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The Glass Magician

(The Paper Magician #2)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  39,165 ratings  ·  2,792 reviews
Three months after returning Magician Emery Thane’s heart to his body, Ceony Twill is well on her way to becoming a Folder. Unfortunately, not all of Ceony’s thoughts have been focused on paper magic. Though she was promised romance by a fortuity box, Ceony still hasn’t broken the teacher-student barrier with Emery, despite their growing closeness.

When a magician with a pe
Paperback, 222 pages
Published November 4th 2014 by 47North
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Althea Ann
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
After reading the first book in this series, I felt that there were some promising aspects to the story and some, well, not-so-promising aspects. Unfortunately, I felt that this got worse, not better.

In 'The Paper Magician' one issue I noted was that the villain was completely without depth - she had neither motivation, background, or a clear agenda. I thought that in the second book, we might find out more about her. No. Instead, we continue with two of her henchmen as villains - who are ALSO c
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
How great it would be if someone else took this intriguing world and wrote a completely different book.

Also, I wish I'd read this in paperback rather than on a Kindle so I could have thrown it across the room when Ceony says that Langston, whose cooking is not all it could be, "needed to get married right away".
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Much better than the first

What I liked
- I really enjoyed how this one focused on Glass magic. Paper is cool and all, but glass is so much more interesting. I loved learning about the different enchantments one can do with glass which includes finding people and going from one place to another, through glass.

- I loved how subtle and cute the romance was in this. Although it seemed pretty much one-sided because of the whole ‘inappropriateness’ of the situation, the rare showcase of romance from
R.K. Gold
Jun 23, 2018 rated it liked it
As usual my reviews will contain spoilers so if that bothers you stop reading now.

I'm going to start with the things I don't like so I can end with the things I like and people can walk away from my review feeling optimistic about the book because my compliments will be the last thing they saw.

There were parts of this book I liked and parts of it I was really annoyed by. The romance still annoys me because it feels so forced. Ceony was Emery's apprentice for such a short amount of time before sh
The Glass Magician more like I Came Out to Have a Good Time and I'm Honestly Feeling So Attacked Right Now.


Seriously, I jumped into this expecting cuteness, some action, character development and maybe even a few kisses, but all I got instead is an insane dose of frustration (Ceony, I'm looking at you) and a headache.
Book #3 better be so good it makes up for this catastrophic sequel and the damage it caused to one of my favorite books and my (former, for now) fictional heroines, or I'm gonna
Aly (In Wonderland)
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"You do not hold up the world," Emery replied, closer to his normal volume. "You are not God, and it's time you stopped acting like you were."

So I'm definitely the black sheep, because I enjoyed this instalment a lot more than the first one.

But I'm a sucker for romance.

What I loved:

- The characters. I can't seem to get enough of Thane and Ceony and their personalities. Even though they constantly clash and Ceony can be immature at times, I'm definitely rooting for
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed “The Glass Magician”, by Charlie N. Holmberg, far more than I did its predecessor, “The Paper Magician”.

The plot flows extremely well and is engaging from the first chapter, bringing more spark to the world established in the first of the series. I found myself fascinated with the inner workings of the magical world, all the way from the apprentices to the villains. All of them are intriguing, and I am looking forward to learning more of their stories in the next book. There is a surpr
I don't know what the hell I was doing with my life before I found these books - it was probably something very mundane and boring like grocery shopping or something. Seriously, I'm very upset that it took me this long to accept this series into my heart and onto my kindle.

These books just keeping getting better and better and I'm loving every second of it! I seriously can't wait to read the next one while at work tomorrow. I'm giddy already guys.

I love everything about Ceony and I was on the e
Nov 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
This is really 2.5 stars.

I really hate it when a sequel falls really short of the first book in a series and you are left wondering if book three is going to be worth your time.

