Charlie Holmberg, author of The Paper Magician, has a new book coming out this month! I’m a big fan of The Paper Magician series, so I was so thrilled to get to read an early copy of this book, and I’m even more thrilled to get to share a SIGNED copy with one of you!
Those beautiful matryoshka dolls (nesting dolls) play a very prominent role in this original and entertaining story, so I had to pair The Fifth Doll with this BrewDog Russian Doll Barley Wine. This barley wine has some surprising hints of sweetness, which was certainly reminiscent of the love story in this delightful tale.
*All wine recommendations are for strictly for those of legal drinking age only.*
About The Fifth Doll
The Fifth Doll
by Charlie Holberg
Release Date: July 25, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mystery, Fiction
After discovering a room full of matryoshka dolls wearing the faces of her village, a woman learns she may be trapped inside one–but unraveling the sorcery carved into each doll unleashes dark consequences that rip her from the only home she remembers.
The Fifth Doll reads like a classic fairytale, is wildly imaginative, and so much fun. This story is so unique and creative. I’ve never read anything like it before, and I absolutely devoured it.
The magic system in this story is so original and just so Charlie Holmberg. If you’ve read her other novels, you will totally understand what I mean when I say that Charlie’s books, characters, and the magic systems within them are unlike anyone else’s. Charlie has a truly individual writing style, and I always find her books so fun and refreshing. What I loved about this magic system was that it is very specific. It isn’t a no-holds-bar type of system where magic swoops in to easily resolve the conflicts in the story. Matrona has to really fight to overcome the obstacles she faces.
And speaking of Matrona, she was an incredibly likable character, who was so easy to root for throughout the story. There is an inner-goodness and innocence about her, but there is definitely some fierceness to her too.
I absolutely loved the little village this book is set in. It’s so charming on the surface but has layers of darkness and mystery underneath that were both captivating and sometimes a bit creepy. Perfect setting for this tale.
While Matrona’s discovery of, and fight against, the dark magic looming over her little village is the main focus of this story, there is also a super sweet romance that I enjoyed so much.
The Fifth Doll is a really fun read that is sure to entertain readers of all ages.
Thanks so much to Amazon Publishing for granting me a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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About the Author
From Charlie Holberg’s Website
Born in Salt Lake City, Charlie N. Holmberg is the author of Followed by Frost; Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet; and The Paper Magician Trilogy, which includes The Paper Magician, The Glass Magician, and The Master Magician. A RITA Award finalist, she majored in English and minored in editing at Brigham Young University. Raised a Trekkie alongside three sisters who also have boy names, Charlie plays the piano and ukulele, owns too many pairs of glasses, and hopes to one day adopt a dog.
Enter the Giveaway
One winner will receive 1 SIGNED copy of The Fifth Doll by Charlie Holmberg to be signed during her launch event on July 25th and shipped afterwards.
- Must enter before midnight mountain time on July 21st.
- U.S. only due to shipping expenses.
Will you be reading The Fifth Doll when it hits bookshelves near you? Have you read The Paper Magician series? What are some of the most unique stories you’ve ever read?