The Glass Magician picks up a few months after the conclusion of The Paper Magician, as Magician Emery Thane has healed from his brush with death and Ceony happily continues her apprenticeship. All good things must come to an end, though, and Ceony soon discovers that not everyone in the magic community is pleased with her for putting an end to Lira, Emery’s ex-wife and a well-known Excisioner. Meanwhile, Magician Aviosky grows suspicious of Ceony and Emery’s newly formed bond, created when Ceony was plunged into the depths of Emery’s heart in The Paper Magician.
I loved the Ceony’s magical world in The Paper Magician, and with the introduction of glass magic in The Glass Magician, I love it even more. It becomes clear that not only paper has surprising uses – glass can be quite useful as well. Mirrors aren’t just decorative in this world. Glass magicians, or Gaffers, are able to use mirrors in a number of ways – as distractions, transportation, communication, and even weapons. Paper magic expands as well, and it seems that there’s no end to its usefulness.
As in The Paper Magician, Ceony gets up to some very avoidable shenanigans as she attempts to thwart her rivals. There were points in the novel where I just shook my head at her, but I also couldn’t expect her to just sit at home waiting for somebody else to solve all her problems. Above all, Ceony is incredibly innovative, and always finds new and exciting ways to use her magic to her advantage.
I was eagerly anticipating the release of The Glass Magician, and it lived up to all of my expectations. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read it early. I can’t wait for the release of the next book.
Final rating: ★★★★☆