Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
This second installment of the Grimnoir Chronicles carries the story along directly from where the first left off. The plotting of this trilogy was carefully planned and well executed. By now the listener is comfortable with the characters and the rules of how things work is familiar. This allows the story to get underway immediately. One unexpected delight in these first two novels is the political slant of author Larry Correia comes through as clearly American conservative. He does not miss any opportunity to jab at Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, or FDR. And the totalitarian countries of the Soviet Union, Germany and Nippon are depicted as enslaving regimes.
The theme of freedom and respect for life is strong among the Grimnoir Knights. The lead character Jake Sullivan is always as good as his word. Even the Imperium Iron Guard acts within his brutal code of honor knowing that his actions will cost him his life if he fails of even if he succeeds.
Bronson Pinchot is once again superb; displaying a wide range of personalities with aplomb. There are many instances where it is evident that careful planning was done to give just the right emotion for a character. Once even the character’s usual accent is not used so as not to give away a vital plot element. This is just as it would be if one were reading the novel listening to the voice in your own head. Another top notch performance that places Pinchot at the top of the very best audio book performers.
The character development was very good also they have done a good job mixing in throughout all three books comedy, mystery, drama the whole spectrum. Reader was not bad fit for the time period the book was written for and did a good job tying in some historical people into the story
I would recommend the three books
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Honestly, I wish I had spent my time listening to another book. This book was such a step down from the first in the series. It is not horrible by any means it simply does not invoke the emotional responses the first book did.
They truly needed to get back to the heart of the characters, their emotions, and motives. The book needed more in the way of heart and less in the way of bang.
Bronson did a good job of keeping pace, and not resulting to a monotone in the many points where others would have.
Sadly the only thing Spellbound inspired me to do was go back and read the first book in the series again and hope for a return to that in the future.
I recommend you read Hard Magic instead of this book if you have not already. If you are following the series expect a slip from the deep writing of the first book into what felt like a quickly written follow up.
If you truly loved the first novel then this one is worth listening too, otherwise it is simply an O.K. novel.
I am listening to it for the second time. Pinchot is a very good reader, the story is epic.
It's like Xmen in the 30s.
I would recommend Spellbound and the other books in the Grimnoir Chronicles to anyone looking for a new, interesting series. The story is very good, the characters are memorable, and the way magic works in this universe is novel. Bronson Pinchot is an -excellent- story teller.
Correia's series is my first foray into *historical* urban fantasy. His attention to period details give the semi fantastical feel of the genre an uncharacteristic air of believability. His unique system of magic follows a uniform, consistent set of rules at once novel and pragmatic. And his characters are hard hitting archetypes of temperament while retaining an element of psychological complexity, making for 'real' life heroes and villains with whom I could equally identify. Correia is a gift to the genre, shades of Butcher meets technophile.
A tale of enchanting characters, fantastical magery, and historical realism.
A good listen, the alternate universe type twist on reality gives the author lots of leeway to play with history, the characters are interesting and just unrealistic enough to make it all work together, The narrator does a great job with believable personalities for the primary characters. I am looking forward to the next volume in the series.
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I was really disappointed to find out that there's a third and final book in the series. I thought it was just the two books.
This one has a very interesting twist in it. Old enemies are forced to work together against a common foe making for some wonderful interplays between the characters.
I can't wait to join the old gang again for their climactic adventure.
And Bronson Pinchot's performance is just amazing.
This is a great series! I stumbled onto the Monster Hunter international series which I consider to be something of a guilty pleasure. He has clearly taken his story telling to a new level with this series. I cannot recommend it enough. Lots of fun!
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I really enjoy the series so far. That thing with the Traveller girl was well crafted. I normally like to think of myself as intelligent, but the first time through the book I some how was caught off guard when we learn why she is so strong.
I am just blown a way by the perfect way it is crafted into story telling, because it keeps her from being over-powered at the beginning of the stories and saves up the bad-assery for the climatic battles.
Larry Correia is now on my Must Read lists.