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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: ★

I loved The Paper Magician, and I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of its sequel, The Glass Magician, via Netgalley:

Three 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.

Does The Glass Magician sound like something you’d be interested in?  It’s currently available as a read now on Netgalley (that’s right, no waiting for publisher approval!), and Goodreads has 20 copies available through November 4, its release date.

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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.

Final rating:

Now through September 2, 2014, you can enter to win one of 20 free copies through Goodreads First Reads program!

Next Up: The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she’s bonded to paper, that will be her only magic…forever.

Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined—animating paper creatures, bringing stories to life via ghostly images, even reading fortunes. But as she discovers these wonders, Ceony also learns of the extraordinary dangers of forbidden magic.

An Excisioner—a practitioner of dark, flesh magic—invades the cottage and rips Thane’s heart from his chest. To save her teacher’s life, Ceony must face the evil magician and embark on an unbelievable adventure that will take her into the chambers of Thane’s still-beating heart—and reveal the very soul of the man.

Does this sound like something you’d be interested in?  Goodreads has 20 copies available though its First Reads program.  The giveaway ends on September 2, so hurry up and enter!