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The Master Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg
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Finished the series!!!!

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  laura.w.douglas | Mar 9, 2017 |
This book concludes the trilogy that started with “The Paper Magician”. Ceony is about to take the final exam that will make her a magician instead of apprentice, but her mind is on other things. Saraj, the murderous Excisioner who killed one of Ceony’s friends, has escaped from prison and Ceony fears he will seek revenge for his imprisonment.

Magician Thane, Ceony’s mentor and intense love interest, has made the decision to have another Folder administer Ceony’s examination so that there can be no accusations of favoritism. Ceony makes it her mission to track Saraj as he moves across England to try and safe guard her family and herself; this is actually made easier by her move to another magician’s dwelling. She can use the talent she’s discovered- to use all sorts of magic rather than just Folding- with less fear of discovery. But is this new talent enough to defeat an Excisioner?

The story has a lot of things happening, but it doesn’t all hang together well. The bit with her sister didn’t really fit in. Ceony acts very rashly, more like the girl she was earlier than the almost-Magician she is. She still has her “only I can save this situation” attitude that puts her in danger- and threatens to reveal to Saraj how she performs her new magic abilities. I had a lot of trouble seeing her as a mature person! The action seems all in a rush, too, without good connection. The book has its moments – the magic is very inventive and I still love it. My favorite scene, though, isn’t a battle scene but at the very front of the book where Ceony decorates for a client’s party by bespelling paper to portray a living jungle! ( )
  lauriebrown54 | Sep 29, 2016 |
Description:Throughout her studies, Ceony Twill has harbored a secret, one she’s kept from even her mentor, Emery Thane. She’s discovered how to practice forms of magic other than her own—an ability long thought impossible.

While all seems set for Ceony to complete her apprenticeship and pass her upcoming final magician’s exam, life quickly becomes complicated. To avoid favoritism, Emery sends her to another paper magician for testing, a Folder who despises Emery and cares even less for his apprentice. To make matters worse, a murderous criminal from Ceony’s past escapes imprisonment. Now she must track the power-hungry convict across England before he can take his revenge. With her life and loved ones hanging in the balance, Ceony must face a criminal who wields the one magic that she does not, and it may prove more powerful than all her skills combined.

The whimsical and captivating follow-up to The Paper Magician and The Glass Magician, The Master Magician will enchant readers of all ages.

Thoughts: I believe this is going to be the last in the [Paper Magician] Series. I'd read more if they come out, but this serves as a nice ending if it is the last.

I was really really impressed with [The Paper Magician], other than the plotting of the romance. [The Glass Magician] didn't impress in the same way but it introduced some interesting new magical ideas that were worth investigating. [The Master Magician] is a bit of both.

Ceony continues her clandestine study into shifting magical affinity, which is quite interesting. The structure of the story, however, leaves a lot to be desired. Why bother sending Ceony off to this other magician when it has almost nothing to do with the rest of the story. The only impact it has is to seperate Ceony and Emery so they don't know what the other is up to. It could have made for a workable plot device if it had been given any actual attention, but it just feels contrived here.

And like so many other stories (Harry Potter jumps to mind instantly), a whole lot of pain and suffering could be avoided if people just talked to the people them claim to love and trust.

Having said that, Ceony's magic is still fascinating. The magical construct in this world is just so intriguing! The inevitable fight scene is quite thrilling because of the constrains of this kind of magical system and Ceony's ability to work outside it. Very cool. I also really appreciate that Ceony is a badass Master Magician that can do things no one else can do yet, but she's still a lady of her time and doesn't need to act provocatively or against the mores of her culture to be a badass.

As is always the case in my reviewing these books, there is not enough Fennel. I am in love with that little paper dog!

Rating: 3.5
Liked: 3.5
Plot: 3
Characterization: 3.5
Writing: 3.5
Audio: 4
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  leahbird | Sep 22, 2016 |
This was a great closing to the series. I do hope to see Ceyone and Emory again real soon ( )
  MrNattania | Sep 5, 2016 |
Another fun, quick read like the previous two. The romance between the POV protagonist is less front and center as the timeline progressed approximately 2 years from book 2. (For reference, there was only a few months difference between books 1 and 2.) Despite the fact that the character has had 2 years of learning/growing, we really only see the addition of new spells to her arsenal - there seems to have been minimal personal grown. She still has the "take it all on herself" mentality, which caused deaths in both books 1 and 2. After 2 years, it seems like the message that "working alone is dangerous" should have had a more profound impact on her personality than some light nightmares. A specific example that comes to mind is that she frets when others in positions of authority do not wish to include her in discussions about the criminal Excisioners (death magic, basically) on the loose, but doesn't seem to account for the fact that perhaps the reason they don't is that they work together whereas she is prone to flying solo and unpredictably. I'll also agree with another reviewer that the overall ... lighthearted? ... language of the book doesn't seem to really match some of the darker themes that are introduced. This is true in books 1 and 2, but after getting to book 3 it just feels more apparent. I also feel like the POV character is mentally much, much younger than her approximate stated age - I have to keep reminding myself that she's not a teen with her obsessive, idealized romantic feelings toward her mentor. ( )
  lurgidbee | Aug 21, 2016 |
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Throughout her studies, Ceony Twill has harbored a secret, one she's kept from even her mentor, Emery Thane. She's discovered how to practice forms of magic other than her own--an ability long thought impossible. While all seems set for Ceony to complete her apprenticeship and pass her upcoming final magician's exam, life quickly becomes complicated. To avoid favoritism, Emery sends her to another paper magician for testing, a Folder who despises Emery and cares even less for his apprentice. To make matters worse, a murderous criminal from Ceony's past escapes imprisonment. Now she must track the power-hungry convict across England before he can take his revenge. With her life and loved ones hanging in the balance, Ceony must face a criminal who wields the one magic that she does not, and it may prove more powerful than all her skills combined.… (more)

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