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Unbound is Out Today!!!

UnboundIt’s been seventeen months since Codex Born was released, but Unbound is finally out today!

This is the third book in the Magic ex Libris series. There will be at least one more (Revisionary, tentatively scheduled for February 2016), but this one wraps up a lot of the plotlines I’ve been playing with over the course of the series. As Carrie at Smart Bitches Trashy Books said in her review:

I liked how the book wrapped up a lot of major character arcs. If there’s no more to this series, I’ll feel that the story reached a satisfying conclusion. On the other hand, the series is potentially poised to take off in completely new directions that could be incredibly interesting. So I’m down with that, too … I’m in an odd state of one hand feeling like, “OK, we’re cool, you may move on to other projects, thank you for this satisfying conclusion” and on the other hand I’m all, “More, please, nomnomnom”. It’s Schrodinger’s Series.


For five hundred 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 determined 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…

Purchase Links: If you’re interested in picking up a copy, I’ve gathered up some convenient links. Because I’m considerate that way, you know?

Reviewers: If you’re a reviewer and would like a copy of Unbound, please contact my publicist at anixon -at- penguinrandomhouse.com.

Guest Posts: I’ve also done some guest blogging for the release, and will be linking those here as they go live. My thanks to everyone who hosted me!

Other Releases: Wait, there’s more! Today isn’t just Unbound day, it’s also book day for other awesome people like Karen Lord, Daniel José Older, Steven Harper, David B. Coe, and Irene Radford.


But my favorite thing about this particular release date is that author Sara Humphreys has a new novella out today … called Unbound. I feel like this calls for some sort of epic showdown, Unbound vs. Unbound. Sexy man-back vs. Smoldering librarian. Lion vs. Fire-spider.


So, yeah. Not only does Unbound come out today, so does Unbound. Mind … blown!

Anyway, where was I?

Events: I’ve got three things going on for this one.

My thanks to everyone who’s supported the series so far. Tweets, reviews, links, and other word-of-mouth are always appreciated, but mostly, I just hope you enjoy the story. I’ve been waiting years to get to some of the events in this one, and I can’t wait to share it.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.



( 27 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 6th, 2015 01:25 pm (UTC)
My copy is winging its way here as we speak! It is going to jump the (insanely long) TBR queue and will be the next one up.

Happy book day!
Jan. 6th, 2015 02:29 pm (UTC)
I hope you like it!
Jan. 6th, 2015 07:55 pm (UTC)
I'm sure I will! You wrote it, right?
Jan. 6th, 2015 08:03 pm (UTC)
I think so. It's been a little while, and my memory is a bit fuzzy...
Jan. 7th, 2015 03:11 am (UTC)
Well, I'll read it and let you know if any of it sounds like something you would have done...
Jan. 6th, 2015 01:50 pm (UTC)
My copy was waiting for me when I got home yesterday and I didn't get to sleep until I'd finished it. I agree completely with Carrie. So a big Yay! on news of book four. :)
Jan. 6th, 2015 02:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :-)

Though it's a little strange to think the book officially came out today, and there are already people out there who have finished it...
Jan. 7th, 2015 12:21 am (UTC)
I always feel bad about the disparity in the amount of time it takes to read a book vs the time it takes to produce it. Thanks for all the work you put in!
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Jan. 6th, 2015 02:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :-)
Jan. 6th, 2015 02:37 pm (UTC)
Happy book day, Jim!
Jan. 6th, 2015 03:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :-)
Jan. 6th, 2015 03:09 pm (UTC)
Very much looking forward to reading it, Jim. I'm just loving these books. I gotta say, Isaac's looking pretty buff on that cover--not hot-naked-man-back buff, but he clearly works out. You don't get pecs like that without a little time at the gym. What with the magic and the reading and the saving of the world and all that, where does he find the time? :-)
Jan. 6th, 2015 03:31 pm (UTC)
He reads a lot of Conan books and figured out a way to tap into some muscle magic ;-)
Jan. 6th, 2015 03:40 pm (UTC)
That sounds vaguely dirty, I have to admit. First thing I thought of was Peter Quill's pelvic magic, and it just went downhill from there.
Jan. 6th, 2015 04:59 pm (UTC)
Karen Lord's official URL is apparently now http://drkarenlord.tumblr.com/

Jan. 6th, 2015 06:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Updating that now.
Jan. 6th, 2015 05:03 pm (UTC)
Waiting for my (physical) copy to arrive. I keep checking the tracking:) Eventually it will show up on my doorstep..
Jan. 6th, 2015 05:24 pm (UTC)
Jan. 6th, 2015 11:14 pm (UTC)
Happy New Book Day! I'll be picking my copy up tomorrow.
Jan. 7th, 2015 02:38 am (UTC)

I bought it in e-book format, so it arrived last night around 1 am and I'm already just about halfway through. I'm blaming you if I don't get to sleep in time for work tomorrow. ;) So far I LOVE it, depression (and passing reference to "brain weasels") and all. Recommending it to friends already.

Oh, and I read _Ancillary Sword_ yesterday, so when I say _Unbound_ is very good, I mean it's living up to the standard set by *that* book...
Jan. 7th, 2015 12:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you! That means a lot :-)
Jan. 8th, 2015 05:11 pm (UTC)
Well, I know where my productivity is going this weekend. :)
Jan. 8th, 2015 06:43 pm (UTC)
Weekend productivity is overrated! ;-)
Jan. 12th, 2015 05:06 am (UTC)
Just wanted to leave a comment to say that I've really enjoyed Magic ex Libris series so far, and that I just ordered Unbound on Amazon for my mom and myself! (It's unusual for my mom to read fantasy - she's more into mystery - but the fact she likes the series has made it even more of a treat for me.)
Jan. 12th, 2015 12:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Very cool that you and your mother are both enjoying the series together :-)

I hope you like this one!
Jan. 13th, 2015 04:29 am (UTC)
I just bought this at GaFilk, because the best books deserve the best soundtrack!
Jan. 13th, 2015 04:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :-)
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