Charlie N. Holmberg is the fourth in the Paper Magician series. If you’ve not read any, well shame on you, but in case, these are set in England more or less and the stories center around magician apprentices who are bonded to certain materials. In this novel we meet Alvie Brechenmacher who was fortunate to get her first choice in materials, plastic.
“Alvie admired the mark of her achievement a little longer before removing the hat and untying the knots of the apron, which she reverently folded and set at the foot of her bed. A Polymaker. Her. It was really happening, wasn’t it?”
Ceony Twill returns as perhaps The Master Magician with a powerful secret she has learned during her battle and killing of Grath Colbalt. She has recovered from her injuries and has a strong personal relationship and is preparing to take her tests to become a Magician. Her mentor, Magician Emory Thane, has decided that another Folder should administer her exam to avoid any appearance of conflict should she pass with him as her examiner. She understands, but becomes concerned when the examiner actually despises Thane and she is concerned that she will not get a fair test. Oh and there is a Excisioner out to kill her and her loved ones.