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Codex Born (Magic Ex Libris #2)

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  3,941 Ratings  ·  419 Reviews
Isaac Vainio’s life was almost perfect. He should have known it couldn’t last.

Living and working as a part-time librarian in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Isaac had finally earned the magical research position he dreamed of with Die Zwelf Portenære, better known as the Porters. He was seeing a smart, fun, gorgeous dryad named Lena Greenwood. He had been cleared by Johannes G
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published August 6th 2013 by DAW
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Aug 11, 2013 Patrick rated it it was amazing
When I read the first book in this series a while back (Libriomancer) I loved it with a powerful love. It surprised me and kept me up late at night. It had everything I wanted in a book: interesting premise, clever execution, good cosmology, and solid writing.

It even had a few after market extras. Things that I don't *need* from a book, but when they show up, they fill me with a warm joy. Specifically, there was humor, nods to geek culture, and a delightfully non-standard romance.

So when I pic
Sep 15, 2014 Carol. rated it it was ok
Two and a half stars

All I can think of is the Goblin King in Labyrinth: “Such a pity.” Creative ideas, a streamlined plot, a love of books–all are fabulous ideas, and all undermined by cumbersome execution. I really want to like this series–I like Jim Hines‘ public persona, I really do--particularly his willingness to be an advocate against rape and rape culture. I haven’t yet read his Goblin King series, but I suspect his strength might be in the YA genre (as well as non-fiction, given his blog
Aug 10, 2015 Phrynne rated it really liked it
This is the second in the Magi ex Libris series where the main character is a wizard who produces his magic out of books. Literally. He actually puts his hand into a book and pulls the magic out. A fascinating idea and also a very good story line! I really enjoyed the first book in this series and was happy that this one did not fall prey to second book syndrome. It was really very exciting and action packed and ended in a quite amazing way. I am very keen to get on to the next book to find out ...more
Jun 08, 2016 Carolyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Following on from Libriomancer this sequel further develops the very cool concept of libriomancy, the magic ability to pull items out of books. Isaac Vainio is a librarian and libriomancer who is now worker as a researcher. However, when strange creatures are killed near his town he becomes drawn in to a plot by an ancient society who want to destroy the libriomancers.

As a second book in a series, this was just as much fun as the first. Fast paced with lots of strange happenings, werewolves, vam
Sandra (LadyGrey Reads)
This felt a lot slower to begin with than the first book did. Might be because the storyline didn't feel as clear and because of that each chapter started with a page or so from Lena's POV - which was explained in the final chapter but I still found it a bit confusing. About halfway through the book the tempo picked up and I was able to get fully immersed in this world with its characters and magic.

This second book really continues the line of of "Gutenberg's not the ultimate hero" and delves in
Sep 17, 2016 Meli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Esto se está poniendo intenso.
Me gustó leer la perspeciva de Lena, es muy profunda y sentida.
El ritmo y desarrollo me parecieron mejor que en el primero.
Aug 15, 2013 Jeremiah rated it it was ok

I had judged the first book in this series based on the assumption that it was the writer's first novel, however I now understand that he has previously published several books.

He still has a dynamite concept on his hands--magicians with the power to draw objects from fictional books to use in the real world--but the series still is populated by weakly drawn (if bland even) characters.

In both the first and second books of this series there is precious little about the main character's unique q
Fantasy Literature
Dec 29, 2014 Fantasy Literature rated it liked it
Bill's review: Codex Born is Jim Hines’ follow-up to last year’s Libriomancer, his breezy love letter to fantasy and science fiction readers and writers. While the sequel didn’t charm me as much as its precursor, its quick pace, likable characters, and frequent allusions to some of my favorite authors, along with Hine’s trademark darkness underlying a lightly comical surface, meant that on balance I found more to enjoy than to dislike.

