Book: I *loved* this book. The characters were varied, engaging, and relatable for me. I frequently found my emotions surging to match the emotions of the "good guys" and know that I probably responded to the different elements of the book in exactly the way the author wanted. Also, I thought that the author did an excellent job of reimagining how real historical events and people would have been changed and affected by the sudden existence of magic. I'm not too keen on the author's explanation of where magic originated, but I did greatly approve of his explanation of how magic worked. All-in-all, I greatly enjoyed this story, and promptly bought the sequel after I finished this one.
Narrator: Yay for the narrator! Good choice! Mr. Pinchot did an excellent job of making each and ever character unique in both voice and thought. This book has a lot of point-of-view changes, and with each change, the narrator altered his voice to correspond to the correct character. He had a wide range of different accents that I greatly enjoyed. And he did a good job of making his girls actually sound like girls despite the fact that he had a fairly deep voice, himself. Honestly, I truly believe that the skillful narration of this book is what made me love the story so much.
Overall: If you like the Dresden Files, I think you'd like this series. And if you just like urban fantasy and have an appreciation for historical trivia, I think you'd like this series. And if you're going to indulge yourself with this story, I recommend listening to the audio book because the narrator was great.
It was fun.
The different magical powers and their relationships were creative, the story line was engaging and the characters were well-developed.
The least interesting aspects were the choice of words and cheesy expressions such as, "I'm an American first, an active second!" and many others that make you cringe over and over. The fight scenes (along with the detailed information about all the guns) were excessively long.
I thought the Pale Horse was the most gripping character, although clearly not a likable one.
Maybe but I wouldn't buy it.
The performance was excellent.
The book starts out slow, and the initial story line that introduces some of the characters is rather thin. Once the listener meets the full cast, however, the book becomes enjoyable. I particularly enjoy the introduction of characters from history and the twists the author takes on notable historical figures.
This is far from a deep read and most characters are rather flat. The story is fun, however, and I ended up enjoying this enough to buy and listen to the second novel in the series. I would put this book is in the category of beach read for those looking for action and a new spin on magic.
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
A fun ride that launches a mystery right from the start. The characters who make up the Grimmnoir are so unique and are all introduced thoroughly without lingering on too many small details. The different magical powers they all possess and the different ways they use them is realy sensational, a lot of unexpected twists and turns.
Throughout the story we learn more about the depth of each character and they about eachother, which in turn, helps them to build a wonderful commeradery and the learned loyalty they will need to access to survive the journey.
Great heroes, sneaky villains and a fantastic narrator made this a very entertaining listen. Bronson Pinchot does such a crack job with all the voices you know exactly which character is speaking. Even with siblings he managed to place an apparent simularity but individuality between them. Wonderful talent. I would Recommend this book.
I was pleasantly surprised by this story. It started out slow but got better and better. It was a refreshing take on the magical genre. Anyone who likes the Dresden Files, Iron Druid series, or The Nightside series will probably enjoy this.
The story itself was well written and packed full of action. I really cared about the characters and the villains were appropriately vile.
ANYONE else would have done a better job than Mr. Pinchot! I listen to a lot of audiobooks and this is the only book I've ever listened to that made me want to stop listening simply due to the narration.
I loved the story. It was fast, fun, and kept my attention the whole way through. My only problem was with the narrator (and I know I'm in the minority here). Mr. Pinchot read at an agonizingly slow pace and spoke with the softest voice possible throughout the whole story, almost as if he were trying to get me to fall asleep. Much of the book contains some great action sequences, but Mr. Pinchot reads them just as softly and slowly as ever, ruining the pace of he story. I appreciate that he tried to do unique voices for all the characters, but the overly pronounced accents he used made many of the characters (Sullivan & Faye especially) sound dull, dim witted, and at times, mentally deficient. I've already started listening to the second book, "Hard Magic" and sadly, the narration has not improved. After this, I will probably just buy the print versions for the next books in the series.
Magical alternate history
Several rich characters, awesome battle scenes, and a well paced story
Made the characters of both genders come alive, you were right there in the room with each distinct voice.
Pinchot's performance is a gem. He does many different voices perfectly. The hero sounds like a folksy version of Tom Hanks hit man in "Road to Perdition."
I live how the protagonist kicks ass.
My first Pinchot book. Won't be my last.
I don't want to be a spoiler.
Quite a few reviewers have said that the Grimnoir series is way better than the MHI books. I personally disagree. BUT,the Grimnoir books are fantastic,original and they keep you listening. I loved that in between chapters we get some new history blurbs as they could have happened with the addition of magical powers.
Sweet story,read the publishers description,and then be surprised that the book is way better than the publisher describes.
near the top
the scope and flow. Sounds crazy, but he is in no rush, takes his time and does it right.
he was fantastic
a very enjoyable listen, I could not stop and was happy and sad,. Happy that there is a sequel sad that there is only one more (to date) in this series.
Been hit or miss for me on books lately so this was a well needed good find. It kept me interested. Looking for more books from this author.