Trilogy Review: The Paper Magician Trilogy By Charlie N. Holmberg

The Paper Magician, The Glass Magician, and The Master Magician by Charlie N.  Holmberg
The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy, #1)
The Glass Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy, #2)
The Master Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy, #3)

Synopsis for all 3:
Book 1: 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.
Book 2: Three months after returning Magician Emery Thane’s heart to his body, Ceony Twill is well on her way to becoming a Folder. Unfortunately, not all of Ceony’s thoughts have been focused on paper magic. Though she was promised romance by a fortuity box, Ceony still hasn’t broken the teacher-student barrier with Emery, despite their growing closeness.
When a magician with a penchant for revenge believes that Ceony possesses a secret, he vows to discover it…even if it tears apart the very fabric of their magical world. After a series of attacks target Ceony and catch those she holds most dear in the crossfire, Ceony knows she must find the true limits of her powers…and keep her knowledge from falling into wayward hands.
Book 3: 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.

My Thoughts:

Firstly, let me explain why I’m reviewing as the whole trilogy and not separate books.  I read all 3 as one book as they were so short.  I finished the first one and just wanted to keep reading about Ceony and the world of Folding.  Emery helped as well, I need my Emery in my life!! He was a fantastic character.  Anyway!! As I said, I read them all together, one straight after the other, which I rarely do.

In my opinion, the books could have been a lot longer than they actually were.  There wasn’t enough depth to the fictional London it was set in, and there wasn’t enough explanation into the villains motives or anything.  I mean, I get she was a part of Emery’s past and all but why did she actually do what she did??? I have more questions that answers for all 3 books I’m afraid.

Getting, I did love Ceony – although she was a little predictable and just reckless.  I have already stated my feelings on Emery, he was a great character and I’d love to read his own story.  Langston needed more, and Delilah as well.  I would have liked to have seen more of Ceony’s own family but I understand that they were more of a back story.

I read a few of the bad reviews before reading the books and I’m a tad frustrated with some of the comments, well mainly one.  The book was set in Victorian England, and within the reviews I read there was complaint about the author not doing any amount of research into the time period.  Who Cares?? It’s a FICTIONAL London, not a complete time period replica.  I don’t care if there wasn’t actually any Secondary Schools in Victorian London, or what other things that were complained about!!! But obviously, everyone has their own opinion on things like this, otherwise the world would be a boring place.

The love story between Ceony and Emery was sweet, innocent and a tad predictable.  Predictable was a good thing, not a bad thing though.  It meant that you could concentrate on Ceony being reckless, a bit naïve with certain things, and the story as a whole.  You weren’t trying to figure out if they were or were not involved, or if they would be, if anything was actually going to happen.  It was set out from the beginning, you knew where they were heading and where it would end for them.  It was a nice romance, no messing around.

I rated each book 4/5 on Goodreads, and as Trilogy (or one big story) I still rate it 4/5.  It was a wonderful story, if not a little different on the magic side of things.  I liked the thought that each individual magician could only control one man-made substance (things like fire, rubber, glass, metal, and paper). Just a beautiful world I hope to read more about in the future!!!

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Book Trilogy Review: The Angelfall Trilogy by Susan Ee.

Angelfall Sypnosis: It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.
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Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.
Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

17849112World After Sypnosis: In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what’s left of the modern world.
When a group of people capture Penryn’s sister Paige, thinking she’s a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.
Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels’ secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.
Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can’t rejoin the angels, can’t take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?

18500665End of Days SypnosisEnd of Days is the explosive conclusion to Susan Ee’s bestselling Penryn & the End of Days trilogy. After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all.
When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path toward war. As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? Forced to pick sides in the fight for control of the earthly realm, Raffe and Penryn must choose: Their own kind, or each other?

 

So… I stormed through the first 2 books, and had to wait to read the third.  I’ll say my bit on each book in order, and try hard to mix it all up.  I’m quite surprised on how I took to these books,

Angelfall: The beginning just dropped me straight into it.  I instantly had a liking for Penryn, Raffe and Penryn’s sister Paige.  Even her Mum who is a bit.. challenging? I liked the style of the book, and even the storyline.  Penryn and Raffe work off each other well, and I ended wanting them to get “it” over and done with, it was sort of painful!  Anyway, I was hooked!! I wanted to know how it was going to end, and how it was going to work out.  I didn’t have a choice but to carry on!! Well written, gripping and it just sucked me right in to it!! A well deserved 4/5!

World After: Picking up immediately where Angelfall, it dumped straight into the thick of things and made me continue my very unexpected journey with Penryn and Raffe.  I stilled liked them, still wanted to get “it” over and done with, but then also didn’t want them to. If it had happened, then I think it wouldn’t have continued to work as well as it does.  Again, it was well written, enchanting and just instantly great!! Another 4/5!

End of Days:  I’ve come to conclusion I need to read slower. I zoomed through this, desperate to find out how it ended!! I did find it rushed in places, and didn’t have the same oomph as the first 2 books but I thoroughly enjoyed it just as much as the others.  The ended was what I sort of expected, sometimes it annoys me that people think Love will break all barriers down, for once I’d like a book that didn’t happen in.  Anyway, although rushed in places, it was wonderfully written, the right amount of drama and enough cheesy romance to make me cringe. Yet again, a very well deserved 4/5!