The series is set in a world where certain people — librioman
Apr 04, 2016 Marianne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Codex Born is the second book of the Magic ex Libris series by American author, Jim C. Hines. Some months after receiving official permission, Isaac Vainio is enjoying his role as a magic researcher and investigating the intriguing possibility of Libriomancing from ebooks with a young student, Jeneta Aboderin. When he gets a call about a mutilated wendigo, he heads out to investigate this baffling murder. Magic allows him to return to the moment of the killing, and it looks like a rogue Librioma ...more
May 06, 2015 Chris rated it really liked it
Story. Belief. It’s power isn’t it? All belief is, you get people to believe you can get them to do just about anything, history teaches us this. And it is this idea that Jim C. Hines uses in this book. The Libromancers in this book have the power, the magical power, of drawing things from the book into the real world, provided the book has enough readers who believe.
Yet there is something else out there, a devourer and then these other books that the Libromancers can’t quite figure out what is
Kate  K. F.
Jul 06, 2013 Kate K. F. rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite parts of the Magic Ex Libris series is how Jim Hines shows the importance of research in dealing with problems. This series began strongly and in the sequel went to unexpected places. I adore the premise of Magic Ex Libris, that books have a magic of their own and that certain people can manipulate it and that those people don't always fit the mold of what a classic hero might be. I appreciated how the characters are dealing with the question of how different are digital books ...more
Jeffrey Grant
Aug 28, 2013 Jeffrey Grant rated it liked it
First of all, as with the previous book, drop a star if you don't read sci-fi & fantasy regularly, because you'll miss the references.

This book picks up where the last one left off, introducing a new threat based on the incidents in Libriomancer.

I wasn't overly keen on the previous book and I read this one because I had read a blurb somewhere that indicated this one focused more on Lena, the dryad character. There is a lot revealed about Lena's backstory in segments at the beginning of eac
Aug 13, 2013 Steven rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I've been reading Jim Hines since the Goblin series of books - and full disclosure, I know and like him as a person as well. That said, liking someone has not kept me from writing a poor review of their work.

I'm glad to report that I have no such problems with Jim's work. *Codex Born* is the second book in the Magic Ex Libris series, and continues Jim's track record of continually improving his work. Not only does it continue to have the same fun and humor as the first book in this series (and r
2.5 stars. Ok continuation of this contemporary fantasy series about a UP book mage and the dryad he loves. That's a radical simplification of things, but I'm still annoyed about the ending - it wasn't a cliffie, but things were left way too wide open. If that happens with the next book, I won't continue reading the series.
Aug 18, 2013 Lissibith rated it really liked it
Actual rating 3.5 stars.

This book, even more than the first, feels like a love letter to being a geek in the 2000's. Especially a geek of sci-fi and fantasy things. There's references to a wide variety of books, as well as books better known as movies and a dash of D&D. Star Wars? Beauty? Girl Genius? And older classics as well. Plus what Terry Pratchett fan doesn't love seeing that very advice they've probably given themselves - read Pratchett. Read ALL the Pratchett.

As for the book itself,
3.75 stars

Codex Born must have been one of those books that were born out of the author's need to write a few specific scenes, and to see a specific idea come alive. This shows in the fluctuating quality of the book: some scenes, or even chapters, are pretty darn awesome (5 stars), whereas there are numerous chapters that are just there to fill the gap between the story points of interest (2-3 stars).

This greatly affects the story's pacing: it slows down, then it quickens, then it slows down aga
May 23, 2014 Rebecca rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
In the first book in the series, Libriomancer, Hines introduced a wildly creative magic system and a couple really intriguing minor characters.

Unfortunately, this is really more of the same, and some of the novelty is starting to wear off.

They still do magic by pulling stuff out of books, which still results in dozens of hat tips to classic and contemporary works that will delight any voracious reader. Lena the dryad is still a really interesting study in how much agency fictional women are allo
Danni Green
Oct 30, 2015 Danni Green rated it it was ok
I loved the first book, Libriomancer, SO INCREDIBLY MUCH that I was kind of nervous about reading this book because I wasn't sure that ANYTHING could be as good as that first book was. Unfortunately, this sequel just didn't measure up to the first one. The things I loved about the first book -- the magical ability of libriomancy, the brilliant intra-plot surprises, the riveting character development, the exquisite pacing of the unfolding narrative -- just didn't happen in this one. I'll probably ...more
Cyndie Dyer
May 01, 2014 Cyndie Dyer rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
Ugh! Jim Hines needs to read all the praise for Libriomancer on the back jacket to see where he went wrong with this book. I abandoned it on page 47 at the suggestion of my son when he saw how hard I was struggling to make myself continue. Lena speaks to open each chapter in a pretentious voice that doesn't ring true. The case she, Isaac, and Nidhi go to investigate is nauseously gory. Although there were elements that intrigued me in those 47 pages, I decided the stuff I couldn't stand overroad ...more
Jan 12, 2015 Tish rated it really liked it
Probably 3.5 stars. Fun, action-packed, and with a unique magic system. Urban fantasy tends to not be my favorite genre, but this series is a lot of fun and I love all the references to (and uses of) real books. The things that bugged me about the first book didn't bother me here, maybe because the author and I were both willing to live with less explanation of how it all works and just go with it. I like all the secondary characters--except maybe Gutenberg: the jury is still out on him. The end ...more
Oct 28, 2015 Melodramaticfool marked it as abandoned
Why does this cover looks so--80's?

