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The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician Series) Paperback – September 1, 2014
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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
Charlie N. Holmberg was born in in Salt Lake City. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English and minored in editing at Brigham Young University. Her debut novel, The Paper Magician, is the first title in her fantasy series, and is followed by the equally whimsical and enchanting The Glass Magician. When she’s not writing fantasy novels, she’s working as a freelance editor. A self-proclaimed Trekkie, she currently lives in Idaho with her husband and children, and hopes to someday have a dog.
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*spoilers ahead* The concept of paper magic appealed to me immensely, but it is a little bit wasted, could have been so much more. The start of the book is pretty great, I loved following the main character from school to her new apprenticeship and learning the first steps about paper magic. Her disappointment in not getting the branch of magic that she desired was well described and held promise as a conflict that could have become an interesting plotline. Unfortunately that is wasted as well. The world building in the first part of the book was quite promising. But then the book changes focus completely and turns into a predictable romance and the author makes a really bad choice by lifting the story out of the world that she has managed to make interesting, and instead focusing on an endless "action" segment where the heroine is transported to a world of memories that I never felt made much sense or that had any point other than to enable a certain resolution of the romance plot, and out of the window goes the interesting worldbuilding and the paper magic and it became a chore to read. The last third or so of the book is built on this poorly thought out concept, basically the kind of idea a good editor would have questioned. It is a strange and frankly jarring change of pace, suddenly the heroine is inside a heart (no, it doesn't really make that much sense when you read it either) chasing through some kind of memory chambers... I just kept going, basically skimming at this point because I wanted to know if it would get better. Instead, it just ended in an unsatisfying romance ending.
I would read the sequel, except I am worried that it will start out great and pique my interest and then the second half of the book will take place inside a laundry basket or under a blackened toenail or something. I just don't think I could cope with that.
The magic- I like unique magic systems and the ones described in this book are very good. Paper magicians definitely have their limitations as each fold must be 100% accurate and therefore they must prepare in advance. Water is their greatest adversary as anything that gets wet, is not usable anymore. Clearly though you can use whatever medium you are bonded with and nothing else but you learn to master it from schooling and then apprenticeship.
The Romance- I think it was a little rushed and groaned inwardly when the romance feels started for Ceony. I was hoping that my earlier impression that Ceony wouldn't fall so easily would be incorrect but, unfortunately, I was wrong. It was very rushed and I did not feel that it should have developed.
Brevity- This story felt more like a short story with its lack of descriptions. You can infer what the time line is based on people's birth dates but there is not a lot of description save for the house that Magician Thane owns.
Heart- (minor spoilers here) Did not understand the purpose of why Lira did this spell... Would it not have been easier to just kill Ceony right then and there and not waste time with the heart? This section did give some inside into Thayne but other than that, this seemed to have no purpose.
There are some really nice ideas in this novel and there are lots of charming scenes learning about paper magic and the different ways it can be used. Whilst the premise was great, the execution was not. The author seemed to struggle with the world building, at times I couldn't understand what was happening or how things had come about. It was almost as though the author, in her hurry to get things down on paper, missed out some of the crucial information, this was quite jarring and really impacted on the flow of the story.
Whilst I liked Emery's character I wasn't a huge fan of Ceony's. She is quite bitter and petulant when she first arrives at the cottage of Emery and it takes her a few days for her inner dialogue to stop whining. I also thought she was incredibly nosy, always poking into Emery's personal things as though she had every right to. During the latter part of the book Ceony rather rashly follows an experienced dark magician and shows a lot of courage in trying to help Emery but these admirable traits are then negated by the fact that when she returns to the cottage she does nothing but cook, clean and tidy up after him, doesn't say much for feminism.
The time period this is set is around 1900, but there are a lot of inconsistencies with the period setting. The clothes seem right but Ceony cooks pasta and rice. They travel in buggies but plastic is available! Again these are things that pulled me out of the story and made it really difficult to concentrate completely on what was going on.
It's still quite a charming story in a lot of ways but I'm hoping that the author has created a more consistent sequel or I may not bother finished the trilogy.