I want to begin by saying that Jim C. Hines is a favorite of mine. I’ve met him several times (not that he remembers) and all of his books that I own have been signed by him. He his funny, quirky, and a delight to talk to (very sarcastic if I remember correctly). Although, while I say he is a favorite, this is the first books of his I’ve ever read (despite the fact that I own most of them). It’s a fabulous book, well written in Hines’ own voice. Libriomancer is creative and thrilling, filled with multiple eye-rolling situations and phrases. I can’t wait to move on to the second book (which I do own).
The book is about Isaac Vainio. He has magic. Magic that can pull things out of books. How is this possible? Well this magic was first discovered by Johannes Gutenberg, who is still alive thanks to the Holly Grail. Long story short though, Gutenberg is missing and Isaac hasn’t used magic in two years. Coincidentally, all other Libriomancers are busy trying to calm down the local vampires, leaving Isaac to save Gutenberg. Fire, Fire Spider, Automatons, a dryad named Lena, and one very pissed of Libriomancer are just a few of the people and things that Isaac encounters. Oh, also, Isaac might be one of the strongest Libriomancers. Good thing? Bad thing? I suppose that’s in the second book.
It really is a very thrilling book. As a reader, it makes me feel like I have magic, and that maybe I can reach into books and pull out something wonderful too.
I would recommend this book for ages seventeen and higher. This is a fantasy book with a little bit of science fiction in it. It is an adult book with several suggestive scenes. Actually, not even suggestive, because the Dryad is very clear about her intentions and Isaac is very clear about his feelings. The end of the book (simply because of the sexual tension and implications) was a bit of an eye roller. It didn’t take from the plot, but I also didn’t feel that it added to it.
In the end, good book. Go read it. Go buy it. Fall in love with Jim C. Hines like I did.