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This is book number 1 in the Paper Magician series.
Ryan's August 2016 pick, 2 of 2
The Paper Magician, by Charlie N. Holmberg
Ceony Twill is kind of a brat. She’s smart, she’s fierce, and she’s full of herself. She thinks she’s too good to be a paper magician, and she throws a fit when she’s assigned an apprenticeship in that field instead of something more worthy of her skills like metal or glass or plastic or even rubber. Alas, paper magicians are rare, and her skills are needed, so off she goes, grumbling all the way. As it turns out, paper magic is beautiful and fascinating and useful, and Ceony has a knack for it. Plus, her instructor is gorgeous, so that doesn’t hurt.
This is the first in a trilogy of light fantasy with a very cool system of magic and plenty of romance. And don’t worry; Ceony gets better.
"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.
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