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Penguin Putnam
Hugo winner Jim C. Hines's hilarious and clever Magic ex Libris series, where books come alive and libriomancer Isaac Vainio combats magical threats that spring from the page

For five hundred years, the Porters have concealed the existence of magic from the world.

Now, old enemies have revealed the Porters’ secrets, and an even greater threat lurks in the shadows. The would-be queen Meridiana, banished for a thousand years, has returned in the body of a girl named Jeneta Aboderin. She seeks an artifact created by Pope Sylvester II, a bronze prison that would grant her the power to command an army of the dead.

Michigan librarian Isaac Vainio is powerless to stop her, having been stripped of his power and his place among the Porters by Johannes Gutenberg himself. But Isaac is determined to regain his magic and to rescue his former student Jeneta. With no magic of his own, Isaac must delve into the darker side of black-market magic, where he will confront beings better left undisturbed, including the sorcerer Juan Ponce de Leon.

With his loyal fire-spider Smudge, dryad warrior Lena Greenwood, and psychiatrist Nidhi Shah, Isaac races to unravel a mystery more than a thousand years old as competing magical powers battle to shape the future of the world. He will be hunted by enemies and former allies alike, and it will take all his knowledge and resourcefulness to survive as magical war threatens to spread across the globe. Isaac’s choices will determine the fate of his friends, the Porters, the students of Bi Sheng, and the world.

Only one thing is certain: even if he finds a way to restore his magic, he can’t save them all….

Baker & Taylor
An entry in the popular series by the Hugo Award-winning author continues the events that began with Codex Born and Libriomancer. Reprint.


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Jul 04, 2017

Come for the fantastic magic system, stay for the Yooper jokes. Okay, maybe that's just me. I the jokes are not all that keeps me coming back to this series (although I do appreciate them). This book starts off from a darker place than the first two in the series, but it's worth it to stick with Isaac on his journey.

FindingJane Jul 20, 2015

It’s the end of the world as we know it.

Because of the Porters’s centuries-old attack on a foreign power, magic has been exposed to the world. This novel accurately portrays the various ways in which humanity would react to a leak of such stupendous proportions. Gutenberg’s long-held strictures against the revelations of the Porters proves to be well founded as humanity both welcomes and repudiates the magic wielders in its midst. Add to all this is the threat of a world over-ridden by a Ghost Army and what you’ve got is one fantastic yarn.

The backstory of Meridiana, a thousand-year-old revenge-driven sorceress trapped in a metal prison, is thrilling to read as are the various adventures of the people arrayed to fight her. At times, the ranks of friend and foe shift with alarming but well played frequency. Isaac’s personal problems are wound up with the fate of the world as he pushes himself past exhaustion in order to set things right.

It’s an epic story with action, erudition, loss, redemption, bloodshed, magic, monsters, battles and mayhem. Outstanding in every way, this addition to the Ex Libris series is a page turner, sure to keep you up past your bedtime to find out its thrilling conclusion.

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