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.
“Bud did she really want to take a second life? Perhaps she could just maim Saraj, hurt him enough so he couldn’t fight back…but no. she couldn’t allow him another chance at escape. He had already been tried and convicted, besides. He was supposed to be dead.”
In Charlie N. Holmberg’s third Paper Magician’s series she again delivers a very entertaining novel. I don’t usually read three novels by an author in a row, but these were so good that I felt compelled to read them and find out what happens. You will too. You really need to read them in order.