Book review: The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

Genre: Fantasy / Magic

Page Count: 224 pages

Publication Date: September 2014


Goodreads Summary:

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,the-paper-magician 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 Thoughts:

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from The Paper Magician. I picked it up after reading the summary on Goodreads, so I wasn’t influenced by anybody else’s review. All I knew about the book was what you’ve just read above (goodreads summary).

I really enjoyed the beginning of the book, the characters and the magical environment were very interesting and engaging. Towards the second third of the book things started to get a bit … well… unusual. I mean, the whole idea of walking through someone else’s heart is such a new concept (for me at least!)! I never saw it coming! But I have to say it took me a while to get used to this plot. Once I accepted this whole heart shenanigan, the story flowed like a magic carpet ride (“A whole new wooooorld…” Oh no, I’ll need to watch Aladdin now).


Overall, The Paper Magician is a unique story about magic and love, with an unusual plot (Aaaand it has nothing to do with Aladdin! That was just my Disney addiction acting up 😀 ).


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