June 6, 2016

Book Review: The Glass Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

Now well into her apprenticeship with magician Emery Thane, twenty-year-old Ceony Twill is continuing to discover the joy of paper magic. She adores bringing her spells to life in surprising ways, from learning the power of distortion to creating a beloved paper dog. And she secretly hopes that the romance she foresaw blossoming between her and the peculiar yet strikingly handsome Emery finally becomes real.

But when one magician with a penchant for deadly scheming 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, she knows she must find the true limits of her powers…and keep her knowledge from falling into wicked hands.

The delightful sequel to Charlie N. Holmberg’s The Paper Magician, The Glass Magician will charm listeners young and old alike.

As I stated in my review of the first book in this series, ThePaper Magician, at its conclusion, I immediately picked up The Glass Magician and The Master Magician.   The Glass Magician only served to reinforce my fascination with the world Holmberg has created. This time she explores the other magical disciplines of this universe, namely the Gaffers, or those who work with glass. As she did with paper, Holmberg enchants the reader with the magical possibilities of glass. The ordinary becomes extraordinary, and it doesn’t take long before the plot quickens into thrill after thrill until it ends in one harrowing and amazing plot twist that changes everything.

Not only that – the romantic elements also have their own special magic. It’s not overdone and it doesn’t overshadow the main attraction of this series for me, which is Ceony’s journey to becoming a strong magician in her own right. However, Holmberg subtly ratchets up the romantic suspense, culminating in a grand and sweeping scene that simply took my breath away.  No wonder I had to read the third book as soon as possible.

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