Book Review – The Glass Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

The Glass Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

The Glass Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

The blurb papers:

Three months after returning Magician Emery Thane’s heart to his body, Ceony Twill is well on her way to becoming a Folder. Unfortunately, not all of Ceony’s thoughts have been focused on paper magic. Though she was promised romance by a fortuity box, Ceony still hasn’t broken the teacher-student barrier with Emery, despite their growing closeness.

When a magician with a penchant for revenge believes that Ceony possesses a secret, he vows to discover it…even if it tears apart the very fabric of their magical world. After a series of attacks target Ceony and catch those she holds most dear in the crossfire, Ceony knows she must find the true limits of her powers…and keep her knowledge from falling into wayward hands.

This book retains the major positive point of the first one (the main character is still a self-rescuing woman), although the novelty’s worn off of the magic system and it still has oddly unpronounceable character names.

This book was an improvement over the first one in that it wasn’t mostly composed of flashbacks, but I still didn’t like it as much as the first one.

The cool twist at the end of the first book is not explained and that plotline is not really progressed at all.

What I really didn’t like was how much time the main character spent with romance-esque wondering about whether the other main character loved her.  That relationship also seems very inappropriate to me considering he’s her teacher.

I think the magic system was let down a bit by this book, or at least it’s flaws were revealed more.  Although the magic seems to be elemental (linked strongly to some material) it seems to be easily manipulated by simple words.  This doesn’t seem logical because words are just ideas thought up by people, rather than something fundamental that an element would be affected by.

Something that not many people would notice but that bugged me was that they used 8.5″ x 11″ paper in England.  Since 1959 the UK has used ISO standard paper sizes, and apparently before that paper sizes did not fit into a formal system – only North America uses 8.5″ x 11″.