The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician Series, Book 1) (Kindle Edition) by Charlie N. Holmberg
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Product Description on Amazon:
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.
Short-Listed for the 2015 ALA Fantasy Reading List
Review From School Library Journal:
Gr 10 Up—In early 20th century England, 19-year-old Ceony Twill graduates with distinction from the Praff School for the Magically Inclined and must now commit to a lifetime bond with one element. Although bespelling metal is Ceony’s choice, she is, much to her dismay, required to bond to paper owing to a shortage of paper magicians. She reluctantly travels to the cottage of magician Emery Thane, to whom she will apprentice. Although she’s initially scornful of the paper element, Thane wins over his prickly apprentice with inventive and delightful paper creations including a lifelike paper dog that becomes Ceony’s beloved companion.
The story swiftly moves to deadly serious, as Lira, an Excisioner who practices dark magic on human flesh, arrives intending to rip out and steal Thane’s heart. (Lira, coincidentally, is Thane’s ex-wife.)
About the Author:
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.