Thursday, March 7, 2019
The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg
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.
(Synopsis from Goodreads).
As I'm sure most of you know by now because I talk about it a lot, I'm on a mission this year to read books that have been sitting on my TBR for a long time. One of the oldest books on my TBR is The Paper Magician. Therefore, I want to dedicate this week to finishing the whole series on Audible, via Kindle Unlimited. I recently read the first book, and didn't enjoy it as much as I wanted to.
At first, I was actually really enjoying The Paper Magician. I found the paper magic to be fascinating. I wanted to learn as much as I could about it, and was intrigued by the other types of magic as well. I'm not sure how to explain where things went wrong without giving spoilers, but I'll try. The first fourth of the book was fantastic. If the book would have continued on the path of Ceony learning about increasingly difficult paper magic, I probably would have had no problems with it.
Then, everything started to happen inside the heart (trying to be vague so I don't spoil anything). After that, the book was more about Emery's life, and feelings, and I was just bored. There was very little paper magic involved, or any type of magic for that matter. I also thought that the romance that happens towards the end of this book was incredibly unnecessary, and farnkly, kind of gross and disturbing considering the situation. Even though it was only briefly touched on so far in the series, it was highly inappropriate, and made me uncomfortable.
Unfortunately, I only enjoyed a small part of The Paper Magician. Even though I didn't like it as much as I thought I would, I do plan on continuing the series. I'm hoping now that the heart issue is solved, the rest of the series will go back to being how it was in the first few chapters, with Ceony learning about paper magic, and possibly other sorts of magic as well. The world that Ceony is in is intriguing, and I hope to learn more complex details about it.
I give The Paper Magician: 2.5/5.
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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.