One of the very best
Tough choice between Faye and Sullivan. Gotta go with Sullivan because he is such a stand up guy.
First listen of Mr. Pinchot but I loved him.
Life's full of tough decisions
I love this whole series!
The style is essentially pulp fiction - not the movie, I'm talking about the 30's and 40's detective novels - and it really works well. The story itself is good - nothing that hasn't been done before, but solid. Correia does a good job of starting narrow and opening up a world with complex problems. The characters are great, and while he generally starts out painting them as a typical representation of their respective powers, he then layers on more and more as the series goes on. Fictional quotes from famous personalities (Rosevelt, John Ford, Churchill) at the beginning of each chapter are another little treat. They give you a kind of mashup glimpse of how some real life events would be viewed in the context of the world Correia's created. They're not necessarily related to the chapter, but are just fun little bits.
For those that like new and different magic systems, this series has a wealth of goodies. Very creative system and the battles are a lot of fun to go through.
Bronson Pinchot is AMAZING. I thought Jim Dale had the market cornered on number of unique characterizations in a single book, but Pinchot does at least as many without resorting to any cartoony voices. I've started picking up other books he narrates just because it's him doing it. The way he reads Fay evolves throughout the series to match her development. It's subtle, but there, and is very impressive.
This is great pulp junk food fantasy. the performance has to be among the very best ive heard of over 50 books from audible. if you are looking for war and peace look elsewhere, but if you want a fun book for jogging on the treadmill this is it. i'll be getting the rest in the series
The story is excellent ... complex and detailed pulling you deeper and deeper as you listen. I cannot wait for the second edition to start in 15 minutes and intend to listen to it all front to back when it is over ... Clean language, interesting mix of history distorted only to the probability of the story and the reading was absolutely magic ... the first book out of hundreds that I have taken the time to rave about. Well Done and thank you for the talent of the author and the reader ... a great mix.
I loved this book. I listened to it again in anticipation of the third sequel (Warbound), and I raved about it so often that my husband agreed to start listening to it. He rarely goes for science fiction but he is hooked on this one.
The story is a truly creative alternative history of the early thirties, and I liked the chapter prefaces that featured quotes from real historical figures, tweaked to mirror the storyline. The characters are well-developed, and it was impossible not to care about them. My favorite is the teenaged Faye, who turns out to be tougher than all the others combined. There are plenty of weapons and fights, building to a spectacular finale. The ending is very satisfying, and this story stands nicely on its own. But wait, there's more! The adventures continue with Spellbound...
This would have been a great read, but the audiobook is catapulted into the realm of fantastic by the narrator. Mr. Pinchot creates a unique and perfect voice for every character, from Jake's slow deep-gravel drawl to Dan's measured enunciations, to Faye's 'Oakie' accent, to the skin-crawling misplaced syllables of the Pale Horse.
I got Monster Hunter International after I finished this book, but for me it doesn't compare.
Hard Magic made it onto my desert island list.
I approached this book with apprehension. I am a hesitant Sci/fi, Fantasy fan, and am generally not a fan of revisionist history. I was also questioning the choice of narrator.
All I can say is how wrong I was. This book blew my mind. I was totally drawn in to the world that Larry Correia has created. I fell in love with the characters, and can't wait to follow them through the rest of this trilogy. I will not give anything away, I will just cation you block out some time, you will not want to turn this one off, also have the time for the other two books as you will want to listen to the rest of the series.
I loved the revisionist aspect of history, with the introduction of magic, the whole world developed at a different pace.
Of course you have to say it compares well with the Monster Hunter series also from Larry Correia. His style is so fresh and fun, even when people are getting hacked to death and blown up.
I got the book from the library after listening to the audible version. Don't get me wrong, Larry Correia has a fantastic imagination and a great gift with language, but Pinchot brought these people to life! I was particularly fond of the way that he presented Faye. I found myself laughing out loud as she taunted the shadow warrior. Trying to read the book without his interpretation is now impossible. Kudos Bronson!
Larry, keep on writing! This series may be wrapped up, but keep the villains coming and give me heroes to root for.
I don't often listen to stories more than once (Roger Zelazny excluded), but if i did, then i would listen to this again.
The characters are real people that you really feel attached to, even the bad guys. The action sequences don't trigger my suspension of disbelief filter - they all seem to be reasonable given the magic system being used.
Just absolutely great from timing, to pitch, to different voices for different characters.
Laughed a couple of times.
I've put Larry Correia on my read-the-next-book list. In fact, I'm downloading the next one now!
Even though I'm a fantasy/sci-fi fan, I really didn't think this was going to be my kind of book, but I was persuaded by all of the raving reviews this series has received. And...I'm totally hooked! I know I'm a little late to the game, seeing as the third book was just released, but I will be catching up shortly because I can't wait to listen to the next book. I'm glad I listened to all the reviewers because I've found a new series to love. Larry Correia is original and Bronson Pinchot is perfect. I've already recommended the Grimnoir Chronicles to a friend.
Fantastic and nothing like what I expected, the series just develops and the third book is great and sad that the series ended. Such a nice change having a book set in the 30's. Really cool, the history, characters and events are all woven through masterfully.