Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Paper Magician by Charlie Holmberg

The Paper Magician
Author: Charlie N. Holmberg
Publisher: 47North
Publication Date: September 1, 2014

Have you ever had someone try and explain a dream they had to you? At first you’re excited because it’s probably going to be strange and interesting. And have you ever had someone explain a dream to you that just keeps going with no real point? Well, that’s how reading The Paper Magician was. At first I was excited about this wacky dream but then it just kept going and by the middle I was wishing the dream would just be over already.

Ceony Twill has just graduated from the top of her class at the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined. Usually students that are at the top of their class get to pick their specialization but because there is a shortage of paper magicians Ceony is apprenticed to Emery Thane and forced to become a paper magician.

I found the beginning of the story interesting and fun. I enjoyed the out of the ordinary world building and despite Ceony’s tendency to whine I liked her scholarly attitude. It was when the book took a turn from this interesting world to a sort of love/rescue story that I began losing interest and wondered when the dream was finally going to end.

When Ceony runs in to an Excisioner, a magician bound to flesh magic, who threatens the life of Ceony’s teacher Emery Thane it is up to Ceony to save his life and to defeat this dark magician. The problem was I didn’t feel like the stakes were high enough. Yes, Emery’s life hung in the balance but I didn’t care about Emery. Prior to the attack I never really got to know him. I wish the characters had been given more time to develop so that the stakes would have felt higher.

Overall, The Paper Magician had an interesting premise but the execution was missing that special something. At this point I’m not sure if I will continue the series but if I see some really stellar reviews for The Glass Magician I might be persuaded


  1. I would totally make a beeline for this book because of the cover! Awesome review :) overall it doesn't sound like an exciting enough story though. I dislike books that don't have enough character development too.

    1. I admit it was that fabulous cover that drew me in, I didn't even read the synopsis =P