This is an addition to the Paper Magician Trilogy world.
Title: The Plastic Magician
Author: Charlie N. Holmberg
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Plot: Alvie Brechenmacher has just finished her studies at the magician’s school. Now she starts her internship with Magician Praff to be a Polymer (a magician who works with plastic) in London. While traveling to London, she meets Magician Ezzell. Magician Praff is trying to think of something new for the Discovery Convention. Alvie learns Magician Ezzell is a rival magician to Magician Praff. While volunteering at a hospital, Alvie thinks of an idea. Magician Praff loves the idea and gets to work immediately. Alvie helps whenever and wherever she can. She grows suspicious of Magician Ezzell. He continually finds Alvie when she’s running errands and with her new friends Bennett and Ethel. Magician Ezzell starts becoming more desperate for what Alvie and Magician Praff are working on. How desperate will Magician Ezzell become? Will Alvie and Magician Praff be able to finish their contraption in time for the Discovery Convention? Or will Magician Ezzell stop them?
Rating: 3.7 – a good addition to the Paper Magician trilogy world
Opinion: This was a great addition to the Paper Magician Trilogy. Though the story focused on new characters, a few from the original trilogy were mentioned. While this book was great, I didn’t love it as much as the original trilogy. I was hoping for a little bit more suspense from this book. It hinted at some suspense at the beginning. As the book continued, I thought it would increase, but it didn’t, at least not as much as I thought it would. The ending was very good. There was lots of good stuff going on. It was a bit of a classic ending, but I like how the author did it. One thing I’m glad this author does, is put realistic expectations on relationships. Nothing in the relationship is forced or rushed. They don’t always agree on everything, but they find ways to make it work. They make mistakes and talk through them. It’s very refreshing, especially in young adult books. I also enjoyed the magic in this series. It’s a different sort of magic than what I’m used to. People can only use magic on man made things. I like that idea. This is a great book for those who are looking for a new kind of magical books.