Author: Charlie N. Holmberg
Series: The Paper Magician, #2
Having survived a terrifying altercation with the malicious Excisioner, Lira, Ceony Twill has returned to her normal life as apprentice to the paper magician, Emery Thane. But the mysterious magic Ceony worked to stop Lira hasn’t gone unnoticed. The infamous Excisioner, Grath Cobalt, has his sights set on the young apprentice and he will do anything to make her reveal how to undo the spell. Mg. Thane is determined to protect Ceony, but Ceony can’t sit back and watch while other people put themselves in harm’s way, she is determined to stop the threat herself before the people she loves get hurt.
“You think I care if they have to watch me slice the skin from your bones? They’re cowards, Ceony. They’ll run the minute blood spills. And I will spill all of it, drop by drop, until you tell me what I want to know.”
Charlie N. Holmberg’s The Paper Magician was such a delightful surprise and its sequel, The Glass Magician, is no different. When an explosion occurs at the paper mill Ceony is touring and several other incidents follow, it becomes clear that Ceony is the target of the infamous magician. The blood magician, Grath Cobalt, finds it all too easy to get Ceony alone and his threats are enough to send a chill down my own spine. Grath is more menacing, ambitious, and brutal than Lira. Ceony’s success against Lira has given her a level of confidence and this, coupled with her need to protect those around her, has her playing right into Grath’s hands.
Ceony forms a friendship with Delilah, the apprentice to Mg. Aviosky, who is studying glass magic. While Folding has its charms, Gaffing, or glass magic, is also an intriguing art. Never have mirrors looked so dangerous! I will say Ceony and Emery’s relationship felt stagnant for much of the book and though it’s quite clear how she feels, I wanted to explore his point of view as well. We do get a brief glimpse at the end of the book when a portion is told from the paper magician’s perspective, but this just made me wish the entire book was spit between their two points of view. There is also an interesting undercurrent of trust issues between Ceony and Emery that I wanted to delve deeper into. Overall, I really enjoyed this sequel and knowing Ceony, we’re in for quite the adventure when the final book is released.