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.
*I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley*
I really enjoyed this book. It was whimsical and the magic was so unique. I loved reading about the different types of magic and the things that the magicians could do. Who knew that paper Folding so be so interesting?
At first I didn't like Ceony because she was judgmental and refused the keep an open mind. She quickly grew as a character and I ended up liking her quite a bit. I love when a character develops and grows as you read.
I loved the historical feel to the book and didn't care that it wasn't historically accurate. After all, this is a book about magic. There are bound to be differences between our world and theirs. I would have been disappointed if it was historically accurate.
I liked this one enough to immediately start reading the second book. It is definitely a book worth reading!