I absolutely love the Magic Ex Libris series!!! As a life-long book lover, I find it easy to believe that books are magic portals and that lucky, gifted people would be able to use books to draw out science-fiction devices, healing cordials, and magic beans. Jim Hines has taken that premise, added very realistic and likable main characters, and created a wonderful reading experience. If you haven’t started this series, give the first book (Libriomancer) a try. I suspect you’ll be quickly hooked.
Revisionary is book four of the series and heads into the action quickly. If you haven’t read any of this series, you might find yourself lost. If you haven’t read book three in a while, don’t worry. Hines reminds us of what has gone before and gives quick updates on relationships without slowing down the action, but if you haven’t been introduced to these characters in prior books, much will seem strange. However, I’m careful to avoid spoilers below (except the blurb!) if you want an idea if this series would appeal to you.
Note: I received an advanced copy of Revisionary from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.
Revisionary by Jim C. Hines (Magic Ex Libris #4)
Published by DAW on February 2, 2016
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Sci-fi
Page Length: 352 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
Amazon - IndieBound - Book Depository - Barnes & Noble - Goodreads
Purchases made support this blog
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.
- Last night, Anya asked me what I liked most about this book, and I immediately answered “the characters.” The main characters are all people I wish I could meet over coffee to discuss our favorite books, celebrate successes, mourn failures, and exchange gardening tips.
- My second response was that the characters have grown so much over the four books. They have met challenges, developed new skills, and grown into new roles. They still make mistakes and occasionally fumble relationships, but they are all trying to do the right thing in difficult circumstances. If they were my friends, I would be immensely proud of them.
- The pacing is perfect. I had a hard time putting the book down, but I didn’t feel rushed or overwhelmed by what was going on.
- The events are the logical response to occurrences at the end of book three, and the plot is entirely believable. You can draw parallels between magic and real life technologies, in fact, some secondary characters do just that.
- This really is a fabulous book, but I wouldn’t start the series here. Head to a library and get the first volume!!!
I truly loved Revisionary and recommend it highly to anyone who loves science fiction and fantasy. The premise is so original and attractive to someone who loves to read. The characters are very realistic, the relationships are achingly believable, and the series shows such growth of not only the characters but also the author that it’s one to add to your bookshelf. In fact, I may go back and re-read the whole series!!!
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
© 2016, Barbara. All rights reserved.