Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Libriomancer

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that showcases upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week, I'm doing the happy dance for Libriomancer by Jim Hines.  I heard about this amazing-sounding book from one of my favorite authors, Patrick Rothfuss, who gave it a glowing review on Goodreads!  Anything that Mr. Rothfuss deems five-star worthy is definitely going to be added to my TBR list.  Also, Libriomancer is a bookish fantasy novel - what more could a bookish, fantasy-loving gal want??

Isaac Vainio has spent the past two years working at the Copper River Library in northern Michigan, secretly cataloguing books for their magical potential, but forbidden from using that magic himself . . . except for emergencies. Emergencies like a trio of young vampires who believe Isaac has been killing their kind, and intend to return the favor.

Isaac is a libriomancer, brilliant but undisciplined, with the ability to reach into books and create objects from their pages. And attacking a libriomancer in his own library is never a good idea.

But vampires are only the beginning. This was merely the latest in a series of attacks against members of Die Zwelf Portenære, a secret organization founded five centuries ago by Johannes Gutenberg to protect the world from supernatural threats. Among the casualties is Ray Walker, Isaac’s friend and mentor in magic.

Complicating matters further is the arrival of a dryad named Lena Greenwood. Lena packs a pair of wooden swords and proves to be quite adept at helping to beat down various magical threats. She also seems to be a little too interested in Isaac . . . not that he minds. Yet Lena’s nature could make her a greater threat than any vampire.

Along with a neurotic fire-spider named Smudge, Isaac and Lena set out to find and stop whoever is behind the attacks. But things are worse than Isaac imagined. An unknown killer of unimaginable power has been torturing and murdering humans and vampires alike. And Gutenberg, now more than six hundred years old, has disappeared.

As Isaac searches for Gutenberg and the murderer, hoping they aren’t one and the same, he uncovers dark secrets about magic’s history and potential. Secrets which could destroy Die Zwelf Portenære and loose a magical war upon the world. If Isaac is to have any hope of preventing that war, he will have to truly master the magic of libriomancy.

Assuming he doesn’t lose control and wipe himself from existence first.


  1. Magic books? Sounds like a good book for me!!!

  2. Complicated storyline, but there's a myriad of characters! Nice pick.

    Here's my WoW!

    Happy Wednesday :)

  3. This does sound like it will be a wonderful book to read.

    Thanks for sharing,
    My WoW:

  4. OMG...this sounds epic! I'm right there with you on the whole bookish fantasy love!

    Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews

  5. OH WOW. OH WOW.

    Onto the TBR right this second. All you had to say was Rothfuss. If he likes it, then yes.

    Also, I've never read anything about a libriomancer before.