"><span><b>Read Up newsletter</b></span></a><b> for more books, humor, cleaning, travel, tech and fun facts all week long.</b></p>

Enchanting books about witches

When I was growing up, I was terrified of witches and anything that evoked spooky autumnal feelings. I stopped trick-or-treating when I was in the third grade, and I refused to watch spooky movies in the fall—although I did watch Hocus Pocus every year ... with my hands covering my eyes at the scariest parts. That all changed when I started reading books about witches. I've always been an avid reade r , preferring to stick my nose in some of the best books rather than play in a pile of orange-hued leaves. Reading offers so many benefits, and over the years, books have helped me understand the world better and feel more empathy toward others—even, it turns out, witches.

Reading books about witches in the fall has become a tradition of mine. Luckily, this is something of a trending topic, so it's easy to find witchy women these days, whether they're in a cozy romance novel filled with sweet, small-town magic, an atmospheric horror book about witches that are up to no good or a historical nonfiction book about the plight of women accused of witchcraft throughout history.

As fall approaches, I get more excited about pulling up a cozy chair, making a steaming mug of tea and curling up with my cat and a good book. And while you could gobble up a Halloween book this time of year (or return to your favorite Halloween book for kids ), I suggest you grab one of these books about witches to get in the spirit.

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<p class=""><strong>Release date:</strong> July 1, 1995</p> <p>Author Alice Hoffman is known for her bestselling <a href="https://www.rd.com/list/magical-realism-books/" rel="noopener noreferrer">magical realism books</a>, prime among them 1995's <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Practical-Magic-Alice-Hoffman/dp/0425190374/" rel="noopener noreferrer"><em>Practical Magic</em></a>. It made her the reigning queen of books about witches and is an ideal seasonal read—pick it up the minute summer temps start to cool. The story follows two witchy sisters, Sally and Gillian Owens, both cursed to lose any man who loves them. Sally lives a normal life while suppressing her magic, while Gillian embraces her powers but finds herself in toxic relationships. Confronting their curse, they learn the significance of sisterhood and the power of love. A few years after the book's release, the story hit the big screen with a Hollywood film adaptation that became a pop-culture phenomenon. I only discovered <em>Practical Magic</em> as an adult, but the entire four-book series is a must-read for any book lover.</p> <p class="listicle-page__cta-button-shop"><a class="shop-btn" href="https://www.amazon.com/Practical-Magic-Alice-Hoffman/dp/0425190374/">Shop Now</a></p>

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

Release date: July 1, 1995

Author Alice Hoffman is known for her bestselling magical realism books , prime among them 1995's Practical Magic . It made her the reigning queen of books about witches and is an ideal seasonal read—pick it up the minute summer temps start to cool. The story follows two witchy sisters, Sally and Gillian Owens, both cursed to lose any man who loves them. Sally lives a normal life while suppressing her magic, while Gillian embraces her powers but finds herself in toxic relationships. Confronting their curse, they learn the significance of sisterhood and the power of love. A few years after the book's release, the story hit the big screen with a Hollywood film adaptation that became a pop-culture phenomenon. I only discovered Practical Magic as an adult, but the entire four-book series is a must-read for any book lover.

<p><strong>Release date:</strong> Oct. 13, 2020</p> <p>This reimagining of history with a fantastical twist follows the three Eastwood sisters in 1893 New Salem. Reuniting after years apart, the sisters join the suffragette movement and begin fighting for their rights as witches and the voting rights for all women. When they're kicked out of the official movement, the girls band together and create a secret society, advocating for women's rights in a world where magic has been forgotten and butting heads as conflict over witchcraft builds. A <em>New York Times</em> bestseller, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Once-Future-Witches-spellbinding-must-read/dp/0356512509/" rel="noopener noreferrer"><em>T</em><em>he Once and Future Witches</em></a> is Hugo Award–winning author Alix E. Harrow's spellbinding sophomore novel and a <a href="https://www.rd.com/list/historical-fiction-books/" rel="noopener noreferrer">historical fiction</a> fan's dream. It's an enchanting battle cry for all women, filled with magic and touching on real-world issues.</p> <p class="listicle-page__cta-button-shop"><a class="shop-btn" href="https://www.amazon.com/Once-Future-Witches-spellbinding-must-read/dp/0356512509/">Shop Now</a></p>

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

Release date: Oct. 13, 2020

This reimagining of history with a fantastical twist follows the three Eastwood sisters in 1893 New Salem. Reuniting after years apart, the sisters join the suffragette movement and begin fighting for their rights as witches and the voting rights for all women. When they're kicked out of the official movement, the girls band together and create a secret society, advocating for women's rights in a world where magic has been forgotten and butting heads as conflict over witchcraft builds. A New York Times bestseller, T he Once and Future Witches is Hugo Award–winning author Alix E. Harrow's spellbinding sophomore novel and a historical fiction fan's dream. It's an enchanting battle cry for all women, filled with magic and touching on real-world issues.

