The Glass Magician is the second book in Charlie Holmberg’s Paper Magician Trilogy. (You can read my review of book one here.) It continues following Ceony as she grows as a magician and a person, and continues to dodge the villains introduced in book one.
This is shaping up to be a series more for those interested in teen romance than steampunk or alternative histories, and as a romance novel it does work well. I’m just not a fan of girls mooning over boys.
Much as with the first book, I enjoyed the writing style, but again the lack of world building is disappointing, not to mention the overwhelming amount of time spent either unnecessarily explaining important (and previously detailed) concepts from book one, and on Ceony’s internal agony over her feelings for Emery.
There was an interesting twist added with how magicians bond with their medium, and I’m very curious to see where book three takes that concept.
Again, I do recommend the series, but it won’t be making my top 10 list for this year.
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I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review.