Codex Born

Codex Born

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Sent to investigate the brutal slaughter of a wendigo in the north Michigan town of Tamarack, Isaac Vainio and his companions find they have wandered into something far more dangerous than a simple killing. A long established werewolf territory, Tamarack is rife with ancient enemies of Libriomancy who quest for revenge. Isaac has the help of Lena Greenwood, his dryad bodyguard born from the pages of a pulp fantasy novel, but he is not the only one in want of her unique and formidable powers.
Publisher: London : Del Rey, 2013.
ISBN: 9780091953461
0091953464
Characteristics: viii, 326 p. ; 24 cm.

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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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