Monday, December 8, 2014

Book Review: The Glass Magician

by: Charlie N. Holmberg

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I selected this book because I had previously gotten The Paper Magician from Amazon as one of those early free books for Prime Members. I really didn't think I'd like it, but hey, always judge a book by it's cover, right?

I started reading The Paper Magician first, so I would be prepared for The Glass Magician. I'm not always a big paranormal fan. I swear it was I was dragging myself kicking and screaming into that book. Next thing I know, I'm halfway through and nothing can stop me. I did suffer the next day.

I finished that in one day. Then I immediately opened up The Glass Magician. I was so happy to see it continue the story of Ceony (rhymes with peony) and Emory. See, in the first book Ceony is assigned to Emory as his apprentice to train in the magic of paper. And is she ever mad about that. But the visual descriptions, the things that Emory teaches her are just so delicate and beautiful. As is the man himself. Kind of weird but smart and so kind, with a good sense of humor.

Now she is even more in love with Emory, and I have to admit I'm following suit. He's so sweet. In the first book he noticed she was sad about leaving her dog behind, because of his allergies. He stays up all night and crafts her an animated dog out of paper. He doesn't give her grief about being afraid of water, and he respects her wishes when she doesn't want to talk about something - even if she really, really should.

The thing she did in the first book has come back to haunt her in this one. Her life and those she loves are in the greatest danger. She is powerless, and hates that feeling. I can understand that.

What I love is that she's not a wimpy damsel in distress, but when she is told to stay put, she listens. She makes mistakes, but she admits when she is wrong and tries to do the right thing. She's a great character, I hope there will be more.

Oh and most importantly - this is the 2nd book in a series. I'm unsure how long it will be, but do yourself a favor - read The Paper Magician first. You might make it through, but knowing what happens in the first book will help you understand this one.

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