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The universe needs a reboot in this WebMage novel from Kelly McCullough. In the twenty-first century, magic has advanced with the times and gone digital, and Ravirn, a direct descendant of one of the three Fates, is a talented sorcerer--and computer hacker extraordinaire. Now that Ravirn has come into his own as a minor chaos power, he's partying with Zeus, playing hard-to- The universe needs a reboot in this WebMage novel from Kelly McCullough. In the twenty-first century, magic has advanced with the times and gone digital, and Ravirn, a direct descendant of one of the three Fates, is a talented sorcerer--and computer hacker extraordinaire. Now that Ravirn has come into his own as a minor chaos power, he's partying with Zeus, playing hard-to-get with a gorgeous Fury...and trying to stay one step ahead of Nemesis, the unstoppable goddess of vengeance. But now Necessity--the sentient computer that runs the universe--has caught a virus that crashes most of the magical internet, and Ravirn is tasked with fixing it. And Ravirn hasn't missed the fact that whoever repairs Necessity will, for that moment, run the universe, able to remake the worlds (and everything else) to their liking. Unfortunately for Ravirn, some very dangerous beings have figured that out, too...


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The universe needs a reboot in this WebMage novel from Kelly McCullough. In the twenty-first century, magic has advanced with the times and gone digital, and Ravirn, a direct descendant of one of the three Fates, is a talented sorcerer--and computer hacker extraordinaire. Now that Ravirn has come into his own as a minor chaos power, he's partying with Zeus, playing hard-to- The universe needs a reboot in this WebMage novel from Kelly McCullough. In the twenty-first century, magic has advanced with the times and gone digital, and Ravirn, a direct descendant of one of the three Fates, is a talented sorcerer--and computer hacker extraordinaire. Now that Ravirn has come into his own as a minor chaos power, he's partying with Zeus, playing hard-to-get with a gorgeous Fury...and trying to stay one step ahead of Nemesis, the unstoppable goddess of vengeance. But now Necessity--the sentient computer that runs the universe--has caught a virus that crashes most of the magical internet, and Ravirn is tasked with fixing it. And Ravirn hasn't missed the fact that whoever repairs Necessity will, for that moment, run the universe, able to remake the worlds (and everything else) to their liking. Unfortunately for Ravirn, some very dangerous beings have figured that out, too...

30 review for Codespell

  1. 4 out of 5

    T.J. Day

    Actual rating 4.5. I wanted to give this one a five but there were a few things that kind of confused me. (Not including the detailed computer stuff I am still processing). I don't like the calendar jumping. It goes from minute by minute details to two weeks later and sometimes, it's a bit disorienting for the reader. Sometimes I can't tell when he's connected virtually with his athame link or when he's in the real world. And there's just a few confusing jumps in the scenes - one in particular w Actual rating 4.5. I wanted to give this one a five but there were a few things that kind of confused me. (Not including the detailed computer stuff I am still processing). I don't like the calendar jumping. It goes from minute by minute details to two weeks later and sometimes, it's a bit disorienting for the reader. Sometimes I can't tell when he's connected virtually with his athame link or when he's in the real world. And there's just a few confusing jumps in the scenes - one in particular where he was at Zeus's party and suddenly he woke up and he was getting shot at. I didn't know he fell asleep to begin with or what was going on. But those are my only complaints. As for character development, it's interesting to see Ravirn learn his way through chaos. I loved meeting his family near the beginning, especially knowing his mom disapproves of his leaving the House of Fate. Hearing from the other Fates was nice too, though I'm eager to see if more than just Clotho will ever return in the next two books. And Zeus and Athena! Such an interesting take on those characters. I mean, the whole series is a very unique story line mixing both Greek mythology and technology together. I just love the idea. So original! A little bit more romance for the Raven as well - such a slut, I love it! Now that Tisiphone is in the picture (or maybe not from that ending) and Cerice is still doing her weird thing, I'm betting this will become a very interesting love triangle for our slow-on-the-uptake Ravirn. Eager to see how that plays out. Of course, gotta mention that cover. The whole series has been done by Christian McGrath. Out of the five, this is my second favorite. (I still have so much love for the cover of WebMage). I like how it shows Ravirn twice, giving him the chaotic Raven look - but also the dangerous mirrored look of the ultimate Nemesis. Well, I'm off to the next one!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Roberta

