Let me start this review with one simple statement: I want the next book NOW!!!!
Alright, now that I have that out of my system lets get on with my thoughts about this book. I guess you can safely assume that I really enjoyed the book, and especially enjoyed a fresh take on sorcery. I know that similar takes have happened before, namely as portrayed in the movie Inkheart, but this was clearly something different, and different in a very intriguing way.
The plot itself was actually rather straightforward, and the outcome was ultimately rather predictable. However, this was easy to overlook as it was a true joy to read. There was always one bit or another that had my chuckling, smiling, nodding, or earnestly gripping the book, preparing to turn the page to read as much as I could on my lunch break so that I could try to finish one tense scene or another. I absolutely loved how the lead character was a book geek that I could easily relate with, and so many of the books referenced are ones that I have personal experience with. I had absolutely no trouble at all placing myself in his shoes, contemplating what books I would arm myself with, and what I would extract from them if I was like him.
Being able to relate to a character is a fantastic way of drawing in the reader, and Hines did a masterful job of reeling me right into his story. For me that is a masterful stroke, and a true sign of a good book. I only hope that the next book in the series maintains that connection for me.