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<p><strong>Release date:</strong> Aug. 23, 2022</p> <p>This cozy book about a (very) secret society of powerful (and irregular) witches was one of the <a href="https://www.rd.com/list/best-fiction-books-2022/" rel="noopener noreferrer">best fiction books</a> that I read last year. Mika Moon is a solitary witch living in modern-day Britain. She conceals her magic by maintaining a quiet life, except for the very secret society of witches that she belongs to. But when an unexpected message invites her to Nowhere House to mentor three young witches, her entire life turns upside down. As Mika becomes entwined with the unusual family living there, including the captivating librarian, Jamie, she starts to embrace the possibility of belonging. <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Very-Secret-Society-Irregular-Witches-ebook/dp/B09MH8K8W2/" rel="noopener noreferrer"><em>The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches</em></a> is the perfect book to read on a crisp day, wrapped up in a warm blanket.</p> <p class="listicle-page__cta-button-shop"><a class="shop-btn" href="https://www.amazon.com/Very-Secret-Society-Irregular-Witches-ebook/dp/B09MH8K8W2/">Shop Now</a></p>

The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna

Release date: Aug. 23, 2022

This cozy book about a (very) secret society of powerful (and irregular) witches was one of the best fiction books that I read last year. Mika Moon is a solitary witch living in modern-day Britain. She conceals her magic by maintaining a quiet life, except for the very secret society of witches that she belongs to. But when an unexpected message invites her to Nowhere House to mentor three young witches, her entire life turns upside down. As Mika becomes entwined with the unusual family living there, including the captivating librarian, Jamie, she starts to embrace the possibility of belonging. The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches is the perfect book to read on a crisp day, wrapped up in a warm blanket.

<p><strong>Release date: </strong>Aug. 22, 2023</p> <p>In the quaint town of Oakriver, 19-year-old Rhia is a quiet third-generation earth witch who loves plants and nature, and keeps her powers secret from the town. New arrival Valerie is a 17-year-old fire witch, who comes to town looking for answers about her mother's disappearance. Unlike Rhia, Valerie has no issues with using her magic out in the open. While these two teen witches are complete opposites, they find themselves drawn together and must face unsettling visions and dark forces that plague the town. To protect her home and newfound love, Rhia must embrace her true potential and confront the looming darkness threatening their lives. The just-released <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Other-Wicked-Things-Philline-Harms/dp/1990259944/" rel="noopener noreferrer"><em>Love and Other Wicked Things</em></a> features two <a href="https://www.rd.com/list/lgbtq-books/" rel="noopener noreferrer">LGBTQ book</a> characters and is perfect for teens and adults alike.</p> <p class="listicle-page__cta-button-shop"><a class="shop-btn" href="https://www.amazon.com/Other-Wicked-Things-Philline-Harms/dp/1990259944/">Shop Now</a></p>

Love and Other Wicked Things by Philline Harms

Release date: Aug. 22, 2023

In the quaint town of Oakriver, 19-year-old Rhia is a quiet third-generation earth witch who loves plants and nature, and keeps her powers secret from the town. New arrival Valerie is a 17-year-old fire witch, who comes to town looking for answers about her mother's disappearance. Unlike Rhia, Valerie has no issues with using her magic out in the open. While these two teen witches are complete opposites, they find themselves drawn together and must face unsettling visions and dark forces that plague the town. To protect her home and newfound love, Rhia must embrace her true potential and confront the looming darkness threatening their lives. The just-released Love and Other Wicked Things features two LGBTQ book characters and is perfect for teens and adults alike.

<p><strong>Release date: </strong>April 14, 2011</p> <p>Sunny Nwazue has always felt like she doesn't fit in. She was born in New York City, but she's Nigerian; she has West African features, but she's albino; she loves playing sports, but she can't go out in the sun. Then Sunny discovers that she has latent magical powers and joins a quartet of magic students to learn and harness her abilities. The group must track down a dangerous criminal, but can they work together to overtake such powerful magic? Nnedi Okorafor's World Fantasy Award–winning book weaves magic and adventure into a lush world and has been praised by Neil Gaiman, Rick Riordan, John Green and Ursula K. Le Guin. <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Akata-Witch-Nnedi-Okorafor/dp/0142420913/" rel="noopener noreferrer"><em>Akata Witch</em></a> is the first title in <em>The Nsibidi Scripts</em> <a href="https://www.rd.com/list/best-book-series/" rel="noopener noreferrer">book series</a>, and once you pick it up, you'll want to devour the rest.</p> <p class="listicle-page__cta-button-shop"><a class="shop-btn" href="https://www.amazon.com/Akata-Witch-Nnedi-Okorafor/dp/0142420913/">Shop Now</a></p>

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Release date: April 14, 2011

Sunny Nwazue has always felt like she doesn't fit in. She was born in New York City, but she's Nigerian; she has West African features, but she's albino; she loves playing sports, but she can't go out in the sun. Then Sunny discovers that she has latent magical powers and joins a quartet of magic students to learn and harness her abilities. The group must track down a dangerous criminal, but can they work together to overtake such powerful magic? Nnedi Okorafor's World Fantasy Award–winning book weaves magic and adventure into a lush world and has been praised by Neil Gaiman, Rick Riordan, John Green and Ursula K. Le Guin. Akata Witch is the first title in The Nsibidi Scripts book series , and once you pick it up, you'll want to devour the rest.

<p class=""><strong>Release date:</strong> May 4, 2021</p> <p>Popular Instagrammer, wellness witch and author Mandi Em writes a not-your-average <a href="https://www.rd.com/list/inspirational-books/" rel="noopener noreferrer">self-help book</a> that explores how to deal with life's challenges through hands-on magical solutions. <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Witchcraft-Therapy-Banishing-Bullsh-Invoking/dp/1507215835/" rel="noopener noreferrer"><em>Witchcraft Therapy</em></a> will teach you how to tap into your inner power and use intentions, mindful manifestation, divination and righteous indignation to cope with whatever life throws at you. In her fun, upbeat and friendly voice, Em manages to turn real-life witchery into a tangible and actionable expression that anyone can try.</p> <p class="listicle-page__cta-button-shop"><a class="shop-btn" href="https://www.amazon.com/Witchcraft-Therapy-Banishing-Bullsh-Invoking/dp/1507215835/">Shop Now</a></p>

Witchcraft Therapy: Your Guide to Banishing Bullsh*t and Invoking Your Inner Power by Mandi Em

Release date: May 4, 2021

Popular Instagrammer, wellness witch and author Mandi Em writes a not-your-average self-help book that explores how to deal with life's challenges through hands-on magical solutions. Witchcraft Therapy will teach you how to tap into your inner power and use intentions, mindful manifestation, divination and righteous indignation to cope with whatever life throws at you. In her fun, upbeat and friendly voice, Em manages to turn real-life witchery into a tangible and actionable expression that anyone can try.

