Review: The Glass Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

The Glass MagicianThree 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.

Spoiler Alert: The Glass Magician is the sequel to The Paper Magician, which means spoilers may run rampant in this review.

Review

Sometimes I want to keep my thoughts on a book to a few sentences. Or, just one word. Better yet, one expression. Nawww. That’s how I feel about The Glass Magician. Nawww.

The Glass Magician is a great follow-up to The Paper Magician. I enjoyed it more, the sequel, than the first instalment in the series. The sequel has made me want to read the next one this very instant.

The Glass Magician brought a change of pace to the story line. The characters are taken out of their comfort zones, more so than previously done. Secondary characters, not as present in The Paper Magician, have come out more and thankfully changed the dynamics of the main characters. Not that Ceony and Emery don’t work well in scenes, but I think if it was them all the time I would not want to finish the story.

I do think Ceony and Emery are adorable. In the Paper Magician, their love seems to blossom quickly, but it’s referenced more in The Glass Magician. To me it made sense in the beginning, in the first instalment, but I guess the sequel could offer more reasoning for those readers that are not convinced. Still, I found myself being slightly unsettled. It’s the whole ‘mentor-apprentice’ scenario. One is a teacher. The other is a pupil. Emery is a guardian of sorts. It’s not a position to abuse with someone who looks up to you, learns from you, and sees you as an authority figure.

If I think about it too much, it makes my skin crawl. So I’ve been trying not to think about it too much. It does help that Ceony uses Emery’s first name and doesn’t call him Magician Thane all that often. What doesn’t help is, I feel, there are times during their interaction when Ceony acts more like she’s in her mid-teens and Emery acts like a seasoned adult. It makes me uncomfortable. I overlook it mostly due to wanting to read something on the light, and cute, side at the moment. Ceony and Emery are also enjoyable characters. That always helps!

Apart from the issues with their love-story, I really enjoyed The Glass Magician. I’m hoping we, as readers, get to learn much more about the magical world and the different types of magic within the next instalment.

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