Book Review | The Master Magician by Charlie N Holmberg

This review contains spoilers of book 1, The Paper Magician, and book 2, The Glass Magician. Click the links to read my reviews! 

23485372While all seems set for Ceony to complete her apprenticeship and pass her upcoming final magician’s exam, life quickly becomes complicated. To avoid favoritism, Emery sends her to another paper magician for testing, a Folder who despises Emery and cares even less for his apprentice. To make matters worse, a murderous criminal from Ceony’s past escapes imprisonment. Now she must track the power-hungry convict across England before he can take his revenge. With her life and loved ones hanging in the balance, Ceony must face a criminal who wields the one magic that she does not, and it may prove more powerful than all her skills combined. – from Goodreads 

Whilst my review of the second book in the series was pretty scathing, I definitely enjoyed the final book of this trilogy far more… although there were still a lot of things that let it down.

The plot of this was really pointless. I just… it was ridiculously predictable, and this plot had been built up throughout the last book; but it was over really quickly, and just the entire plot ruined the whole book. It was flat when it really should have been very exciting, and I feel like the whole three books were being so built up… to end with that. It was just so disappointing!

Ceony was, as ever, really effing stupid. It frustrated me how was so self-sacrificing in a “chosen one” kind of style, but she didn’t need to be, y’know? Like Harry Potter didn’t have a choice, neither did Katniss Everdeen, but Ceony did and it really annoyed me that she kept going back and putting herself in a stupid amount of danger. UGH!

Something in this book kept me reading, and I think it’s because I just wanted to know what happened. Maybe it was a bit more fast paced – possibly.

As ever, the magic in this world is fantastic, and is probably the best bit of the books. Ceony had a magician test in this book, and that was probably my favourite scene of the whole thing. I wish that there was way more magical scenes in the book because honestly it’s so cool. And Ceony, as annoying as she is, has a really cool talent which I would’ve liked to see used more just kind of for fun and cool projects!

And two final pet peeves:

  • There wasn’t enough Emery??? What a joke.
  • And there was a huge obsession with using characters’ full names – eg “Ceony Twill” probably came up about 50 times. It was really off-putting – because no one says that in real life – and so blinking repetitive.

Overall… I sped through the final book of this series and I did like it, I suppose, but it’s really not my favourite series, which is a huge shame because it held so much promise! The Paper Magician was also one of my favourite books of 2015, so it sucks that books 2 & 3 just didn’t match up. I’d love to know your thoughts if you’ve read the series?

Rating: 3.5/5

Goodreads
Source: bought on Kindle

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