Throughout her studies, Ceony Twill has harbored a secret, one she's kept from even her mentor, Emery Thane. She's discovered how to practice forms of magic other than her own - an ability long thought impossible.
While 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.
The whimsical and captivating follow-up to The Paper Magician and The Glass Magician, The Master Magician will enchant readers of all ages.
©2015 Charlie N. Holmberg (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
a dedicated dilettante
Charlie Holmberg is a masterful literary tight-rope walker; she has written that fine line between fierce vs. frenetic, endearing vs. cloying, inventive vs. a show-off and clear headed vs. cold-hearted. The main protagonist is an almost ideal character in that she doesn't come off as a constructed character at all. She is clear headed, except when it comes to her own safety. She is brilliant except for some moments of her own relationships. She is brave, physically and emotionally, but not (usually) brash. She is not perfect, thank goodness. She can be impatient. Her feisty temper can flare; it is all too easy to push her buttons. She is less self-focused than Katniss or Bella, more aware than Triss or Clary and less annoying than Hermione (at least at the beginning of the HP series). She has heart, grit and talent. In short, the perfect protagonist (made better by not being perfect). I really like Emery as well, but he leans a little too much toward the perfect side; of course, this comes from the perspective of a guy who knows he doesn't live up to anything like Magician Thane. Ms. Holmberg draws their relationship and the series to a delightful culmination in The Master Magician.
As is my wont, I went between the Kindle and Audible versions of the book. Amy McFadden conveys the care and confidence of Emery, the pragmatism of Mg. Patrice Aviosky and the awkward infatuation of Bennet Cooper. Immersed within the spell of her voice, you can easily visualize Bennet's shyness, puppy-dog look and melancholic knowledge that he isn't really making any headway with Ceony. Her male voices are great, she keeps consistent, perfect inflection within each character and always keeps the attention on the story, not her narration. Absolutely spot-on. If you like audiobooks, this is one you'll want to get.
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Loved this series. Fell in love with the MCs, their world, and their story. I hope there's a spinoff series in the future. Something a la Prudence by Gail Carriger. That would make it even better.
Avid fantasy adventure book listener.
Again, a wonderful story full of suspense, detail, and magic. The ending, of course, was perfect.
The second and this last book has much more romance the the first, but it's the sweet kind. There's certainly other things in the story that adds a good plot, so I don't mind. Plus, no crazy love triangles! Just a good adventure with a bit of honest love, a combination I can appreciate. I feel this could be something other fantasy novels could learn from. ;)
Wish there had been an epilogue, but it wasn't necessary. The end seems final, but I would love it if the story continued years down the road - I always hate for the adventure to end, especially with such a unique world.
As to the performance, the narrator upped her game here! I guess she listened to the cries of the other reviewers and softened her voice just a touch with a slower pace. At first I wanted the familiar pacing that I had grown accustomed to, but the change was certainly an improvement - I rarely had to replay the story to catch what was going on this time (something I did often in the previous books). Nice job!
Overall, I am pleased (and secretly hoping for more from this fantastical world).
I thought the narrator was very good even with the different accents she had to perform. The story kept me interested and I couldn't wait to see what happened next.
I purchased the first book and found myself listening to the next two with a fervor. I strongly recommend it to everyone. How many books make you want it to never end. I saddened that there is not another. It would make a great movie.
"A brilliant finale"
I want to learn that shredding spell, it'd be so much easier than using a conventional shredder.
Other than that I did enjoy this book the third in the trilogy. And it leaves you with that sigh of satisfaction because all is sewn up and the ending is what you need.
Coming back to this reality has been a struggle though. What do I read/listen to next? I have a major book hangover now.
"A Little disappointed"
I enjoyed the different magic sections particularly when the specific spells were discussed. There seemed to be a lot of thought put into the factions of magic used in this trilogy.
Ceony Maya Twill & Magician Thane
I was disappointed by the ending of this book as it was a little predictable. I had imagined that I would have been taken further along the journey of Ceony rather than the ending which was drawn out. It would have been more interesting if I had been taken to the next step as to where her discovery led her, especially given the title of the book. I had thought, upon starting the book, that Ceony would have ended up being given a certificate of "Master Magician" or being given the opportunity to study the other factions of magic however this was left to my own imagination. I just think the book had more to give, especially as the end of a trilogy.
"Good finish to this series!"
Enjoyable listen, and a nice way to end this series. Also the narrator's English accent wasn't as painful as the earlier ones. I am happy I finished this series.
"Great end to the trilogy"
This book nicely rounds off the trilogy. Amy McFaddens narration added depth and drama to the characters and I really enjoyed listening.
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