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.
I’ll admit it. I am a fan of Harry Potter, Twilight, Game of Thrones, Shiver/Linger/etc, The Magician’s Circus, Star Wars, Divergent, The Hunger Games and all. So, twas no surprise really that I was drawn to and LOVED The Paper Magician.
Sure, it was far less complex than some of its predecessors but it was also utterly charming in its delivery and another that I read long into the night on more than one occasion.
Ceony is feisty and determined. Completely inexperienced but gutsy. Magician Thane is charmingly eccentric – one of my favourite qualities in any character – both real and fictional :)