<p><strong>Release date:</strong> Sept. 26, 2023</p> <p>This <a href="https://www.rd.com/list/the-best-fantasy-books/" rel="noopener noreferrer">fantasy novel</a> follows two sisters, Cordelia and Eustace Bone, who discover they are Nordic witches. After inheriting a Victorian mansion from their late aunt, the sisters must travel to a small town in Connecticut and sort through the estate. In the process, they uncover family secrets, face a mysterious enemy and must embrace their lineage to survive and heal. <em><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Witches-Bone-Hill-Novel/dp/1250835437/" rel="noopener noreferrer">The Witches of Bone Hill</a></em> promises romance, suspense and self-discovery in a magical world featuring a quirky band of characters.</p> <p class="listicle-page__cta-button-shop"><a class="shop-btn" href="https://www.amazon.com/Witches-Bone-Hill-Novel/dp/1250835437/">Shop Now</a></p>

The Witches of Bone Hill by Ava Morgyn

Release date: Sept. 26, 2023

This fantasy novel follows two sisters, Cordelia and Eustace Bone, who discover they are Nordic witches. After inheriting a Victorian mansion from their late aunt, the sisters must travel to a small town in Connecticut and sort through the estate. In the process, they uncover family secrets, face a mysterious enemy and must embrace their lineage to survive and heal. The Witches of Bone Hill promises romance, suspense and self-discovery in a magical world featuring a quirky band of characters.

<p class=""><strong>Release date: </strong>Sept. 12, 2023</p> <p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Playing-Witch-Card-KJ-DellAntonia/dp/0593713796/" rel="noopener noreferrer"><em>Playing the Witch Card</em></a> is billed as <em>Gilmore Girls</em> meets <em>Practical Magic</em>, which was enough to sell me! If that's not enough to hook you, know that the book continues the fine tradition of focusing on magical female-driven families. Flair Hardwicke inherits her grandmother's bakery in Kansas, and while she knows magic is real, after she finally leaves her cheating husband, she is convinced love isn't. Refusing to continue her Nana's fortune-telling side business, Flair accidentally bakes a batch of Tarot card cookies that unleashes the family's power. Chaos ensues: Her first love returns, as does her unpredictable mother and magic-obsessed daughter. Flair must confront her magical heritage to navigate the powerful new witch in town—one who isn't nearly as reluctant or careful with her powers. I can't wait to read this <a href="https://www.rd.com/list/fantasy-romance-books/" rel="noopener noreferrer">fantasy romance book</a> while sitting outside on my porch watching the crisp leaves fall.</p> <p class="listicle-page__cta-button-shop"><a class="shop-btn" href="https://www.amazon.com/Playing-Witch-Card-KJ-DellAntonia/dp/0593713796/">Shop Now</a></p>

Playing the Witch Card by KJ Dell'Antonia

Release date: Sept. 12, 2023

Playing the Witch Card is billed as Gilmore Girls meets Practical Magic , which was enough to sell me! If that's not enough to hook you, know that the book continues the fine tradition of focusing on magical female-driven families. Flair Hardwicke inherits her grandmother's bakery in Kansas, and while she knows magic is real, after she finally leaves her cheating husband, she is convinced love isn't. Refusing to continue her Nana's fortune-telling side business, Flair accidentally bakes a batch of Tarot card cookies that unleashes the family's power. Chaos ensues: Her first love returns, as does her unpredictable mother and magic-obsessed daughter. Flair must confront her magical heritage to navigate the powerful new witch in town—one who isn't nearly as reluctant or careful with her powers. I can't wait to read this fantasy romance book while sitting outside on my porch watching the crisp leaves fall.

<p><strong>Release date:</strong> Aug. 21, 2018</p> <p>P. Djèlí Clark's Alex Award–winning <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Black-Gods-Drums-Dj%C3%A8l%C3%AD-Clark/dp/1250294711/" rel="noopener noreferrer"><em>The Black God's Drums</em></a> takes place in an alternate New Orleans caught in the middle of the Civil War. Creeper is a wall-scaling girl who longs to escape the city and catch a flight on the airship <em>Midnight Robbe. </em> She uses top-secret information about a Haitian scientist and a mysterious weapon called the Black God's Drums to secure a spot on the flight. But Creeper harbors her own secret: She carries the voice of Oya, an African orisha, in her head. Creeper, Oya and the airship's crew embark on a perilous mission to prevent the devastating weapon from destroying New Orleans. If you're looking for more <a href="https://www.rd.com/list/books-by-black-authors/" rel="noopener noreferrer">books by Black authors</a> to add to your shelves, definitely pick up a copy of this must-read novel.</p> <p class="listicle-page__cta-button-shop"><a class="shop-btn" href="https://www.amazon.com/Black-Gods-Drums-Dj%C3%A8l%C3%AD-Clark/dp/1250294711/">Shop Now</a></p>

The Black God's Drums by P. Djèlí Clark

Release date: Aug. 21, 2018

P. Djèlí Clark's Alex Award–winning The Black God's Drums takes place in an alternate New Orleans caught in the middle of the Civil War. Creeper is a wall-scaling girl who longs to escape the city and catch a flight on the airship Midnight Robbe. She uses top-secret information about a Haitian scientist and a mysterious weapon called the Black God's Drums to secure a spot on the flight. But Creeper harbors her own secret: She carries the voice of Oya, an African orisha, in her head. Creeper, Oya and the airship's crew embark on a perilous mission to prevent the devastating weapon from destroying New Orleans. If you're looking for more books by Black authors to add to your shelves, definitely pick up a copy of this must-read novel.

