Three months after her last adventure, Ceony Twill is still studying to become a Folder, with the help of her mentor Magician Emery Thane. Everything seems to be going well when a magician targets Ceony. He believes Ceony possesses the secret to reviving Lira, who she froze in the first book of the series, trying to save Magician Thane’s life.
❤️ What I liked about The Glass Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg
⚗️ The world-building. Glass magic, paper magic… The various forms of magic are fun to read, and they made me fall in love with this world, its magicians and enchantments. I love how precise and focused one has to be to fold paper and the fact that you can find people and travel the world through mirrors. I wonder to which material I’d like to bond… I guess paper: I’ve always enjoyed origami, and I’d love to create my own Fennel!
💕 The romance. It’s subtle and cute. Ceony was promised romance by a fortuity box but still hasn’t broken the teacher-student barrier with Emery. She is not giving up, though.
✍️ The style. This book is a mix of steampunk, fantasy, romance, and history. It is short, written very well, fast-paced and easy to read. A quick read, perfect for a flight.
🤔 I wasn’t sure about:
Ceony. Even if I adore her, in this second book, she feels a bit less authentic and more forced than in the first book. While in the Paper Magician she does all sorts of things to save her mentor’s life, here she seems to be winy about not getting involved in Criminal Affairs after the attacks on her. It feels like she decides to get into trouble for a less noble reason.
To the score
I love the style, the story, the characters and, above all, the world that Charlie N. Holmberg created. I genuinely felt sad after finishing the book, as if I had lost two of my dearest friends. This means I have to read the third book of the series immediately, even if the reviews are not looking promising!