Best Books of the Month Shop Costumes Learn more nav_sap_SWP_6M_fly_beacon Janet Jackson All-New Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote Grocery Introducing Handmade New Kitchen Scale from AmazonBasics Amazon Gift Card Offer hog hog hog  Amazon Echo Starting at $49.99 Kindle Voyage UnchartedBundle Shop Now STEM Toys & Games

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Kindle Price: $4.99

Save $9.96 (67%)

Kindle Unlimited with narration
Read and listen for free. Learn more

These promotions will be applied to this item:

Some promotions may be combined; others are not eligible to be combined with other offers. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions.

Read and Listen for Free
with Kindle Unlimited

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Flip to back Flip to front
Audible Narration Playing... Paused   You are listening to a sample of the Audible narration for this Kindle book.
Learn more

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

2,861 customer reviews

See all 6 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
"Please retry"

Length: 226 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Audible Narration
Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible narration with Whispersync for Voice. Add narration for a reduced price of $1.99 when you buy the Kindle book.
Audible Narration: Ready
Matchbook Price: $0.99 What's this?
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases now lets you buy the Kindle edition for $2.99 or less. (Textbooks available for $9.99 or less.)
  • Thousands of books are eligible, including current and former best sellers.
  • Look for the Kindle MatchBook icon on print and Kindle book detail pages of qualifying books. You can also see more Kindle MatchBook titles here or look up all of your Kindle MatchBook titles here.
  • Read the Kindle edition on any Kindle device or with a free Kindle Reading App.
  • Print edition must be purchased new and sold by
  • Gifting of the Kindle edition at the Kindle MatchBook price is not available.
Learn more about Kindle MatchBook.

Kindle Daily Deals
Kindle Delivers: Daily Deals
Subscribe to find out about each day's Kindle Daily Deals for adults and young readers. Learn more (U.S. customers only)

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

Editorial Reviews


“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: 2028 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Publisher: 47North (September 1, 2014)
  • Publication Date: September 1, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HVF7OL0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #789 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?

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.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

154 of 168 people found the following review helpful By C.R. Hurst TOP 100 REVIEWER on August 1, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
248 of 279 people found the following review helpful By JZS TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 2, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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.
Read more ›
7 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 22, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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.
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
55 of 65 people found the following review helpful By J. Fogarty on August 29, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This story is not a magical fantasy, but rather a standard romance dressed up in fantasy clothes. The magic system, though it has potential, is not developed. The villains seem to have no purpose other than being evil. The plot moves forward on events improbable even within the realm of magic. That’s because all of these things are just props for the real story: a romance. I’ll provide one example. There’s a scene where the evil-mage ex-wife of the good-mage male love interest shows up at his house, physically rips his heart out, and then teleports away in a shower of blood. The pretty young female love interest, who has been apprenticing for a couple of weeks, and who has so far made nothing more complex than origami frogs, finds a piece of paper, figures out how to fold it into a functioning heart, brings it to life, and inserts it into the good mage’s chest. That she does this at all is incredible. But okay… maybe the heroine is just a magical and origami-folding super genius. But is it believable that she begins after the guy’s heart has been ripped out and gets it all done before he dies? Keep in mind that the story emphasizes how exquisitely precise the origami must be folded for the magic to work. A loving young girl replacing a guy’s heart that’s been ripped out by a nasty ex-wife has symbolism appropriate to a romantic fairy tale. So, if you’re looking for a romantic fairy tale with a contemporary twist, you might love this book. But a good magical fantasy, it is not.
3 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Topic From this Discussion
age level
The book as a whole is relatively clean. I was impressed with that. There is a level of violence (description of a scene after an act of despicable violence, but it happens off camera) in some parts that I wouldn't recommend for young or aggressively impressionable readers, but it is written... Read More
Feb 19, 2015 by Kate Wells |  See all 2 posts
What would improve the storytelling experience? Be the first to reply
Fanfiction? Be the first to reply
Get The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician Series) for free! Be the first to reply
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in