<p class=""><strong>Release date:</strong> Oct. 15, 2019</p> <p>Nova Huang is not your average teen witch. Working alongside her grandmothers in their bookshop, she assists with loaning out spell books and investigates supernatural encounters in their New England town. One night while exploring the woods for a reported white wolf, Nova comes across Tam Lang—who just happens to be her former childhood crush. Nova and Tam must work together to confront the forces threatening them while also acknowledging that their feelings for each other have been rekindled. <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Mooncakes-Suzanne-Walker/dp/154930304X/" rel="noopener noreferrer"><em>Mooncakes</em></a> joins the ranks of other heartwarming and inclusive stories that prove <a href="https://www.rd.com/list/feel-good-books/" rel="noopener noreferrer">feel-good fiction</a> is here to stay. This sweet <a href="https://www.rd.com/list/graphic-novels-for-adults/" rel="noopener noreferrer">graphic novel</a> is packed with stunning and colorful witchy visuals and is perfect for both young adult and young-at-heart readers.</p> <p class="listicle-page__cta-button-shop"><a class="shop-btn" href="https://www.amazon.com/Mooncakes-Suzanne-Walker/dp/154930304X/">Shop Now</a></p>

Mooncakes by Wendy Xu and Suzanne Walker

Release date: Oct. 15, 2019

Nova Huang is not your average teen witch. Working alongside her grandmothers in their bookshop, she assists with loaning out spell books and investigates supernatural encounters in their New England town. One night while exploring the woods for a reported white wolf, Nova comes across Tam Lang—who just happens to be her former childhood crush. Nova and Tam must work together to confront the forces threatening them while also acknowledging that their feelings for each other have been rekindled. Mooncakes joins the ranks of other heartwarming and inclusive stories that prove feel-good fiction is here to stay. This sweet graphic novel is packed with stunning and colorful witchy visuals and is perfect for both young adult and young-at-heart readers.

<p><strong>Release date:</strong> Sept. 28, 2021</p> <p>Nine years ago witch Vivienne Jones cast a seemingly harmless curse on her ex-boyfriend. Nearly a decade later, the heartbreaker Rhys Penhallow returns to Graves Glen, Georgia, and Vivienne learns her curse may not have been as ineffective as she thought. Calamities strike Rhys one after another, and pretty soon, Graves Glen is under attack. While it's hard to deny Rhys and Vivienne are feeling some serious chemistry, they must focus on finding a way to break the curse before it's too late. Bestselling <a href="https://www.rd.com/list/best-thriller-books/" rel="noopener noreferrer">thriller</a> and <a href="https://www.rd.com/list/best-books-for-teens/" rel="noopener noreferrer">YA novelist</a> Rachel Hawkins writes the <em>New York Times</em> bestselling <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Ex-Hex-Novel-Erin-Sterling/dp/006302747X/" rel="noopener noreferrer"><em>T</em><em>he Ex Hex</em></a>, and other popular paranormal novels, under the name Erin Sterling. Whatever her nom de plume, you can expect the same stellar storytelling.</p> <p class="listicle-page__cta-button-shop"><a class="shop-btn" href="https://www.amazon.com/Ex-Hex-Novel-Erin-Sterling/dp/006302747X/">Shop Now</a></p>

The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling

Release date: Sept. 28, 2021

Nine years ago witch Vivienne Jones cast a seemingly harmless curse on her ex-boyfriend. Nearly a decade later, the heartbreaker Rhys Penhallow returns to Graves Glen, Georgia, and Vivienne learns her curse may not have been as ineffective as she thought. Calamities strike Rhys one after another, and pretty soon, Graves Glen is under attack. While it's hard to deny Rhys and Vivienne are feeling some serious chemistry, they must focus on finding a way to break the curse before it's too late. Bestselling thriller and YA novelist Rachel Hawkins writes the New York Times bestselling T he Ex Hex , and other popular paranormal novels, under the name Erin Sterling. Whatever her nom de plume, you can expect the same stellar storytelling.

<p class=""><strong>Release date:</strong> Feb. 8, 2011</p> <p>Diana Bishop looks like any bookish scholar—except she also happens to be a descendant of witches. When she discovers an old enchanted manuscript hidden within Oxford's Bodleian Library, she accidentally summons a fantastical underworld, which she navigates alongside handsome vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont. <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Discovery-Witches-All-Souls-Trilogy/dp/0143119680/" rel="noopener noreferrer"><em>A Discovery of Witches</em></a> is the award-winning debut and the first book in the <em>All Souls</em> <a href="https://www.rd.com/list/best-fantasy-book-series/" rel="noopener noreferrer">fantasy book series</a>. (It's also a popular three-season TV series streaming on AMC+ and other platforms.) Author Deborah Harkness is a professor of history, so you better believe the historical elements are top-notch.</p> <p class="listicle-page__cta-button-shop"><a class="shop-btn" href="https://www.amazon.com/Discovery-Witches-All-Souls-Trilogy/dp/0143119680/">Shop Now</a></p>

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Release date: Feb. 8, 2011

Diana Bishop looks like any bookish scholar—except she also happens to be a descendant of witches. When she discovers an old enchanted manuscript hidden within Oxford's Bodleian Library, she accidentally summons a fantastical underworld, which she navigates alongside handsome vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont. A Discovery of Witches is the award-winning debut and the first book in the All Souls fantasy book series . (It's also a popular three-season TV series streaming on AMC+ and other platforms.) Author Deborah Harkness is a professor of history, so you better believe the historical elements are top-notch.

