Started: December 17, 2017
Finished: December 29, 2017
Rating: 5/5 stars
Thanks to Gutenberg, I could no longer pull wands, potions, and light sabers out of books, but when it came to research, give me a well-stocked library and I was a goddamned Merlin.
Isaac Vaino has lost his magic – right when he needs it the most, because without it, how is he going to find his student, Jeneta, who was possessed by a queen hellbent on ending the world?
Oh, and save the world. That too.
In this third book of the Magic Ex Libris series, we meet a more desperate Isaac than in the previous books. He has lost a vital part of himself, been cut off from the Porters, and blames himself for Jeneta Aboderin’s disappearance and possession. And when Isaac gets desperate… well, he uses magic tools that are probably not a good idea to use. He attempts to access parts of his locked brain by use of a siren’s song, breaks into a satellite blood bank owned by vampires, drinks blood to be able to communicate with a dead Pope… honestly, all signs of a desperate man with knowledge of magic. And all possibly deadly.
At the same time, Gutenberg and the Porters try to minimize the damage wrecked by those who exposed magic to the world. A race against time, as their opponents only need to cause a bit more magical chaos to make people ignore the Porters’ attempts at assurance that magic is not real. Eventually, even Gutenberg finds himself needing help.
Specifically; he needs Isaac’s help.
This book is written in the same entertaining way as the previous ones – and a lot easier to read than book #2, which I found a tad bit confusing. It has just as many geeky references and witty comments, but also a certain darkness. Isaac has changed. The world has changed. And it will probably never go back to being the same way as before. The story is fast-paced and intriguing and fun, and it feels like it could be something that happens in the world we know today. As if it is actually happening.
Maybe libriomancy is actually real and this is one of the clues left by the Porters’ enemies, to expose them…