Four star review of The Plastic Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg
In the same world as The Paper Magician and it’s sequels, and with a couple of the same characters. Alvie Brechenmacher from Columbus, Ohio, a place I know well, is an apprentice studying plastic magic with Mg. Praff in London. Her friendship with another young woman Ethel, whose arm was amputated, leads her to want to create a plastic prosthesis that’s more flexible. The creation of this prosthesis with Mg. Praff and demonstration at the magicians’ gathering is interspersed with the budding romance between Alvie and Bennet, who appeared in the Paper Magician series and is Ethel’s brother, and the efforts of the villain of the piece to steal and take credit for the invention. Lighter by far than the Smoke and Shadow series, as well as less complex than the Paper Magician novels, still I enjoyed it.