The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
One more Amazon First Read to write about, this one's also from Amazon's Science-Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror imprint 47North.
This story is the first in a planed trilogy, Ceony Twill is finished with magic school and is off to meet Emery Thane at his home. Ceony isn't happy about this as she wanted to work with metal, but instead will be working with paper. In this world once you're bound to a material you can't work with others. As Thane begins to teach her paper magic she learns that it has much more to offer than she could imagine. As you can guess something bad has to happen, an Excisioner, a practicer of blood magic, invades Thane's cottage and pull his still-beating heart from his chest. Ceony must thing fast in order to save her teacher while she chases after very dangerous Excisioner.
This was a quick read, simply because it was very short. It seemed like it could have developed more, but I"m assuming that's what will be happening in the rest of the trilogy. I enjoyed the paper dog, but that's just the kind of guy I am. She talked some about the magic school, but didn't get to crazy detailed about it which I liked. We've all had to many Harry Potter like books out there, no need for another. This student of Brandon Sanderson wrote a good story, though I'm not a huge fan of the end.
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