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.
Design – Ryan Hobson Rating – 4/5
This is a lovely cover. It fits perfectly with the first book’s cover, but has its own unique color and symbols. I don’t care for the glass texture in the background, although it’s difficult to show glass having any sort of texture. I also wish that the circles and lines were in different positions from the first book’s cover, and that they were labeled as figures again. Otherwise, the style of these covers is beautifully simple.
I enjoyed this book a bit more than The Paper Magician. Ceony is as headstrong as ever as her relationship with Thane progresses and they find themselves in grave danger. She’s smart in the face of possible death. This sequel was great because Ceony learns a lot about paper magic, and magic in general, gets a friend her own age to hang out with, and manages to find her way into crazy situations.
- Ceony – Ceony is not content to sit at home while Emery handles things with the evil magicians of the world. She’s headstrong, confident, and determined. Although she still doesn’t know much about paper magic, Ceony can’t stand waiting around, especially when Emery hasn’t told her the full extent of what he’s doing. While rushing into dangerous situations and facing one of the most notorious dark magicians alone is foolish, Ceony manages to hold her own due to her intelligent planning.
- glass magic + Delilah – I really like that Ceony got a female friend of her own age in this book because there really aren’t many characters that she interacts with. Delilah is enthusiastic about magic, and even though she has reservations about Ceony’s plans, she is eager to help her. She also serves as a way for Ceony to learn about glass magic, the kind of magic the villain, Grath Cobalt, possesses. Glass magic turns out to be very useful, especially since mirrors can serve as travel and communication devices. the revelation about magic in general was also cool, and even better because it was unexpected.
- sexism – There was a part where Ceony was presented with an apron that signifies that she’s an apprentice. The women wear aprons and the guys wear vests. I hate this. Aprons signify much more of a subservient position, while vests are just another piece of clothing. Also, both vests and aprons are unisex items, so there was no need for the genders to have different clothing items. It’s a little thing, but it places a magnifying glass over other issues, like how Ceony feels the need to cook and clean for Emery for no extra pay.
- Emery + Ceony – I still fail to see any romantic connection between Ceony and her much older mentor. Emery is so withdrawn and serious much of the time that it almost seems like he dislikes Ceony being there. I just don’t feel anything between these characters. It just seems like the author is forcing it simply because they are of opposite genders.
Emery’s eyes sparkled with amusement. Had she done something funny?
“I’ve determined that I will teach you to cheat at cards for the day’s first lesson,” Emery announced.
Ceony dropped her scissors. “I knew you were cheating!” – Emery + Ceony Loc. 155
Ceony scrambled across the seat and grabbed the door latch, kicking the door open. She jumped outside, blinking the bright morning from her eyes.
Then she shouted, “If you’re going to get yourself killed, you could at least kiss me first!”
Emery paused, as did two other men heading for the train. He turned around and looked to her, the sun pouring around him like a halo. – Loc. 2379
Acquired: Netgalley (ebook)