The Paper Magician is the first book of The Paper Magician Series. The story is set in 1902 in London. Nineteen year old Ceony Twill has just graduated from Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined and is excited to begin her apprenticeship as a Smelter, a magician who controls metal. However, she is informed that due to a shortage of Folders, magicians who control paper, she will be assigned to apprentice in this field instead.
As the only Folder in the London area, Magician Emery Thane accepts Ceony as his apprentice. The eccentric magician’s past quickly catches up with them, leading to an attack by Lira the Excisioner. Excisioners operate outside the law because the material they are able to control is human flesh. Ceony must do whatever she can in order to save Magician Thane, including following a dangerous Excisioner and being trapped inside a human heart.
I feel like most of this story flowed well and it was an enjoyable read. There were quite a few things that had me confused, such as the use of contemporary speech in a story set in the early 20th century and Ceony’s varying skill level. The book ends with the finality of a standalone but left me with quite a few questions, which I am hoping the next book of the series will answer for me. Also, it seemed to me like the romance in this story came out of nowhere. I did very much enjoy reading this book and devoured it in a matter of hours. Overall, I rate The Paper Magician 3 out of 5 bookworms.
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