Hugo winner Jim C. Hines's hilarious and clever Magic ex Libris series, where books come alive and libriomancer Isaac Vainio combats magical threats that spring from the page
Five hundred years ago, Johannes Gutenberg discovered the art of libriomancy, allowing him to reach into books to create things from their pages. Gutenberg’s power brought him many enemies, and some of those enemies have waited centuries for revenge. Revenge which begins with the brutal slaughter of a wendigo in the northern Michigan town of Tamarack, a long-established werewolf territory.
Libriomancer Isaac Vainio is part of Die Zwelf Portenære, better known as the Porters, the organization founded by Gutenberg to protect the world from magical threats. Isaac is called in to investigate the killing, along with Porter psychiatrist Nidhi Shah and their dryad bodyguard and lover, Lena Greenwood. Born decades ago from the pages of a pulp fantasy novel, Lena was created to be the ultimate fantasy woman, strong and deadly, but shaped by the needs and desires of her companions. Her powers are unique, and Gutenberg’s enemies hope to use those powers for themselves. But their plan could unleash a far darker evil…
Nonstop action and laughter power Hines s riveting second journey into the peculiar life of Isaac Vainio (after Libriomancer). Isaac has become a Porter, a member of an elite group that polices the magic of libriomancy. Assigned to mentor teenager Jeneta Aboderin, a budding libriomancer with a knack for working magic with e-books, Isaac continues his research into the ways that people can manifest items from the shared belief in books, testing his strengths and limits. Along with his lover, the dryad Lena, and her other partner, therapist Nidhi Shah, Isaac also begins investigating a series of vicious murders that may be related to magic contained in ancient Chinese texts, and he soon realizes that the people he trusts the most might be his enemies. Like a good pinball game, Isaac s adventures are frantic, fascinating, and more than a little noisy. Hines supplies everything a reader needs werewolves, ghosts, robot insects, a fire spider that eats candy, and homages to classic SF for a very good time. Readers are advised to begin with book one; the technical details of libriomancy are a bit dense for newcomers.
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A wonderful sequel to Libriomancer
I got Apple's email that my preorder of Codex Born was ready at ~9PM last night, and stayed up until I finished reading it. I should know better than to start reading that late, but I have no regrets. Codex Born is a wonderful sequel to Libriomancer, Hines' first book in the series. If you liked Libriomancer, you'll love this book, as he develops the world and characters beautifully in the sequel. If you haven't read Libriomancer, go read it, you won't regret it.