Well, I don't know about you, but one thing I must take on a picnic (besides a lovely bottle of wine) is a good book. What's especially nice is if it's a book that includes a little magic, because every picnic benefits from a little magic!
I purchased The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician Series) on a whim because it was a special daily deal. I am so glad I did. I loved everything about this book!
When the book opens we learn that Ceony wanted to be a smelter. However, even though most graduates from the Tagis Praff School for Magically Inclined get to choose their craft, Ceony was assigned hers. It was not smelting. It was folding. She was to be a Folder. How boring, She didn’t want to learn how to fold paper and make it behave magically. She wanted something like glass, metal, plastic, even rubber. Anything was better than folding paper.
When she meets the magician that will be teaching her the art of folding, Mg. Thane, he was younger than she expected with bright green eyes. When he makes her a paper dog, which she names Fennel, she slowly starts to warm up to the idea of folding paper. Things are going well until tragedy befalls Mg. Thane and it us up to Ceony to use her newfound folding skills to save him.
What a wonderful read. When I finished the book, I turned to the back to see if I could read something else by the author and learned that this her debut novel. She says that it is the first in a series exploring a world of magicians who animate manmade materials. I can’t wait. I will read them all!