    The best of the three novels of the Ravirn series. In this novel, now that Ravirn is a power he gets invited to Zeus's parties. Of course, he finds out that the Goddess of Vengeance, Nemesis looks like his supposedly dead cousin Dairn and wants him dead. Also, he is having relationship problems with his girlfriend, Cerice, and a flirtation with Tisiphone one of the Furies. As usual, Eris makes an appearance as does his grandmother on his father's side, Zeus, Athena, Persephone, all three Furies, The best of the three novels of the Ravirn series. In this novel, now that Ravirn is a power he gets invited to Zeus's parties. Of course, he finds out that the Goddess of Vengeance, Nemesis looks like his supposedly dead cousin Dairn and wants him dead. Also, he is having relationship problems with his girlfriend, Cerice, and a flirtation with Tisiphone one of the Furies. As usual, Eris makes an appearance as does his grandmother on his father's side, Zeus, Athena, Persephone, all three Furies, Nemesis, and Hades. The novel with its mix of urban fantasy, cyberpunk, and mythic elements along with an endearing albeit chaotic lead character makes me want to read more. The plot was fast paced and the political intrigue amongst the pantheon was fascinating. I look forward to the next book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    And the plot thickens! Well, it's more that the plot of the series finally gains traction. Now this series is really a series, rather than a group of books with the same protagonists. Boy-loses-Girl, Boy-gets-new-Girl, Boy-fights-Adversity! All good plot threads. While the first book was a more difficult read, getting through to this one makes up for it. Still, I can't say I more than liked it, but keep up the good work, McCullough. And the plot thickens! Well, it's more that the plot of the series finally gains traction. Now this series is really a series, rather than a group of books with the same protagonists. Boy-loses-Girl, Boy-gets-new-Girl, Boy-fights-Adversity! All good plot threads. While the first book was a more difficult read, getting through to this one makes up for it. Still, I can't say I more than liked it, but keep up the good work, McCullough.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    CodeSpell is the third book in the WebMage series written by Kelly McCullough. It centers on a hacker and junior at university who just happens to be a sorcerer and the grandson of Lachesis – one of the three Fates of Greco-Roman mythology. Necessity, the sentient creator of the mweb, has fallen victim to a virus, and all of reality is at stake. It’s up to Ravirn, a sorcerer/hacker turned minor deity with his faithful familiar, Melchior to save the day. Of the host of evildoers interested in cont CodeSpell is the third book in the WebMage series written by Kelly McCullough. It centers on a hacker and junior at university who just happens to be a sorcerer and the grandson of Lachesis – one of the three Fates of Greco-Roman mythology. Necessity, the sentient creator of the mweb, has fallen victim to a virus, and all of reality is at stake. It’s up to Ravirn, a sorcerer/hacker turned minor deity with his faithful familiar, Melchior to save the day. Of the host of evildoers interested in controlling Necessity and thereby reality, public enemy number one is Nemesis, who is likely partnered with Fate. Meanwhile, Cerice, his ex-girlfriend is apparently working against him, and Ravirn finds his affections torn between Eris, a Discord, and Tisiphone, a Fury, but because of their natures, he can't really trust either of them. CodeSpell is written rather well. McCullough has blended cyberpunk, Greek mythology, and techno-magic rather well in this fast-paced action and romantic angst narrative. McCullough fills his book with distinctive, likable characters, as they go through another cyberpunk thriller. All in all, CodeSpell is written rather well and is a wonderful continuation to what would hopefully be a wonderful series, which I plan to continue in the very near future.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Joe White

    Contrary to most of the other reviewers, I really appreciated the technical sequences where the author was paralleling real world IT service activities. The quick hacking scripts were too quickly glossed over. And I'm not afraid to admit that i liked the Tisiphone character with all her sexual characteristics, (really liked). Contrary to most of the other reviewers, I really appreciated the technical sequences where the author was paralleling real world IT service activities. The quick hacking scripts were too quickly glossed over. And I'm not afraid to admit that i liked the Tisiphone character with all her sexual characteristics, (really liked).

