The Glass Magician ***
Charlie N. Holmberg - Teen/Young Adult Historical Fiction
The Glass Magician is the sequel to The Paper Magician' (previously reviewed) and in my opinion, is the more entertaining of the two novels.
This book turned out to be one of those books that I was really excited about until I finished it and realized I still had a lot of unanswered questions.
I hemmed and hawed about finally sitting down to write this review. I DID thoroughly enjoy reading The Glass Magician and I would recommend it to anyone looking for an easy, fast adventure story, but after finishing it I’m starting to question the authors ability to character build and thoroughly develop a plot.
There’s a sincere lack of explanation regarding the villains agendas. In the first book we dealt solely with Lira but the second novel introduces yet two more villains who are just as underdeveloped. There’s no motive, no end goal. The reader is introduced to Grath who seems to be the “leader” of the excisioners though we later find out he isn’t even one of them, his bonded material is glass. The reader is also introduced to Saraj and all we are told is that he is crazy and likes attention.
The romantic relationship between Ceony and Emery is also drastically underdeveloped. I couldn't decide if Ceony's feelings were crush like or worthy of a true relationship. Apparently, the author likes to walk on the scandalous side as Emery and Ceony who are student and teacher, do eventually become a couple.
I feel as though I have already given too much away. I am reading the final book in this series, The Master Magician, but will less enthusiasm and earnest though I am curious to see how Ceony's newly discovered secret plays into her future.
An avid reader with a thirst for knowledge, and adventure through words printed on paper.
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