The Paper Magician Trilogy (Books 1 & 2) by Charlie N. Holmberg

Titles: The Paper Magician / The Glass Magician
Author: Charlie N. Holmberg
Publisher: 47 North
Publication Date: Sept. 1, 2014 / Nov. 4, 2014
ISBN9781477823835 / 9781477825945
Number of Pages: 224 / 222
How I Got It: NetGalley
Format: Kindle

The Paper Magician Description:
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.

The Glass Magician Description:
Three months after returning Magician Emery Thane’s heart to his body, Ceony Twill is well on her way to becoming a Folder. Unfortunately, not all of Ceony’s thoughts have been focused on paper magic. Though she was promised romance by a fortuity box, Ceony still hasn’t broken the teacher-student barrier with Emery, despite their growing closeness.
When a magician with a penchant for revenge believes that Ceony possesses a secret, he vows to discover it…even if it tears apart the very fabric of their magical world. After a series of attacks target Ceony and catch those she holds most dear in the crossfire, Ceony knows she must find the true limits of her powers…and keep her knowledge from falling into wayward hands.
The delightful sequel to Charlie N. Holmberg’s The Paper Magician, The Glass Magician will charm readers young and old alike.

My Review:

This was a fun YA read. I really liked the first book but the second one had me lose interest about halfway through. I was trying to figure out what some of the terminology was for the magic and was a little lost on how the spells were woven and how they could be broken. I don't want to be overly critical because I don't usually read YA and I'm not sure if this is a common theme to ensure a continued reading. I might give the third book in the trilogy a read when it is released next year but it is not at the top of my list.

** I received copies of these books in exchange for honest reviews **

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