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Libriomancer Cover Copy

Yesterday, I received some dust jackets for Libriomancer [Amazon | B&N | Mysterious Galaxy] in the mail. Oh yes, there was squeeing. Embossed text, and it’s oh so shiny! Naturally, I immediately had to stick it onto a book to see what it looked like.

Yes, after more than a year of working on the story, I am getting rather excited about this book :-)

And this means I have the final cover copy, the summary of the book which shall appear on the flaps of said dust jacket. I assume cover copy doesn’t require a spoiler warning…

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Isaac Vainio has spent the past two years working at the Copper River Library in northern Michigan, secretly cataloguing books for their magical potential, but forbidden from using that magic himself  . . . except for emergencies. Emergencies like a trio of young vampires who believe Isaac has been killing their kind, and intend to return the favor.

Isaac is a libriomancer, brilliant but undisciplined, with the ability to reach into books and create objects from their pages. And attacking a libriomancer in his own library is never a good idea.

But vampires are only the beginning. This was merely the latest in a series of attacks against members of Die Zwelf Portenære, a secret organization founded five centuries ago by Johannes Gutenberg to protect the world from supernatural threats. Among the casualties is Ray Walker, Isaac’s friend and mentor in magic.

Complicating matters further is the arrival of a dryad named Lena Greenwood. Lena packs a pair of wooden swords and proves to be quite adept at helping to beat down various magical threats. She also seems to be a little too interested in Isaac  . . .  not that he minds. Yet Lena’s nature could make her a greater threat than any vampire.

Along with a neurotic fire-spider named Smudge, Isaac and Lena set out to find and stop whoever is behind the attacks. But things are worse than Isaac imagined. An unknown killer of unimaginable power has been torturing and murdering humans and vampires alike. And Gutenberg, now more than six hundred years old, has disappeared.

As Isaac searches for Gutenberg and the murderer, hoping they aren’t one and the same, he uncovers dark secrets about magic’s history and potential. Secrets which could destroy Die Zwelf Portenære and loose a magical war upon the world. If Isaac is to have any hope of preventing that war, he will have to truly master the magic of libriomancy.

Assuming he doesn’t lose control and wipe himself from existence first.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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reedrover
Nov. 23rd, 2011 02:41 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the upcoming book! And yay for more Smudge!

The cover summary sounds really good. I look forward to reading the actual story, too.
jimhines
Nov. 23rd, 2011 02:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It's been really fun getting to write about Smudge again :-)
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jimhines
Nov. 23rd, 2011 02:45 pm (UTC)
Sorry ... I'm writing as fast as I can!
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trektone
Nov. 23rd, 2011 02:46 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! And Smudge!
jimhines
Nov. 23rd, 2011 02:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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jimhines
Nov. 23rd, 2011 02:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :-)
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jimhines
Nov. 23rd, 2011 03:24 pm (UTC)
::Blink:: I have a hallmark? Cool!
roseaponi
Nov. 23rd, 2011 03:09 pm (UTC)
Is that The Stepsister Scheme cosplaying as Libriomancer? :D

Excellent cover copy, btw. More than enough to get me to pick it up and read it!
jimhines
Nov. 23rd, 2011 03:24 pm (UTC)
Nope, it's a copy of Nnedi Okorafor's book WHO FEARS DEATH

And thank you!
deborahblakehps
Nov. 23rd, 2011 03:25 pm (UTC)
Looks great! Let me know when you want me to start spreading the word around the interwebs :-)

Just out of curiousity...who would I have to sleep with to get an ARC?
jimhines
Nov. 23rd, 2011 04:19 pm (UTC)
Probably my publicist. I'll post more info about that as we get closer to the release dates.

(About ARCs, not about sleeping with my publicist, I mean!)
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kyrielle
Nov. 23rd, 2011 03:34 pm (UTC)
GLEE!
peachtales
Nov. 23rd, 2011 03:47 pm (UTC)
Squee from me too!
Because I'm a geek and native German-speaker, I had to look up the Zwelf Portenaere. Middle German. Neat. :)
jimhines
Nov. 23rd, 2011 03:51 pm (UTC)
It took a ridiculous amount of time poring over a Middle German primer to get that phrase, so it makes me very happy that someone appreciated it :-)
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threeoutside
Nov. 23rd, 2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
Oh, SQUEEEEE!! Are you kidding me? SMUDGE? BOOKS? A kickass dryad heroine??? Libraries!!! Gutenberg???? ZOMG MUST HAVE NOW!!!!

SMUDGE????!!!!

*faints*(thud)
jimhines
Nov. 23rd, 2011 04:14 pm (UTC)
So ... you like it, then? :-)
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deborahjross
Nov. 23rd, 2011 04:29 pm (UTC)
Wow, looks great -- both visually and in terms of nifty ideas. I can hardly wait to read it!
jadesfire55
Nov. 23rd, 2011 05:21 pm (UTC)
Shiny! Congrats Jim! Can't wait to read it.
kristine_smith
Nov. 23rd, 2011 05:42 pm (UTC)
Lovely cover.
socchan
Nov. 23rd, 2011 05:59 pm (UTC)
Out of curiosity, is Lena another not-quite version of that one character you've been wanting to write, or is she the real deal? (Not that I'd complain either way; Not Quite means there's still more kickass dryad heroines on the way, and Real Deal means Real Deal, so.)

Also, SMUDGE! *\o/* Come August, I may have to post a link or two back to his pattern/tutorial for increased interest :3
jimhines
Nov. 23rd, 2011 07:46 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure how to answer that question. I doubt I'd write another dryad character after this series, having now done it in two books. Whether or not I'm getting it "right" this time ... well, ask me in a few more months :-)
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paragraphs
Nov. 23rd, 2011 06:07 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous! This cover is why this book must be bought and held, and petted. Absolutely LOVE the concept of libriomancer.

Congratulations!
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