Hola Readers. How was your weekend? Did you all do something fun? I finished a book (finally!) and am ready for a quick ramble so how about it? The book is The Glass Magician by Charlie Holmbeg. It is the second book in the Magicians series and follow our paper folder Ceony Twill. How did I like it? First as always SPOILERS AHEAD!
The Paper Magician for this one to make any sense whatsoever, so there is that. I felt that compared to the last book, there was a bit more world building in this one which made me happy. The parts where some of the other magicians and their talents were showcased not only made the world a more sensible place, but allowed for later in the book when Ceony changed materials to make sense. Since it was shown that she had been taught, had access to, and observed many of these spells being performed, she could then use at least the basics when she changed materials. I liked that they acknowledged that there is no way for either Ceony or Mg. Thane to go back to "normal" after all of the escapades in the last book. Speaking of that, I did not really enjoy the inevitable romance between Ceony and Mg. Thane (you will note I refuse to call him Emery, even though in the book it was a big deal). All of the touching, significant looks, skin tingling and such got repetitive and obnoxious. They hinted, danced and inferred all the way to the end of the book, but seriously there was no real romantic tension and the rest just felt like grade school note passing. Delilah's death added some real consequences to Ceony's running off whenever she felt like it, which I felt was much needed since Ceony did not seem to appreciate the magnitude of her behavior most of the time. On the flip side, the sheer lack of information and allowing of Ceony to do ANYTHING even though it was herself and her family and friends that were in danger was ridiculous considering Ceony was of an age to be an adult! I enjoyed the extra info on the magics, but felt that such a simple solution to the bonding to materials thing, should/would have been discovered long before and Ceony's insistence on keeping it a secret, even with her valid reasoning seemed kind of selfish and stupid. Over all it wasn't a bad read. Not mind blowing, but not unfinishable. I give it 6 out of 10 paper dolls and will probably finish off the trilogy at some point. I recommend it to anybody who has read the first book and didn't hate it. Happy Reading Everybody!