Hope you’ve all had a good week! It’s been absolutely boiling here in London – too hot, if I’m being honest! I’m hoping it gets a bit cooler asap cos it’s no fun feeling like I’m suffocating!
Today I’ll be sharing my review of The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Homberg. Enjoy!
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.
The Paper Magician is the first instalment in a trilogy by Charlie N. Homberg. I’d added a discounted copy on Kindle years ago, but only just got round to reading it. Set in London, The Paper Magician focuses on a woman called Ceony, who moves into the house of magician Emery Thane in order to learn the art of paper magic. During her apprenticeship, Emery’s heart is snatched from his chest by an evil Excisioner, and Ceony sets out to try to save him.
The Paper Magician is a fairly short novel, but the world-building is excellent and Ceony is such a great character. She’s feisty, independent and determined to rescue her tutor, even though it means risking her own life. Ceony is also very clever and quickly picks up paper magic, despite her original dream of becoming a Smelter (metal magician).
It isn’t long before things escalate in The Paper Magician, and Ceony is suddenly thrown in the deep end. I do think that the whole concept of Ceony being trapped inside Emery’s heart was a little ridiculous, but it was intriguing reading about his memories. I think that this book would make a fantastic film – apparently Disney has picked up film rights to the trilogy and will add it to Disney Plus at some point. If you like books about magic – such as The Night Circus, Harry Potter and The Toy Makers – it’s worth picking up The Paper Magician. Admittedly, it’s not the best book I’ve read this year, and I won’t be rushing to buy the sequel, but it will give you the chance to escape for a few hours.
What have you been reading recently?