  6. 5 out of 5

    Noah King

    I mostly enjoyed this book, but not as much as the first two. It seemed that as the stakes got higher and higher, the story itself became less engaging for me. Not sure why.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kat Mandu

    Kat Mandu says... When the magical super computer that runs the whole world crashes – it’s up to Ravirn to fix it. Necessity has caught a nasty virus. And although Ravirn has been tasked with removing it, he’s not the only one interested in getting a hold of Necessity. Because whoever fixes it, will temporarily gain control over the world… Ravirn “Raven” is over his head. He’s got new powers and a new identity. He’s also got glowing eyes that won’t let him sleep. Necessity, the world’s supercomput Kat Mandu says... When the magical super computer that runs the whole world crashes – it’s up to Ravirn to fix it. Necessity has caught a nasty virus. And although Ravirn has been tasked with removing it, he’s not the only one interested in getting a hold of Necessity. Because whoever fixes it, will temporarily gain control over the world… Ravirn “Raven” is over his head. He’s got new powers and a new identity. He’s also got glowing eyes that won’t let him sleep. Necessity, the world’s supercomputer, has gone down and the gods all want him to fix it – or else. And he’s got a brand new enemy, Nemesis, gunning for him. On top of all the other bad guys he’s collected as rivals. I wanted to give this one a five but there were a few things that kind of confused me. (Not including the detailed computer stuff I am still processing). I don’t like the calendar jumping. It goes from minute by minute details to two weeks later and sometimes, it’s a bit disorienting for the reader. Sometimes I can’t tell when he’s connected virtually with his athame link or when he’s in the real world. And there’s just a few confusing jumps in the scenes – one in particular where he was at Zeus’s party and suddenly he woke up and he was getting shot at. I didn’t know he fell asleep to begin with or what was going on. But those are my only complaints. As for character development, it’s interesting to see Ravirn learn his way through chaos. I loved meeting his family near the beginning, especially knowing his mom disapproves of his leaving the House of Fate. Hearing from the other Fates was nice too, though I’m eager to see if more than just Clotho will ever return in the next two books. And Zeus and Athena! Such an interesting take on those characters. I mean, the whole series is a very unique story line mixing both Greek mythology and technology together. I just love the idea. So original! A little bit more romance for the Raven as well – such a slut, I love it! Now that Tisiphone is in the picture (or maybe not from that ending) and Cerice is still doing her weird thing, I’m betting this will become a very interesting love triangle for our slow-on-the-uptake Ravirn. Eager to see how that plays out. Of course, gotta mention that cover. The whole series has been done by Christian McGrath. Out of the five, this is my second favorite. (I still have so much love for the cover of WebMage). I like how it shows Ravirn twice, giving him the chaotic Raven look – but also the dangerous mirrored look of the ultimate Nemesis.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Things I liked about this book: - Still an interesting plot. 3 volumes in to a series where each volume has a reasonable end point to its story, and yet the plot continues to be interesting. That's not terribly common, and I appreciate it. - Characters not blinded by love. There are characters who are in love with each other, where the love grew over time and yet they're not perfectly suited to each other, and wonder whether it would be better to break up and look for a relationship that's less st Things I liked about this book: - Still an interesting plot. 3 volumes in to a series where each volume has a reasonable end point to its story, and yet the plot continues to be interesting. That's not terribly common, and I appreciate it. - Characters not blinded by love. There are characters who are in love with each other, where the love grew over time and yet they're not perfectly suited to each other, and wonder whether it would be better to break up and look for a relationship that's less strained by major differences in inherent nature and temperament. This is far more nuanced and mature than I'm used to fictional relationships being, and I approve. Things I did not like about this book: - Editing. There are a few consistency issues in this book, both as regard previous plot in the series (eg, a statement that a particular faerie ring is only the second time a particular character has made one, when we've seen that character make multiple in previous books), or with just language (eg, a statement that a set of descriptions are about two characters, respectively, when the character or the descriptions are reversed. They're physical descriptions of the substance two of the Furies wings' are made of, so those aren't subject to change from one scene to another). There are just enough of these that I found them distracting, and they lower what would have been a 4 star evaluation to a 3 star one. - Continued lack of resolution of questions about the universe the stories inhabit. What makes a particular Decision Locus closer/further from Prime? Do DecLocs become further away as there are more decisions that shift them away from Prime, or are they placed simply in order of splitting? Are other pantheons real, or just the Greek one? When binary is whistled, is it just a pair of alternating tones, and can any distinguishable tones do the job? I'd like more knowledge here. (view spoiler)[As Ravirn is seeking help of the major players of the Greek Pantheon, why doesn't he consider going to Demeter? Demeter's a major Olympian, who should be quite pleased with Ravirn's rescue of her daughter, Persephone, earlier in the series. I'm also still not entirely sure why Zeus is the pole power for Creation, rather than Gaia. (hide spoiler)]

