(If you have not yet read The Paper Magician, skip the synopsis to avoid spoilers.)
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.
Charlie N. Holmberg has created a rich world of magic with the perfect hint of romance. The Paper Magician gave us a whimsical adventure with magic tricks I could see unfolding before my very eyes. Holmberg has a beautiful style of writing that helps me imagine the scene as it was a movie. (Side note: this series is going to be adapted into a film and I AM ALL THE EXCITEMENT.)
Though I didn’t enjoy the second novel as much as the first, I’m anxious to see how everything concludes in the third novel. And now, let’s break down this novel, WITHOUT any spoilers.
Holmberg’s writing style is rich and detailed, down to each slice of action and the pattern of the furniture. Though I found it to be a bit much at times in the second installment, I still loved the overall feel when reading it. It has a cinematic feel but with a poetic edge.
“You’re a candle that won’t be snuffed, and now the darkest parts of his world can see you. And they don’t tolerate the light.”
Do you see what I mean about the poetic edge? It’s beautiful, and when the action arrives, this style stays intact. It’s decadent like chocolate cake layered with ganache. (And did I mention there’s a lot of food in this book? I didn’t?! WELL.)
WHO CARES WHEN THERE’S FOOD AM I RIGHT?
Okay, let me be serious now. Without spoiling this novel, I would say the plot was interesting and elevated the development of several characters and their relationships (*wink*). However, I have to say most of it felt like filler. Then again, it’s difficult for me to say that with certainty when I have not yet completed the series. So we shall see.
I was glad to see more depth and dimension from the characters within this installment. In the first novel, the focus is magnified on one character. We get to see said character’s back story and where they came from, whereas The Glass Magician touched more upon our main character’s background and interests.
The characters developed well within this novel, but I would’ve liked to have seen more layers to them. I loved seeing these relationships bloom, though I think there needs to be more focus on the characters as individuals.
I’m looking forward to continuing this series and seeing how it all wraps up. I’m hoping for more magic and drama and tricks and definitely more paper. Because believe it or not, paper magic is AMAZING.
I definitely recommend giving this series a go if you haven’t already. The books are short, easy to read and devour, and the magic is incredibly unique and fascinating.
How has your November been so far? And to you fellow NaNoWrimers out there, how it your novel coming along? I’m about 3k behind my goal due to school work and other engagements. (AKA SITTING AROUND EATING COOKIES AND CRYING ABOUT HOW MANY THINGS I HAVE TO DO AND AM NOT DOING BECAUSE #LAZINESS.)
(Side note: where has this GIF been all my life because it accurately represents me as a person.)