Author: Charlie N. Holmberg
Synopsis: Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she’s bonded to paper, that will be her only magic… forever.
Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined — animating paper creatures, bringing stories to life via ghostly images, even reading fortunes. But as she discovers these wonders, Ceony also learns of the extraordinary dangers of forbidden magic.
An Excisioner — a practitioner of dark, flesh magic — invades the cottage and rips Thane’s heart from his chest. To save her teacher’s life, Ceony must face the evil magician and embark on an unbelievable adventure that will take her into the chambers of Thane’s still-beating heart—and reveal the very soul of the man.
When an aspiring Magician is finished their schooling at Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, they are either given the option of deciding which type of magic they would like to bond to, or they are assigned a certain branch. It is a heartbreaking moment for Ceony when she is told she has been assigned to Paper Magic when she has always dreamed of bespelling metal. But once she has bonded to Paper, either she can only use paper magic, or she will leave behind magic forever and live an ordinary life.
When I started reading this story, I was hooked after the first couple of chapters. This was a story about a type of magic I had never read about before. Folding paper in a particular way and saying the proper word could bring paper frogs to life or make paper snowflakes cold. It gives the Folders the ability to bring story books to life in the way of ghostly images.
Now as a lover of books myself (of course), the thought of being able to read a story and bring the images to life greatly appeals to me. However, Ceony hates the thought that paper magic cannot protect you like smelting metals could. To Ceony, Paper Folding is a dying art as the skills it enabled were useless.
Though at first Ceony is wary of her teacher Magician Thane, she grows to like him as her teachers her. I was in love with Thane the moment we met him. Eccentric, funny, and caring, he has a big heart and loves what he does. As he teaches, Ceony starts to see the appeal to Folding.
The book starts out light and fluffy but quickly turns very dark. An Excisor breaks into Thanes cottage where they live and steals Thane’s heart right from his chest. With Thane barely alive, Ceony leaves on a mission to return his heart and save his life.
I really enjoyed this novel and loved how dark it gets. I am currently starting book two and hope it lives up to my expectations now after finishing book one! The only thing I had trouble with while reading this book was that when speaking of the magicians, it was shortened to Mg. Thane. In my head, I kept reading it as Margaret Thane, so I had to skip the Mg. and just read it as Thane haha.
This is one for the vault ladies and gents! Check it out.