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I don't think that Larry Correia can write a bad book. Pinchot however, still leaves me cold. Some of the characters that carried over from the last novel did not have the same voice as they did the first time. One that sticks out like a sore thumb is Jane. You'll note in this book that her accent is completely missing and now she all of the sudden sounds like any other American girl. I really wish that Oliver Wyman could have voiced this series as well. He is a better fit for Correia's writing. That said, this is still a fantastic book and I am excited for the next in the series.
Correia gives us just enough of the new along with just enough of the old in Spellbound. We get some dynamic new characters without losing the tight-knit feel of Pershing's Knights, we get some new villains and new stakes that are just as dire but from a whole new direction, and our understanding of The Power grows and develops very naturally, as if Correia had planned it this way all along.
Pinchot continues to amaze as he maintains his entire cast of characters from the previous book, and brings a while new set to life effortlessly.
A great stand-alone story from beginning to end, but with some new plot lines that will clearly continue into the third book. I absolutely devoured Spellbound after reading Hard Magic, and was eager for more at the end.
I thought that this was a great book, not just a great second book in a trilogy. I think that Bronson Pinchot continued to do an excellent job reading these books. I am totally caught up in this story. Now to wait for book three.
The only disappointment is waiting for the third book. An outstanding story, well narrated. The characters are rich and well developed. I enjoyed this series much more than the Monster International series, which was a good story in itself.
I dove right into this one as soon as I finished Hard Magic and I wasn't disappointed. If you like the first then you'll like this one too. There are great writing with interesting characters. The second book has basically become the X-men with magic instead of mutants, in 1930's but it's done extremely well. And who knew Bronson Pinchot was a narrating genius. I'll be going back to listen to anything he's done.
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
A very fast paced story about the ultimate struggle between good and evil with wonderful, exciting magic that keeps you wanting for more. In this series it is probably a good idea to read the books in order because this book picks right up at the end of the first and it will keep you on a wild ride right to the end.
Great magical characters that are so unique, Larry Correia is so amazingly inventive to come up with so many different types of magic. His main characters powers keep expanding and personal information about each of them is revealed throughout that makes them even more likable. New and old villains that you love to hate and nonstop action, help to make this a fun, exciting journey through the mysteries of wizardry.
Bronson Pinchot carries an excellent pace and does a great job with so many dialects and accents, he adds depth and personality to the characters. Can't wait for the next book.
Neanderthal, Dark & Handsome
Correia's world is fascinating and fun, and Pinchot does an amazing job of bringing it to life. I also love the pacing. Larry's just about ruined me for all other authors at this point. Everyone else seems dull and plodding by comparison.
Faye. She's a great big pile of murder and that's awesome.
I really liked the scene with Heinrich in the prison cell. He's like a German honey badger.
We wanted to, but weren't able to. The combination of the excellent writing and the excellent reading make it an easy one to get lost in.
Molecular biologist. Musician. Lover of science. Lover of music. Dreamer of magic. Thinker of thoughts. ||| "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic" - Arthur C. Clarke ||| As a scientist, science fiction and fantasy inspire me to push the line of discovery forward, beyond conventional imagination, beyond conventional wisdom.
The title of my review for Hard Magic (Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles) was "Simply, the best audiobook I've ever encountered." After getting through Spellbound I have to say that Hard Magic still holds that title, but the sequel is certainly no disappointment. Perhaps it was because Hard Magic just felt more fresh, and upon reading Spellbound my wonderment at the universe had been a bit diluted (I listened to them back to back all in less than a week). But, the best way to put it is, if I give Spellbound 5 stars all around, I'd have to give Hard Magic 6 stars. Although, Bronson Pinchot's performance still gets 10/5 in both books.
Spellbound has the same incredible historical urban science fiction fantasy mojo that is touted by Hard Magic. Most of your favorite characters return and the new characters that are introduced, for the most part, do not disappoint, with a very interesting interaction between a magic-envious academic and a demon possessor; yes a demon summoner that possesses the demons. Clever stuff.
You won't be disappointed by Spellbound if you found Hard Magic worth your time. But, while this seems obvious, definitely get through the first book before even attempting this one. Though, you could probably take a pretty big break in between and have no trouble picking right back up into the universe. And, what a universe it is!
The only disappointing thing about Spellbound is that Larry Correia hasn't finished the last book yet. Right now I'm feeling quite impatient waiting for both Cold Days, the next Dresden Files installment and for the third book of the Grimnoir Chronicles. I'm working my way through the Monster Hunter series now, trying to get my fix of Correia's action packed fantastical imagination.
Comparing Grimnoir Chronicles to Monster hunter:
After finishing the first book, Monster Hunter International, I would suggest that both Hard Magic and Spellbound really represent a definite refinement of Correia's art. The Grimnoir Chronicles series blows, at least the first, Monster Hunter book out of the water, and that's saying a lot because MHI itself represents a fantastic addition to the urban fantasy genre. Though I admit that I am probably speaking too soon since the MH books likely improve with each new installment. I am quite excited to see how Correia evolved as an author.
Plug for Iron Druid Chronicles:
Oh, and one final recommendation for those waiting for the third GC book: The Iron Druid Chronicles. While the series is a magnitude lighter than Larry Correia's writing, Kevin Hearne's own take on urban fantasy with a 2000 year old druid living in Arizona might be of interest to those who have similar tastes to myself, based on my review above.
Correia & Pinchot make a wonderful team. I would definitely advise anyone who likes the 'noir' type fiction/fantasy or urban fantasy to give both of these books a listen. Very entertaining!
Lots to like about this continuation of a solid series. Guns. Fights. Fun narration by Bronson Pinchot. In short, it's a solid testosterone-pumping novel with lots to like.