Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Paper Magician

20727654From Goodreads:    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.

My Thoughts:

-    The magic was confusing towards the end. I loved the magic system in general, but they pushed the limits too far. 

-    The origami stuff was really fun.

-    Let's talk about the romance. I am not a fan! I really wanted Magician Thane and Ceony to just have a master and apprentice relationship. I would have loved it to become a more father/daughter thing, but I don't want to see them fall in love! Magician Thane is too old! I just can't get behind it. It would be like Obi-Wan and Leia falling in love. Just NO!

-    Fennel is the best part of the book. I love that Ceony had his constant companionship. Dogs are amazing that way. 

-    I really liked how the book started, and I liked the idea of the story, but I didn't like the direction it took. There was SO much unfulfilled potential. I won't be continuing the series. 


  1. Not quite the same as Obi-Wan and Leia. Obi-Wan was in his 30s or 40s when Luke and Leia were born. Ceony is 19 and Mg Thank is 31. That's only 12 years. But, I get where you're coming from. Age differences just don't bother me because of my sister and her late husband.

    1. It isn't just the age difference. It is the relationship they have as well. Master and Apprentice just shouldn't fall in love.

  2. I totally missed your dislike of the romance because of the age thing at book club. I wasn't too bothered by it but then again, look at my age difference with my husband. ;)