The Glass Magician takes place three months after the events of The Paper Magician. While Ceony has fallen had for Mg. Thane, nothing seems to have happened between them and he lessons have continued as normal. But as attempts on her life start to occur, Ceony and Mg. Thane must try to find who is behind it before it is t
Yzabel Ginsberg
(I got a copy courtesy of NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

Again, an easy and fast read, much like the previous installment, but had not I already gotten a copy through NG, as mentioned above, I doubt I would've read it.

Some parts of the book were still pleasant. I still liked the idea behind the magic, and the more prominent use this time of Gaffers and their powers—seriously, working with mirrors, travelling through them, using them to spy on or find people? That's awesome! It woul
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
A really solid sequel to the first book in this trilogy. It begins a few months after the events of book 1, and begins with Ceony having multiple attempts made on her life.

I actually really enjoyed this sequel and I am, all around, surprised at how much I am enjoying this series. It's such a fun lighthearted series with a really unique world and premise.

I think this one was a little bit weaker than book 1, I found it slower and the story was not as exciting. It was a bit irritating to see the c
ARC via NetGalley

The Glass Magician, much like the first book in the Paper Magician Trilogy, is a frustrating combination of high-potential world building and terrible character development. Holmberg's unique take on a historical magical London is compelling, a rare treat in an arena that had been so well covered in recent years. But Holmberg's heroine, Ceony Twill, is a Mary Sue of the type so popular in poorly written semi-romance novels directed at teens these days. She's the best at everythi
Nov 03, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Publisher: 47 North

Publishing Date: November 2014

ISBN: 9781477825945

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 1.3/5

Publisher Description: Three months after returning Magician Emery Thane’s heart to his body, Ceony Twill is well on her way to becoming a Folder. Unfortunately, not all of Ceony’s thoughts have been focused on paper magic. Though she was promised romance by a fortuity box, Ceony still hasn’t broken the teacher-student barrier with Emery, despite their growing
I absolutely LOVE the world of the Paper Magician. Such a creative and unique and clever magic system and world that Holmberg has created. It makes me wish that *I* could bond to paper or metal or glass or whatnot. What a fun concept!

The plot in this one is much better than book one. The whole heart storyline from book one was a little blah, but this one really packs in the action. Be prepared, though, for some heartache as there are some sad moments.

I think my biggest gripe with the series is
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
The glass magician 🎩

We follow Ceony on her adventures through learning to be the perfect paper magician but she runs into some trouble. Well alot of trouble.
From a mass murderer after her to falling deeper in love with Emery her life is all over the place.

I love the magic system and the different types of magic. Paper magic was simple and beautiful but glass magic and going through mirrors but not imperfect mirror that wont work. It was just beautiful. A quick read and really fun, cant wait t
Athena (OneReadingNurse)
"A man doesn’t have to have dark magic to do dark things"

I freaking love these books, they are nice short reads with just enough magic and a spurt of potential romance! I love Ceony's education and how many facets and potential spells there are to folding.

I'd also like to claim Thane as my new book boyfriend, thanks😍

Totally recommend these for a quick, action filled, magical read that doesn't make you think too hard while still feeling ALL the feels!

BTW, How did this book get so many high ratings?

I read the first book and gave it about 3 stars but then after a day or two and talking about it. I felt it was really a 2 star book. I just needed to digest all the misguided parts of the story. I shouldn't have continued on in the series. I didn't know it was going to be about Mg. Thane and Ceony. It's like a repeat of their relationship but denial involved making is sickening with how childish the whole t
Wendi Lee
I'm waffling between 3 and 3 1/2 stars.

I really enjoyed the first book in this series: it was sweet and unassuming, and I loved how Ceony and Emery's relationship unfolded. It was also a bit on the light side, but after many months of psychological thrillers, a light fantasy seemed refreshing.

This book is darker, which is nice, but I have to echo the other reviewers who pointed out the villains are not well characterized, and one is very much an evil foreigner stereotype (complete with unflatt
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Amazon Publishing and NetGalley.)

“It is my responsibility to fix this,” she whispered.
Delilah turned from the window. “What?”
“My fault, my responsibility,”

This was an enjoyable story, and I liked it a lot more than ‘The Paper Magician’.