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    When Ravirn (version 2.0) gets invited to a spring break party by none other than Zeus himself, the last thing he expects is to be attacked by his cousin Dairn. Not that Dairn hasn't tried to kill Ravirn before, but the last time he was pushed into a fairy ring and presumed dead. Now Dairn is back, with some interesting new powers, a new personality, and a thirst for blood. . . But Dairn may be the least of Ravirn's problems. The computer Necessity is still offline, his identity as the Raven has When Ravirn (version 2.0) gets invited to a spring break party by none other than Zeus himself, the last thing he expects is to be attacked by his cousin Dairn. Not that Dairn hasn't tried to kill Ravirn before, but the last time he was pushed into a fairy ring and presumed dead. Now Dairn is back, with some interesting new powers, a new personality, and a thirst for blood. . . But Dairn may be the least of Ravirn's problems. The computer Necessity is still offline, his identity as the Raven has brought out some personality quirks that get in between him and his girlfriend Cerice, and one of the Furies has set her sights on him. Can Ravirn fix Necessity, figure out his love life, and evade the goddess Nemesis, who will do anything to keep Necessity off line? Codespell is another fun entry in the Ravirn series, with its trademark blending of high technology and world myth. The chemistry between Ravirn and Melchior is still going strong, and there is plenty of humor and action. This probably isn't my favorite of the series, since I missed a few of the supporting players (who were less evident, if not completely absent) such as Shara and Ahllan, as well as the contemporary setting. On the other hand, I enjoyed meeting Athena (or at least watching Ravirn's reaction to her) and Thalia, muse of comedy and, it turns out, Ravirn's actual grandmother. I'll definitely keep reading this series, and recommending it to fans of myth, technology, or fantasy with humor, adventure, and heart.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Alex Shrugged

