The Master Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

The Master Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg; 2015; $14.95; 200 pages; 47North, Seattle, WA; 978-14828694; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Midland; 4/19/16-4/22/16

Why did I read this?  Because I read the first two books in the series, The Paper Magician and The Glass Magician.

Ceony Twill has been sent to another magician to test out to see if she has fulfilled the requirements of her apprenticeship.  The magician is one whom her mentor had bullied as a young man.  However before she can take her test, her relationship with her own sister in tested and a magician who has targeted her family has escaped from prison and once again Ceony doesn’t trust anyone besides herself to capture him.  She and her mentor promised one another not to go after the bad guy on their own, but they both break their promises and it takes Ceony’s new abilities and some teamwork to capture him again.  Ceony’s test in long and complicated.  With the end of her test her life changes both personally and professionally.

Grade-A 

The Glass Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

The Glass Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg;2014; $14.95; 211 pages; 47North, Seattle, WA; 978-1477825945; checked out from Multnomah County Library;4/16/13-4/19/16 

Why did I read this?   I read the first book in the series, The Paper Magician, and decided to read the rest of the series.

Ceony Twill continues her apprenticeship under Magician Thane as a Folder.  She and those close to her have by threatened a couple of corrupt magicians.  She has been told to leave the pursuit of the bad guys to the Bureau of Criminal Affairs, but it is not in her nature to let others bear her burden what she believes are her affairs.  She  takes on the bad guy on  her own and makes a discovery that will change her life and the life of those around her.

Grade-A

 

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr;2014; $27.00; 530 pages; Scribner, New York, NY; 978-1-4767-4658-6;purchased at Multnomah County Library, Title Wave Used Bookstore; 4/7/16-4/16/16

Why did I read this?  The Corner Reading Society, a book group I belong to, is reading this for our May meeting.

An achingly beautiful look at the lives of two people in occupied France during World War II.  One is a beautiful French girl who lives with her father and is blind.  They live in Paris and the father works at a Museum, where she learns her way around  and about the subjects covered in the museum.  A young man lives in an orphanage with his sister in Berlin where they listen on the wireless to a Frenchman expound and play Claire De Lune.  Their lives intersect when Adolph Hitler comes to power and invades France.  Their lives change when through the course of the war.

Grade-A

The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg; 2014; $14.95; 214 pages; 47North, Seattle, WA; 978-1477823835; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Midland; 4/5/16-4/7/16

Why did I read this?  I don’t remember who recommended this, but someone I work with said it was good.

Ceony Twill is a student at school for magicians that is not Hogwarts.  She could be a folder (paper magician), smelter (metals), or gaffer (glass).  There are some magicians who have gone past the boundary and become blood magicians with the ability to manipulate people.  She hopes to become a smelter or a gaffer, but when she is assigned her apprenticeship it is to a folder.  As she gets into her apprenticeship she has an encounter with her mentor’s ex wife which takes her on an incredible journey through a persons heart.

Grade A

Unbound, Magic Ex Libris, Book Three by Jim C. Hines

Unbound, Magic Ex Libris, Book Three by Jim C. Hines; 2014; $24.95; 340 pages; Daw Books, Inc., New York, NY; 978-0-7564-0968-5; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Midland; 4/1/16-4/5/16

Why did I read this?  Because I had read the two previous books in the series, Libriomancer and Codex Born.

Isaac has had some problems with the magic and has had his magic withdrawn by the governing body. He takes steps to rectify the problems he has caused and tries to make amends with the people he has hurt.

Grade-A

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