Saturday, December 6, 2014

ARC Review: The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy #1)

The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy #1) by Charlie N. Holmberg

Publisher: Amazon Publishing, 2014
226 pages, kindle edition
Source: Netgalley
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Link: Goodreads

Synopsis (from Goodreads):
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.

My Review:
Its about a girl named Ceony who has just finished her training at her school of magic and I don’t know much about the world so far, but basically there are different types of schools for magic (e.g. Ceony has been forced to become a paper magician whose magic realise on folding papers into origami style and giving it life). There are paper magician who are called folders and Metal magicians are call smelters.

The understanding that I have gotten is that anything man made can be manipulated by magic. Ceony wanted to be a smelter but she is forced to become folder because there are not enough magicians practicing paper magic, so she is assigned to work with magician named thane who is a folder one of only 13 folders. She becomes his apprentice and it is about her learning how to practice paper magic and I have to say the magic itself is really awesome, there are snowflakes, paper snowflakes that are enchanted to become cold when they fall and you can make a paper frog and give it life, and there are interesting applications with paper magic.

It had a promising start it’s the first in the series that will be going into this world of man-made item magic I guess you could call it, I was really excited to read this but unfortunately not much magic is shown the first couple of weeks (I guess it’s a couple of weeks I really don’t know) I sorted of glossed over with only a few key points highlighted which for me was a big disappointment because I wanted to know more about the magic system. The book is also quiet short with only 224 pages and it felt rushed and I thought a lot more could have been flushed out, like the apprentices training and so on, and the climax of the story is very abrupt and I was a little in shock and taken aback by it, but what come after was again very rushed and a little weird I’m not even going to say. With all that being said I absolutely want to read the next book because I am very intrigued with the magic in this world and what little she did show us in this book was breathe taking.

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