Novel: The Master Magician (Paper Magician #3) by Charlie N. Holmberg
Published: June 2nd, 2015 by 47North
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Rating: 4/5 stars
I won’t provide a synopsis, as that would spoil you for the previous two novels in the series.
First of all, this review has been in my drafts for 3 months now. It’s high time I actually get around to writing it! So here we go.
I first discovered this series thanks to Netgalley, when the first and second book were on there for review. I read them, reviewed them and have left said links above. I really enjoyed them! If you’re just getting into fantasy -and like YA books- these are an excellent transition into the genre. I find the magic to be really intriguing and the setting is historical as well which is always interesting. These are also really fun and quick reads, so like I said, great to start with the genre.
I think The Master Magician is a really nice conclusion to the story. What I loved about it most it that it has some amazing paper magic! At first, paper magic sounded weird, and kind of boring to me. BUT NO MORE. In this book, Ceony will take her tests to become a full-blown magician -so not a spoiler because you know she’ll have to from the synopsis of the first book. And it was so cleverly done! I absolutely loved it. I didn’t know what to expect from these tests, but it definitely met my expectations.
This series has an ongoing story that links all three books together. It’s about some Excisioners -magicians who work with blood & the (human) body threatening everything. This book wraps up the story perfectly. It had some exciting action-scenes, which was really enjoyable to read. The one thing that I didn’t like about this is the stupid risks Ceony took constantly. It was ridiculous. She finally had someone who could help her if she only voiced her suspicions out loud. But no. She insisted on taking the risks all alone. Girl. Why. So that got a tiny bit on my nerves while I was reading this.
Oh by the way, totally loved the ending.
Overall, I really liked this book -and the trilogy. They are fun and quick reads and the historical setting combined with the magic is so intriguing. I’d definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a fun YA fantasy -that isn’t very dark. Lately, fantasy can be very dark and while I love that, a lighthearted read is appreciated as well at times.
P.S. I am writing this on October 15th, 2015 and I just noticed I posted my review for the first one on October 15th, 2014. IT’S BEEN A YEAR PEEPS. I don’t know why that coincidence is so amazing to me…