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.
The Master Magician picks up some time after The Glass Magician ends with Ceony nearly ready to test for her magician’s certificate. The world is a layer of fantasy draped over an existing place, which aided in the building of the story world. It was pretty easy for me to immerse myself in the world itself because of how well it was described.
There were some aspects of the characters, such as the modern style of language, that carried through the series. However, the characters are very well developed and it’s easy to identify with Ceony and understand why she makes the (often naive) decisions that she does. I really enjoyed the finale to The Glass Magician Series and look forward to reading more from this author.
Overall, I rate The Master Magician 4 out of 5 bookworms.
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