Review: The Glass Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy #2) – 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.

Rating: 2/5

Urgh, I feel rather bad for saying this, but The Glass Magician would have been a great book in the hands of another author. I mean, the concept is fantastic and original – magical binding to a certain element, and learning how to manipulate their chosen material, but the execution is just entirely bland.

I could overlook this in the first book, hoping that the sequel would be a step-up, but unfortunately the writing style did not become any more jazzed up, for lack of a better phrase.

Ceony also makes some STUPID decisions in this one – thinking she can just go off and tackle some evil dude who even her mentors can’t take on by themselves, and for some reason our barely-trained protege imagines that she has the skills to quickly eradicate le bad man and be back in time for tea. And predictably, it ends with her in tears because OF COURSE she fails at it. DOH.

Finally, her conservatism makes more of an appearance here – she describes short skirts as ‘alarming’, she keeps house for Emery, even though it’s not part of her duties – everything from doing his laundry to bringing him his food and cleaning his dishes, describes her friend wearing makeup as ‘flamboyant’, etc. I dunno, I’m all for women making their own choices, etc, but this all sits a little uncomfortably with me.


11 thoughts on “Review: The Glass Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy #2) – Charlie N Holmberg

    1. Agreed, at least everything was new in the first book, and I was hoping it would be improved for the second, but alas. I’m still going to read the third book, just because I want to know how it all ends, but I don’t have high hopes.


  1. Aw boo. I think I wanted to read this series because of the unique titles, the use of magic, and also the awesome covers. But of course all of that can be very misleading. I’ll now steer clear of it, not really a fan of poor execution and just boredom 😛


  2. Oh my, that concept of the magical system is.. .fascinating. It’s definitely one of the better ones I’ve seen and I feel likeit would have been better if it were handled by Brandon Sanderson. Have you seen the magical systems in his fantasy books? SO ORIGINAL AND REFRESHING AND ACTUALLY LOGICAL WORLD-WISE.

    Faye at The Social Potato


    1. I’ve only read Steelheart so far, but even that struck me with the originality of the way everything works. I’m just bummed, because in this book its such a great concept, but such a let down in the way the book was written.


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