In The Master Magician, Ceony is up for her final exam to become a certified Master Magician. Because of her close relationship with her teacher Emery Thane, she’s sent to another Paper Magician for her test to avoid any possible nepotism. As she prepares for her test, she learns that a murderous dark arts magician she helped capture in The Glass Magician has escaped prison. The last time she spoke with the rogue magician, he threatened her family. Ceony decides to be proactive and hunt him down–instead of waiting for him to attack her.
I devoured the first two books in the series, but had a tough time getting back into Holmberg’s world at first. This was mostly my fault as I’m in a book rut and it’s been a while since I read previous books. Once I warmed up, I loved every second of it.
While each book in the series could be read as a standalone, I highly recommend reading them in order. The third book is fairly light on the world building, but if you’ve read the previous two, you won’t need to fill in the blanks as much. Ceony is a heroine that’s tough and innovative–never a bad thing in fantasy books.
If you’re looking for a fun series to read, you can’t go wrong with The Paper Magician trilogy.