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Revisionary by Jim C. Hines ARC {5 Stars}

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 ARC {5 Stars}

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
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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.

5 Stars


  • 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?
– Barbara


 Revisionary by Jim C. Hines

© 2016, Barbara. All rights reserved.


  1. I’m behind on this series — I still need to read Unbound, but I can’t wait! Nice review, and I’m glad the series ender apparently lives up to the rest of them. :-)

  2. i’m way behind in this series, so i skimmed your review, i didn’t want to get spoilers.

    and hey fellow Michiganders, Jim C. Hines often does events at bookstores in Lansing and Kalamazoo.
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  3. I just got a copy of the first book in the series and am so looking forward to starting it – hopefully soon. I’ve been working on reading Jim Hines Princess series (starts with The Stepsister Scheme) and I kind of adore his work there and, considering how much I love the idea for this series, I’m very excited to get to read it. I’m also happy to hear that the characters here grow over the course of the series.
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    • I am also really enjoying Hines’ other series. His characters are very interesting and unique, and I really enjoy seeing the princesses as strong people who have adventures. Once you’ve read the first book of the Magic Ex Libris series, take a look at the short story Chupacabra’s Song. It’s about one of the secondary characters’ childhood and looks really good.
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