Codex Born (Magic Ex Libris Series #2)

Codex Born (Magic Ex Libris Series #2)

by Jim C. Hines
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Codex Born (Magic Ex Libris Series #2) by Jim C. Hines

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…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756408169
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 08/06/2013
Series: Magic Ex Libris Series , #2
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 819,563
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(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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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.