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Born in Salt Lake City, Charlie N. Holmberg was raised a Trekkie alongside three sisters who also have boy names. In addition to writing fantasy novels, she is also a freelance editor. She graduated from BYU, plays the ukulele, owns too many pairs of glasses, and hopes to one day own a dog. The Paper Magician is her debut novel and the first in a whimsical series exploring a world of magicians who animate manmade materials. She currently lives with her family in Utah.

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  • Copertina flessibile: 214 pagine
  • Editore: 47North (1 settembre 2014)
  • Collana: The Paper Magician Series
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ISBN-10: 1477823832
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477823835
  • Peso di spedizione: 345 g
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Di Ester il 18 gennaio 2016
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Libro carino, l'ambientazione è interessante e anche l'idea di fondo, della magia legata a un materiale . I personaggi sono però poco approfonditi e la storia in generale è un po' affrettata, qualche pagina in più non avrebbe guastato . È una storia autoconclusiva, per cui si può leggere senza doversi sorbire tutta la trilogia . Consigliato per 13-14 enni
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Bello. Il mondo dei maghi dei materiali e intrigante e affascinante. La protagonista femminile è formidabile ed anche il personaggio maschile non delude. i personaggi di contorno sono convincenti. Il ritmo è avvincente
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Il libro era in perfetto stato ed il corriere in orario. Unico difetto nn aveva il tipico odore di carta stampata
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3.0 su 5 stelle 4 stars for YA readers, 2+ stars for adult readers 26 luglio 2016
Di Holly - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
This was my book group's selection for June and I was quite happy to read it since the premise appealed to me very much. The opening of the story lived up to my expectations. There groundwork was laid for us to meet the primary characters and to begin to grasp the magic that could be accomplished with paper and its folding. Initially, I found the magical portions to be very intriguing and creative and settled in for an entertaining read.

As the story moved along, I found myself becoming disappointed as I felt the book didn't live up to its potential. The character development fell rather flat and I found myself annoyed by the immature behavior of the protagonist - I often had to remind myself she is 19 years old in the book since she came across as someone much, much younger. I especially needed to remind myself of this as the romance factor was introduced. Even with her being 19, there was a definite "ick" factor and since her behaviour was so juvenile, I had a double "ick" factor.

The premise of the magic is what saved the book for me but even that wasn't developed to its full potential. The folding was such an intricate part to the success of the plot that I wish the author had taken more time to expand on it. Great start but suffered due to the romance taking over.

Bottom line: While some of the whimsical aspects reminded me a lot of the early Harry Potter books, the comparison to those was its downfall. While J.K. Rowling maintained the creativity throughout seven books, this author wasn't able to capitalize on a brilliant idea. While I think this book might very well be appreciated by the YA reader (much better than "Twilight" or other novels geared toward this age group), I didn't find it to be a particularly engaging read for the adult reader who appreciates YA and is looking for more than a romance story with some magic thrown in.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Holmberg is now an auto-buy author for me. 28 giugno 2016
Di Gloriamarie Amalfitano - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
Plot Summary:

Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she’s bonded to paper, that will be her only magic… forever.

Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined — animating paper creatures, bringing stories to life via ghostly images, even reading fortunes. But as she discovers these wonders, Ceony also learns of the extraordinary dangers of forbidden magic.

An Excisioner — a practitioner of dark, flesh magic — invades the cottage and rips Thane’s heart from his chest. To save her teacher’s life, Ceony must face the evil magician and embark on an unbelievable adventure that will take her into the chambers of Thane’s still-beating heart—and reveal the very soul of the man.

This book is so wonderfully written, the plot so excellently developed, the characters, even minor ones, are three-dimensional. Even the paper dog is amusing which is saying something because I am most definitely a cat person. I loved it so much, I immediately purchased the other two books in the trilogy as well as pre-ordering a related book in that it is in the same world. I think Charlie N. Holmberg has become an auto-buy author for me. Fortunately, I don't have to wait too long for the pre-order to arrive on my kindle. It will come tomorrow.

The world-building is flawless. Holmberg's England is one where magic is simply a legitimate career choice. Some might choose to be stockbrokers, musicians, others magicians. No biggie. Unlike Harry Potter's world, magic isn't a sub-strata within the culture but very mainstream.

Our heroine, Ceony, has just graduated from the magic school. It is one year of intense learning and she was at the top of her class. She wanted to be a Smelting Magician and work with metals but the world of magic can't do without its Paper Magicians and she is unfortunately, in her eyes, apprenticed to Magician Emory Thane, a somewhat eccentric Paper Magician. Unbeknownst to her, he had taken an interest in her a few weeks before she began her studies at the school. She was catering at a magicians' banquet and a Dirty Old Man of a magician groped her under her skirt and she poured a pitcher of wine on him in a Most Embarrassing Spot. I leave it to the gentle reader to guess where. Her actions charmed Thane, but unfortunately for Ceony, the drenched man was also the person who decided who received the scholarship for which she applied and without which she could not pay her expenses at the school. But in the Very Nick of time, a scholarship from a different source is provided for her. She joins Thane in his home to begin her apprenticeship.

She soon discovers that Paper Magic and Folding is not merely decorative but highly functional. The butler of this household, Jonters, is an animated skeleton made of paper Folded by Thane. When Thane realizes Ceony left a much beloved Jack Russel terrier behind due to his allergies, he makes an adorable paper dog for her. Much study is required from human anatomy, watercraft, aircraft, animating childrens' stories and more.

