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The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician Series, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Charlie N. Holmberg
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From the Editor

We think "charmed" is the right word for our reaction to this very special debut. The Paper Magician is pure fantasy with a spin on magic—spells enacted by the folding of paper—that we'd never seen before.

With a complex heroine who struggles at the intersection of whimsical circumstance and a desire to determine her own destiny, The Paper Magician is sophisticated enough for adults but dabbles in magic and mythos that are perfect for teens. Ultimately, we just love the story of a young woman who works hard and faces deep disappointments, yet remains determined to do what's right—no matter the cost.

Set at Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, The Paper Magician does what all great stories do: allows us to connect with the protagonist and trust that she's up to any challenge. Charlie Holmberg accomplishes this and more with the precocious Ceony Twill, a self-propelled heroine who—armed with only a photographic memory and a stack of paper—greets every new surprise with aplomb. Truly, this book charmed us.

Yes—that's definitely the right word. Happy reading!

- David Pomerico and Jason Kirk, Editors


Book Description

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.

From the imaginative mind of debut author Charlie N. Holmberg, The Paper Magician is an extraordinary adventure both dark and whimsical that will delight readers of all ages.



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“Charlie N. Holmberg does a fantastic job of making her characters interesting and complex...The Paper Magician is my kind of story. I love anything set in England, especially historical England, and the pace of the story, while incredibly fast, cuts to the point and leaves plenty of room and questions-left-unanswered for a sequel. I appreciated that it didn’t end as a typical fluffy romance, but had an interesting twist and what I felt was a lot of delicious tension. Plus, the cover’s awesome.” —Devin Brooks, The Figmentist

“Harry Potter fans will likely enjoy this story for its glimpses of another structured magical world, and fans of Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus will enjoy the whimsical romance element. The ease of read makes this a quick getaway when compared to something complex in terms of language like Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. So if you're looking for a story with some unique magic, romantic gestures, and the inherent darkness that accompanies power all steeped in a yet to be fully explored magical world, then this could be your next read.” —Amanda Lowery, Thinking Out Loud

“Ceony displays commendable pluck facing a more experienced mage trained in the dark arts, and Holmberg gives her a complete story while leaving ample room for sequels…This promising debut recalls the early work of Patricia Wrede.” —Publishers Weekly

“A fast-paced, perilous romp…The story was the perfect tempo and I immediately fell in love with Ceony, her astute mind and quick thinking. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!” —CheriePie’s Book Reviews

"Stephen King once said, 'Love is a uniquely portable magic,' and if so, The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg must be a kind of love...If you can take yourself out of the real world for a little while and imagine yourself as one learning how to be a magician, this novel will easily become one of your favorites. With a little bit of magic, romance, and suspense, The Paper Magician is truly a fun and exciting summer read for anyone who needs a break from the real world.” —The Triangle

“The plot is pretty tightly focused on Ceony and Emery, but the glimpses I caught of this larger world were fascinating...If you enjoy fantasy or steampunk at all, give this one a try.” —The Introverted Reader

About the Author

Born in Salt Lake City, Charlie N. Holmberg was raised a Trekkie alongside three sisters who also have boy names. In addition to writing fantasy novels, she is also a freelance editor. She graduated from BYU, plays the ukulele, owns too many pairs of glasses, and hopes to one day own a dog. The Paper Magician is her debut novel and the first in a whimsical series exploring a world of magicians who animate manmade materials. She currently lives with her family in Utah.


Product Details

  • File Size: 1910 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Publisher: 47North (September 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HVF7OL0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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122 of 133 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bewitching Surprise August 1, 2014
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When magician-in-training Ceony Twill is chosen as apprentice to the paper magician, Emery Thane, she is decidedly disgruntled. Not only was Ceony the first in her class at Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, she possesses a photographic memory and more confidence than any nineteen-year-old should. Clearly her talents deserve more than an assignment to the dated and dull art of paper folding magic. Nevertheless, Ceony accepts her fate and resigns herself to an adventureless future--or so she thinks! Thus begins Charlie N. Holmberg's The Paper Magician, a winning fantasy that should appeal to both adolescent and adult readers alike, though teen girls are obviously the more specific target audience.

Perhaps what I liked best about The Paper Magician is that it borrows freely from any number of children's literature classics, Harry Potter and Mary Poppins to name only two, without ever becoming derivative. A familiar coming of age theme is made fresher by an inventive plot, witty dialogue, and a surprising love story. The characters also add to the story's quirky charm: Ceony, the snarky heroine, Emery, the peculiar magician, and Lira, the deliciously evil villainess. And although the novel is a serial (a sequel called The Glass Magician will be released this November), its ending is a satisfying one with no frustrating cliffhangers common to the fantasy genre. I found The Paper Magician a bewitching surprise--perhaps it will cast its spell upon you too!
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166 of 192 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK for tweens, tolerable for adults August 2, 2014
By JZS
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Several friends on the Amazon book forum like to discuss what we're reading and recommend books we think others would like. When one mentioned that he reads to his 11 year old daughter every night (what a great family tradition!), I added children's books to my "watch for" list. So when I saw a kindle first book promoted as "extraordinary adventure both dark and whimsical that will delight readers of all ages", I was excited to think I might have found something new to recommend. Especially something an 11 year old might enjoy that wouldn't be torture for a very literate Dad. So I went into the book primarily with the mind set of sharing with a child, not as a straight adult read.

