Indie Spotlight #1

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.

My thoughts:

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?

22 thoughts on “Indie Spotlight #1

  1. ✩ Ashley ✩ says:

    Oh I’ve had The Paper Magician on my kindle since it first came out as a freebie! (Actually I bought the rest of the trilogy too!) I think I should get to this this year?! I saw that there was another book published recently in the same world too!


  2. anathadad says:

    I, too, am a sucker for a good romance in a story. This sounds really interesting! I was really grabbed by the idea of being assigned what kind of magic you do. I haven’t read this series but it looks like I might have to add it to my TBR.


  3. lovemonicarose says:

    Oh, I didn’t know Charlie N. Holmberg is an indie author! I remember reading and devouring these a few years back too from the library and I loved it! Don’t know how it’ll hold up to a re-read but that should be an interesting experiment.


  4. Clo @ Book Dragons says:

    Ooooo I like the idea of paper magic to be honest, being able to bring origami to life and such. *slinks off to goodreads to snoop and add it to my TBR* I also don’t read a ton of Indie books mostly because I can’t get along with eBooks, but I’m looking forward to the other posts in this series!


  5. esmoogle says:

    I’ve had this on my kindle for years after getting it for free and then never actually reading it! I might have to go on a search for it now, as you’ve really sold it.


  6. Olivia-Savannah says:

    I read this one in November and I enjoyed it too! I need to get to the sequel. I didn’t even realise it was set in London xD You’re so right about all of the Americanisms. And I did think the romance was a bit fast but it also makes a lot of sense all things considered. Loved the magic system in this one so much!! Great review and I like the idea of featuring more indie authors as well x


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