Final book in genre-bending urban fantasy series by Hugo Award-winning author Jim C. Hines
"Superior worldbuilding." --Charlaine Harris * "Really, really clever." --Patrick Rothfuss * "Magic librarian and ass-kicking dryad adventure story we've all been waiting for." --Seanan McGuire
When Isaac Vainio helped to reveal magic to the world, he dreamed of a utopian future, a new millennium of magical prosperity. One year later, things aren't going quite as he'd hoped.
An organization known as Vanguard, made up of magical creatures and ex-Porters, wants open war with the mundane world. Isaac's own government is incarcerating "potential supernatural enemies" in prisons and internment camps. And Isaac finds himself targeted by all sides.
It's a war that will soon envelop the world, and the key to victory may lie with Isaac himself, as he struggles to incorporate everything he's learned into a new, more powerful form of libriomancy. Surrounded by betrayal and political intrigue, Isaac and a ragtag group of allies must evade pursuit both magical and mundane, expose a conspiracy by some of the most powerful people in the world, and find a path to a better future.
But what will that futures cost Isaac and the ones he loves?
(Magic Ex Libris: Book Four)
Magic Ex Libris
1 Reader Reviews
another magical read
Revisionary is the fourth book of the Magic ex Libris series by American author, Jim C. Hines. When Isaac Vainio announced the existence of magic to the world, he was hopeful and optimistic: magic had enormous potential for good in the world. He was totally unprepared for the negative backlash, the paranoia, and the endless government regulation. What Isaac would really like to do is get on with business as the Director of Research and Development at New Millennium.
Then a series of attacks on people opposed to magic, attacks carried out by inhumans, has Isaac and his dryad lover, Lena Greenwood, and her lover, Dr Nidhi Shah working to discover who is behind the violence. Could the inhuman resistance group, Vanguard, be involved? Vampire and ex-libriomancer, Deb deGeorge is bound to know something. Their investigations lead them into the Atlantic Ocean and then to a prison (or is it a lab) in Virginia.
While the book starts off with an excess of politics, there is a purpose to it, and readers who persist are rewarded with another action- and magic-filled tale that leads to an exciting climax. There is lots of magic from different genres, sirens feature prominently, and Isaac’s team have developed a host of clever magical tools. An in-tooth phone, pearls from magic-resistant oysters, invisibility cloaks, and a magic crow are just a few examples, but with a wealth of fiction and fantasy books to draw from, the potential is almost endless.
Once again, Hines uses a series of emails, promotional fliers, hearing transcripts, press releases, news reports, web posts, news items and letters between the chapters, as a device to detail behind-the-scenes events and public opinion. Each chapter starts with a conversation between Isaac and the now-truly-deceased Johannes Gutenberg: advice, reflection and wry commentary.
Using the premise of magically extracting objects and creatures from the printed page, this novel is a tribute to the imagination of fiction and fantasy writers everywhere. As always, Hines provides plenty of humour, but readers are warned that Smudge does suffer a disfiguring injury in this instalment. With apologies for the pun, this is another magical read.