Codex Born

Codex Born

Book - 2013
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"Five hundred years ago, Johannes Gutenberg discovered the art of libriomancy, allowing him to reach into books to create things from their pages. Gutenberg's power brought him many enemies, and some of those enemies have waited centuries for revenge. Revenge which begins with the brutal slaughter of a wendigo in the northern Michigan town of Tamarack, a long-established werewolf territory. Libriomancer Isaac Vainio is part of Die Zwelf Portenære, better known as the Porters, the organization founded by Gutenberg to protect the world from magical threats. Isaac is called in to investigate the killing, along with Porter psychiatrist Nidhi Shah and his dryad bodyguard and lover, Lena Greenwood. Born decades ago from the pages of a pulp fantasy novel, Lena was created to be the ultimate fantasy woman, strong and deadly, but shaped by the needs and desires of her companions. Her powers are unique, and Gutenberg's enemies hope to use those powers for themselves. But their plan could unleash a far darker evil..."--Publisher.
Publisher: New York : Daw Books : Distributed by Penguin Group (USA), c2013
ISBN: 9780756408169
Characteristics: viii, 326 p. ; 24 cm

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QueenBoadicea Jul 10, 2015

Thrilling, hair raising and spine tingling, “Codex Born” raises important questions on the notions of power, victims, blame and the lengths people will go to save others at the expense of innocent lives. Gutenberg comes off once again as being a cold, manipulative bastard. But you understand that it’s the wielding of power and the strain of protecting his people against foreign threats that may make him unpopular. The question of whether he’s evil or good isn’t raised; Mr. Hines makes certain the reader understands that morality runs deeper than such facile notions.

The book also explores the backstory of Lena Greenwood. We were introduced to her origin story in “Libriomancer” but “Codex Born” takes us further into her history as her outlines the exact parameters of her nature, how her personality shifts with each lover and her philosophical musings. She speculates that such curiosity about her nature and that of humanity and the universe comes from one of her current lovers. But such ruminations seem more complex than would be explained by the impulsive and reckless Isaac Vainio.

The first book dealt with Vainio, this one with Lena. Both are fleshed out to be engrossing, three-dimensional characters. Perhaps the next novel in this series will give us insight into the enigmatic Johannes Gutenberg and take us into the mind of this 500-year-old inventor, mage and leader. I for one would look forward to that.

FindingJane Jul 10, 2015

Thrilling, hair raising and spine tingling, “Codex Born” raises important questions on the notions of power, victims, blame and the lengths people will go to save others at the expense of innocent lives. Gutenberg comes off once again as being a cold, manipulative bastard. But you understand that it’s the wielding of power and the strain of protecting his people against foreign threats that may make him unpopular. The question of whether he’s evil or good isn’t raised; Mr. Hines makes certain the reader understands that morality runs deeper than such facile notions.

The book also explores the backstory of Lena Greenwood. We were introduced to her origin story in “Libriomancer” but “Codex Born” takes us further into her history as her outlines the exact parameters of her nature, how her personality shifts with each lover and her philosophical musings. She speculates that such curiosity about her nature and that of humanity and the universe comes from one of her current lovers. But such ruminations seem more complex than would be explained by the impulsive and reckless Isaac Vainio.

The first book dealt with Vainio, this one with Lena. Both are fleshed out to be engrossing, three-dimensional characters. Perhaps the next novel in this series will give us insight into the enigmatic Johannes Gutenberg and take us into the mind of this 500-year-old inventor, mage and leader. I for one would look forward to that.

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