I read the book off and on throughout the day yesterday. It is fairly short (about two thirds the size of the original Harry Potter) and although the story is set in late Victorian England, the prose is modern so it wouldn't be a tough read for any one. Unfortunately, it didn't quite hit the mark for me either as an adult or as something to share with a child. It seemed to be caught between two audiences and couldn't quite satisfy either.

As an adult, the premise was imaginative with an original take on "magic" and it was mildly enjoyable at times. But the characters were one dimensional and attempts to add complexity seemed forced and tacked on. The author went to great length to be descriptive, but rather than finding it evocative, I thought it became rather tedious. I really didn't need to know the details of the heroine's morning primping, what she ate and boring tasks for three consecutive days. This, like much of the description, seemed designed to add length without moving the story forward or creating atmosphere.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not enough character/plot development August 22, 2014
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The premise of the book is neat - that magicians are bonded to one manmade medium and can work magic only through that medium. However, this book fell a little flat for me. Almost as soon as you're introduced to the two main characters, you get swept into this rescue mission which seems premature as you've hardly gotten to know the characters - or for that matter, the characters have hardly gotten to know each other! The plot advances too quickly and the relationships seem forced. The author attempts to make up for this by exploring the characters' hopes, dreams and pasts through a series of visions and flashbacks, but for me it seemed like too little too late.
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49 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary Scene Painting and Lush Minutiae August 1, 2014
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If you are a fan of Susanna Clarke's epic novel of an early 19th Century alternate magic-filled England, JONATHAN STRANGE & MR. NORRELL, then Charlie N. Holmberg's work set in alternate magic-filled England, 1902, will fit right in.

There is one necessary forewarning, however. For those who well remember Robert Jordan's rather infamous lovingly detailed scenes, from clothing to tea sets, that became prevalent mid-way through the WHEEL OF TIME series, Holmberg does follow suit with extraordinary scene painting, down to what many could well (and possibly justly so) consider as extraneous, gratuitous details. I am one who actually favored Jordan's attention to such minute description and relished it just as much here in THE PAPER MAGICIAN. Additionally, I get the sense that such lush word paintings are an indirect indication of our Heroine's acute observation and perspicacity, a characteristic that is briefly mentioned at the beginning. Just as an example amongst a great many, in chapter 16 we briefly get treated to details such as a bag's seams having three distinctly black stiches and how a cream resembled one that a nurse "always kept on the third shelf of the medicine cabinet between beds one and two."

The majority of the story does in fact seem more about indirect character depiction and scene painting, always zeroed-in on the heroine's surroundings and reactions, than propelling external story action, perhaps relying on the anxiety of the arcing situation to keep interest going. However, Holmberg paints scenes extremely well! (Chapter 12's abattoir is an outstanding example.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars I loved the concept and at the beggining I was really ...
I loved the concept and at the beggining I was really hyped for the book, but author just made so many mistakes that it's unreadable
Published 43 minutes ago by Maksym
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Fun read.
Published 3 hours ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick read but interesting storyline. I hope the author continues.
Published 5 hours ago by danielle koerber
3.0 out of 5 stars It was a fun read but some parts got to be a bit ...
It was a fun read but some parts got to be a bit lengthy without much happening. But was a light and easy read. It will be fun to see what my book club thought as well.
Published 5 hours ago by Marian
4.0 out of 5 stars this turned out to be a very fun and well-written story
I wasn't expecting much, but it sounded worth trying.
After a slow start, this turned out to be a very fun and well-written story. I look forward to reading the sequel.
Published 7 hours ago by Jeff S. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars All The Stars!
I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Ceony Twill wanted to be a Smelter, but she’s placed in a Paper apprenticeship with Magician... Read more
Published 7 hours ago by The Reading Wench
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for a free book
Got this for free with my prime membership and it was surprisingly good. I will definitely get the next book in the series.
Published 8 hours ago by Shelby Kelley
2.0 out of 5 stars where is the love?
i wanted to read a love story. i got magic and a mystery. didnt get the love. i expect to watch two people falling in love for a romance book. didnt happen.
Published 17 hours ago by Deanna D. Burton
4.0 out of 5 stars Good First Effort
This was a good first effort with a fast paced story. The main characters were very likable, with the Gillian being equally loathsome. Read more
Published 20 hours ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Promising Premise But Fails to Deliver. Slow and Sloppy.
The premise of magic being bound to particular mediums is a fascinating if somewhat problematic one (it begs the question--why manmade materials rather than elements or minerals? Read more
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More About the Author

Charlie Nicholes Holmberg was born in Salt Lake City, Utah to two parents who sacrificed a great deal to give their very lazy daughter a good education. As a result, Charlie learned to hate uniforms, memorized all English prepositions in alphabetical order, and mastered the art of Reed-Kellogg diagramming a sentence at age seven. She entered several writing contests in her elementary years and never placed.

Being a nerd, Charlie started writing fan-fiction as a teenager in between episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. She became a full-fledged band geek with mediocre talent in high school, where she met her husband Jordan Holmberg. While she strove to win his attention by baking him cookies and throwing ramen noodles at his house, he didn't actually ask her out until six years later.

Charlie began taking writing seriously during her undergrad at Brigham Young University, where she majored in English and minored in editing. She finally won a few writing contests. She graduated with her BA in 2010 and got hitched three months later. Shortly afterwards, her darling husband dragged her to Moscow, Idaho, where he subsequently impregnated her.

In summer 2013, after collecting many rejection letters and making a quilt out of them, Charlie sold her ninth novel, The Paper Magician, and its sequel to 47North with the help of her wonderful agent, Marlene Stringer. Someday she will own a dog.

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