Book Review: The Master Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg
The Paper Magician Trilogy #3
Charlie N. Holmberg
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Throughout her studies, Ceony Twill has harbored a secret, one she’s kept from even her mentor, Emery Thane. She’s discovered how to practice forms of magic other than her own — an ability long thought impossible.While all seems set for Ceony to complete her apprenticeship and pass her upcoming final magician’s exam, life quickly becomes complicated. To avoid favoritism, Emery sends her to another paper magician for testing, a Folder who despises Emery and cares even less for his apprentice. To make matters worse, a murderous criminal from Ceony’s past escapes imprisonment. Now she must track the power-hungry convict across England before he can take his revenge. With her life and loved ones hanging in the balance, Ceony must face a criminal who wields the one magic that she does not, and it may prove more powerful than all her skills combined.
Is it me or was the book seemed shorter than should be? It had a steady pace, nothing felt rushed or anything. It was just short.
Or it could be that the Magician books have a rather... comfortable. I know, I know. I have no other words to describe them but really, they're comfortable. The pacing, the storytelling, the characters, their world.
And I should have known that Ceony was still impulsive even after eleven months since her last brush with death. Well, just because she was impulsive doesn't mean that she wasn't prepared. She was prepared alright. She freaking switched her bonds with materials so fast, earning just a paper magician certificate was not enough. Then again, Mg. Aviosky was right: It was dangerous if ever the knowledge that one could bond with more than material should ever be widely known.
Emery. Emery flirted - with just Ceony of course. But he flirted and he was more relaxed, free and he flirted. I don't know why I still had that image of him being reserved and such. Well, I still like you Emery, more so that you're now this... fun.
As I said, the book was comfortable, more like a cleaning up the loose threads kind that was typical in the last chapters of a book. The villain here, Saraj, was a bit of a letdown after the Lira and Grath. Saraj felt less dangerous, even if he was described as an unpredictable, crazy Excisioner.
All in all, I still like The Master Magician but I want an epilogue. Such a tease, ending on that question.