If you have seen my 2019 goals you will have seen that a main goal of mine is to read more books from independent publisher or lesser known authors. To accompany this I will be spotlighting some indie reads throughout the year that I have loved or I am looking forward to read in the future.
For this series I will be concentrating on books and authors that aren’t published by the big five (Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster). They have a lot of publicity so it’s the indies turn!
My first indie spotlight author is Charlie N Holmberg, she is the author that started my indie read journey! I’ve read 6 of her books and enjoyed all of them.
I first picked up the Paper Magician in 2015 as a free book and blasted through the rest of the series the following week, I just couldn’t get enough of this world!
So what is it about?:
Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she’s bonded to paper, that will be her only magic…forever.
Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined—animating paper creatures, bringing stories to life via ghostly images, even reading fortunes. But as she discovers these wonders, Ceony also learns of the extraordinary dangers of forbidden magic.
An Excisioner—a practitioner of dark, flesh magic—invades the cottage and rips Thane’s heart from his chest. To save her teacher’s life, Ceony must face the evil magician and embark on an unbelievable adventure that will take her into the chambers of Thane’s still-beating heart—and reveal the very soul of the man.
I ate this series up like I was at an all you can eat buffet and boy was I stuffed! I loved Ceony’s journey through the books and seeing all the different magical forms.
I look back fondly on the relationship that built throughout the series between Ceony and a certain someone. It was full of that sweet romance I’m a sucker for, you know the one were manners and propriety get in the way, le swoon.
The magic systems were so fun, each book centres on a different form of magic but I’ll always be a sucker for paper. There is just something so beautiful about origami coming to life, unless of course it’s an origami weapon. . . think of the paper cuts!
One negative about the series however is that although the series is based in London. a lot of Americanisms are used which can put you out of the setting.
If you are looking for a historically accurate fantasy, this would not be it, but if you are looking for a fun read full of romance, interesting magic systems and likeable characters the Paper Magician series is for you!
Have you read the Paper Magician series? Are there any indie books you would recommend?