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Codex Born (Magic Ex Libris Book 2) by [Hines, Jim C.]
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"It’s amazing." (Smart Bitches, Trashy Books)

"[Hines] writes joyously for the delight of his specific market ... a niche loved by many, including this reviewer." (RT Books)

"It's all packed together with lots of over-the-top action ... It's great fun to see just what Isaac and his enemies will come up with next, and Isaac's very non-standard romance adds both humor and emotion." (Locus)

"Codex Born has the coolest premise ever … Hines is an engaging writer who is also greatly entertaining, and I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys superior world-building" (Charlaine Harris)

"pure awesome" (Tor.com)

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Funny and fast paced, a meta-fiction fantasy at it's most magnificent.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 956 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital (7 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091953472
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091953478
  • ASIN: B00DW4LD0C
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,340 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Isaac Vainio has been restored to the secret society of Porters, a libriomancer who can use his magic to pull artefacts from books. He is also working out his new relationship with the Dryad Lena, and Dr Shah. Things are going well for him, until a wendigo is killed.

Each chapter start off with a little first person slice of Lena’s history, before leaping into the main tale of mayhem, magic, books, and devourers. As usual, half the fun is recognising the many books Isaac uses as source material to fight off the bad guys (some of whom we realise may not actually be the bad guys, as we discover more of Gutenberg’s backstory). Again, some of the books mentioned are fictitious: I want to read Nymphs of Neptune just for its sheer awfulness! Lena’s plight as a character spawned from that book is well drawn, and although at the start she says Isaac has offered her hope, she is still bound to her tree and her nature at the end.
Although there is a resolution to the main part of the plot here, the world has been changed, and there is clearly a bigger battle yet to be fought.
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By Quicksilver TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Aug. 2014
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One of my surprise best reads of the year is Libriomancer by Jim C Hines. A book with such a beguiling premise that it demanded to be read. The idea that there is a coven of magicians who can pull all manner of stuff out from between the covers of a book propelled Libriomancer to the top of my to-be-read pile. Beneath the pulpy cover, vampires and lusty dryads was an intricately conceived and well executed urban fantasy that had considerable depth. It is pretty much a must read for anybody who loves the genre. Libriomancer didn't just lazily reference its influences, it embedded them in the story and enhanced their myths.

So how do you follow that? Well it's pretty tricky. Libriomancer is stuffed full of innovation, but the mechanics of libriomancy are now pretty much established, and surely all the best fictional references were in the first novel? What would a second book have to offer? The answer is, 'Pretty much the same as the first'. This story doesn't offer much on top of Libriomancer in terms of fresh concepts, so it doesn't have the wow-factor of book 1. Indeed some of the embellishments don't quite work. It's a common problem in this type of storytelling. In order to make an original premise more convincing, there are often constraints put in place. When an author finds that it's not just his characters bound by the constraints, but subsequent stories too, they bend the rules to allow more interesting things to happen. Invariably they don't quite work. Having said that, whilst a couple of Isaac Vanio's new skills jarred, they certainly didn't spoil the party.

Codex Born has story and character a plenty.
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I don't want to get into any spoilers, but the cliff hanger ending of this book near had me yelling at the laptop screen at 2am as I tried to find out about part three of the series. Book 2 builds on the premises set down in book 1, as well as giving more back story to Lena. It's not a book I'd recommend to younger readers, given the more adult nature of some scenes, but the two books so far are very much worth a read.
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I have read both books by Mr Hines in this series and I hope he continues writing more in this series.
I like the unique take on how magic works in these books and it seems to be logical, (if that is an appropriate word to use about magic) and consistent. A good read.
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