Saturday, March 9, 2019

The Glass Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

Three months after returning Magician Emery Thane’s heart to his body, Ceony Twill is well on her way to becoming a Folder. Unfortunately, not all of Ceony’s thoughts have been focused on paper magic. Though she was promised romance by a fortuity box, Ceony still hasn’t broken the teacher-student barrier with Emery, despite their growing closeness.

When a magician with a penchant for revenge believes that Ceony possesses a secret, he vows to discover it…even if it tears apart the very fabric of their magical world. After a series of attacks target Ceony and catch those she holds most dear in the crossfire, Ceony knows she must find the true limits of her powers…and keep her knowledge from falling into wayward hands.

The delightful sequel to Charlie N. Holmberg’s The Paper Magician, The Glass Magician will charm readers young and old alike.

(Synopsis from Goodreads).

My Thoughts:
Earlier this week, I read The Paper Magician. I wasn't a big fan of it, but I wanted to try to continue with the series because the world intrigued me. This year, I'm making it a goal to read all of the books in a series back to back, so I immediately started on the next book in the series, The Glass Magician. It ended up just being an okay read for me.

I will say that I did at least like The Glass Magician better than The Paper Magician. The magic system in the world was explored more thoroughly, which I loved. Even though I feel like there are details that are still missing, I now understand the magic system in this series better. There were new shocking revelations about it that I found fascinating. I also enjoyed some of the new characters we were introduced to, and characters that were background characters in the first book that got more of a spotlight in this book. There were a few side characters that I especially enjoyed. I hope they get more time to shine in later books in the series.

That being said, I still had a lot of problems with The Glass Magician. I found myself being bored throughout a lot of it. There's a certain scene with a paper mill that's supposed to be suspenseful, and kind of devastating. I found it to be very cliche, which took away from my experience. To me, it wasn't suspenseful at all. I couldn't connect with the Ceony, the main character, at all to feel the emotions she was feeling. The relationship that I talked about in my review of the first book continued into this book. The characters are both of age, but it still felt gross and inappropriate considering their stations in life in relation to each other.

Even though I liked The Glass Magician better than the first book in the series, it ended up being just an okay book to me. Honestly, I'm not sure I will continue with this series. If the first two books in the series have been not my thing, I don't want to waste anymore time reading something I'm not enjoying. I do have Smoke and Summons, the first book in the Numina trilogy, by Charlie N. Holmberg. I think I want to try that to see if it's just this series that I don't like, or if the author's writing and I just aren't compatible.  

I give The Glass Magician: 3/5.

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I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

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