Warning: This article may contain spoilers.
Read the Review of Book 1: The Paper Magician, here.
This book was an easy read. It took a while to finish since my son and I only read for an hour a week. Plus, we were trying to stretch it out since book 3 won’t be out till June.
In this book, we see Ceony struggling with her new affections for Emery, since he is her instructor and all. In a way, I didn’t like this whole romance element, especially because the story should be appealing to all ages. I’m wondering if it’s because I’m mother, I’m super aware of anything I may think may not be appropriate for my son. He is 10, so he is aware that people do fall in love and such, but he is in the age of finding love and such “icky”.
Anyways, Ceony now finds herself being targeted by two of Lira’s companions. Ceony’s awkward relationship becomes visible to her previous instructor, Mg. Aviosky, from magic school, and it is recommended that she is moved to another instructor. It is not against the rules to date your instructor but it is not exactly proper etiquette and is frown upon.
Through the story, Ceony does find out some interesting things about magic, previously thought impossible, and also a secret about one of Lira’s companions that can possibly turn the tides in fighting them. There is loss of life in this book, which I do appreciate, since the magician criminals are excisioners [blood/flesh magician – they use blood and can manipulate humans].
Ceony’s is a bit annoying and naïve. Although, the story is set in a time when women are much more sheltered. We are introduced to a new character Delilah, who is much more skeptical about the choices that Ceony makes. We also get to meet one of Lira’s companions, Grath, who is an evil villain, and we get a glimpse of the other, Saraj. Emery seems to have resolved to the fact that he and Ceony mustn’t be together and treats her pretty much the same as he used to.View Spoiler »Until towards the end. « Hide Spoiler
As with part one, the writing is very simple. It’s easy to follow, and not very complicated. I could totally see some things coming, however, they were a surprise for my son, so I will blame that on the fact that I read so many mysteries and watch mystery shows 🙂 I like to do my own little detective work while watching I.D. and lots of times I’m correct.
Some readers had complained that some old fashion dialogue and anti-feminism was used in the book, such as a line, “Ceony determined the man needed to get married straight away” after seeing that he was eating poorly. Although I can see how this would be anti-feminist now, it was a very common way for women to have thought 100 years ago, which is the setting for the story so I think it’s relevant and makes the story seem truer to its setting.