Reading/Interest Level: Young Adult
Author: Charlie N. Holmberg
Bonding her magic to paper was far from Ceony's first choice. In fact, almost any other branch of magic would have pleased her more. Nevertheless, she has an inner drive to be the best at anything she undertakes and begins to make rapid progress with her paper studies. There is something mysterious about her master Magician, Emery Thane, who suddenly disappears for a week without explanation. When he returns, an evil magician weilding forbidden blood magic is hot on his trail. The evil mage literally steals Emery's heart and Ceony is barely able to patch together a paper pump to hold him together while she sets out on a quest to find it. Along the way she develops her talents for paper spells, learns a great deal about a magician's heart, and makes a few discoveries about her own.
In this great book, readers will enjoy the adventure, mild romance, and find something to relate to. Readers who struggle with sorrow, guilt, and past regrets will connect with Ceony as she experiences some of Emery's regrets and suffering. These lead her to reveal a deep regret from her past: the loss of a friend to suicide. Helping Emery overcome his guilt helps Ceony to let go of her own. Ceony is an excellent example of courage, determination, and practical approaches to problem solving. The story is set in Victorian London, adding an enchanting backdrop and lots of wardrobe fun. This book is highly recommended for its humor, entertainment, and themes of the heart.
*Contains moderate violence