Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Paper Magician

by Charlie N. Holmberg
224 pages
(The Paper Magician Trilogy, #1)
Published: September 1 2014


Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she’s bonded to paper, that will be her only magic… forever.

Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined — animating paper creatures, bringing stories to life via ghostly images, even reading fortunes. But as she discovers these wonders, Ceony also learns of the extraordinary dangers of forbidden magic.

An Excisioner — a practitioner of dark, flesh magic — invades the cottage and rips Thane’s heart from his chest. To save her teacher’s life, Ceony must face the evil magician and embark on an unbelievable adventure that will take her into the chambers of Thane’s still-beating heart—and reveal the very soul of the man.



This book was such a refreshing change. I must admit, though, I hadn't heard about it before browsing through the kindle store. Magicians are not something I thought to read about before, mostly because there aren't too many popular books about them. Now I wish there were more.The cover of this book drew me in first, then the title. I just knew I had to download it (oh and the fact that it was free but never mind that). 

Many people did not enjoy this book. As much as I liked it, I have to say I can see why. They either thought the main character, Ceony, was annoying or that the story was all over the place. I understand it can come off that way, but I have to disagree. While the plot did have some slow and unnecessary patches, everything more or less contributed to the main goal. I liked how unique the story was and all the little details that really made me admire the author's creative thinking. It's quite a nice story, however it may need some patience to appreciate. 

The really enjoyed the writing and setting of this book. It was written in a way that some people might call "easy" or "fast", which suits the story. While the book didn't exactly have any surprises, since you could pretty much guess the outcome of everything, it was still entertaining. The setting, I can't say much about because it gives away a lot. But I will say that the setting was very well described, and I did find myself able to clearly imagine what was happening and where it was happening. 

Ceony, in my opinion, was a great character. She was very bright and determined to do whatever she set her mind to. At the end of the book, she did seem a bit...obsessive, but you have to cut the girl some slack. I mean, she goes through quite a lot. If you know what I mean ;) *Waits patiently for someone who's read the book to get the pun* Back to my point, the characters here were very interesting. Mg. Thane, Ceony's mentor, provided that hint of insanity that I think every book needs. He was such a fun character to read about. 

In the end, this book fits into that category of "simply entertaining" on my shelf. It may not be the best in terms of great literature, but it's definitely a good time. 


  1. THIS WAS FREE ON KINDLE?! I've been wanting to read this for sooo freaking long, but I never picked it up for some reason. I've actually heard some amazing things about this book. The plot seems to be soo unique, and even though the MC comes across as annoying, hopefully I can look past that. I wonder if it's still free lmao, * runs over to amazon *

    1. IT WAS! I mean, it could just be because I have a 30 day free trial but it is supposedly free. xD The plot really does get you interested, doesn't it? Although the reviews I've read do say it's disappointing, I liked it and I hope you do too if you decide to read it :) Run like the wiinnndddd!!

  2. I actually have this one myself so I am going to be reading it soon! I had seen that a lot of people didn't like it, so it's refreshing to read a positive review now and see what the good things are which I might like! I am really looking forward to trying it out, and I don't mind if the pacing is a bit off every now and again.

    1. If you have it, I think you should try it out! It does't take long to read and it's such a fun story! :)


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