The Paper Magician by Charlie N Holmberg on Bette’s Bookshelf

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.

The Paper Magician by Charlie N Holmberg on Bette’s Bookshelf

This is the kind of book that you unequivocally do not expect me to read and yet I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s an unusual and interesting book set in England—the magic and time period was fascinating, but be forewarned your belief in reality must be suspended. The bare bones of the plot – student, learning magic despite some hardship or other, gets into trouble and must use her fledgling powers to save herself/the world/the cute boy with a combination of pluck, happy accidents, and bravado because the fully-qualified adult magicians aren’t being helpful – is not new. Not by a long shot. But the book is a fun read, definitely a nice change of pace.

About Bette Lee Crosby

It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: The Royal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President’s Book Award Gold Medal, Reader’s Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer’s Choice Award.

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