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.
The delightful sequel to Charlie N. Holmberg’s The Paper Magician, The Glass Magician will charm readers young and old alike.
I like that this story didn’t pick up right after the first book ended but also didn’t put a large amount of time between the stories. I feel like the time given was just enough to build the story a bit and let Ceony grow into her magic a little more. Because it’s written in a very present times way with hints at the time period, it’s easy to forget that the book is set in 1902. This makes some time-specific references a little awkward, such as Ceony’s thoughts on appropriate skirt length.
I still really enjoy the world and how well it’s developed, deepening even further through the end of this book. I did find there were a few times that I wanted to hit Ceony with the book because of her naïveté and some of the choices she made. However, given the plot twist toward the end of the book, I can easily move past it. I really enjoyed the story (probably more than the first novel) and am looking forward to reading the final novel of the series soon.
Overall, I rate The Glass Magician 3 out of 5 bookworms.
For more information about Charlie N. Holmberg and her work, visit her website.