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All Ceony Twill wanted was to be a Smelter, but that’s not what the fates have planned for her. After finishing her education at the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony learns that her apprenticeship will be under Emery Thane, a master Folder. Ceony is devastated – instead of bespelling bullets to never miss their mark, she’ll, what exactly? Make paper cranes? A magical education without an apprenticeship is worthless, so Ceony decides to go along with the plan. After all, some magic is better than no magic. What follows is a whimsical story in which enchanted paper birds can fly, enchanted paper dogs can bark, and enchanted paper skeletons can serve as butlers.

I absolutely adored this book. The descriptions were so vivid. Take this, for example, from when Ceony arrives at Magician Thane’s house:

Every flower in the yard looked to be crafted of Folded paper, each blossom perfectly creased. The buds appeared real – so much that, when a cloud passed over the afternoon sun, they all closed their petals ever so slightly. Like flowers trying too hard to be flowers.

It was obvious from the beginning that Thane was going to be a great guy, and I was a little bit miffed with Ceony for being so sassy toward him. To his credit, he didn’t force the Folding on her, but instead let her realize on her own what the benefits of it would be.

Ceony was alright, but definitely not my favorite heroine. I appreciated that, for her time, she was a pretty strong woman – she was educated and clearly talented, and she didn’t let anyone push her around or tell her what to do – but I didn’t like her bad attitude at the beginning. It seemed like she was unreasonably upset over ending up a Folder, and she took it out on Thane, who had nothing to do with it, and then her feelings on the matter seemed to abruptly change for no reason. [click through for slight spoilers]

All in all, this was a really fun, whimsical book, and I would highly recommend it for anybody who likes magical books. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

I received a free copy of The Paper Magician through Amazon’s Kindle First program.

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