Codex Born

Codex Born

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"... Isaac, Lena, and Porter psychiatrist Nidhi Shah are called to the small mining town of Tamarack, Michigan, where werewolves have discovered the body of a brutally murdered wendigo. What begins as a simple monster-slaying leads to deeper mysteries and the discovery of an organization thought to have been wiped out by Gutenberg more than five centuries ago. Their magic rips through Isaac's with ease, and their next target is Lena Greenwood. Born decades ago from the pages of a pulp fantasy novel, Lena's powers are unique, and Gutenberg's enemies mean to use her to destroy everything the Porters have built. But their plan could unleash an army of entropy and chaos, bent on devouring all it touches. The Upper Peninsula is about to become ground zero in a magical war like nothing else the world has seen in more than five hundred years."--Page 4 cover.
Publisher: New York, NY : Daw Books, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780756408398
0756408393
Characteristics: 389 pages ; 18 cm
Call Number: HINES, J

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QueenBoadicea Jul 10, 2015

Thrilling, hair raising and spine tingling, “Codex Born” raises important questions on the notions of power, victims, blame and the lengths people will go to save others at the expense of innocent lives. Gutenberg comes off once again as being a cold, manipulative bastard. But you understand that it’s the wielding of power and the strain of protecting his people against foreign threats that may make him unpopular. The question of whether he’s evil or good isn’t raised; Mr. Hines makes certain the reader understands that morality runs deeper than such facile notions.

The book also explores the backstory of Lena Greenwood. We were introduced to her origin story in “Libriomancer” but “Codex Born” takes us further into her history as her outlines the exact parameters of her nature, how her personality shifts with each lover and her philosophical musings. She speculates that such curiosity about her nature and that of humanity and the universe comes from one of her current lovers. But such ruminations seem more complex than would be explained by the impulsive and reckless Isaac Vainio.

The first book dealt with Vainio, this one with Lena. Both are fleshed out to be engrossing, three-dimensional characters. Perhaps the next novel in this series will give us insight into the enigmatic Johannes Gutenberg and take us into the mind of this 500-year-old inventor, mage and leader. I for one would look forward to that.

FindingJane Jul 10, 2015

Thrilling, hair raising and spine tingling, “Codex Born” raises important questions on the notions of power, victims, blame and the lengths people will go to save others at the expense of innocent lives. Gutenberg comes off once again as being a cold, manipulative bastard. But you understand that it’s the wielding of power and the strain of protecting his people against foreign threats that may make him unpopular. The question of whether he’s evil or good isn’t raised; Mr. Hines makes certain the reader understands that morality runs deeper than such facile notions.

The book also explores the backstory of Lena Greenwood. We were introduced to her origin story in “Libriomancer” but “Codex Born” takes us further into her history as her outlines the exact parameters of her nature, how her personality shifts with each lover and her philosophical musings. She speculates that such curiosity about her nature and that of humanity and the universe comes from one of her current lovers. But such ruminations seem more complex than would be explained by the impulsive and reckless Isaac Vainio.

The first book dealt with Vainio, this one with Lena. Both are fleshed out to be engrossing, three-dimensional characters. Perhaps the next novel in this series will give us insight into the enigmatic Johannes Gutenberg and take us into the mind of this 500-year-old inventor, mage and leader. I for one would look forward to that.

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