March 3, 2014
Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I came to this book in a somewhat bass-ackward way, reading the second book first (Codex Born) and then going back to this one. Truthfully, it didn't matter that much. I like the second book better, I think, because it delves deeper into Lena Greenwood's character and hers and Isaac's/Nidhi's relationship (admittedly I'm not an expert, but it seems a good, honest portrayal of a polyamorous relationship). Nevertheless, this book does a good job of setting up the complex world and characters, and establishing the complicated mythology and backstory.
One thing that struck me about this book is the hero, Isaac Vainio, is unabashedly a librarian, and unabashedly the hero. He's not a brawny, ripped Conan the Barbarian--he's an ordinary guy, more or less, who happens to wield an extraordinary magic, but he outthinks his opponents instead of outmuscling them. I love his outburst when he makes a major break in the case: "And that is why you don't kick the librarian off the investigation!"
This is a fun, unique series, and I look forward to the next book.
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