Happy Friday, everyone! Most of us have a nice 3-day weekend, which means more time to read!
My co-bloggers and I have started a new weekly blog post: The Page 69 Test! Have you heard of the page 69 test? If not, it’s basically where you read page 69 of a book you think you will like. If you liked reading page 69, chances are you willenjoy reading the rest of the book.
Instead of posting the full page, we will be posting the first 10-20 lines of that page, starting with the first full sentence.
For the first posting of The Page 69 Test, my randomizer chose The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell. As a heads up, a name has been blocked out to prevent any major spoilers (you’ll understand why) 🙂
“Esta hesitated, her body screaming with the effort of keeping hold of her present as the past pulled at her. Her vision cleared, and she saw [NAME] struggling against a trio of hooded figures, his expression determined as he fought free of them.
I have to help him…
“Go!” he shouted, looking at her with such determination that her hold of the present slipped.
“[NAME]!” she screamed again as gunfire erupted and she watched his large body jerk and slump to the ground. The shock of it knocked her backward, far past the place where the dirty pavement should have caught her.
Esta couldn’t stop. She lost her grip on her own city, her own time, and was falling into light itself, barely catching herself before she landed hard, in a deep drift of snow.”
So, what do you think? Sounds pretty good, right? If you think this is a book you will like, check out the synopsis below!
Synopsis of The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
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.
Have you ever used the Page 69 test?
Have a great weekend, everyone!