Books are magical. Reading transports you to a different place and time and introduces you to more people than you could ever hope to meet. That’s why I want to be a libriomancer.
You might be scratching your head, wondering what I’m talking about. If you’re a geek who knows some Latin, you might realize this has something to do with books and magic.
If you’re a fan of the Magic Ex Libris Series by Jim C. Hines, you know exactly what I’m talking about. (Still not sure, read my review of his earlier books in the series).
What is a Libriomancer?
A libriomancer is a person who can draw magic from books.
I know, I think I’ve been one by that definition for most of my life. And I know C. S. Lewis was one because he transported me to Narnia via book dozens of times.
In Hines’ world, a libriomancer can access the magic inside a book to draw objects from the book.
You’d like an Invisibility Cloak? A libriomancer could grab one out of Harry Potter’s closet (if only those Harry Potter books weren’t locked. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Read Libriomancer, book one of the series).
The “librarian” who is the hero of the series is pulling Lucy’s bottle of healing potion out of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in every installment. Fighting evil is a dangerous business. Best to be prepared for the worst.
How does this work?
People read books. The more people who read the book and suspend their disbelief to embrace the story, the more magic potential that waits inside a book.
There are limits. The object has to be small enough that it would fit through the covers of the book. I suggest huge hardbacks for working these spells, so you can make certain Excalibur makes it out of King Arthur’s hand intact.
The magician has an innate sense of magic. They must be able to fully picture the object they want to pull from the book in their mind. Small imaginations need not apply.
Why I Want to be One
I fit all the qualifications for libriomancy.
- I read books.
- I have a great imagination.
- I can recall scenes with vivid detail that’s just crazy considering how many books I’ve read.
- I have a desire to be innately connected to a magical continuum.
In fact, since I’ve been claiming books are magic portals for years, I should be at the front of the line for receiving the gift of libriomancy.
Also, I’m conscientious. I wouldn’t abuse my power.
What other qualities do I need?
A Review of Revisionary
Recently, I joined a Facebook book club (more on that later—maybe). One of the founding authors for the group asked what the best book we’d read this year would be.
Revisionary by Jim C. Hines was at the top of my list.
Even though I didn’t give it five shiny stars (I found a few things a mite of a stretch), it was the book I wanted to read the most that didn’t disappoint me.
I love Isaac Vainio, and I was wondering how things were working out for him since the wider world discovered the existence of magic and magical creatures at the end of book three.
As you can imagine, governments are trying to regulate magic while also exploiting it for their own purposes.
Magical creatures are starting to unite against humans. Humans fear them, so they want them crowded onto reservations and registered like firearms. Since they aren’t human, they don’t have protection under the U.S. Constitution.
The political finagling in this book rivals spy novels.
And we know how much Isaac adores jumping through hoops and cutting through red tape.
Lots of action in this book to keep you turning pages. Plenty of clues and twists keep you guessing to the end whose the mastermind behind the plot behind the plot of the plotters.
Readers of fantasy will love this book. Yes, there is some foul language. However, other adult themes are kept to a minimum.
The most startling thing to me about reading this fourth book in this contemporary fantasy series was learned when I read the acknowledgements.
Most of the time I skim these things. I know! As an author, I should read them. I understand how it takes a village to get a book from the idea stage to a library shelf.
Still, I don’t know most of the people mentioned.
I also don’t know much of anything about most of my favorite authors. I’ve never been one of those people who joins fan clubs and follows every media account of a celebrity. Even one I like.
Color me shocked when I discovered Mr. Hines was not a full-time author.
Excuse me? He’s writing these amazing books at a rate of once per year or so and that’s not his JOB?
Well, it wasn’t his job. With four books in a successful series, Mr. Hines has now donned the cape of insanity. He joins the rest of us spending his days holed up in an office with imaginary friends.
I’m thrilled. I hope that means there will be more books in this series I dearly love.
And if he could grant me the power of libriomancy…all the better.
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