Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet by Charlie N. Holmberg

Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet by Charlie N. Holmberg; 2016; $14.95; 296 pages; 47North, Seattle, WA; 978-1503935600; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Hollywood; 7/27/16-7/29/16

Why did I read this?  I have read three previous books by the author and really enjoyed, so I thought I would try this.

A creator who is less than a god with the power to create grass, flowers, trees and other pieces of nature decides to try her hand at creating a human being.  She is not able to effectively craft a soul and it has all kinds of consequences for her, her creation and her husband.  She had been an ethereal being but in her creating the being she becomes human with a loss of memory and becomes a slave to a person with many personality disorders.  She is haunted by a ethereal being who she feels she has a connection to, but can’t figure it out.

Grade-C, I couldn’t figure out the point of the story and it just seemed to wander all over the place with no real conclusion.

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.


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.



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

The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman

The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman; 2010; $16.99; 325 pages; G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, NY; 978-0-399-25096-5; checked out from Multnomah County Library, North Portland; 3/2/16-3/4/16

Why did I read this?  When I am interviewing potential volunteers for the bookstore I often ask them about the books they like and are reading.  One of our newest volunteers recommended this and it sounded similar to James A. Owen’s Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica.

Elizabeth is recommended by one of her teachers to become a page at the New York Circulating Material Repository.  Housed within the repository are objects including toasters, coats, hats, shoes and more which people check out for a variety of reasons.  They use them as props and costumes and other purposes.  Housed beneath the repository is a collection of items collected by the Brothers Grimm when they were researching their collection of stories.  Some of the items in the Grimm collection,which includes among other things the seven leagues boots, Snow White’s Magic Mirror and the shoes from the twelve dancing princesses, are disappearing.  Before she knows it she and her fellow pages are caught up in the intrigue of those who are swiping the priceless and sometimes dangerous artifacts.

Grade-A, really imaginative and great use of literature and its place in our lives.