Book Review: The Master Magician (The Paper Magician Book 3) by Charlie N. Holmberg

It's been two years since Ceony defeated Grath, and, during that time, Ceony's been practicing other forms of magic in secret, enjoying her relationship with Emery, and preparing for her magician's exam. But then Saraj, the Excisioner Emery put behind bars, escapes, and Ceony has to use her newfound magic abilities to keep herself and her loved ones safe.

Book Review: The Master Magician (The Paper Magician Book 3) by Charlie N Holmberg | books, reading, book reviews, book covers, fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance
Title: The Master Magician
Book Number: Book 3 of 3
Pages: 226
My Rating: 3 Stars
More Info: Goodreads, Amazon


As sad as I was to say goodbye to Emery, one of my all-time favorite characters, I was happy to see he and Ceony finally get their happy ending in the conclusion to this fun, unique series.

Even though this book didn’t have as much action as the first two and was not the strongest book in the trilogy, the growing relationship between Ceony and Emery was fun to read about, and I was looking forward to Ceony’s final test and graduation. I did get frustrated again with Ceony’s decision-making (she went looking for trouble, so she found it), and I felt the main plot about Saraj started kind of late in the book, but I still enjoyed the book because I was invested in these characters and what was going to happen to them.

Overall, it was a series I enjoyed and am glad I read. Emery is a fantastic character who will forever be one of my absolute favorites (in case you couldn’t tell from the 27 other times I’ve already talked about him), the magic was creative and different from other forms I’ve read about, and the story was sweet with an equally cute conclusion.


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  1. Lola

    This sounds like a good ending to the series and that’s great they get their happy ending. The magic concept sounds so original in this series, I might have to pick up the first book eventually. Although it’s a shame there wasn’t as much action as in the rpevious books and it wasn’t the strongest book in the series, it’s always interesting to see how with series there are often books that are a bit better than others, sometimes it’s the first book, sometimes a middle book and sometimes the last one. Great review!

    1. Kristen Burns

      Thanks! I still think you should try the first book if it interests you, even if you’re not sure about the whole series, because it works really well as a standalone, too. I actually thought it was a standalone when I read it. But yeah, it is interesting how some series are stronger in the beginning, others in the end, some in the middle, and some stay relatively even.

  2. Liza @ Reading with ABC

    I’m always happy when I see this series in other blogs because I feel that it didn’t get the hype it deserves. I really liked it, even if the first book was a bit strange. I loved the world building, the characters, and the unique take on magic. Great review :)

    1. Kristen Burns

      Thanks! It was definitely one of the most unique takes on magic I’ve read about. And it’s so frustrating when you love a series but it doesn’t get the attention it deserves! I feel that way far too often lol. At least we’re doing our part by blogging!