Review: The Master Magician (The Paper Magician #3) by Charlie N. Holmberg

the master magicianNovel: The Master Magician (Paper Magician #3) by Charlie N. Holmberg
Published: June 2nd, 2015 by 47North

Genre: Fantasy, YA
Rating: 4/5 stars

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My review of The Paper Magician ( Paper Magician #1)
My review of The Glass Magician (Paper Magician #2)

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…

Review: The Master Magician (The Paper Magician #3) by Charlie N. Holmberg

6 thoughts on “Review: The Master Magician (The Paper Magician #3) by Charlie N. Holmberg

  1. What the what?? Do you has no idea that you were writing these reviews a year apart?? That is special indeed! Teehee I loved your review and can tell you really loved this series. I always want more out of a series so I like to hang onto my characters for a longer time than just a trilogy but my be I’m just being picky? Yeah..just me being picky.♡


  2. Totally agree with you on Ceony taking so many stupid risks. However, I think that bothered me a lot more than it did you. I also agree that it’s nice to read light fantasy that’s not all about being grimdark. And this series is wonderful at the fluffyness. I was actually kind of disappointed in this finale though. I think my biggest issue was Ceony’s use of magic – it just felt like it took away the thinking-outside-the-box that she did, especially in the first book (which was something that I loved). (Won’t say anymore for spoilers, but I’m sure you know what I mean.)


    1. I’m sorry you didn’t really enjoy the finale-book! It bothered me a bit, but not that much… I actually really liked the creativity of the tests, but you’re right, the magic in the first book was really great!


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