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.
The delightful sequel to Charlie N. Holmberg’s The Paper Magician, The Glass Magician will charm readers young and old alike.
I liked this one a little less than the first. Mainly because Ceony’s reasons for involving herself in the dangerous and exciting aspects of this felt a bit weaker to me. Though when I think about it, in TPM, her reasons were pretty selfish – saving a man who she was developing feelings for – there was enough unselfishness too though to balance it. I mean, risking you life for another is inherently unselfish right? Well, in this one, her need to “take responsibility” for the dastardly deeds going on was not as strong an argument as I thought it could have been.
Given the hastyness of this book, I enjoyed seeing more of the magic, and how it interacts with the magicians. I am still wondering how one gets to be a magician though, can anyone learn or do you have to have a predisposition for it? I also enjoyed watching Ceony and Emery grow closer in this. I would like to have seen more between them though than a few tender moments of snuggles on the couch and comforting hands on backs. I mean we all know Ceony knows him, she walked through his heart, but he doesn’t seem to know all that much about her beyond their shared experiences.
So while this was not as charming as the first book, it was still a quick and enjoyable read.