By Diane Talbot
The Plastic Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I am enjoying the world the author has created with these books–a world where magic is like a science to be learned and discovered. Those who are “magically inclined” are apprenticed to magicians who train them to take the exam that makes them a magician in their own right. Magic can be done on only man-made materials and this book focusses on Alvie, a young American woman who likes to wear pants and take apart cars, in the early 1900s. Alvie travels by mirror to Europe and London where she learns the art of polymaking–or magic with plastics.
The book chronicles Alvie’s apprenticeship and growing romance with a fellow apprentice in the art of paper magic.
There is not a lot of action during the first part, but then it picks up when Alvie is kidnapped and has to use her wits and magic to escape. The book has a sweetness and innocence that is rare nowadays. The Kiss didn’t happen until the 75% mark.
I can’t say this book was un-put-down-able, but it was a lot of fun to read.
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