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    Charlie N. Holmberg(Author)

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.

From the imaginative mind of debut author Charlie N. Holmberg, The Paper Magician is an extraordinary adventure both dark and whimsical that will delight readers of all ages.

Short-Listed for the 2015 ALA Fantasy Reading List

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  • By Mrs Rebecca Carter on 14 March 2017

    I bought the three books in this series sometime over the last few years, when they were on special in the kindle store. Then promptly forgot about them and they became lost right down the pages on my kindle. Maybe they should have stayed lost.The premise of the book sounded intriguing. Unfortunately The Paper Magician just fell a bit flat for me. I realise with a fantasy book you have to be able to suspend disbelief, but this story had more holes in it than a watering can. I found the main protagonist not particularly endearing, which made it difficult to care about what happened. So many major plot points were just brushed over. The entire book felt rushed, or maybe it was me rushing through it to get to the end.Then the numerous inaccuracies (foulness island is flat, there certainly aren't any cliffs), and usage of Americanisms (mom, gravy and biscuits, pants etc). It seemed like the author wanted a steampunk series set in Victorian Britain. The basic lack of research and knowledge of Britain, suggests she should have instead set the trilogy in America.It wasn't a terrible book and I will read The Glass Magician, the second one in the trilogy. However, if I hadn't already purchased the remainder of the series, or if they weren't such quick easy reads, I probably wouldn't bother reading the others and wasting time on an average series.

  • By K H on 21 September 2016

    This review can also be found on my blog here: [...]I read “The Paper Magician”, the trilogy, about a month and a half back. I’m not usually a steampunk or Victorian fiction fan, but I do love fantasy and magic and I bought the eBook when the first in the series was free. My memories of the books’ events are a bit hazy now we’re six weeks or so on from when I finished it, but I loved the series. It was time and money well spent (I bought the subsequent two in the series) and I chased the story, page after page, sequel after sequel.It centres on a girl called Ceony, who graduates at the top of her magic school, only to become an unwilling apprentice in the art of paper magic due to lack of interest in the area from general magicians. Her tutor is a quirky but talented magician named Emery Thane. Her training doesn’t go as expected — just like any good story! — and we are catapulted into an exciting adventure when Emery’s ex-girlfriend (literally) rips his heart out.Contains a bit of spoiler for all three books.What I loved was Ceony’s gutsy and solid character. Her witty conversation with the rather scatty Emery was one of the highlights of the book. I had my reservation about some of her decisions (of course the apprentice has to run and chase after one of the most dangerous criminals of her time and survives) but as a young girl with a stubborn streak, my annoyance with some of her attributes mellow to cheering for her when she does learn from her lessons. Having said that, this is one of the recurring themes that I have to fault with the writing: although Ceony does superficially learn from not being so tactless and danger-seeking, she does end up doing it again and again in the sequels. By that point she’s endeared herself to me, so I carried on reading.The magic is, for want of a better word, magical. The apparently unlimited potential with paper sent my imagination whirling with the possibilities. Fennel was my favourite part of the story. Fennel, oh, Fennel. As a dog-lover, what wouldn’t I give to have something like him! (Hey, no hairs to brush, no poop to pick up, and all the love!)The pacing worked well for me. Slow bits to set up the lore in Ceony’s world. Medium-pacing areas to solidify the characters and build the romance (and my hate for Prit in the last book). Fast-paced ones to keep me thirsting for more. I’m not usually a romance fan, but I enjoyed the coupling of Ceony and Emery. I’m a sucker for unrequited love — who’d have guessed it, huh. I think one can argue the character of Emery is a bit superficial: he seems to just flick from mild and disinterested or (later on) angsty whenever Ceony throws herself into danger’s way. There doesn’t seem to be much in-between.Like I said, I’m not a steampunk/Victorian fiction fan or regular reader. But I’m sure those who are will object to the Americanisms in the book. ‘Buggy’ and ‘Mom’ springs to mind, although I didn’t notice them until I’d finished all three books. I just assumed ‘buggy’ were magical transportation, until I realised they were carriages. There was nothing in the book, unless specifically stated, that made me think it was Victorian. It was a completely alternate universe I’d built in my head when I was reading, which is also why I didn’t question the improbability of an underage, unmarried girl living alone in the household of an adult man. I guess that’s a flaw in the world-building because I don’t think the writer kept me in the Victorian world or culture at all.And I do object to how she thinks the heart has four interconnected chambers. Unless Emery has a congenital heart wall defect, I’m going to put it down to poor research.Overall, I recommend these books. Loved every page. If you’re a reader who is firm on historical accuracy and setting, these books will likely be jarring and off-putting. If you’re just looking for an easy and enjoyable read, go for this. I became highly invested in Ceony, annoying as she sometimes is. I definitely whooped when she and Emery kissed and swooned during their romantic moments. And shed a few tears when she finally became a fully-fledged magician.

  • By Ted Bun on 1 August 2015

    What a good well narrated story, great plot, great characters and largely entertaining read.OK so why only 4* and the weasel word largely ? Well some of the geography was distressing. If you are going to use real places they need to be right ... London is not just Parliament Square .... and the less said about Foulness the better. Strange how these things niggle!A fun read if you enjoyed Harry Potter I am sure you will enjoy this magical romance story too what ever your age! On to book2

  • By C. L. L. L. on 29 September 2015

    Whilst the magic system and the writing style are fascinating, it is let down by its terrible setting portrayal (set in London 1800/1900, but the author writes it as if it's set in New York), awful pacing (the beginning is slow, and if you slog past that then the middle of the book is also very slow, becoming the climax) and very jarring romance (protagonist claims to be in love with a man she met a month ago and is at least ten years her senior, when she herself is only nineteen). I couldn't wait to finish this book so I could move on, I found it absolutely disappointing. Would not recommend and will definitely not be picking up the sequels.

  • By Sarah Finnerty on 10 August 2017

    Despite being set in an alternative London there are many Americanism, which caused a little confusem for me, and a number of the little difference between this London and the period London I know from history though disconcerting do little to reduce the enjoyment of an engaging story.I look forward to reading more of this world.

  • By Guest on 21 June 2017

    A wonderful read - a super storyline with a terrific plot and great characters. Written with great assurance and aplomb. Now reading all of the series. Unputdownable.Highly recommended.*** 5 ***

  • By PoliticalGeek on 1 September 2016

    Enjoyed - but sentence construction was not great but then I'm possible being a pedant

  • By David Smith on 11 January 2016

    A completely different take on a fantasy theme of magic and magicians. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, am well into the 2nd of the series and have alreaxy bought the third! Great value and a really enjoyable read!

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