Let's face it, if you've made it through Hard Magic and Spellbound, you're definitely hooked. The real question is not "will I enjoy this book," it's "will this book live up to the expectations I've set from the first two?" I'm happy (and relieved) to say that, for me, it does - and in spectacular fashion.
Not only are the stakes higher and the powers more powerful, but Correia really cleans up on unanswered questions and unvisited aspects of his world. I can't help but think Correia had the whole general plot of this series mapped out before he finished the first book - it just flows that seamlessly from the first two. We also get some more detail on some of the background characters from the first two books, which is a lot of fun.
As usual, Pinchot kills it. Just, kills it.
I don't want to say anything else specific about the plot because it really doesn't need selling. I can't say I like Warbound more than Hard Magic or Spellbound, but that's more to the merit of the first two books than any detriment to the third. It really just feels like the natural progression of one long, fantastical three-part story, just as enjoyable at the very end as it was when I first met Jake Sullivan breaking rocks in Rockville.
Correia leaves his world open for more exploration, and while the ending was very satisfying, and quite epic, I can't help but secretly hope in the back of my mind that the story of the Grimnoir will continue.
If this series makes it to the silver screen, my head will explode.
Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today.
The characters was so enjoyable
I like the spin on the world as a whole and the concept of powers (magic) Kind of made me think of the Xmen
Not really I did not enjoy his narration
The life changing position that all the characters were put through and the best part was the ending... WOW
A must read but the narrator was not good at all. If you can get past that you will enjoy this book
This book wraps up the development of personalities and relationships, and it wraps up the main storyline in exciting fashion.
This time, it's a toss-up. It's between Jake Sullivan (reluctant leader plagued by self doubt who must hide that doubt to lead people to victory) and Toru (Iron Guard abandoner who must live and work in a society completely different from his own). I think in the end, my favorite would be Toru. I very much enjoyed following him on his journey from a man who hates all things western to a man who finds grudging respect for those he did not previously understand.
Bronson Pinchot remains an outstanding reader. My only reason for dropping him to four stars is because he changed some of the accents for some of the characters. At the beginning of the book, I found this distracting.
Blood and magic save the world
Easy answer, Bronson Pinchot - he makes the characters come alive.
It's a unique twist on any urban magic book. I like the way it's our "real" history but bent just slightly due to magic. Can't think of any other book that's like that.
How this guy creates very unique voices for each character and then remembers them and switches in and out of them - very impressive, and draws you into the story even more.
no, it's not that kind of book - at least for me
I now search for books based on Bronson's (yeah, we're that close now I can call him by his first name ;o) performance. Enjoy!
Top 5 series
The exchange on the beach at the end. The final battle was impressive, of course.
There are so many. Sullivan, Toru, Hinreck. Whoever did Fay was great too
I will wait a while befor I listen to this lot again - it makes anything else I have listened to recently a little insipid
Jake Sullivan is the man - sort of Mike Hammer meets Vin Diesel meets Indiana Jones
The scene where Fay was in Berlin
When lady Ori made Jake a duck
Please mr Larry Correira hurry up and write the next one
I'm a fan of Sci-fi, fantasy and suspense. I like books that keep me guessing till the end.
How do you not love Jake "Heavy" Sullivan?? It's like Micky Spillane and Flash Gordon had a love child. Entertaining to be sure. It's written like many of Larry Correia's works and that means big action and over the top dialogue, and I would not have it any other way.
The Chairman is pretty much Ming the Merciless and there is even a Death Ray. It's a great ride and Bronson Pinchot does an amazing job bringing it to life.
The one caveat, I have to listen to it at 1.25 to 1.5x the speed or it just seems too slow to me. But at the slightly quicker cadence, it's perfect (for me).
I thought this book was very well done. I thought this whole series was phenomenal (once I got over the covers of the books). I am very glad that I read all of them, but this was a very satisfying ending. I won't say that it was an emotional ending, I was not sad to see the end of this series (like I was for longer series like HP or Inheritance Cycle), but I will say I very much enjoyed these characters. Bronson Pinchot did an excellent job portraying the characters of Jake and Fae, both of which were awesomely well developed, funny, and likeable characters. If you have not read any books in this series, read them. If you have read the other two books in this series, you will not be disappointed.
Wow, a spellbinding (pun intended) story, non stop action, cool magic and humor throughout I had an absolute ball listening to this series. Larry, I love your work and smile every time I see a new book coming out because I know it'll be an excellent read. Bronson Pinchot is pure genius! Good choice Larry. Bronson's depth and breadth of voices is legendary and I am going to listen to other books he does JUST to enjoy that genius.
All of Larry's works. Brandon Sanderson's work too.
Any of Jake's fighting scenes, all of Fay's dialog, wit and wisdom. Toru's ferocity. I could go on and on.
The explosive conclusion to one of the best series to hit the page.
I've really enjoyed the series, much more so than the Monster International series, which was not bad. The three books built on one another very effectively. Bronson's voices and overall narration were also very well done. The characters are very well developed and fun to follow as the story develops over the three books. While the final climax was a bit apocalyptic it worked in the context of this alternative US that Correia created.