Revisionary by Jim C. Hines
It has been a long trip for Isaac and now it all comes full circle. Magic is out in the open and he is in charge of a research group to figure out if magic is safe to use. Isaac is starting to understand the problems Gutenberg had and went through when Gutenberg created the Porters. On top of that, politics and schemes are in play to make sure that Isaac’s dreams are stopped once and for all.
Publisher’s Description: The fourth installment in the popular Magic Ex Libris series.
When Isaac Vainio helped to reveal magic to the world, he dreamed of a new millennium of magical prosperity. One year later, things aren’t going quite as he’d hoped. A newly-formed magical organization wants open war with the mundane world. Isaac’s own government is incarcerating “potential supernatural enemies” in prisons and internment camps.
Surrounded by betrayal and political intrigue, Isaac and a ragtag group of allies must evade pursuit both magical and mundane, expose a conspiracy by some of the most powerful people in the world, and find a path to a better future. But the key to victory may lie with Isaac himself, as he struggles to incorporate everything he’s learned into a new, more powerful form of libriomancy.
Possible spoilers beyond this point.
Percy Procrastinator says…
This whole series has been a solid read for me and the only thing bad about this book is that it ends the series. I could read another four books about Isaac and his friends.
This book is written a bit differently, The book starts in Washington with Isaac and his friends testifying before Congress. Chapters then begin with a snippet of the transcript that gives some good details about what happened. Chapters themselves start with conversations between Isaac and Gutenberg about what Isaac is doing and what he hopes to do. These work so well together. I got just enough of the hearing transcripts to know what Isaac is fighting and why it’s so tough for him. The discussions with Gutenberg have to be kept in mind as they come together toward the end.
In the end, Isaac is just too curious and too much a good person to let things go. When attacks start happening and the magic community is blamed, Isaac needs to know what happened and stop any more from happening if he can. What I can’t tell is if Isaac is the only one who can figure it out, if no one else can do it, or if people know he’s going to look into it and so support him as they can rather than trying to do it themselves. That would be an interesting follow-up only because these events have been on a world level, not a lone wizard protecting his city.
I particularly liked all of the books used and how they are used as magic. We enter as the main compound is up and running but I think learning about how they lay down spells to protect the building or implement security would have been interesting, perhaps a prologue of them finishing up a few things before getting to the main story. I also appreciate that the author lists the books he used and if they were made up by him or not.
I give this book a five and the series overall a five. It’s just strange enough that it took a bit to pull me into it but once it did, it had me until it was over.
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