<p class=""><strong>Release date: </strong>Aug. 23, 2022</p> <p>Five octogenarian witches live in Moonshyne Manor, but when an angry mob arrives to demolish their house, the women soon learn that they're behind on their mortgage payments. Determined to save their home, the witches try risky bargaining and attempt to use their aging powers to fight evil and threatening forces. Pick up <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Witches-Moonshyne-Manor-witchy-rom-com/dp/0778386996/" rel="noopener noreferrer"><em>The Witches of Moonshyne Manor</em></a> if you love to read about the magical powers of <a href="https://www.rd.com/list/books-about-friendship/" rel="noopener noreferrer">female friendship</a> and the destructive force of secrecy. This book makes me secretly wish I could retire with a gaggle of witch besties in my own version of Moonshyne Manor.</p> <p class="listicle-page__cta-button-shop"><a class="shop-btn" href="https://www.amazon.com/Witches-Moonshyne-Manor-witchy-rom-com/dp/0778386996/">Shop Now</a></p>

The Witches of Moonshyne Manor by Bianca Marais

Five octogenarian witches live in Moonshyne Manor, but when an angry mob arrives to demolish their house, the women soon learn that they're behind on their mortgage payments. Determined to save their home, the witches try risky bargaining and attempt to use their aging powers to fight evil and threatening forces. Pick up The Witches of Moonshyne Manor if you love to read about the magical powers of female friendship and the destructive force of secrecy. This book makes me secretly wish I could retire with a gaggle of witch besties in my own version of Moonshyne Manor.

<p class=""><strong>Release date:</strong> Sept. 26, 2023</p> <p>A veteran author of books about witches, Paige Crutcher is back with a story about a witch who can talk to ghosts. <em><a href="https://www.amazon.com/What-Became-Magic-Paige-Crutcher/dp/1250905524/" rel="noopener noreferrer">What Became of Magic</a></em> hits bookstores in September, perfect timing for your autumn reading. Aline Weir has kept her powers hidden and lives a solitary life, helping lost souls find their way home. After stumbling upon a book in her <a href="https://www.rd.com/list/most-loved-bookstore-every-state/" rel="noopener noreferrer">favorite bookstore</a>, she discovers that her powers are enhanced. When she goes on an adventure to a town that doesn't exist on a map, Aline must decide if she's willing to use her powers for a dangerous mission that only she can complete.</p> <p class="listicle-page__cta-button-shop"><a class="shop-btn" href="https://www.amazon.com/What-Became-Magic-Paige-Crutcher/dp/1250905524/">Shop Now</a></p>

What Became of Magic by Paige Crutcher

A veteran author of books about witches, Paige Crutcher is back with a story about a witch who can talk to ghosts. What Became of Magic hits bookstores in September, perfect timing for your autumn reading. Aline Weir has kept her powers hidden and lives a solitary life, helping lost souls find their way home. After stumbling upon a book in her favorite bookstore , she discovers that her powers are enhanced. When she goes on an adventure to a town that doesn't exist on a map, Aline must decide if she's willing to use her powers for a dangerous mission that only she can complete.

<p><strong>Release date: </strong>Dec. 1, 2008</p> <p>Elizabeth "Bess" Hawksmith is 384 years old, and <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Witchs-Daughter-Novel-Paula-Brackston/dp/125000408X/" rel="noopener noreferrer"><em>The Witch's Daughter</em></a> is the story of her long, fantastical life. In 1628, she discovers her mother hanging for witchcraft and asks warlock Gideon Masters to ensure the same fate never finds her. Instead, she unleashes a different type of curse, spending centuries in solitude. But her life takes a sudden turn when she's befriended by Tegan, a curious teenage girl. Bess treats Tegan like the daughter she never had and begins teaching her the ways of the hedge witch. But Gideon will stop at nothing to reclaim Bess's soul―and she must do everything she can to protect Tegan from the warlock's dark powers.</p> <p class="listicle-page__cta-button-shop"><a class="shop-btn" href="https://www.amazon.com/Witchs-Daughter-Novel-Paula-Brackston/dp/125000408X/">Shop Now</a></p>

The Witch's Daughter by Paula Brackston

Release date: Dec. 1, 2008

Elizabeth "Bess" Hawksmith is 384 years old, and The Witch's Daughter is the story of her long, fantastical life. In 1628, she discovers her mother hanging for witchcraft and asks warlock Gideon Masters to ensure the same fate never finds her. Instead, she unleashes a different type of curse, spending centuries in solitude. But her life takes a sudden turn when she's befriended by Tegan, a curious teenage girl. Bess treats Tegan like the daughter she never had and begins teaching her the ways of the hedge witch. But Gideon will stop at nothing to reclaim Bess's soul―and she must do everything she can to protect Tegan from the warlock's dark powers.

