Book Review

The Plastic Magician – Charlie N. Holmberg

Book Title: The Plastic Magician


Author: Charlie N. Holmberg

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Disclaimer: I received this book free from Netgalley in return for an honest review.

Alvie is an innovator. In a world where people can choose the medium for their magic, apprentice Alvie Brechenmacher has picked Plastic. It is the newest discipline which means she can be on the cutting edge of new developments. However, the new field of Polymaking can be cutthroat, which she is about to find out.

Even though she is only an apprentice, Alvie is an inventor at heart, and she is determined to make as many discoveries—in as short a time frame—as she can. Luckily for her, she’s studying under the world-renowned magician Marion Praff, who is just as dedicated as Alvie is.

Alvie’s enthusiasm reinvigorates her mentor’s work, and together they create a device that could forever change Polymaking—and the world. But when a rival learns of their plans, he conspires to steal their invention and take the credit for it himself.

To thwart him, Alvie will need to think one step ahead. For in the high-stakes world of magical discovery, not everyone plays fair…  – Goodreads

She is a brilliant young woman, with a decidedly technical turn of mind and I find her charming. Alvie is adorably geeky. Socially awkward, a little obsessive, intuitive and always sincere. If you’ve read any of the books in Ms. Holmberg’s Paper Magician series, then you are familiar with this world.  This is a standalone book in that same world, which introduces us to new characters & magic, as well as treats us to glimpses of old favorites. I admit I liked this book better than the Paper Magician series. Primarily because of Alvie.

Ms. Holmberg’s books are always an easy choice for me. When I first start to hear rumors about a new book I immediately commence stalking Netgalley for an ARC. I’m always so happy to get one! Her books are pleasant and imaginative and I know that I am always sure to enjoy myself. I’m not sure if Ms. Holmberg intends to write more books in this world. I do know that her upcoming books are completely different, but it would be nice to see a return to Alvie in future. Regardless, I will be looking forward to her next publication.

Song for this book: Come on! Feel the Ilinoise! – Sufjan Stevens




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