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For 500 years, the Porters have concealed the existence of magic from the world. Now, old enemies have revealed the Porters' secrets, and an even greater threat lurks in the shadows. The would-be queen Meridiana, banished for a thousand years, has returned in the body of a girl named Jeneta Aboderin. She seeks an artifact created by Pope Sylvester II, a bronze prison that would grant her the power to command an army of the dead. Michigan librarian Isaac Vainio is powerless to stop her, having been stripped of his power and his place among the Porters by Johannes Gutenberg himself. But Isaac is determined to regain his magic and to rescue his former student Jeneta. With no magic of his own, Isaac must delve into the darker side of black-market magic, where he will confront beings better left undisturbed, including the sorcerer Juan Ponce de Leon. With his loyal fire-spider Smudge, dryad warrior Lena Greenwood, and psychiatrist Nidhi Shah, Isaac races to unravel a mystery more than a thousand years old as competing magical powers battle to shape the future of the world. He will be hunted by enemies and former allies alike, and it will take all his knowledge and resourcefulness to survive as magical war threatens to spread across the globe. Isaac's choices will determine the fate of his friends, the Porters, the students of Bi Sheng, and the world. Only one thing is certain: even if he finds a way to restore his magic, he can’t save them all...

©2014 Jim C. Hines (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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  • St. Petersburg, Russia
  • 01-10-15

Loved it

I have loved all of these books. I was very excited when this came out last week. Another hit for the author. I hope he will keep them coming. If you're looking for some fun listens this is an excellent series. Make sure to start at the beginning.

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Another great Libromancer book!

Everything I have come to expect from a Jim C. Hines book. Humor, unique characters, magic and of course Smudge the fire spider.

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love these stories, and others by Mr. Hines.

I love Jim Hines books. the characters are engaging and real, and invoke sympathy.

the narrator has excellent flow, but his impression of some female voices, (most especially in this case, Lena's) was distractingly jarring. He gave her a harsh, nasal quality that grated every time the character spoke.

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Great Series

I am really enjoying this series. The main character reminds me of myself and my brothers. We are all SciFi geeks, my adult brothers still play D&D. The authors references to Dr. Who and many others are just fun!

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edited content

Warn the listener about content but DO NOT edit the playback by blanking out curse words.

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Great story

Loves the story, hated the voices especially Lenas. Reader doesn't do female voices well but I still loved the book and series

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Annoying Narrator

First let me say--I'm a big fan of Jim C. Hines in general, and while I wouldn't say that this series was as good as his two previous (Goblin and Princess series respectively) I certainly enjoyed it. Interesting concepts, fun, little literary easter eggs to chuckle about and generally compelling characters and relationships. However, voice actor who performs this particular version was the MOST obnoxious attempt at voicing a variety of characters that I have yet encountered. I typically re-read/re-listen to a story I enjoy at least 2 or three times--I am having difficulties doing that here. Every time I start reading I hear the sniveling, whiny voice he uses to identify Lena and want to poke a hole in my brain to make it stop.

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terrible narrator. terrible character development.

the protagonist was so annoying i was rooting for him to lose. I won't buy another book by this author again

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