Magic Ex Libris : Book Four

Book - 2016
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When Isaac Vainio helped to reveal magic to the world, he dreamed of a utopian future, a new millennium of magical prosperity. One year later, things aren't going quite as he'd hoped. An organization known as Vanguard, made up of magical creatures and ex-Porters, wants open war with the mundane world. Isaac's own government is incarcerating "potential supernatural enemies" in prisons and internment camps. And Isaac finds himself targeted by all sides. It's a war that will soon envelop the world, and 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. 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.
Publisher: New York : Daw Books, 2016
ISBN: 9780756409708
Characteristics: viii, 344 p. ; 24 cm


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Oct 26, 2018

The best of the series in my opinion. Also the bibliography at the end supplies many other interesting authors and titles to pursue. Isaac learns that his utopian vision of the good that magic can do for the world will always be offset by attempts to use it for nefarious schemes. We humans and inhumans can be capable of the most heinous acts toward others, at least according to most modern literature and maybe going way back to the BIBLE. Personally I read fantasy/sci-fi to escape from books with depressing endings, politics and nasty current events. I have come to like these characters and will miss them. Looking forward to reading more of Hines' work.

Feb 13, 2017

This is one of those series that I'm going to have a hard time letting go of (this was the final novel, though Hines has indicated he might self-publish some additional material for this universe at some point). I've gotten really attached to Isaac (he reads even more than me!), and to the whole concept of libromancy.
Isaac struggles with the consequences of having revealed magic to the world, and with his own personal responsibility in the wake of that action. Hines does a good job of showing the gradual shift from avoidance (Isaac doesn't even like people calling him "boss"), to resigned acceptance, to determination to be the best leader he can be.

Jun 30, 2016

If you liked the others, you'll like this one. For me, they're somewhere between comfort reading and candy in book form.


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