The Master Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg is the third book in her Paper Magician series, and it’s a winner.
I first came across The Paper Magician as one of the free books offered with the Kindle First promotion. I took a chance on the book, having been burned by bad reads on Kindle First, and was pleasantly surprised by the unique magic system storyline. Holmberg lost me a bit at the end of the first book (I don’t want to spoil the ending, but it got kind of weird), but I was still hooked enough to read book two. The second book brought some new twists to the plot and magic system and the third book wrapped up the storyline nicely. What I really liked about this third installment is that it went a bit deeper into the mystery/detective genre, while maintaining the growing romance and tension between the heroine and hero.
Since this is the last book in the trilogy, you really do need to read books 1 & 2 first to make sense of the storyline in book 3.
All three of these books are fun, short, entertaining reads. They are set during the British industrial revolution, where magic is fully accepted and taught as a profession, and Holmberg does a wonderful job of pulling readers into this world and making it feel realistic. The books are full of interesting setting, romance, mystery and a fun magic system. Of the three books in the series (The Paper Magician, The Glass Magician and The Master Magician), I think I liked The Glass Magician the best with the magic twists I was not expecting and the building of character and plot.
You can learn more about Holmberg and her books at www.charlienholmberg.com
Rated: Mild. It’s a clean read with no sex, swearing or drugs. There is sweet and innocent romance, some violence, suspenseful situations, evil magicians, ruthless killers, magical fights, and people die. But spoiler alert: the hero and heroine save the day.