Unbound—The World Changes

Unbound by Jim C. Hines book cover
Unbound by Jim C. Hines

Unbound is the third in the Magic Ex Libris series by Jim C. Hines. Isaac Vainio, the character from who’s first person point of view the stories are told, has been stripped of his magic. Which is a problem because he needs to rescue his student from being possessed by a centuries-dead woman who wants to take over the world.

1—Character Problems

In this book even more than the others we get to see Isaac’s ingenuity, and without his magic, he needs every scrap of it. It was fun to watch him problem solve even as I grieved with him for his loss. Speaking of grief, a major character dies—I won’t say which one, only that the consequences are far-reaching. And speaking of fun, Ponce de Leon is back. And you won’t believe what Lena’s done with her tree.

2—Magic Goes Public

Meanwhile, the world is going crazy as magic becomes known to the general public. Each chapter ends with a written piece—newspaper articles, a letter from Isaac’s brother, an FBI file on Isaac, etc—that shows what’s happening in the larger world.


I loved the book and can’t wait for the next book, Revisionary, to come out soon.

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