Libriomancer (#1)

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Isaac is a libriomancer, a member of a secret organization founded five centuries ago by Johannes Gutenberg to protect the world from supernatural threats. Libiomancers are gifted with the ability to magically reach into books and draw forth objects. 

When Isaac is attacked by vampires that leaked from the pages of books into our world, he barely manages to escape. To his horror he discovers that vampires have been attacking other magic users as well, and Gutenberg has been kidnapped.

With the help of his fire-spider, Smudge, and Len­­a—a motorcycle-riding dryad who packs a pair of wooden swords—Isaac finds himself hunting the unknown dark power that has been manipulating humans and vampries alike. His search will uncover dangerous secrets and libriomancy, Gutenberg, and the history of magic….


“For those with a love of books, this is a rare chance to get their geek on. Hines writes a really fun book, looking at book-based magic. Between some of the best action scenes out there, combining dramatic actions with realistic after-effects, this makes for a great book. “

San Francisco Book Review

“The book is amusing and action-packed from page one; Isaac is sure to be an instant fan favorite, and the secondary characters are vivid and multidimensional.”

Publishers Weekly, starred review

“By far my favorite fantasy novel of the year, Hines’ series starter is so much fun.”

RT Book Reviews

“Hines has created a rich backstory and mythology that weaves history and magic and science fiction across centuries, between cultures, and around the globe.”


“[LIBRIOMANCER] is a joyful romp through the very concept of pop culture and literature […] It’s funny, it’s fast-paced, it’s extremely geeky, it’s not afraid to take potshots at genre conventions and its own inherent weirdness, and it’s a great start to a new series. I can’t wait to see what comes next.”

“[A] love letter to science fiction and fantasy, with real emotional weight at the center […] A rollicking adventure story full of ridiculous little touches. It’s a seriously fun ride for anyone who’s loved geeky books their whole life.”

"This may be Jim Hines' best work. LIBRIOMANCER is smart, silly, and deadly serious, all at the same time. It's a book about loving books."

Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling author of EVERY HEART A DOORWAY

“Hines created a system where that magic becomes real, usable, and very definitely not always safe. This is a book for everyone who has ever wanted to pull Excalibur from the page.”

Tanya Huff, bestselling author of the Blood series

“Butt-kicking librarians, pyrotechnic spiders, and vampires that don’t suck — Jim Hines serves up an incendiary and fun new urban fantasy.”

Charles Stross, Hugo Award-winning author of GLASSHOUSE

Awards & Accolades


#4 Locus Bestseller List


RT Book Reviews: “Editors‘ Best of 2012”