Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Book Review ~ Libriomancer

Libriomancer (Magic Ex Libris #1)
Jim C Hines
by Jim C Hines
published by DAW
genre: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal

Summary (Goodreads): 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. . .

My Thoughts: This book is every fantasy readers dream come true. Having the magic to pull any item from any book. There were several times during the book I found myself thinking "I so want to do that".
I really enjoyed reading about Isaac and his pet flaming spider. The fact that he was not perfect and tended to overdo it made him more likable and believable. I also liked how the vampires were based off of different vampire books/authors.
I'm not sure about Lena, she had a lot of good points and I liked her for most of the book but the ending kind of made me pause. This book is a definite fantasy but for some reason the author felt the need to add an HEA/HFN. It was not needed. I don't have a problem with the relationship/s but it would have been just as fine to leave it out and work it into the next book.
Overall, there was plenty of action and interesting pets. I'm curious about the big bad as well as some of the other high up players in the secret organization. I'll be reading the next but can see myself moving on if the relationship between Isaac/Lena and Lena/Dr becomes too much of a focus.

Rating: 3.5

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