Ceony was once again happy to walk straight into dangerous situations in this book, and seemed to get in worse and worse scrapes! She really was single-mindedly fixat
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014-rev, reviewed

2.5 stars

Ceony Twill, apprentice paper magician, saved her mentor and love interest from death. But evil folk are still at large, putting Ceony and her friends and family at risk. Left out by the powers that be, she nonetheless struggles for a solution, while learning surprising things about the nature of magic.

The Paper Magician, the first book in the series, started strong, but soon bogged down. This second book retains Holmberg's strong writing skill, but falls short
 Simply Sam ツ
***2.5 Stars***

I don't remember Ceony being as annoying in the first book. It was really off putting for me. She was either whining or blushing or crying. And the way she acts with Emery is the way a child would act with his or her parent, aside from the romantic element of course. Actually, no, not even then. Her attempts at getting his attention are exactly what a child would do to gain the parents attention. That's not what I want from a female protagonist.

I am still enamored with the magic
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
This was an enjoyable sequel, possibly a tiny bit more so than the first book, even. That Ceony sure knows how to find trouble, but it seems as if there's always someone there to rescue her. It's all a little too convenient but I guess that's the case when magic is involved. ;) I could never BE so lucky.

When I saw I was only 40 minutes away from the end of the audiobook, I started getting nervous because I was afraid of a major cliffhanger, the way things were going. But convenience stepped in a
Sara Hernández
Jul 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love this book, it was like the first... I want the third book... <3
Simi Sunny
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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***** 4 Stars *****

Cannot be read as a standalone.

MUCH better than the previous book.

I loved the fantasy and the relationship between Emery and Ceony.

Ceony was still stubborn and a bit crazy jumping into trouble all the time, but the adventure and journey was wonderful.

I can't wait for book #3.

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Suad Shamma
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, 2015
Immediately after finishing the prequel, I was reading this book from cover to cover in a matter of hours. The storyline in this book was more complex than the previous one, the characters were better developed and we were introduced to new ones who added life and excitement to the story. Of course we were introduced to new villains as well, a lot more deadly than Emery's ex was in The Paper Magician.

I liked the relationship between Ceony and Emery, I love where it's headed, and I love the tens
Robbie Claravall
Ceony’s a bitch.

And I mean it. If she did not exist at all in this book then there would be no conflict taking place. She’s just so annoying and stubborn, she does not listen to anyone, including her (love) Emery. I hate reading pages and pages of her just complaining to every situation that’s taking place.

I mean, learning about the Glass Magician was interesting at first but then Ceony ruins it all. She ruins it all. She makes so much stupid decisions in this book I don’t even know anymore. I m
The second book of The Paper Magician Trilogy is just as enchanting as the first one.

It did contain a little more of romantic pining, which I don't particularly enjoy as a rule. Still, the book was a very pleasant read. I really admire Ceony's own brand of kick-ass-ness, her love of studying and working, her tenacity. She's the kind of person I'd really want to be friends with.

The atmosphere of the book and the magic system are graceful in their simplicity. Which, I guess, can be said about the
Oct 13, 2014 marked it as dnf

This book is currently available on Netgalley as a "Read Now" Title.

What are you waiting for? Go grab it!
Tayla Robichaud
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, need-to-buy
Ahhhhh such a lovely book.

"words could only comfort her so much. They were a threadbare blanket against a winter storm. No matter how tightly Ceony wrapped it around herself, she could do nothing about the holes"

Emery: he is seriously sooo adorable and so cute and gaaaahhhh: (view spoiler)
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Charlie N. Holmberg is an award-winning, best-selling, and internationally published author of fantasy and romantic fiction. She was raised a Trekkie alongside three sisters, who also have boy names. She is a proud BYU alumna, plays the ukulele, owns too many pairs of glasses, and finally adopted a dog. She currently lives with her family in Utah. Visit her at

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