Codex Born (Magic Ex Libris Series #2)

Codex Born (Magic Ex Libris Series #2)

by Jim C. Hines

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ISBN-13: 9780756408398
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 08/05/2014
Series: Magic Ex Libris Series , #2
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 177,654
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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. He’s 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

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“I picked up the book meaning to read a few pages. My first thought was, ‘This is a cool concept.’ The second thing I thought was, ‘This is really, really clever.’ The third thing I thought was, ‘I should have gone to sleep three hours ago.’”
—Patrick Rothfuss, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wise Man's Fear
“Butt-kicking librarians, pyrotechnic spiders, and vampires that don’t suck—Jim Hines serves up an incendiary and fun new urban fantasy!”
—Charles Stross, Hugo award-winning author
Nonstop action and laughter power Hines’s riveting second journey into the ‘peculiar life’ of Isaac Vainio…. 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.”
Publishers Weekly
"Hot damn, this book is pure geeky fun.... [A] love letter to science fiction and fantasy, with real emotional weight at the center of it — except this version is a rollicking adventure story full of ridiculous little touches. It's a seriously fun ride."
"Hines, who tackled the typical dungeon adventure from a new point of view in his Jig the Goblin series, and demolished damsels-in-distress tropes with his Princess books, kicks off his Magic Ex Libris urban fantasy series with a really entertaining opener in Libriomancer.... An incredibly readable story that’s straightforward without being predictable, and action-packed without being rushed. The main and supporting characters alike have complex and chaotic relationships and histories, and I look forward to seeing these unfold further in the books to come."
“Isaac Vainio is a hero for the rest of us, the library nerds and bookworms — all of us who read books wishing we could be like our favorite heroes, or that they could be like us.... [Libriomancer] is ardent wish fulfillment with a hefty dose of action, romance, literary pop trivia and just a pinch of social commentary.”
RT Book Reviews
“All writers believe in the magic of books. Jim Hines has created a system where that magic becomes real, usable, and very definitely not always safe. Libriomancer not only pulls magic from between the pages of books—from Gutenberg to Harris—but puts it there under Hines. This is a book for everyone who has ever wanted to pull Excalibur from the page.”
—Tanya Huff, bestselling author of The Silvered
“This may be Jim Hines’ best work. Libriomancer is smart, silly, and deadly serious, all at the same time. It’s a book about loving books. This is the magic librarian and ass-kicking dryad adventure story we’ve all been waiting for.”
—Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling author of Chimes at Midnight
"Whenever I open a Jim Hines novel, I expect to have a good time – humor mixed with some soul pondering, deep character development, fast action, and snappy dialogue. So I was unsurprised that Libriomancer had all of these things in spades, plus a unique use of magic and a fractured and cobbled together cosmology that makes complete sense as a whole. What I didn’t expect was to see myself in the pages. With Isaac Vainio, Hines has created a protagonist who not only knows and loves the same geek pop culture that I do, but who has a passion for books as deep as my own."
—Black Gate

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Codex Born: (Magic Ex Libris: Book Two) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
Codex Born is the second book of the Magic ex Libris series by American author, Jim C. Hines. Some months after receiving official permission, Isaac Vainio is enjoying his role as a magic researcher and investigating the intriguing possibility of Libriomancing from ebooks with a young student, Jeneta Aboderin. When he gets a call about a mutilated wendigo, he heads out to investigate this baffling murder. Magic allows him to return to the moment of the killing, and it looks like a rogue Libriomancer may be involved. But Isaac and his dryad lover, Lena Greenwood, have more problems to deal with at home: something is attacking Lena’s oak tree, and all their skill and intellect are needed to overcome this threat. The source of the problem proves to be a surprise, and soon they begin to realise just how far-reaching the menace could be. This is another fast-paced adventure that will delight fans. As well as a highly original plot with plenty of twists, Isaac’s arsenal of books and their potential weapons are a tribute to the fantasy genre. Hines gives the reader some interesting concepts: use of a chronoscope as a time viewer, a sort of reverse Midas touch effect that corrodes metals, some very different computer bugs, paper cuts of a rather dangerous kind, glasses of the babel fish variety, love potion as a weapon and the idea that reading a book in the middle of a battle could be just the right thing to do. Each chapter is prefaced by a narrative that describes events in Lena’s life since the moment of her “birth”, thus developing her character in tandem with Isaac’s description of their current adventure. Readers who enjoy this instalment will be eager to dive into the next book of this brilliant series, Unbound.
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I really enjoyed the first book in this series, but this one surpassed it. Libriomancer had me hooked, but reading Codex Born, I was reading as fast as I could because I had to know what happened next. Hines does an excellent job of crafting a complex and entirely new problem for his characters to face, while still building off the mysteries from the first book. The only problem now is waiting for book three!
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KarenJG More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Different readers have different tastes, of course, but for me, this book (like all of Hines’ books) suits my tastes perfectly. The characters are richly-drawn, multi-dimensional, and effortlessly make the leap to “real” in my head. The plot is complex enough to keep me wondering what’s going to happen next, and briskly paced enough to keep me feverishly keep turning the pages long into the night. And the prose just sparkles with wit and imagination. What I don't understand is how I can think each of Hines’ books is perfect in every way that matters to me as a reader - people, plot, pacing, prose - while I’m reading it, and yet ALSO think that each book of his that I read is better than the last. I mean, what's better than "perfect?" "Perfecter" is not a word for a reason, you know. I suppose I could use the terms "past perfect," "present perfect" and "future perfect," but those mean something entirely different. Maybe it has something to do with me defining my "favorite book" from one of my favorite authors as the one I'm currently reading. Whatever. Codex Born is both perfect and better than Libromancer, which was also perfect. Somehow.
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JOAK More than 1 year ago
They want $12 for the ebook?... it would have read the second one if not for the that.