<p><strong>Release date:</strong> Oct. 16, 1990</p> <p>Rowan Mayfair is a brilliant neurosurgeon who is completely unaware that she comes from a long line of witches, but she does know she has special powers. When she brings a drowned man back to life, the two become drawn to each other—and soon discover that the man has an unexpected and frightening new power. As the pair join forces, an immersive tale ensues, spanning continents and centuries. <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Witching-Hour-Lives-Mayfair-Witches/dp/0345367898/" rel="noopener noreferrer"><em>The Witching Hour</em></a> is the first book in a three-book series by award-winning and beloved author Anne Rice (you probably recognize the name from her bestselling <a href="https://www.rd.com/list/vampire-books/" rel="noopener noreferrer">vampire novel</a>, <em>Interview with the Vampire</em>). Once you've gobbled up the entire <em>Lives of Mayfair Witches</em> series, catch the <a href="https://www.rd.com/list/book-recommendations-based-on-tv-shows/" rel="noopener noreferrer">TV adaptation</a> on AMC+.</p> <p class="listicle-page__cta-button-shop"><a class="shop-btn" href="https://www.amazon.com/Witching-Hour-Lives-Mayfair-Witches/dp/0345367898/">Shop Now</a></p>

The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

Release date: Oct. 16, 1990

Rowan Mayfair is a brilliant neurosurgeon who is completely unaware that she comes from a long line of witches, but she does know she has special powers. When she brings a drowned man back to life, the two become drawn to each other—and soon discover that the man has an unexpected and frightening new power. As the pair join forces, an immersive tale ensues, spanning continents and centuries. The Witching Hour is the first book in a three-book series by award-winning and beloved author Anne Rice (you probably recognize the name from her bestselling vampire novel , Interview with the Vampire ). Once you've gobbled up the entire Lives of Mayfair Witches series, catch the TV adaptation on AMC+.

<p class=""><strong>Release date: </strong>March 6, 2018</p> <p>Zélie Adebola lives in a world where the land of Orïsha once thrived with magic and Maji possessed unique magical abilities. That all changed when magic vanished one tragic night—a merciless king ordered the killing of Maji, leaving Zélie without her mother and her people in despair. Now, she has the chance to strike down the monarchy and bring power back to Orïsha. But to do so, she must control her growing power and overcome the feelings she has for the enemy. <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Children-Blood-Bone-Legacy-Orisha/dp/1250170974/" rel="noopener noreferrer"><em>Children of Blood and Bone</em></a> is a gorgeously written instant <em>New York Times</em> bestseller, and though it weighs in at 544 pages, you'll speed through the book and move on to the second in this <a href="https://www.rd.com/list/book-series-for-teens/" rel="noopener noreferrer">teen book series</a>, <em>Children of Virtue and Vengeance</em>.</p> <p class="listicle-page__cta-button-shop"><a class="shop-btn" href="https://www.amazon.com/Children-Blood-Bone-Legacy-Orisha/dp/1250170974/">Shop Now</a></p>

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Release date: March 6, 2018

Zélie Adebola lives in a world where the land of Orïsha once thrived with magic and Maji possessed unique magical abilities. That all changed when magic vanished one tragic night—a merciless king ordered the killing of Maji, leaving Zélie without her mother and her people in despair. Now, she has the chance to strike down the monarchy and bring power back to Orïsha. But to do so, she must control her growing power and overcome the feelings she has for the enemy. Children of Blood and Bone is a gorgeously written instant New York Times bestseller, and though it weighs in at 544 pages, you'll speed through the book and move on to the second in this teen book series , Children of Virtue and Vengeance .

<p><strong>Release date:</strong> March 7, 2023</p> <p>Set in three different timelines, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Weyward-Novel-Emilia-Hart/dp/125028080X/" rel="noopener noreferrer"><em>Weyward</em></a> is an enchanting novel about three women spanning five centuries. In 2019, Kate flees London and her abusive ex and hides in a crumbling cottage she's inherited from her late aunt. But it doesn't take long for her to realize there are many secrets lurking. In 1619, Altha has been charged with the murder of a local farmer—the town believes she's a witch who cast a spell that led to his death. In 1942, Violet is trapped in her family's ramshackle mansion, longing for the education that her brother has received. Her deceased mother remains a mystery, the only thing left of her an old locket with the initial W engraved on it and the word <em>Weyward</em> scratched into the baseboard in her bedroom. This is the perfect <a href="https://www.rd.com/list/books-written-by-female-authors/" rel="noopener noreferrer">book for women</a> (and men!) who devour stories by Sarah Penner and Sarah Addison Allen. I read this one over a snowy and stormy weekend and adored each of the characters in it.</p> <p class="listicle-page__cta-button-shop"><a class="shop-btn" href="https://www.amazon.com/Weyward-Novel-Emilia-Hart/dp/125028080X/">Shop Now</a></p>

Weyward by Emilia Hart

Release date: March 7, 2023

Set in three different timelines, Weyward is an enchanting novel about three women spanning five centuries. In 2019, Kate flees London and her abusive ex and hides in a crumbling cottage she's inherited from her late aunt. But it doesn't take long for her to realize there are many secrets lurking. In 1619, Altha has been charged with the murder of a local farmer—the town believes she's a witch who cast a spell that led to his death. In 1942, Violet is trapped in her family's ramshackle mansion, longing for the education that her brother has received. Her deceased mother remains a mystery, the only thing left of her an old locket with the initial W engraved on it and the word Weyward scratched into the baseboard in her bedroom. This is the perfect book for women (and men!) who devour stories by Sarah Penner and Sarah Addison Allen. I read this one over a snowy and stormy weekend and adored each of the characters in it.

