Title: The Paper Magician
Author: Charlie N Holmberg
Release Date: 1st September 2014
Stories about magical students are by no means scarce but I haven't read one set in Victorian England, a country that seems slightly different to what we know.
There are magicians openly practising, there are cars (called buggies in the book) and a young girl called Ceony who dreams of being a smelter but is left heartbroken as her life takes the wrong turn.
Ceony is a bright 19 year old at the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined and has just graduated, she has been sent to work as an apprentice for Magician Thane, a paper magician, this is not where she wants to be she wants to be working with metal but feeling she has no choice she throws herself in to her new life.
Thane is kind but a little strange but he makes Ceony feel welcome and she becomes accustomed to her strange new surroundings which include a paper skeleton butler, a house with a magical front and a ton of paper!
Thane introduces her to the magical art of folding, he creates amazing origami like creations that come to life including the adorable Fennel, a small dog he has created to keep Ceony company.
As kind as he seems to be there is something that he is hiding and Ceony is given a major shock when Thane's past comes back to haunt him and she has to go up against a foe to try and save his life.
Now I won't spoil how she does this but it does involve an unusual journey through an anatomical feature and Ceony has to use all her wits and newly learnt skills to try and save Thane. She is an amazingly driven young girl and despite obstacles in her way that may make others turn and run she keeps going.
The whole story is really enjoyable and the use of paper and its transformation in to such magical items is a nice touch, there are a couple of things that pop up like Americanisms when it seems to be set in England plus Ceony feelings for Thane seem to crop up very quickly but she is a teenage girl.
I really liked this story and I've actually went straight on to book 2 The Glass Magician which is also I'm glad to say really good, let me know what you think if you have read the series so far!
Awarded 4 out of 5
Thank you to 47 North for kindly providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review