I gotta tell you, the writing is so flawless I found every page enchanting. Then the plot thickens and a crazy woman bursts into Thane's home despite the wards, charms, and locks. She reaches into Thane's chest and pulls out his heart and departs. Ceony, remembering the anatomy books, Folds a new heart and inserts it into Thane's chest seconds before it magically closes. Thane regains consciousness enough to know it is a badly Folded heart due to her inexperience and he requires her to make a Vitality chain which she wraps around his torso. At that point he instructs her to call for help.

Two magicians arrive, Ceony explains what has happened. Despite wanting to stay she is banished to bed. Naturally, she slips off her shoes and sneaks downstairs to eavesdrop. Not liking what she hears, especially that Thane will probably only live another two days, she decides to act when the others won't. Ina bag she packs many sheets of paper, some food, and her little dog too. In the attic where the "big magic" is, she finds a large paper glider. She and the dog hop on, and following a paper bird who had scouted the evil woman's location, she Animates the glider and they fly off.

At this point, I wondered if I was about to encounter a trope I simply can't stand: the Too Stupid Too Live heroine. This is the type of woman who is determined to help regardless of her lack of skills, capabilities, or training. She does a buncha stuff with the best of intentions, only to get entangled in events she did not foresee because she did not have the skills, capabilities, and training to adequately assess the situation. In reality, it is a plot device so that the alpha hero rescues her.

But no such thing. Not only is Thane not an alpha hero, Ceony is trapped by Lira, the evil woman, inside Thane's heart where she learns all his secrets, sweet and dark. After several adventures within the various chambers of his heart, which is a metaphor, she meets Thane himself. There is an important conversation and Thane personally expels her from his heart even though it will cost him, but there is no other choice if she is to restore his beating heart to his body.

Ceony has to battle Lira nd in desperation uses the very first spell Thane taught her: animating words. She grabs the heart of the magic bowl that sustained it, wraps it in a Vitality chain, finds the glider and swooshes back to London. The heart is inserted, Thane lives. They return to their studies but, of course, things are changed enough between them that the very next thing I do after I finish this review is read the Glass Magician, the second volume in the trilogy.
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4.0 su 5 stelle On the Wings of an Origami Crane 10 giugno 2015
Di Christina Thompson - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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As Ceony Twill finishes her studies at Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined she believes that she has the opportunity to bond as a Smelter and live out the dream she had for herself since she was accepted. That dream falls around her when she is nominated to bond with paper because there are so few paper magicians. Once bonded you are bonded with an element for life and the disappointment has soaked through her by the time she meets her new mentor, Magician Emery Thane.
After a short time of studying the art of folding she begins to develop a love for the process... or maybe she begins to love her mentor?
When Magician Thane's past comes to haunt him and takes his heart, literally, Crony must follow to gain it back. The journey will take her through Emery's heart and to a confrontation with a dark magician who has bonded in blood.

This book is a short read and, though the characters lack very much depth, is great. Keep reading the series, the development comes.
15 di 16 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
2.0 su 5 stelle I really wanted to love this book 13 ottobre 2014
Di stephanie stewart - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
I really wanted to love this book. Don't get me wrong, there are a number of clever ideas that manifest themselves in the text - the concept of what magic is in this world and the particular areas of specialization, for example, are both clever and original; the paper dog alone is a rather charming addition. But the author needed some editorial help at some point. First, if you're going to set your book in Edwardian England, you ought to know a little bit about the nature of that time and place before you start deviating from it. There was absolutely nothing English about it, and the book could very easily have been set in the U.S. and culturally would have made more sense - the characters are very American in their thoughts and actions. They are also very contemporary, and likewise the sense of the time was rather cumbersome; I had no sense at all of the early 20th century. The place and time were arbitrary, and without some setting to back that up, never managed to gel properly.

The problems with plot as the book progressed were greater than those of setting. The ideas were good, but from very early in the book it was clear exactly what would happen to the heroine in terms of her relationship with her mysterious benefactor, and it took away all of the tension that should have ebbed and flowed, leaving just a fairly typical romance. I wanted more tension, more self exploration from the character, than I ever got - from her early confusion about whether she wanted to work in paper at all, to her relationship with the hero.

I do look forward to the followup book, in hopes the author develops from here into something more. She has a nice style and a good magical system to build on.
5.0 su 5 stelle An imaginative and exciting journey! 8 giugno 2017
Di A Voracious Reader - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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WHAT IT'S ABOUT
Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she’s bonded to paper, that will be her only magic… forever.

Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined — animating paper creatures, bringing stories to life via ghostly images, even reading fortunes. But as she discovers these wonders, Ceony also learns of the extraordinary dangers of forbidden magic.

An Excisioner — a practitioner of dark, flesh magic — invades the cottage and rips Thane’s heart from his chest. To save her teacher’s life, Ceony must face the evil magician and embark on an unbelievable adventure that will take her into the chambers of Thane’s still-beating heart—and reveal the very soul of the man.

MY TAKE
I listened to the audiobook, and the narrator did a great job, adding personality to each of the characters.

This book! It was such a fun, creative alternate world where magic was possible. Ceony is spunky in a passive/aggressive kind of way. It would be easy to mistake the steel in her. She's also someone who's made mistakes in her life that she feels terribly bad about and has learned from.

Things are moving interestingly long when suddenly the stuff hits the fan. Suddenly they are being attacked and Thane's heart is ripped out. What follows is a Harry Potter-like journey, but rather than the Department of Mysteries, it's into Thane's heart. It's such a creative way to show some of his history and even his deepest hurts and insecurities.

Ceony discovers some frightening things about herself too, which is a great lead in to the next book.