Saturday, September 1, 2012
For fans of the Dresden Series, there is much to enjoy in Jim Hines' latest contribution. Readers of Hines' previous work will appreciate a nod to his Jig The Goblin series as well. A librarian magician who can pull desired object from popular books must determine who is pitting the vampires and libriomancers against each other. Add in a powerful dryad (magic tree lady) for a team capable of taking on most of the city's nastys. Our hero has much of the wit and sarcasm of Dresden which serves to lighten the mood when staring down the teeth of monsters and ancient curses. Book lovers will appreciate references to popular fantasy and sci-fi novels from which magic is drawn (lightsaber anyone?) and fans of the written word will appreciate the nod to that venerable old saint of printing, Guttenberg himself, as the plot revolves around parts of his mysterious past. The plot is strong while some of the character development ends up being weak and forced. Three out of five stars could have been four save for the unnecesary and awkward love triangle peeking its way through here and there. Hopefully a sequel will resolve this seemingly out of place addition to our otherwise down-to-earth and practical libriomancing hero.