Codex Born, Magic Ex Libris, Book Two by Jim C. Hines, 2013; $24.95; 326 pages; DAW Books, Inc, New York, NY; 978-0-7564-0816-9; Fiction; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Woodstock;2/11/14-2/12/14

Why did I pick this up?  I had read the first book in this series and was looking forward to this one.

What is the story?  The father of someone who died in the first book is out for revenge.  He only kinda knows about magic so he is about to unleash some really evil stuff.  He uses some magic that is unknown to Isaac and the other Porters.  He is targeting Isaac and Lena and unleashes all kinds of stuff against them.  Isaac has to rely on werewolves and friendly vampires and ancient Libromancers like Gutenberg to win.  It is interesting to see what can be pulled from books to fight evil.

Did I like it?  Yes, but not as much as the first book.  Much of this seemed more forced, this might have a good idea for just one book but not a series.  See if there are any more coming and give them another chance.

Grade-A-.

What is with the title of the review?  Often athletes have a slump in the second year, sequels are not usually as good as the first book or movie.  This series seems to be suffering a sophomore slump