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

Ceony has been an apprentice for two years and is ready to become a real magician, so Emery sends her off to another magician's home to avoid any claims of bias. But when Saraj escapes, Ceony decides to try and find him and use some of her newfound magic skills before he can do any more harm, especially to those she cares about.

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Title: The Master Magician
Book Number: Book 3
Pages: 226
My Rating: 4 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.

*I’ve read this book multiple times. This review was written after my 1st read.*

2nd Read Update:
Even though I’ve increased my rating by a whole star this time, I feel like my review from my first read is still valid. I think I was just more in a “go with the flow” mindset this time, so I wasn’t bothered by the same things. Ceony did make bad decisions seemingly for the sake of plot again, but it was at least in-character, and, again, who am I to really say what someone might do, especially if they’re worried about loved ones? I definitely loved all the magic. The author came up with such an interesting system, and such interesting spells and uses for each material, and it was all just a lot of fun to read about. I loved Ceony’s necklace idea too. And of course I loved Emery and their cute relationship. Overall a great series with really cool magic, an eccentric love interest I adored, and a happy ending!

*Rating: 3 Stars // 1st Read Date: 2015 // Format: eBook*
*Rating: 4 Stars // 2nd Read Date: 2020 // Format: eBook*


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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!