Last week I posted my review of The Paper Magician (check that out here).
This week, I’m moving forward with book two, The Glass Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg.
Three months after returning Magician Emery Thane’s heart to his body, Ceony Twill is blazing her way to being a Folder. But she can’t stop thinking about the romance promised by a fortuity box, and the teacher-student bond she can’t break through. Then a vengeful magician targets Ceony, believing she has a secret that could tear the magical world apart. As those closest to her get caught in the crossfire, Ceony decides she has to take matters into her own hands, and find the limits of her powers to keep her knowledge safe.
I love that the world of magic gets expanded here. We get a look at glass magic, and a deeper look at paper magic. It’s entertaining and interesting, and I was thrilled when it took precedent over the romance sub-plot.
Ceony still has her problems. She can be immature and irresponsible, and entirely too full of herself. But I can’t not enjoy her and Emery Thane. He’s still my favorite character (is that bad?), and I love the way he clashes with Ceony, trying to get her to see things like, and act like, an adult.
“You do not hold up the world,” Emery replied, closer to his normal volume. “You are not God, and it’s time you stopped acting like you were.”
By far the most important lesson Ceony is not learning.
I loved the villain. I am such a sucker for a good, over-the-top, arrogant villain. If I am imagining evil laughter whenever the villain is in the room, I’m a happy camper.
The pacing improved over the first installment. There’s more action, and less lulls. All in all, it was a satisfying continuation of the series, and the magic is still captivating.
4 out of 5.