This book has been on my list for a while because of it’s awesome cover. For some reason, it just really intrigued me. So when I saw Charlie N. Holmberg’s The Paper Magician on Kindle Unlimited, I had to get it. (Side note: I just got a Kindle Unlimited trial and I’m not too impressed – let me know what you think in the comments: yay or nay?) I kind of went into this blindly, just based on the cover. I think I read two sentences of the synopsis before jumping in, which is so unlike me. Luckily, in this case, it was a good decision.
After graduating at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony Twill dreams of becoming a Smelter, or a metal magician. Instead, a shortage of magicians gets her assigned to the Folding profession. And once bonded to Paper, she must practice Paper Magic, and only Paper Magic, forever. She is sent to apprentice under the most powerful Folder in England, Magician Emery Thane. Slowly, Ceony learns to appreciate the subtle art of Folding, creating living creatures out of sheets of paper and bringing stories to life simply by reading them. And just as she is beginning to accept her life as a Folder, her world is turned upside down. An Excisioner – a practitioner of the dark and forbidden flesh magic – arrives at Thane’s cottage and steals his heart. To save his life, Ceony sets off on a journey that lands her inside Thane’s heart (literally).
I really enjoyed this book. I honestly didn’t know what to expect, because I hadn’t heard anything about this book prior to reading it. The story went in a completely unexpected direction, and I thought the magic elements were extremely creative.
I almost gave The Paper Magician four stars, because I really did like it, but there were just a few flaws I couldn’t ignore. I wish Ceony had spent more time outside Thane’s heart, because that wasn’t my favorite part, and I felt like it went on a bit too long. There were also a few minor plot holes and the writing wasn’t amazing. But, overall, I thought it was really good, and I am planning on reading the rest of the trilogy at some point.
You can get a copy of The Paper Magician, and check out the rest of the trilogy here!