The Magic Ex Libris series follows Isaac Vainio, a book geek and magician. Like many of us geeks, Isaac has read widely and imagined greatly. Unlike us, he can actually reach inside these books and pull out the cool gadgets that the authors have imagined.
If you’ve read Hines before (specifically his Jig the Goblin series), you may find a familiar face amongst the cast of characters: Smudge. The sassy little fire spider makes his return to the pages as one of Isaac’s magical creations.
But that’s not the only creation you’ll find. There are also healing potions, weapons, and various other bits from both real and fictional novels peppered throughout Libriomancer.
Beyond the magic, Libriomancer–and the Magic Ex Libris series as a whole–is a great, full-bodied story. It’s part adventure story, with the familiar good versus evil plots, and part character story, showing Isaac’s struggles with his life, career, and ambition.
While this series is primarily aimed at adults, there is very little about it that should keep it from the hands of interested, geeky teens. Enjoy!