Libriomancer: (Magic Ex Libris Book 1)

Libriomancer - Jim C. Hines Isaac Vainio is employed as a librarian, but his work with books has more than a mundane purpose. Isaac is a libromancer, which means he can pull different items out of books. Despite his fantastic abilities, Isaac is stuck simply cataloging magical potential in the books he reads due to his ongoing suspension from the magical order Die Zwelf Portenaere. Things might have continued on this way, had Issac not been attacked by vampires and saved by the dryad Lena. It seems that the vampires have declared war on all of the porters, and though suspended from his duties, Issac is drawn right into the middle.With Lena and Smudge (his magical spider) by his side, Isaac must try to discover who is taking over vampire bodies and why -- but even more important -- he must find Gutenberg, the 600+ year old libriomancer, who is the leader of of Die Zwelf Portenaere. As powerful as Isaac is, he is up against forces he couldn't even have imagined. He also has to deal with his conflict surrounding Lena, who is a magical creature specifically created to pleasure others. She has no real will of her own and despite wanting Issac to be her new lover, now that she believes that her former lover Dr. Shah is dead, Issac must struggle with morality of being with her romantically.Libromancer is one of the most original stories that I have read in a very long time. It drew me in from the very first page and left me wanting so much more. Be forewarned that this book review is going to be filled with much fanpoodling. Libriomancer is a book for anyone with a love of reading because Hines draws on so many stories to craft his tale. It is for anyone who has ever gotten lost in a book and wondered what it would be like to be a part of the story or interact with items from a story. I was captivated with idea of being able to pull an item like the holy grail out of the bible to prolong life, or the opportunity to eat the cake from Alice in Wonderland to shrink in size. The idea of a child unaware of their magical ability accidentally pulling smurfs out of a book, who then proceed to run amok had me giggling. Especially fascinating was the revelation that the more people read and enjoy a story, the more the world is imbued with magic. Thanks to the huge increase in vampire fiction since the release of Interview with the Vampire, the vampire population has multiplied several times. This means that for every new cannon, a new race of vampires is born. The child in me who read by a night light way past my bedtime was absolutely thrilled.Read More