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 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.
Had no idea that Bronson Pinchots voice would make the story so entertaining! thoroughly enjoyed the book and loved the characters! cant wait to start the next book.
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.
Of course, and I undoubtedly will soon.
I know it sounds weird, but the villain (the evil "Chairman"). About halfway thru you start to wonder if the "good guys" are actually doing the right thing. The Chairman is so convincing that you think "maybe he's right and all the "heroes" are really just screwing things up.
I know female voices are hard to do, but he needs to figure something out that doesn't sound like a stereotype
yep, and I did. (I'm a truck driver so I can)
much deeper story than I thought a steampunk/magic book would be
I would absolutely recommend this book to a friend, in face, I already have. Multiple times. It is getting quite annoying actually. The non-stop action and twisting plot kept me entertained and excited the whole time. It felt like if Joss Whedon had a baby with the movie Sin City. If you picture that.
The scenes where Faye learns to use her magic on the Imperium dirigible.
Pretty much everything. He has specific voices for each character and they all lend to the development of said character. He is also the embodiment of onomatopoeia. Each word has the impact of a sound. Whether that word is meant to be quiet or loud. The reader feels them as Pinchot speaks them.
I'm a technician that does a lot of driving for his job. I use the "windshield" time to listen to audiobooks.
I only chose this book because it had such high ratings, and I figured, that all those people can't possible be that wrong. Well, they're not. First let's start off with the narrator, Bronson Pinchot. We all know him as Balki from Perfect Strangers. Okay, throw that out of your head right now, because his narration of this book is perfect. He's fantastic. I can't believe it's him. Other narrators should listen to his narration of this book, so they can say to themselves, "ahh so that's how it's done." The story, and world that it takes place in are original, interesting, intelligent, enjoyable, etc. It's everything a fantasy/sci-fi action novel should be. I'd say it's 50% steam punk, and 50% fantasy. If I had any criticism of this book it would be the lame cover, and title. Hard Magic? You'd think after creating such a rich world and story he could have come up with something like, Tesla's Geo-Tel, or The Imperium Unleashed. But hey, no book is perfect. I'm looking forward to books 2 & 3, and happy to see the Bronson Pinchot will be the narrator.