Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines

August 16, 2012 Review 0 ★★★★

Libriomancer by Jim C. HinesLibriomancer by Jim C. Hines
Series: Magic Ex Libris #1
Published by DAW on August 7, 2012
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 308
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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Isaac Vainio is a Libriomancer, a member of the secret organization founded five centuries ago by Johannes Gutenberg. Libriomancers are gifted with the ability to magically reach into books and draw forth objects. When Isaac is attacked by vampires that leaked from the pages of books into our world, he barely manages to escape. To his horror he discovers that vampires have been attacking other magic-users as well, and Gutenberg has been kidnapped.

With the help of a motorcycle-riding dryad who packs a pair of oak cudgels, Isaac finds himself hunting the unknown dark power that has been manipulating humans and vampires alike. And his search will uncover dangerous secrets about Libriomancy, Gutenberg, and the history of magic. . . .

Libriomancer was a fun, fast-paced read about Isaac, a disgraced libriomancer. The story starts off with an explosion of action as Isaac is attacked by vampires while he’s at his day job as a librarian. Oh, and let’s not forget that those vampires? Came out of a book. Isaac learns that this has been happening to other libriomancers and like any good hero, he follows the call to action and suits up to save the day, along with a small cast of friends.

What really appealed to me about this book was the magic. After all, I don’t think you will find any book lover who hasn’t wished that they could just reach into a book and pull out something from within the pages. Like Doctor Who’s sonic screwdriver, or King Arthur’s Excalibur. And yet that is exactly how magic works (well, that and belief and readers, but essentially that’s all it takes).

Either way, the use of magic and excerpts from other books made this a fun read, and the constant action made this a very fast-paced and quick read. I wasn’t too fond of the final romantic relationship, but I can understand how that is an entirely personal decision to be making.

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