Charlie N. Holmberg is the author of this lovely book. The Paper magician attracted me so, with it's fusion of My Fair Lady and Mary Poppins, with just a teaspoon of Harry Potter! Sadly, the pages within are not as classy or as enchanting.
A young, obstinate apprentice of paper magic sets herself onto a quest to save her master, Magician Thane from death. He was attacked by a women, his heart stolen before his apprentice's eyes! So young Ceony sets out to save him and stop the evil woman who used blood magic called Excision. Deadly...
Don't get me wrong, the story was entertaining. I loved envisioning the origami birds and I especially love Fennel- the paper pooch, but it wasn't enough. The story was boring, the characters were one-dimensional, and it all felt forcefully fast. The admiration that developed between the two was barely there- for her to run off that way, to exact her revenge was off to me. And let's not forget, Lira was one of the most powerful magicians ever. Crony managed to accomplish what the council hadn't even started to investigate, concerning Mg. (short for magician) Thane's attack! A green-horn, barely experienced took off and took on a blood magician.
The book started off great, but it lost me during the heart hunt- no details without spoiling things. Sorry. The thing is, The Paper Magician was too slow for me. I really didn't care. It's as if Holmberg wanted to get so much in, she sorta ruined it. Even the climactic battle was dull, but I can say, the ending was sweet. I'd considered buying the other two books- just because I'm a person who enjoys a good series, but I don't know now. I'll have to sit on that one a while. Anyway, it's interesting but just okay. I don't know about the follow-up books now... Oh! Did I forget to say, Fennel was adorable?
Off to a new book!
Rating: 👓👓👓/5 specs
*All The Bright Places is next.
**Book is from my personal collection.
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