Many times, the middle story of a trilogy seems to be a little watered down as it serves its purpose of setting up the next and final story. This is not the case, here. Having listened to all three books, I can say that this book is just as rich and exciting as either of the other two. If you've listened to Hard Magic and are considering this next volume, get it! I had a lot of fun reconnecting with the established Grimnoir characters and meeting new ones. And the bad guy is a REALLY bad guy.
Bronson Pinchot continues his outstanding reading for the series, bringing to life each individual character with an amazing array of voices.
I've been a fan of mysteries since getting up with a notebook to solve Scooby Doo cases. I now write my own.
I'm not sure. The problem isn't with this book, it's with the one that follows, Warbound.
It's like this. Hard Magic was great and served as a stand alone book. If you stopped with that one, you were good, but you probably wanted a sequel. This is the sequel, and it fits that role very well. But, it's not a stand alone book. It leaves things hanging, and if you listen to this one, you'll have to listen to Warbound as well. That's the problem. Warbound doesn't hold up as well.
Like Hard Magic, the best comparison I can think of is Monster Hunters International by the same author, or the more action oriented titles of the Dresden Files.
Any scene with Fay (Fae?) stands out for me. She's the perfect blend of pure innocence and rabid psychopath, who can say things like, "I'm real sorry I shot you in the face the first time we met. I was having a bad day and was kind of confused, do you want a soda?" and make it impossible to refuse the drink.
I'm not good at these.
"They have stuck with the lesser of two evils."
Bronson Pinchot is amazing in his characterizations. Not a single voice sounds like a character I've ever seen on television or movies, and there are lot of characters in these books.
Another good work by Larry Correia, and nicely done by Bronson Pinchot. Correia keeps the action moving with insights of the characters, their magic and their weapons. There are plenty of plot twists and lots of action!
Didn't have one..
Memories of being a 12-year opening up my weekly comics..
Don't believe the hype: these are good fun but not great books...
A solid addition to the world created in "Hard Magic". Quickly paced with excellent narration. I laughed and cheered and look forward to listening to the third book.
What did I love best? I can't pick just one thing. I love the continuing story line, the characters, the performance of Bronson Pinchot.
I love how Bronson Pinchot has completely different voices for all the characters, and he truly brings the personality out of each person. He makes you feel like you really know how and why they make the decisions they do.
When I found out the German wasn't dead. It was a big sigh of relief.
This is the second book in the Grimnoir trilogy. I was quite taken with Hard Magic, so I pushed the next book up on my queue. This is an alt-history world in which some great magical "power" came to Earth in the 1850s, granting magical superpowers to a small percentage of the population. Now these magical "Actives" are being persecuted by the government; in fact, the conspiracy to round up and inter or eliminate all Actives is what drives much of the action in Spellbound, though the real threat is something much worse.
Most of the characters are returnees from book one, from Jake Sullivan, the smarter-than-he-looks gravity-controlling bruiser and war hero to Faye Vierra, the super-smart, super-fast Okie girl with teleportation powers, ninja fighting abilities, and super-ADD. Most of our other (surviving) friends from Hard Magic are back too, and as the 30s roll on, Correia continues to insert historical figures into his magical alt-history. Interestingly, it looks like there will be no World War II, or at least a very different one, since we learn here that Hitler got put up against a wall in Germany when he first starting making trouble.
But that's okay, because in this version of history, the Japanese Imperium is becoming nigh-unstoppable. In addition to a massive military and superior technology, they also have the most powerful Actives in the world, notably their elite Iron Guard, whom we met in the last book. Chairman Tokugawa, the Big Bad of the previous volume, makes a cameo here to let Jake Sullivan know that things are only going to get worse.
Correia does a good job of weaving the two threats simultaneously throughout the book: the treachery and abnegation of civil rights threatening the knights of the Grimnoir from their own government, and the cosmic horror that is apparently approaching Earth to destroy the source of all magic, and the Earth. He adds a new main character to the cast in the form of an Iron Guard gone ronin.
Mostly this is another action adventure with loads of cinematic fight scenes, culminating in a battle in Washington D.C. against a 70-foot-tall demon. (Really.) Like Hard Magic, Spellbound may purport to be an alt-history fantasy, but it's really a superhero novel.
It's also the middle of a trilogy, which means you'll miss a lot if you haven't read the first book, and not much is resolved at the end of this one. But it continues to be highly entertaining high adventure, not terribly deep but great fun. Correia is starting to let his politics creep out a bit more (FDR is apparently going to be the Worst President Ever), but it's mostly held in check until the villainous leftist fall-guy's monologue at the end, where he practically twirls his mustache and cackles villainous leftist laughter.
Notwithstanding the straw-leftists, though, it's still a fun series. And Bronson Pinchot - you know, I hated Perfect Strangers, but he makes an excellent narrator!
I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.
I enjoyed the first book in this series by Correia, having been a fan of his Monster Hunter series. I was surprised to prefer this new series and have to say that this book is better than the first Grimnoir book. The characters are good and Correia writes his action well. An enjoyable listen.
Book 2 in the Grimnoir Chronicles is action packed and a thrilling ride. Follow Jake, Faye and the gang as they try to defend themselves against a government bent on framing them for crimes they didn't commit.
This has been the best audio production book series I have listened to. The voice acting was superb!! The audio was well edited (no annoying discontinuities or pronunciation blips). I think this is what it would have been like to listen to the old radio shows of the 50/60s. Great story and great vocals kept me hooked through the whole series