<p class=""><strong>Release date:</strong> Sept. 6, 2016</p> <p>Alex, a powerful bruja, has despised magic since the day it made her father disappear. She's looking forward to her Deathday, when she'll finally be free from her magic. But during the ceremony, a curse goes awry, causing the rest of her family to vanish and forcing Alex to absorb all the magic from her family line. Intent on rescuing her family, she asks an ambitious brujo named Nova for help, and together they journey to Los Lagos, a mysterious realm. During the journey, Alex uncovers profound revelations about herself, her abilities and her family, altering her life forever. <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Labyrinth-Brooklyn-Brujas-Zoraida-Cordova/dp/1492623164/" rel="noopener noreferrer"><em>Labyrinth Lost</em></a> is the first book in the <em>Brooklyn Brujas</em> series, a queer <a href="https://www.rd.com/article/books-by-latinx-authors/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Latinx</a> fantasy series for teens that'll appeal to readers of all ages.</p> <p class="listicle-page__cta-button-shop"><a class="shop-btn" href="https://www.amazon.com/Labyrinth-Brooklyn-Brujas-Zoraida-Cordova/dp/1492623164/">Shop Now</a></p>

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova

Release date: Sept. 6, 2016

Alex, a powerful bruja, has despised magic since the day it made her father disappear. She's looking forward to her Deathday, when she'll finally be free from her magic. But during the ceremony, a curse goes awry, causing the rest of her family to vanish and forcing Alex to absorb all the magic from her family line. Intent on rescuing her family, she asks an ambitious brujo named Nova for help, and together they journey to Los Lagos, a mysterious realm. During the journey, Alex uncovers profound revelations about herself, her abilities and her family, altering her life forever. Labyrinth Lost is the first book in the Brooklyn Brujas series, a queer Latinx fantasy series for teens that'll appeal to readers of all ages.

<p><strong>Release date:</strong> Dec. 1, 1958</p> <p>Set in Colonial Connecticut in 1687, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Witch-Blackbird-Elizabeth-George-Speare/dp/0395071143/" rel="noopener noreferrer"><em>The Witch of Blackbird Pond</em></a> is a classic <a href="https://www.rd.com/list/the-best-childrens-books-ever-written/" rel="noopener noreferrer">children's book</a> about 16-year-old Kit Tyler, who faces suspicion and disapproval upon arriving from Barbados to live with long-lost relatives. Struggling to belong and remain true to herself, she befriends Hannah Tupper, labeled a witch by colonists. Their forbidden bond forces Kit to make a heart-wrenching choice between her feelings and her duty. The Newbery Medal–winning novel has made <a href="https://www.rd.com/list/banned-books/" rel="noopener noreferrer">banned books</a> lists for promoting witchcraft—despite the fact that neither of the characters are witches. It's a historically significant book about community, challenging the status quo and friendship.</p> <p class="listicle-page__cta-button-shop"><a class="shop-btn" href="https://www.amazon.com/Witch-Blackbird-Elizabeth-George-Speare/dp/0395071143/">Shop Now</a></p>

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

Release date: Dec. 1, 1958

Set in Colonial Connecticut in 1687, The Witch of Blackbird Pond is a classic children's book about 16-year-old Kit Tyler, who faces suspicion and disapproval upon arriving from Barbados to live with long-lost relatives. Struggling to belong and remain true to herself, she befriends Hannah Tupper, labeled a witch by colonists. Their forbidden bond forces Kit to make a heart-wrenching choice between her feelings and her duty. The Newbery Medal–winning novel has made banned books lists for promoting witchcraft—despite the fact that neither of the characters are witches. It's a historically significant book about community, challenging the status quo and friendship.

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Did Alex Bowman beat William Byron to the flag? NASCAR justifies controversial Daytona 500 finish.

DAYTONA BEACH — William Byron beat Alex Bowman to the start-finish line. Of that, there is no doubt .

Was he ahead at the time the caution flag flew? And why did the caution flag not fly earlier?

Those answers get a little murkier.

NASCAR proclaimed Byron the winner shortly after the final yellow occurred, citing the fact Byron was slightly ahead of Alex Bowman at the right time. The organization justified that decision via X.

However, the photo evidence seems to contradict a video that circulated on the internet, riling up some fans.

And then there was the timing of the caution flag. Had it come out before Byron got to the start-finish line to take the white flag, the race would not have been over since an overtime restart would've been necessitated.

Mike Forde, managing director of racing communications for NASCAR , also took to X to explain the timing of the caution. Referring to the photo NASCAR tweeted, Forde said, "You can also see the No. 2 car coming back up the racetrack. That's why the yellow was called. Had hoped it would have stayed down on the apron like the 1 did and end under green."

Had Austin Cindric (2) and Ross Chastain (1) kept their cars in the grass , the caution may never have come out, allowing the field to race it out to the end. But once they came back up in harm's way of the field, the yellow had to fly.

Let's go through the gears:

Daniel Suarez endures forgettable Daytona doubleheader (First gear)

Daniel Suarez scheduled himself for 800 miles of racing.

He didn't make it. Not even close.

The Trackhouse Racing full-time Cup driver was involved in the 'Big One' with nine laps remaining in the Daytona 500 while running in the top 10. In a spot start in the Xfinity Series , he made it just 22 laps before being collected in the night's first crash along with Hailie Deegan and Kyle Weatherman.

Suarez finished 34th in the Daytona 500 and 35th in the United Rentals 300.

Natalie Decker, not Hailie Deegan, leads Xfinity Series laps (Second gear)

While Monday's United Rentals 300 was hyped in part for being the full-time series debut for Hailie Deegan , it was another female driver that made history.

Natalie Decker became just the third woman to ever lead a lap in the Xfinity Series and the first to do it since Danica Patrick in 2013. Decker and Patrick are the only women to have led an Xfinity lap at Daytona.

