This is a good follow up to the first book. It allows for events in the 1st book to be better explained and sets up for an interesting finale in the third book.
I did have some reservations about the first book, but to Larry's credit, the 2nd book is much better and builds and augments the scenes from the first book.
A much more polished effort and I look forward to the final book.
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.
This story, these characters... the writer simply got it right. The entire book was a good steady pace and the ending leaves you begging for more. Good stuff all around!
outstanding book, fascinating storyline and a wonderful performance. The entire Series has been great thanks to the writing and production values, highly recommend
I listened to this story about a year and a half ago for the first time. I have to say that the second time it was even better, which is surprising since I generally enjoy the surprises, but it was strange I felt like I was understanding the characters from beginning to end better their motives etc. Sir Sally Faye Vierra never stops warming my heart.
I can see a wonderful one off book like they did for MHI or maybe even a set like they are doing with old "Iron Hand"
Great action packed magical character full story. The narration is very good, but at times a little difficult to hear, the tone is very low.
I love this series and the audiobook is amazing. I will say that the voice acting is kind of strange in this book. if you've listened to the first book, you'll quickly notice that the narrator has changed the voices of several characters, often to a jarring degree. Even with that, however, it's still an awesome book and I'm looking forward to starting the next one.
Live in historic mining town built in the late 1800's. Bisbee, AZ is at 6000 feet. In the 1890's Brewery Gulch had over 150 saloons.
Really excellent part two of the books, but the characters have grown comfortable with their magic and their purpose. Outstanding narration.