Title: Libriomancer (Magic Ex Libris #1)
Author: Jim C. Hines
Release Date: August 7, 2012
Acquired Via: Personal Collection
Isaac Vainio is a Libriomancer, a member of the secret organization founded five centuries ago by Johannes Gutenberg. Libriomancers are gifted with the ability to magically reach into books and draw forth objects. When Isaac is attacked by vampires that leaked from the pages of books into our world, he barely manages to escape. To his horror he discovers that vampires have been attacking other magic-users as well, and Gutenberg has been kidnapped.
With the help of a motorcycle-riding dryad who packs a pair of oak cudgels, Isaac finds himself hunting the unknown dark power that has been manipulating humans and vampires alike. And his search will uncover dangerous secrets about Libriomancy, Gutenberg, and the history of magic. . . .
This book is Awesome. Now let me tell you why.
Isaac’s life was boring and somewhat dull, until a trio of vampires stormed into his library to make his life a hell of a lot more complicated, interesting, and shorter. And they didn’t even have their library cards on them! From then on, things start moving fast. Not rushed at all, but the story never really stopped growing. The writing is very good, as are the characters, plot, twists, everything.
The brand of magic in this world is really cool. If you’re Isaac Vainio, our main character and intrepid librarian, you get to pull items out of books and into reality. Items like Excalibur, a Phaser (if you’re around kids, remember to set it to stun!), a skull by the name of Bob (!!!), or even The One Ring. Now, say it with me: A-WE-SOME.