The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg


This book has been on my to-read shelf for a year. A YEAR GUYS. What is wrong with me?

I loved the cover and premise of it. Paper folding as magic? So unique! So curious!

The moment I started reading this book I loved it. The narrative voice, the characters, the setting. The introductions are done so well I was ecstatic. Couldn’t put it down. The story reminded me of Naomi Novic’s Uprooted, but in London. I kept seeing Thane as David Tennant’s doctor, with his quirks and fascination with all things brilliant. It seriously could not get any better.

And then, once the story unfolded and the main plot-line began, the MC got trapped. It was a little strange as to where she was trapped, but I won’t spoil it. I didn’t not like it, just very strange. I kept reading, wanting to see how it played out.

And then, 10% later, she was still trapped.

And then another 10%

And another.

And then I realized that her being trapped is actually the main adventure of the book. 


Well then. That was unexpected.

I finished it with a twinge of disappointment, though the story did keep my attention. I liked it, but I felt a bit cheated. I wanted more…everything. Maybe I’ll pick up another one day. I would still recommend it as a light read, if anything but to make your own imagination spark with the incredible world and characters this book provides. For now, I’ll delve into something else.



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