Libriomancer didn't look like this was not how I imagined Lena!!

Otherwise, I cannot wait to read this one!
Jaron Harris
Aug 10, 2013 Jaron Harris rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Decent followup to Libriomancer. The concept is better than the execution on this one I think. The ending in particular rankled me but I can't really say why without revealing too much. I enjoy Hines' work in general so I'm sure I'll pick up the inevitable sequel.
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Sep 26, 2016 Amyiw rated it it was ok
Shelves: series, uf, x-2016
This was a 1st POV changing POV between Isaak and Lena.

This was a disappointment after the first book though some of the problems with the first book are still present here and take away from the story line. The multiple lines of thought and the incohesiveness of plot, along with an epilogue ending that completely makes the plot a cliffhanger. Ok a lot of it was in the air after the final battle and argument with Gutenberg but... it had a direction and what Isaak battled was finished. Then (view
Fangs for the Fantasy
Sep 03, 2013 Fangs for the Fantasy rated it it was amazing
Isaac, Lena and Nidhi are developing their new relationship – but hardly have the chance to do so on peace before being called into the field again.

There’s been some murdered Wendigo – and Wendigo are pretty hard to kill.

But throw in some strange, lethal metal insects, creations of a dead Libriomancer and his far less fun father.

An ancient order of Chinese mages who have a severe beef with Gutenburg’s followers – and made extra uncomfortable by them maybe being right

Then throw in the Devourers,
Dec 08, 2013 Marlene rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Reading Reality

Born from a book. All the best ideas are born from the things we read. If you don’t think so, then Jim C. Hines Magic Ex Libris series probably isn’t for you. However, if you’re the kind of person who thinks that the best way to spend an idle afternoon (or an idle 5 minutes) is between the pages of a book, particularly fantasy or science fiction, then you’ll eat this series up with a spoon. Start with Libriomancer. Start now.

Codex Born is on the dark side o
Nicole Gozdek
Sep 01, 2013 Nicole Gozdek rated it it was amazing
Verdammt, wo bleibt der 3. Band???

Es kommt selten vor, dass ein Roman oder eine Reihe mich so sehr fesselt, dass ich UNBEDINGT SOFORT den nächsten Band lesen muss. Bei Jim C. Hines "Magic Ex Libris"-Reihe ist das zum Glück der Fall. Nach dem ersten Band "Libriomancer" (die deutsche Übersetzung "Die Buchmagier" erscheint im März 2014) habe ich sofort mit dem zweiten Band "Codex Born" angefangen und war wieder einmal absolut begeistert. Nicht nur dass Hines noch eine neue Facette der Buchmagier bi
Alana Abbott
Aug 28, 2013 Alana Abbott rated it it was amazing
There aren’t many writers who can start with the concept of a literal fantasy woman, pulled from the pages of her book to fulfill her lover’s dreams, and turn her from a slave into a complex hero, struggling to understand her own identity and to create herself as a real person. Jim Hines is one of them.

Codex Born, the sequel to Libriomancer, is narrated by fantasy book lover and magician Isaac Vaino, but in many ways the book belongs to Lena Greenwood, a dryad drawn from a pulp SF novel and Isaa
Kurt Cagle
Feb 22, 2014 Kurt Cagle rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Jim Hines is a good writer, but I find that there are times where his prose tends to derail. Codex Born was a good example of this. The characters of Isaac and Lena both occasionally seem to me to be sketchy, even though I like the concept of both a great deal. It was all too easy for me to read a section, then suddenly realize I'd lost the context of where exactly they were and what they were doing.

I suspect this may be because the whole of the story is premised on characters essentially breaki
Ian Cockerill
Nov 09, 2014 Ian Cockerill rated it it was amazing
I genuinely love this book. I do mark high on Goodreads - I like reading and I try to find books I'll like, and read them when I feel like reading a book of that type, so I have a lot of four and some five star experiences, but with this one I can't see how anyone who would bother to seek it out would give the book, at the very least, four stars. A "marmite" experience presumably, that I just cannot get where the downsides are coming from.
The writing style is excellent, the pace is fast, the cha
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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 ap ...more
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Magic Ex Libris (4 books)
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