Wall Street Journal bestselling author Charlie N. Holmberg returns to the enchanting world of The Paper Magician.
Alvie Brechenmacher has arrived in London to begin her training in Polymaking—the magical discipline of bespelling plastic. Polymaking is the newest form of magic, and in a field where there is so much left to learn, every Polymaker dreams of making the next big discovery.
Even though she is only an apprentice, Alvie is an inventor at heart, and she is determined to make as many discoveries—in as short a time frame—as she can. Luckily for her, she's studying under the world-renowned magician Marion Praff, who is just as dedicated as Alvie is.
Alvie's enthusiasm reinvigorates her mentor's work, and together they create a device that could forever change Polymaking—and the world. But when a rival learns of their plans, he conspires to steal their invention and take the credit for it himself.
To thwart him, Alvie will need to think one step ahead. For in the high-stakes world of magical discovery, not everyone plays fair…
I really enjoyed reading this book. This world is a lot of fun to read about, and getting to explore what a different medium could do-and not just bits and bobs, but apprentice training, was great. And plastic is the newest medium, and there's so much to explore and discover!
Alvie is an interesting character, she's American with parents who are German immigrants, and a father who helped invent the light bulb. I enjoyed watching her navigate England with servants, and learning to be a Polymaker. And meeting Bennett from the 3rd book, and his sister, who is pretty darned important, because she was the catalyst for the idea for the device that they invent. Yeah.
One thing about this book, is that it explains the whole paper/blood thing in the first book, that since they're both living organic material, that Ceony was able to use blood with paper. Just like in this book, Alvie was able to use metal with plastic. Yeah!
We also got to see Ceony and Thane, which was really great, even if it was only for a briefly. But we got updates in their lives, like the fact that they're married and heavily pregnant! That's so sweet and I loved getting that!
Loved reading this book, it was a really fantastic read!
Author: Charlie N. Holmberg
Series: The Paper Magician #4
Read: August 15th, 2019
Reason Why: Love the first few books in the series! And it's a End of Series 2019 Book, Historical Fiction 2019 Book and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book!
Published: May 15th 2018