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Unbound 1

(Magic Ex Libris: Book Three)

by Jim C. Hines

Paperback / softback Age range: 18+ years old Publication Date: 05/01/2016

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Hugo winner Jim C. Hines's hilarious and clever Magic ex Libris series, where books come alive and libriomancer Isaac Vainio combats magical threats that spring from the page

For five hundred years, the Porters have concealed the existence of magic from the world.

Now, old enemies have revealed the Porters' secrets, and an even greater threat lurks in the shadows. The would-be queen Meridiana, banished for a thousand years, has returned in the body of a girl named Jeneta Aboderin. She seeks an artifact created by Pope Sylvester II, a bronze prison that would grant her the power to command an army of the dead.

Michigan librarian Isaac Vainio is powerless to stop her, having been stripped of his power and his place among the Porters by Johannes Gutenberg himself. But Isaac is determined to regain his magic and to rescue his former student Jeneta. With no magic of his own, Isaac must delve into the darker side of black-market magic, where he will confront beings better left undisturbed, including the sorcerer Juan Ponce de Leon.

With his loyal fire-spider Smudge, dryad warrior Lena Greenwood, and psychiatrist Nidhi Shah, Isaac races to unravel a mystery more than a thousand years old as competing magical powers battle to shape the future of the world. He will be hunted by enemies and former allies alike, and it will take all his knowledge and resourcefulness to survive as magical war threatens to spread across the globe. Isaac's choices will determine the fate of his friends, the Porters, the students of Bi Sheng, and the world.

Only one thing is certain: even if he finds a way to restore his magic, he can't save them all....

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  • a clever, witty, laugh-out-loud funny read.

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    Unbound is the third book of the Magic ex Libris series by American author, Jim C. Hines. Isaac Vainio feeling guilty and depressed that a young teen in his care, Jeneta Aboderin has disappeared. And because Johannes Gutenberg has locked his magic, his efforts to find her need to be even greater. But, as handicapped as he is, Isaac’s determination, with a lot of help from his dryad lover Lena Greenwood and her lover, Dr Nidhi Shah, finally leads to the identification and location of the spirit which has possessed Jeneta’s body, a woman who has control of the multitudinous Ghost Army and intends rule the world.

    Isaac just has to work out how to stop her and save Jeneta, all without the support and approval of the Porters. Luckily, he has managed not to alienate everyone, despite seeming to be a magnet for trouble. Certain werewolves assist, and eventually the fugitive Spanish magician, Juan Ponce de Leon comes to his rescue. Also useful are a Mary Poppins umbrella, a disco ball, a Triumph that converts to a space ship and mirror sunglasses, although none of these prevent a certain Copper River house from being burnt down.

    With the premise of magically extracting objects and creatures from the printed page, it is soon apparent that the potential for magic and tricks is as endless as the imagination of fantasy authors. Hines once again fills his tale with plenty of humour, and manages to include a Siren, vampire satellite blood banks, an rather nasty angel, a fake new eighth Harry Potter book, wood-and-metal automatons, Death, and much more. Isaac has to suffer becoming a newt, and both he and Smudge feel the effects of looking into a gorgon’s eyes.

    Between the chapters, Hines uses a series of emails, promotional fliers, press releases, news reports, web posts, an FBI file, news items and letters as a device to detail background events and public opinion. Once again, his plot is original and imaginative, with an exciting climax; his characters are appealing, and the nett result is a clever, witty, laugh-out-loud funny read. Some editions feature an extract of the 4th book in the series, Revisionary

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