I was enchanted by THE PAPER MAGICIAN and eager to dive right into the sequel. Sadly, I didn't think THE GLASS MAGICIAN was as good. Grath and Saraj weren't quite as compelling a pair of villains as Lira, and their motivations weren't quite as compelling. Likewise, whereas the first book followed a trajectory of self-discovery and immersion in the magic system, this book mostly just felt like thriller. Even though it takes several months after the events of the previous book, not much has progressed romantically or magically, and by the end of the book the romance is debatable and the magic follows the rather tired and predictable trend of making the heroine super special.