Decker had to make the field via qualifying time Saturday afternoon and her 18th-place finish is her best career showing in 11 Xfinity starts, with three DNQs.

"For anyone that's watching this right now, when things are going wrong and you want to give up, don't give up because the last three years were really hard on me and tonight was a turn around," Decker said. "I want to cry."

Who won the Daytona 500 last night? (Third gear)

None other than Byron, who seemingly wins just about everything these days.

Byron's victory gave him seven wins in the last 35 Cup Series events, meaning he's won a cool 20% of races since taking the checkered flag in back-to-back races at Las Vegas and Phoenix early last season.

Atlanta betting odds, statistics, trends (Fourth gear)

Byron has two wins over the past six races at Atlanta, with Ryan Blaney holding the best average finish over that time at 7.3. Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch each have two wins at Atlanta, joining Byron with the most among full-time, active drivers.

Daytona 500 final results

  • William Byron, No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
  • Alex Bowman, No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
  • Christopher Bell, No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
  • Corey LaJoie, No. 7 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet
  • Bubba Wallace, No. 23 23XI Racing Toyota
  • AJ Allmendinger, No. 16 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet
  • John Hunter Nemechek, No. 42 Legacy Motor Club Toyota
  • Erik Jones, No. 43 Legacy Motor Club Toyota
  • Noah Gragson, No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
  • Chase Briscoe, No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
  • Kyle Larson, No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
  • Kyle Busch, No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
  • Zane Smith, No. 71 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet
  • Chase Elliott, No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
  • Martin Truex Jr., No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
  • Daniel Hemric, No. 31 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet
  • Ty Gibbs, No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
  • Chris Buescher, No. 17 RFK Racing Ford
  • Denny Hamlin, No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
  • David Ragan, No. 60 RFK Racing Ford
  • Ross Chastain, No. 1 Trackhouse Racing Chevrolet (-1)
  • Austin Cindric, No. 2 Team Penske Ford (-1)
  • Ryan Preece, No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford (-1)
  • Riley Herbst, No. 15 Rick Ware Racing Ford (-1)
  • Josh Berry, No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford (-1)
  • Justin Haley, No. 51 Rick Ware Racing Ford (-1)
  • Anthony Alfredo, No. 62 Beard Motorsports Ford (-2)
  • Jimmie Johnson, No. 84 Legacy Motor Club Toyota (-4)
  • Tyler Reddick, No. 45 23XI Racing Toyota (-8)
  • Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Team Penske Ford (-8)
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 47 JTG Daugherty Chevrolet (-8)
  • Joey Logano, No. 22 Team Penske Ford (-9)
  • Brad Keselowski, No. 6 RFK Racing Ford (-9)
  • Daniel Suarez, No. 99 Trackhouse Racing Chevrolet (-9)
  • Todd Gilliland, No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford (-9)
  • Michael McDowell, No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford (-24)
  • Austin Dillon, No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet (-54)
  • Kaz Grala, No. 36 Front Row Motorsports Ford (Accident, Lap 5)
  • Harrison Burton, No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford (Accident, Lap 5)
  • Carson Hocevar, No. 71 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet (Accident, Lap 5)
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Google Workspace

Gemini rolling out to gmail, docs, and more with google one ai premium.

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The new Google One AI Premium plan now provides access to Gemini features in Gmail, Docs, and other Workspace apps for personal accounts. Google says the integration lets you “get more done without jumping between tabs or apps.”

Formerly known as Duet AI, this starts with Gmail and Help me write in the Compose screen on Android, iOS, and the web. You enter a prompt and can insert what was generated. Another way to use this tool is writing something and then having Gemini “Formalize,” “Elaborate,” or “Shorten” it, while you can “Recreate” — generate again — at any time. 

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Help me write , powered by Gemini models, is also available in Google Docs on the web where you get additional “Bulletize,” “Summarize,” and “Tone” (“Formal” or “Casual”) refinements. You can also write a “Custom” prompt, like “make it a poem. 

Then there’s a Proofread feature that offers an AI-powered upgrade to the existing “Spelling and grammar check” capability. In addition to spelling and grammar suggestions, Google Docs suggestions will cover: 

  • Conciseness : Suggestions for making your writing more concise 
  • Active voice : Suggestions for making your writing more clear to readers
  • Wording : Suggestions for making words sound more dynamic or formal in context
  • Sentence Split : Suggestions for splitting up complex sentences to make your writing easier to read

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You can Create images in Google Slides , while Google Sheets offers Help me organize for custom tables and templates. There’s also Enhanced Smart Fill (see below) to reduce “manual data organization and analysis.” This includes “sentiment classification, combining and generating text, extracting specific text, formatting addresses, structuring phone numbers and emails, condensing text, and more.”

Duet Enhanced Smart Fill

In Google Meet , there’s Generate a background and three Studio features:

  • Studio Lighting (below): Simulate studio-quality lighting with movable light sources and color/brightness options
  • Studio Look : Improves details to show you more clearly
  • Studio Sound : Recreates higher audio frequencies

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For instance, you can get help writing a potluck invitation in Gmail, drafting a trip itinerary in Docs, building a family budget in Sheets or creating a vision board for a kitchen remodel in Slides.

Gemini in Gmail and other Workspace apps is available as part of Google One AI Premium. It’s rolling out starting today. That plan costs $19.99 per month and includes access to Gemini Advanced (with Gemini 1.0 Ultra), as well as 2 TB of storage and other benefits in Photos and Calendar. Google is currently offering a two-month free trial .

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