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.
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!!!