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Codex Born (Magic Ex Libris #2)by Jim C. Hines
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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 their 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...
"Nonstop action and laughter power Hines's riveting second journey into the 'peculiar life' of Isaac Vainio (after Libriomancer). Isaac has become a Porter, a member of an elite group that polices the magic of libriomancy. Assigned to mentor teenager Jeneta Aboderin, a budding libriomancer with a knack for working magic with e-books, Isaac continues his research into the ways that people can manifest items from the shared belief in books, testing his strengths and limits. Along with his lover, the dryad Lena, and her other partner, therapist Nidhi Shah, Isaac also begins investigating a series of vicious murders that may be related to magic contained in ancient Chinese texts, and he soon realizes that the people he trusts the most might be his enemies. Like a good pinball game, Isaac's adventures are frantic, fascinating, and more than a little noisy. Hines supplies everything a reader needs — werewolves, ghosts, robot insects, a fire spider that eats candy, and homages to classic SF — for a very good time. Readers are advised to begin with book one; the technical details of libriomancy are a bit dense for newcomers. Agent: Joshua Bilmes, JABberwocky Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Jim C. Hines has been a paid juggler, earned a black belt in two different martial arts, performed yo-yo tricks at the top of the Eiffel Tower, and lived with a brain-damaged squirrel. (Only three of those are true.) One of his earliest stories earned first place in the Writers of the Future contest. Hes published more than forty short stories as well as numerous fantasy novels, including the humorous Jig the Dragonslayer trilogy, the Princess series, which re-imagines traditional fairy-tale princesses as butt-kicking action heroines, and the Magic Ex Libris series, about a centuries-old secret society dedicated to the use and control of book magic. In 2012, he won the Hugo for Best Fan Writer. Jim lives in Michigan with his wife, two children, and an unstable number of pets. He can be found online at www.jimchines.com.
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