- Series: The Paper Magician Series (Book 2)
- Paperback: 211 pages
- Publisher: 47North (November 4, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1477825940
- ISBN-13: 978-1477825945
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,559 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“I would definitely suggest picking these two books up; they are highly enjoyable and entertaining and once you get attached to the characters the suspense will have you staring at your book/screen. I hope there will be a third book one day; I wouldn’t hesitate to pick it up.” —The Fictional Reader
“I absolutely loved The Glass Magician. It exceeded my expectations, and I was very impressed with the level of conflict and complexity within each character. I will now sit twiddling my thumbs until the next one comes out.” —The Figmentist
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. Her debut novel, The Paper Magician, is the first title in her fantasy series and is followed by the equally enchanting The Glass Magician. She currently lives with her family in Utah.
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Top Customer Reviews
I loved the addition of Delilah and other apprentices and magicians because it gave a bit more life to this world. Set in early 20th century England, I found the technical advancements paired well with magic. There is a bit of history there that when mixed with fantasy, provides a fresh take on a well mapped subject.
The continuation of the Excisioner story was full of potential, however I feel that got lost with Grath chasing Ceony and everyone else chasing the Saraj. I wanted the author to delve deeper into this world and give it a history! However, I'm left with a relatively flat story that doesn't inspire me to dig deeper. While I'm remiss to compare this to the "other" famous magical world (we all know what I'm talking about), I will say that the "other" world had details that made it interesting outside of the characters.
Finally, I thought the story moved well until it got to the end...that felt very rushed. The final showdown between Grath and Ceony was too chaotic to understand. I was especially off-put by the rather speedy revelation that one could change their allegiance to magic. It came too fast to feel the real power in this.
I'll still look for the next book in the series, however without the ferver that I did for this one. Charlie Holmberg, please find a way to build up Ceony so that she doesn't define her value or worth because of a man.
Ceony went from being an inexperienced but clever (and lucky) protagonist to being a useless ditz who spent the sequel sniveling a lot and letting other people make her decisions for her, when she wasn't being a boy-obsessed moron. Seriously, she spent a third of the book playing "Loves me, loves me not" in her head, ad nauseum. The one time she actually took action it was poorly thought out, utterly pointless, and totally out of character.
Lila went from being a awesome villain awesomely defeated to being the "real" bad guy's Lost Lenore waiting around to be rescued. I wished several times that she would wake up and stab everybody in the scene.
Mg. Aviosky went from being a respected and accomplished -and slightly intimidating- magician to being a damsel in distress who got her behind kicked (off screen, no less) by a bad guy. A bad guy who uses her same material, but didn't go through the sanctioned channels and receive the extensive training Mg. Aviosky has presumably had in mastering the material. So naturally she's defeated without putting a scratch on him, getting a warning out, or giving her apprentice time to get away.
And that leads us to What's-Her-Name, the cute and bubbly two dimensional friend who dies because, y'know, angst.
It's like the author got nervous and wrote a second book to Retcon Ceony into that annoying girl from Twilight, lest she be perceived as being too "feminist" for writing strong female characters. It's sickening, even more so because The Paper Magician was a genuinely good book. I dread the third installment.
Do I recommend this book? Not really. There's still a bit of fun paper magic and some interesting examples of magic for other materials but it is all overshadowed by the Very Important question of whether Emery Thane will ever <3 Ceony Twill. Yeah, I'll read book 3. I own it and MAYBE it will exceed my quickly diminishing expectations.
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