Revisionary by Jim C. Hines is the final book (for now hopefully!) in the Magic Ex Libris series, but the first of the series that I listened to on audiobook! I was desperate to fit this one in given the fantastic development the series has gone through (and my co-blogger’s glowing review!), so imagine my relief when the audiobook was not just acceptable, but added to my connection to these characters while letting me fit in one more book ;-). And obviously spoilers below for the first three books!
Note: I received an audio copy of Revisionary from the publisher.
Revisionary by Jim C. Hines
Narrated by David DeVries
(Magic Ex Libris #4)
Published by Audible, DAW on Feb. 2nd, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Fantasy
Page Length: 352 pages
Audio Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
How I got my copy: Publisher
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When Isaac Vainio helped to reveal magic to the world, he dreamed of a new millennium of magical prosperity. One year later, things aren’t going quite as he’d hoped. A newly-formed magical organization wants open war with the mundane world. Isaac’s own government is incarcerating “potential supernatural enemies” in prisons and internment camps.
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 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.
- Revisionary is all about what would happen if the entire world found out that magic had existed in secret all along. How would the muggles react? I am fascinated by this premise since there are so many ways that things could go and it makes for a fun thought experiment. I think that Revisionary tackled this question quite well and quite realistically. There would obviously be a fair amount of confusion and fear, and of course the governments of the world trying to use magic to their advantage.
- Throughout this series, the limits of magic that Isaac thought were there keep getting blasted away. I feel like in Revisionary, we finally find the actual edges and a better idea of how unique each person’s magical ability is. Lots of people can do Libriomancy, but each of them has a unique ability to twist that magic in some powerful direction like pulling things out of e-books or pulling the magic into themselves.
- The narration for this audiobook is solid. I am picky about male narrators doing female voices, so it was a relief to find that overall the women had realistic voices while also being unique due to accent, inflection, etc. I also finally felt more connected to Isaac (something I’ve struggled with from this series), I guess due to the narrator capturing his personality so well in voice acting.
- While I really hope that there are more books in this world some day, I feel that Revisionary wraps up the events of this series quite well. The journey that Isaac had accidentally stumbled upon way back in Libriomancer comes to an end and it is time for a new beginning. Future events would make for a great spin-off series ;-).
- There is a great discussion about using magic to help a transgender character and Isaac’s unconventional romantic relationship. There is a moment when Isaac is being questioned about the fact that his girlfriend is dating another woman, and he bluntly explains that his romantic relationship is none of the governments business since they are consenting adults! I really appreciate a popular series like this normalizing non-traditional, homosexual relationships and gender identity.
- My one gripe with the audiobook is Lena’s voice. She has this strange accent that I guess might be an upper Michigan kind of accent? But it just makes her sound weird and not at all how I imagined her voice. I’m from northern Minnesota so I’m pretty used to the northern rural accent, and this still sounded weird to me!
Revisionary is a great conclusion to a great series. I’m continually impressed by how much these characters have grown and how much this series has matured. It tackles themes that I wish every fantasy would try to include and I absolutely can’t wait to read what Hines writes next! If you are looking for a way to get through this series speedily, definitely give the audiobooks a try :D.
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
Revisionary by Jim C. Hines
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