The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

20727654Ceony 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. – Goodreads

The premise of this book sounded incredibly intriguing to me. Paper magic? What does that even mean? Is Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined like Hogwarts?

The climax of the book is when an Excisioner—a dark, flesh magician—shows up, rips Magician Thane’s heart out, and Ceony has to literally go into his heart to save him.

Let me answer some of my previously mentioned questions.

Tagic Praff School is not like Hogwarts. Students essentially go to the school to learn about magic for a year (though they don’t practice it, they just read about it) and are assigned to an apprenticeship upon graduation. They can only bond to one form of magic, whether it’s plastic magic, metal magic, etc. Ceony is stuck with paper magic.

Paper magic is basically origami on steroids. Fold a paper crane, tell it to “breathe” and boom; it’s flying around.

This book was confusing to me. For the last 2/3s of the book, I wanted so desperately to get it over with. It was dull and boring to say the least. Remember how I mentioned Ceony going into Thane’s heart? That was 2/3s of the book—Ceony running around through his heart, trying to escape a madwoman.

Why didn’t I put it down? I loved, loved, loved the writing and prose. Everything was described vividly, but without a windy paragraph. The detail was beautiful and I could picture every scene clearly. Though the plot and story was boring, the writing was not.

I rate it a 3.50/5. It wasn’t terrible, it wasn’t outstanding, but right in the middle. I probably won’t be picking up book two, but would definitely read another series that Holmberg puts out in the future.

I was given a free copy of this book to review in exchange for my honest opinion through NetGalley. 



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