Author: Jim C. Hines

A Fitting Conclusion to a Magical Series

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Revisionary by Jim C. Hines

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It’s over. My adventures with the coolest fictional librarian I’ve never known are over. Revisionary marks the end of the Magic Ex Libris series. No more pulling stuff out of books to save the World. Unless, of course, I find the time to re-read the series. And I hope I do. Because this series is just plain fun.

After finishing Unbound, I jumped right into Revisionary because I had to know how everything would all fall out. Issac was somewhat manic in the last book and I was concerned for his life. He’s did some crazy things in book 3 and it led to some pretty devastating consequences.

In the end, my copy of Revisionary is studded with post-it tabs. Eleven of them to be exact. This is a good sign that Jim had me feeling things and thinking deeply for most of the book.

book review revisionary jim c. hines

Throughout the course of the book, Jim touches on human rights. He touches on what happens when your passion consumes you and how that affects other people in your life. He touches on our need to go at it alone whether that’s in our best interest or not. Overall, Revisionary is about change—the good and bad.

Revisionary is definitely an emotional book. The political aspects of the plot gets lost and muddled behind Issac’s drive to rescue and set things right. And while, I am an emotional reader, I do wish the political arguments would have been stronger because I can see a direct correlation between the conversations happening our real world about diversity, human rights and the current political climate. (I live in Iowa. The caucuses just finished up. Need I say more?)

book review revisionary jim c hines

My favorite thing about this series as a whole is the amazing growth of the characters. I look back at my review of Book 1 compared to how I feel now that I’ve read Book 4. These are characters I want to have in my life. I want Issac to dazzle me by pulling things out of books and pop culture references. I want to spar with Lena (and perhaps pig out on junk food with her, too). I want to have a heart-to-heart conversation with Nidhi. There is no question that these three have an amazing, unique relationship that no one questions. It just is. They depend on each other yet they are individuals with their own strengths and weaknesses. To me, they are real.

So who should read the Magic Ex Libris series? Fans of pop culture will definitely get a kick out it. Fans of magic and paranormal worlds will definitely feel a connection. Bookworms, in particular, should pay attention because books are magic. And in Issac’s world there is an amazing truth in that statement. If you have ever dreamed of having access to Lucy’s healing cordial to help a loved one or Dorothy’s silver slippers to skip your commute, the Magic Ex Libris series is definitely for you.

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A Fitting Conclusion to a Magical Series

Revisionary

Author: Jim C. Hines
Published on: February 2, 2016
Pages: 352
Genres: fantasy, paranormal, science fiction, adult
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My Rating: Thumbs Up

 

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


A Fitting Conclusion to a Magical Series

Libriomancer

Author: Jim C. Hines
Published on: August 7, 2012
Pages: 308
Genres: fantasy, paranormal, science fiction, adult
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My Rating: Thumbs Up

From My Review: I love the concepts in this book. Libromancers are able to conjure items that fit through the pages of books the fight the evil in this world. In the end, I just wasn’t a fan of writing. Unlike Jim’s Princess books, this one didn’t flow as well. It felt rushed–almost like an ill-written first novel. Read more.


A Fitting Conclusion to a Magical Series

Codex Born

Author: Jim C. Hines
Published on: August 6, 2013
Pages: 326
Genres: fantasy, paranormal, science fiction, adult
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My Rating: Thumbs Up

A Fitting Conclusion to a Magical Series

Unbound

Author: Jim C. Hines
Published on: January 6, 2015
Pages: 340
Genres: fantasy, paranormal, science fiction, adult
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My Rating: Thumbs Up

From My Review: I’m happy I waited because it meant I got to jump right into book 4 after finishing Unbound. Unbound doesn’t end on a cliffhanger, but a lot happens to crack magic wide open and there are lots of implications for non-magic users (muggles/mundanes), unhumans (i.e. vampires, werewolves, etc.) and magic users. After finishing Unbound, I simply had to know how the World was going to handle everything. Read more.


About Jim C. Hines

Jim C. Hines' latest book is REVISIONARY, the fourth in his modern-day fantasy series about a magic-wielding librarian, a dryad, a secret society founded by Johannes Gutenberg, a flaming spider, and an enchanted convertible. He's also the author of the PRINCESS series of fairy tale retellings, the humorous GOBLIN QUEST trilogy, and the Fable Legends tie-in BLOOD OF HEROES. His short fiction has appeared in more than 50 magazines and anthologies. Jim lives in Michigan with his wife and two children. Online, he can be found at http://www.jimchines.com.

I was only trying to tweet Jim and look what autocorrect did to his Twitter handle.

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