    "Codespell" is book 3 of the WebMage series. The story is maturing. That is not to say that the story is mature. It is still a comedy and, as if it needed it, a comedian is introduced as a minor character. The Story: The computer goddess Necessity is still suffering from a virus and demigod Ravirn is being recruited to hack into the magical web to fix her. In the meantime Ravirn's Nemesis is on the prowl for him. Any problems with the novel? No more than the previous novels. Firearms are specific "Codespell" is book 3 of the WebMage series. The story is maturing. That is not to say that the story is mature. It is still a comedy and, as if it needed it, a comedian is introduced as a minor character. The Story: The computer goddess Necessity is still suffering from a virus and demigod Ravirn is being recruited to hack into the magical web to fix her. In the meantime Ravirn's Nemesis is on the prowl for him. Any problems with the novel? No more than the previous novels. Firearms are specifically mentioned as part of the profile of the main characters. I'm OK with that but I wish the author had gone into more detail on why a Beretta was chosen and why a 1911. Curse words are used but not excessively. Sex is part of the story, but not described in detail. The story itself seems to be improving. The humor is still juvenile but it is getting better. I'm a little embarrassed that I like the humor in the series but I do. My sense of humor is what one would call "bucolic". That is... unsophisticated. I appreciate sophisticated humor, but I like a good prat fall as much as the next guy. (I used to be a profession clown. Really.) The ending is good. The immediate problem in this novel is tied up reasonably well, with nothing like a cliffhanger. There is still plenty of room to continue the story. I won't say more because that will give away too much. I am reading book #4 "MythOS" which takes the story in a completely different direction but it is reasonable.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    The urban fantasy/cyber/Greek mythology festivities continue! Ravirn is still in hot water up to his neck, but finding out even more of the upsides (and downsides) to being a minor power among the gods. Being the Raven has some pluses, but it also causes tension between him and his girlfriend Cerice. To be honest, I only kind of liked Cerice in the first book and she's been increasingly irritating as time passes. She's too close to the order of Fate while Ravirn is veering towards being an agent The urban fantasy/cyber/Greek mythology festivities continue! Ravirn is still in hot water up to his neck, but finding out even more of the upsides (and downsides) to being a minor power among the gods. Being the Raven has some pluses, but it also causes tension between him and his girlfriend Cerice. To be honest, I only kind of liked Cerice in the first book and she's been increasingly irritating as time passes. She's too close to the order of Fate while Ravirn is veering towards being an agent of Chaos. And worse, Necessity, the god-computer running the universe has had a stroke and Ravirn has to try to fix it. Without getting himself killed, of course. Story and characters remain a lot of fun and I really like the fire Fury, Tisiphone. Still loving the magic system and world-building!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Schnaucl

    I really liked this book. Kelley McCullough continues to do very interesting things blending Greek mythology and cyberspace. I didn't like this book quite as much as I did Cybermancy, but only because Cybermancy made me see the Persephone myth in a whole new way and this one didn't tackle a specific myth the same way. Still, it was a very good and well-told tale. I continue to enjoy watching how Raven/Ravirn evolves and changes. I wasn't exactly surprised by the change in his personal life, bu I really liked this book. Kelley McCullough continues to do very interesting things blending Greek mythology and cyberspace. I didn't like this book quite as much as I did Cybermancy, but only because Cybermancy made me see the Persephone myth in a whole new way and this one didn't tackle a specific myth the same way. Still, it was a very good and well-told tale. I continue to enjoy watching how Raven/Ravirn evolves and changes. I wasn't exactly surprised by the change in his personal life, but it made sense.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jon

    (view spoiler)[I even more strongly thing that Raven is Loki (hide spoiler)] The world building here is great. It's not wide and sweeping like Lord of the Rings, or something like that, but there's quite obviously been tremendous thought put into how everything works. It's kind of breathtaking the scope of it. I'm still also *really* digging the fusion of hacking and magic. It's great. Story and everything else continues to be engaging and hard to put down. Like "ugh why is it 12:30am I have to (view spoiler)[I even more strongly thing that Raven is Loki (hide spoiler)] The world building here is great. It's not wide and sweeping like Lord of the Rings, or something like that, but there's quite obviously been tremendous thought put into how everything works. It's kind of breathtaking the scope of it. I'm still also *really* digging the fusion of hacking and magic. It's great. Story and everything else continues to be engaging and hard to put down. Like "ugh why is it 12:30am I have to get up soon" engaging. A+.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lucy

    book 3 in series. Sorcerer and computer hacker, Ravirn is tapped to fix Necessity the computer and goddess who runs the universe. A virus is affecting reality. But many are working against him, including his girlfriend and computer coder extraordinaire. Ravirn is now a power in the universe, as Raven, the name that one of the Fates has given him. With girlfriend Cerice working against him, he is attracted both to Eris or Discord, a goddess in her own right, and Tisiphone, one of the Furies. Eithe book 3 in series. Sorcerer and computer hacker, Ravirn is tapped to fix Necessity the computer and goddess who runs the universe. A virus is affecting reality. But many are working against him, including his girlfriend and computer coder extraordinaire. Ravirn is now a power in the universe, as Raven, the name that one of the Fates has given him. With girlfriend Cerice working against him, he is attracted both to Eris or Discord, a goddess in her own right, and Tisiphone, one of the Furies. Either is dangerous. A great read. Worth reading and re-reading.

