Correia adds another level (Magic) to the history we all know and then twists the outcome accordingly. "Actives" with basic powers of differing intensities group together to save and/or destroy the world. A couple great plot twists, a little bit of love interest and a pretty completely developed new world of powers. The pace of the story moves right along. I found that I liked the good guys and enjoyed disliking the bad guys. Not that everyone really was black and white...plenty of mistrust, vain ambition and misguided loyalty...
A very entertaining listen. If you liked his Monster Hunter series, you'll like this series even more for it's freshness and humor.
Looking forward to book two...
Oh, and Bronson Pinchot does a stellar job of dialects, including the regional "pace" of various characters. Very fun to listen.
This is a great book. I read all the Mist Born Series. I was looking for something similar. This is written with Sam Spade like characters. The story should tickle Graphic Novel fans with its pace and wild colorful characters. Revisionist history has lots of dirigibles and alt history twists. Sci fic and fantasy fans have magic, elemental physical powers and super-weapons.
The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel
by Brandon Sanderson
His reading is lively and with his accents you a mental picture of the characters.
This was a fun book. I spent a lot of time laughing.. Even though the book has a lot of fighting, it is more about the characters finding out who they are than just violence.
"Licensed private eye?" Misleading characterization of the character, and leads to the false belief that this is a Dresden knock off. It is not even a little similar, except for the "noir" flavor. Dresden/Butcher are superb, and so is this.
Bronson Pinchot? Excellent, excellent. Distinct characters, and superb accents (no caricatures).
Highly, highly recommend. I am now about halfway through the sequel, and I am already chomping at the bit for the follow up.
I was looking for something different from the usually detective and this fit the bill. I loved the 1930's era and the similarities between that reality and our own. I will look forward to more of this story in the future.
Bronson Pinchot was also awesome as narrator and was able to keep all the characters separate and recognizable. I would not hesitate to listen to him in the future.
I love a good lonnnnng listen. The wheel of time and Dark tower type of long.
The author is witty and able to interject his own human responses into the book. It allows everyone to relate, as much as they can to situations in the story. Big action and nice twists. Not so deep but a really fun listen. If you enjoy the Monster Hunter books then this will not let you down.
the Narrator was fun to listen to. Stayed true to the characters and maintained them well.
I was not a fan of Larry Correia's Monster Hunter books. Hard Magic was much better in my opinion. After listening to it, I purshased Spell Bound which I also enjoyed very much. If you liked the Monster Hunter books, you'll probably like both of these. If you didn't, you might still like them.
I think Bronson Pinchot has improved very much as a narrator. His characters were a bit over the top, but that somehow made sense in the context of the story.
I can't say enough about how much I liked listening to this book. I'm not sure what I expected, but the great characters and excellent narration kept me engaged the whole time. At the final battle scene I found myself clenching my hands as I was so absorbed in it. I agree that Bronson Pinchot did a fantastic job of narrating, it will likely make me look for other books he has done.
I do find the cover art to be a strange match to the feel of the book.
I mean what else is there? This is an awesome book and the narrator rocked it out. Im ashamed to say this is one of those books that I tried and couldn't get into initially, must have been a mood. But because it had such rave reviews I tried again. Thank goodness! It's great fun, I always try books again when I can't get into them. Some never take and some do... Obviously this did. The next book is even better. Lots of guns, fighting and kicking ass. But not overdone gore or bloody guts. Actually quite philosophical at times with the theories on magic and the connections to the source. Original and entertaining. Buy it now.
I loved the world where dirigibles were the dominant technology rather than airplanes.
Without spoiling, I love the sacrifice some of the Grimnoir make for each other and the world. That's what heroism is all about--selflessness.
I really loved how he characterized Faye. She was smart, yet self-effacing. The accent/drawl never wavered--he was always right on.
What if magic were genetic?
My nephew turned me on to Correia as an author--and I'm very pleased with this first book. A reasonable system of magic, interesting twists on how history might have been, and heroes that could be in my family. I look forward to the next installation!
I was a little iffy by the cover art but this series is great! A bit like Heroes the TV show. Characters are engaging and have show great personality especially though this narrator. I'll definitely be getting the next book in the series.