Libriomancer is one of those books that feels like it should’ve been written a lot sooner, given its subject matter, and yet when one is done reading it, one is left wishing they could read it over again for the first time. From the author of The Princess novels, Libriomancer is the first in the Magic Ex Libris series that will hopefully make Jim C. Hines the well-respected and appreciated author that he already is.
In a unique world that blends books with magic and fantasy, Isaac Vainio is a libriomancer, a unique person with unique powers to be able to reach into books and draw out objects of power (so long as they can fit through the pages); as a libriomancer he is part of a clandestine group that has existed for half a millennium beginning with the great Johannes Gutenberg. Only now there are vampires that have leaked out of books attacking people, particularly other libriomancers, and the great Gutenberg has been kidnapped. Vainio thought he was done as a libriomancer, but when his friends start getting killed, he knows it’s up to him to find out who’s behind it all.
Libriomancer is simply a fun book, featuring a great story and some fantastic characters. Hines has plenty of fun throwing in many nerdy book references, as well as the books libriomancers choose to use to gain special objects. With a diverse cast of interesting people, Libriomancer is an addicting read that will leave readers impatiently wanting more.
Originally written on November 10, 2012 ©Alex C. Telander.
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