  15. 5 out of 5

    S.N. Arly

    Fantasy, often referred to as "elf punk" - combining technology and magic. This is the third book in what sounds like it will be a series of five. It's a fun and engaging read. It lacks a little of the action aspect of the previous two, which works fine, and is stronger than book two. I had some trouble with the Cerice relationship in both books, but less so in this one. A nice mix of returning and new characters, and a fun poke at the Greek gods. Fantasy, often referred to as "elf punk" - combining technology and magic. This is the third book in what sounds like it will be a series of five. It's a fun and engaging read. It lacks a little of the action aspect of the previous two, which works fine, and is stronger than book two. I had some trouble with the Cerice relationship in both books, but less so in this one. A nice mix of returning and new characters, and a fun poke at the Greek gods.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ben

    It was better to some extent than #1, albeit as I didn't read #2 (Hey, it wasn't at my library) I didn't understand some plot points. But that was actually a good thing-- I kind of hate it when an author rehashes the last books over and over again at the start. It was only pushed upon when necessary to the plot-- which was necessary though. Nevertheless it was a fine read, and I wouldn't mind reading #2,#4 and #5 if I could find them. It was better to some extent than #1, albeit as I didn't read #2 (Hey, it wasn't at my library) I didn't understand some plot points. But that was actually a good thing-- I kind of hate it when an author rehashes the last books over and over again at the start. It was only pushed upon when necessary to the plot-- which was necessary though. Nevertheless it was a fine read, and I wouldn't mind reading #2,#4 and #5 if I could find them.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Doris

    This was a much better book than its predecessors! It introduces us to a higher level of players, and gets rids of what I considered a major flaw - the girlfriend. She would probably be better in her own story, but as a tagalong with Ravirn, she is an anchor, and not in a good way. The universe is crumbling, and Ravirn is recognized to be a player who will have a major impact on the outcome. A compelling read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Clay Harris

    I enjoyed the first two books, the first especially, but the third book makes me think McCullough was thinking "They'll accept the Greek pantheon together with hackers... what else can I push on them?" And then he endeavors to find those limits. He found mine - with 4000 year old characters saying things like "well duh, I'm a [greek deity figure]" and ridiculous and inane dialog... Kelly McCullough has lost a reader. It had promise, and then it nose-dived. I enjoyed the first two books, the first especially, but the third book makes me think McCullough was thinking "They'll accept the Greek pantheon together with hackers... what else can I push on them?" And then he endeavors to find those limits. He found mine - with 4000 year old characters saying things like "well duh, I'm a [greek deity figure]" and ridiculous and inane dialog... Kelly McCullough has lost a reader. It had promise, and then it nose-dived.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nathan

    Absolutely fantastic. Whereas the first was good, the second was lacking, this third installment was magnificent. The strongest part of this series is the characters, and McCullough doesn't dissapoint. Ravirn and Melchior have such an amazing dynamic, and the heightened role of The Furies is done very well. I thought the plot in the second book was lacking, and in every way this book makes up for it. A fantastic read that I know I'll read again. Absolutely fantastic. Whereas the first was good, the second was lacking, this third installment was magnificent. The strongest part of this series is the characters, and McCullough doesn't dissapoint. Ravirn and Melchior have such an amazing dynamic, and the heightened role of The Furies is done very well. I thought the plot in the second book was lacking, and in every way this book makes up for it. A fantastic read that I know I'll read again.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ju Transcendancing

    Ravirn continues to discover what it means to be outside of Fate's controls with a closer tie to chaos than he ever imagined. Thanks to the events of his last adventure, the super computer governing the reality of the universe(s) has issues and as usual, Ravirn is tapped on the shoulder to fix them. Another grand adventure in which Ravirn flies by the seat of his pants against bigger deified heavyweights than himself and somehow manages to succeed. Ravirn continues to discover what it means to be outside of Fate's controls with a closer tie to chaos than he ever imagined. Thanks to the events of his last adventure, the super computer governing the reality of the universe(s) has issues and as usual, Ravirn is tapped on the shoulder to fix them. Another grand adventure in which Ravirn flies by the seat of his pants against bigger deified heavyweights than himself and somehow manages to succeed.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Laurel

