Short-listed for the 2015 ALA Fantasy Reading List, The Paper Magician has been on our radar for a while now. The sample is superb, with the kind of elegant writing we both adore, and the story… well… call us intrigued. Ceony Twill is nineteen. She’s just graduated from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, only to have her dream of metal-spelling ripped away when she’s assigned, instead, to paper.
But paper magic is a dying art, and for good reason. What use, after all, is paper?
We have a feeling she’s about to find out, and so are we. The ebook is on sale for only $1.99, but it’s a bargain even at the usual price. We bought it based on the sample and the blurb, which you’ll find below. If you read the book before we do, let us know what you thought in the comments!
From the publisher:
“Charlie is a vibrant writer with an excellent voice and great world building. I thoroughly enjoyed the Paper Magician.” —Brandon Sanderson, author of Mistborn and The Way of Kings
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.
From the imaginative mind of debut author Charlie N. Holmberg, The Paper Magician is an extraordinary adventure both dark and whimsical that will delight readers of all ages.
Born in Salt Lake City, Charlie N. Holmberg was raised a Trekkie alongside three sisters who also have boy names. She is a proud BYU alumna, plays the ukulele, owns too many pairs of glasses, and finally adopted a dog. Her fantasy Paper Magician series, which includes The Paper Magician, The Glass Magician, and The Master Magician, has been optioned by the Walt Disney Company.