Revisionary (#4)

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When Isaac Vainio helped to reveal magic to the world, he dreamed of a utopian future, a new millennium of magical prosperity. One year later, things aren’t going quite as he’d hoped.

An organization known as Vanguard, made up of magical creatures and ex-Porters, wants open war with the mundane world. Isaac’s own government is incarcerating “potential supernatural enemies” in prisons and internment camps. And Isaac finds himself targeted by all sides.

It’s a war that will soon envelop the world, and the key to victory may lie with Isaac himself, as he struggles to incorporate everything he’s learned into a new, more powerful form of libriomancy. Surrounded by betrayal and political intrigue, Isaac and a ragtag group of allies must evade pursuit both magical and mundane, expose a conspiracy by some of the most powerful people in the world, and find a path to a better future.

But what will that futures cost Isaac and the ones he loves?


“Sharp wit, rapid-fire action, and strong characterization have become Hines’s trademarks, and the fourth and final entry in the Magic Ex Libris series is no exception [...] thoroughly entertaining.”

Publishers Weekly

“Having taken a bit of a break from the humor he is known for, Hines explores cultural and political concerns in a thoughtful manner, leaving the reader with more food for thought than perhaps one might expect. Isaac and his friends and partners must save not just the United States, but the entire world, from the consequences of magic misused, and Hines avoids the pitfalls many writers would struggle to miss in the crafting of this excellent tale.”

RT Book Reviews

“This is darker than previous books in the series, but any decline in offbeat humor is replaced by plenty of entertaining action.”


“A good entry for series fans.”


“Stellar action and mischief abound in this latest masterpiece by Jim C. Hines! Just when you’re thinking it can’t get better than this: it does! Timing is essential and Hines has it spades down! Government intrigue combined with magic book mischief makes for one hot read all the way through! Hines outdid himself once again.”

Night Owl Book Reviews

“Excellent, entertaining [...] one of the genre’s best contemporary urban fantasy series.”

Lansing State Journal

“There’s really no way to talk about Jim C. Hines’s REVISIONARY: Magic Ex Libris: Book Four without spoilers for the previous books, so go read them first. If you haven’t read them yet, what are you waiting for? This is one of my favorite book series. . .Revisionary is the final book of the series. The only thing I’ll say about that (other than, noooo!) is that Hines brings it to a wonderful close. There are still plot hooks and imaginative ideas that you can play with, but the conclusion is very satisfying. I can’t wait to see what Hines does next!”

Errant Dreams

“Revisionary is the darkest, and uncomfortably relevant to the world we live in. Fear-mongering, calls for registration of all magical individuals, consideration of containment camps, turning human rights into privileges, and domestic terrorism. The pain and fear caused by painting a widely defined population as dangerous (though, admittedly, some of them are very dangerous) when all they want to do is just be is woven throughout. A fast-paced, creative, and clever continuation of the series.”

Libromancer’s Apprentice

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