    An interesting smash-up of Greek mythology, magic, and computer technology. I know more about Greek mythology than computer science but was able to follow along well enough. Although I enjoyed this book, it's lead character Wavirn and his webgoblin partner are amusing, I think I would have benefited from reading the first two books. Without them, I don't get some of the deeper meanings behind what's happening. An interesting smash-up of Greek mythology, magic, and computer technology. I know more about Greek mythology than computer science but was able to follow along well enough. Although I enjoyed this book, it's lead character Wavirn and his webgoblin partner are amusing, I think I would have benefited from reading the first two books. Without them, I don't get some of the deeper meanings behind what's happening.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tankerbay

    Not quite as good as the first two entries in the series, but certainly good enough to keep me going to the next. The books are certainly progressing Raven's powers and, while the time-frame of this story is much longer than the previous had been, I just don't get a good sense of time passing. All of a sudden, it's 3 months later, etc. There's always something left undone, and this one is no exception, so on to Book 4. Not quite as good as the first two entries in the series, but certainly good enough to keep me going to the next. The books are certainly progressing Raven's powers and, while the time-frame of this story is much longer than the previous had been, I just don't get a good sense of time passing. All of a sudden, it's 3 months later, etc. There's always something left undone, and this one is no exception, so on to Book 4.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    Maybe I read the books of the trilogy too close together but I started to lose interest about three quarters of the way through this one. I took a break, came back, and finished it. Still interesting but the poor main character is still getting beat up quite a lot. He is growing and maturing though. It's nice to see the progression. Maybe I read the books of the trilogy too close together but I started to lose interest about three quarters of the way through this one. I took a break, came back, and finished it. Still interesting but the poor main character is still getting beat up quite a lot. He is growing and maturing though. It's nice to see the progression.

  24. 5 out of 5

    James

    Full review here: http://jamesgenrebooks.blogspot.com/2... It's a wonderful entry, and the overall presentations of both Zeus and Athena are fairly true to the myths. Full review here: http://jamesgenrebooks.blogspot.com/2... It's a wonderful entry, and the overall presentations of both Zeus and Athena are fairly true to the myths.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Edric Unsane

    The writing is fun, witty, and as exuberant as ever. The story is fun, fast paced, and ensnares the imagination. If you enjoyed the previous two books in the series, you'll definitely enjoy Codespell. The writing is fun, witty, and as exuberant as ever. The story is fun, fast paced, and ensnares the imagination. If you enjoyed the previous two books in the series, you'll definitely enjoy Codespell.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    For a fluff read, it was interesting. I wad reminded of The Dresden Files due to the smart-ass nature of the protagonist as well as the 'supernatural' elements, but the writing wasn't up to par with Jim Butcher. So - fun, short, not deep, a good "beach read". For a fluff read, it was interesting. I wad reminded of The Dresden Files due to the smart-ass nature of the protagonist as well as the 'supernatural' elements, but the writing wasn't up to par with Jim Butcher. So - fun, short, not deep, a good "beach read".

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nanne

    Fast-paced, muddled and witty. I certainly enjoy this series even if at times it feels as patched together as Ravirn's own hacks. Perhaps it's best not to think about how things work too much and simply enjoy the ride. On the part 4! Fast-paced, muddled and witty. I certainly enjoy this series even if at times it feels as patched together as Ravirn's own hacks. Perhaps it's best not to think about how things work too much and simply enjoy the ride. On the part 4!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Xsdcsd

    I highly recomend this series, Greek Gods, Fate and the forces of the universe all happily hacking and cracking away on the Magical internet. Give it a look, serious entertaining.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    Third in the series and still going strong.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    On hold until I complete the March Challenge for the "We Love Lisa Kleypas" group. I should be back to reading and finishing this book within two weeks. On hold until I complete the March Challenge for the "We Love Lisa Kleypas" group. I should be back to reading and finishing this book within two weeks.

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