A great great great (blahblahblah) grandson of the Fates is ALSO a super-good magical hacker. He discovers one of the Fates has a plan to eradicate the free will of humanity, so he and his goblin familiar/laptop go on a magi-tech hacking spree that ends up with him getting hurt and recovering an awful lot. Also there is rumination about free will, machine intelligence, and the place of chaos in the world.
I picked this up in part to see what kind of mess they made of the hacking, but they just sidestepped the mechanics, transferred it all to magical systems and whatnot, and kept the general -spirit- of it. Which I can approve of. On the whole I found this really entertaining... the best comparison I can think of is something like a spiritual successor to Rick Cook's "Wiz Biz" books, if they had suddenly turned around partway through and charged headfirst into the "Amber" novels. Just way way less depressing.
Appparently this is part of a series, so I'll be looking into that in my copious free time.
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