This book is cheesy big guns blazing entertainment, and I loved it. I am giving it five stars not because it is the best of the best, but because it was fun and action packed and it's an example of an author doing nothing more and nothing less than entertaining his audience without pretense.
Warbound is the third book in the Grimnoir trilogy, so you want to read the first two. It is set in an alt-history in which a magical being came to Earth in the 1850s, and its presence bestowed magical powers on 1% of the population. Most people get a single power, so there are "Brutes" (super-strength), "Heavies" (gravity controllers), "Cogs" (gadgeteer geniuses), "Readers" (telepaths), "Fades" (turn insubstantial), "Torches" (pyrokinesis) and so on.
Basically, despite the "fantasy" element, these are period superhero novels. And the author devotes many words to describing the battles in full-page multi-panel glory. It's hard to do superheroes (an inherently visual genre) justice in written form, but Correia does a pretty good job. At times he reminded me of his fellow Mormon author Brandon Sanderson, who's also known for his intricate "magic systems" and long descriptions of characters figuring out how to use their powers in creative new ways, but Correia's plots are less contemplative (which is not to say simpler) and more about the action.
That said, major suspensions of disbelief are required, but no more than with most epic or urban fantasy.
In the conclusion of the trilogy, war with the Japanese Imperium is imminent, but only the knights of the Grimnoir know that Chairman Tokugawa has been replaced by an impostor. His "son," Iron Guard Toru Tokugawa, knows of the deception and the corruption of the Imperium's magical training schools, Iron Guard, and Shadow Guard, and so has reluctantly joined the Grimnoir.
Since this is a rising Japan in the 1930s, guilty of pretty much the same atrocities Japan was committing in Asia at that time in the real world, this causes a lot of tension with the Grimnoir, who have been sworn enemies of the Imperium. Toru manifests all the usual tropes about fictional samurai: hard-headed, death before dishonor, all non-Japanese are weak and lazy, grudging respect for Westerners who are brave warriors even if they are ignorant barbarians, blah blah blah.
A summary of the plot would be kind of pointless: if the premise does not interest you, it's not gonna interest you, but Correia does do a very good job of working within the parameters he has established and then treating it seriously. Powers work a certain way and everything follows from certain first principles, and when some of the big twists are revealed, more pieces fall into place, including some that have been developed since the first book.
Is this is gonzo gun porn and superhero slugfests? Yes! And awfully darn fun. But awfully damn intelligent for a historical superhero novel as well. And there is a conclusion to bring this trilogy to a definitive close, while still leaving open the possibility (I would guess, based on Correia's prolificness, inevitability) of a new series coming down the pike.
This is not the best written or deepest or most original series. It's just fun and entertaining. Did I mention fun? Okay, so I am a superhero nerd. But in all seriousness, for what it is, the plotting, pacing, characterization, and worldbuilding were all far above the somewhat low bar I have for this kind of book. Hence, 5 stars. Would read more Grimnoir, definitely.
And an additional 5 star rating must be given for Bronson Pinchot. I HATED Balki and "Perfect Strangers"! But he is one of the best audiobook narrators ever! Seriously, he nails every single accent, does men and women both flawlessly, and probably puts more life into Correia's characters than exists on the page.
Action and great reader.
Spellbound and Monsterhunters
When Lens and other grim die.
The writer well explain every movements and details of each person in the stories.
Absolutely it's fantastic.
I really loved the entire book
Hes one of my favorite readers, and gives the perfect voices for all the characters
Yes there are some very sad moments in this book, but it adds emotional depth and makes you realize how much you care for all the characters in the series.
I'm sure if your reading this than you've already read the first 2 and there's no need to say more, you already know this series is amazing.
Very entertaining as long as the subject interests you
He really is fantastic. Who knew he was so good at this.
If you like Correia you have to read this one. The new characters needed to be used more, but it was all fun and very enjoyable. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
YouTube Broadcaster, Firearms Enthusiast.
Kick Ass Guns, Girls, Mechanized Suits and Ninja's...Oh My! What more can you ask for? Well you won't have to ask, because Larry Correia has packed it all into this Third(and perhaps final, although I hope not) installment of the Grimnoir Chronicles. Warbound, serves up all the fantasy, action, shoot 'em up "Killery" (Larry's word not mine) That you could possibly want from this genre. If you're a true Died in the wool Gun Guy, like me and the Author (who is a certified firearms instructor) then you're going to appreciate the realistic yet exciting gunplay narrative. Not like some writers who write totally ridiculous gun scenes like "then he took the safety of his Glock..." Ha, ha, ha they just make me laugh! This is a great listen, thanks to BP (Bronson Pinchot famously known as Balki Bartokomous) who improves his performance from the first two books. I almost forgot it was him. Great listen especially in the car...It's like a movie in your head! I highly recommend this and all Correia's books. My only complaint is why hasn't Audible made the audiobooks for Dead Six Yet??? Hank Strange :)
Lance...don't want to give any spoilers, you'll see why!
very good range of character voices
Pure Fantasy Action Killery! in my best movie guy voice.
Make Dead Six Audiobooks
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 this series good listening
I have to say that this book was a satisfying end to the story. Other series had left me wanting more, but not this one! I really enjoyed all three books. And recommend them to anyone interested in a new twist.
Assuming this is the final book in the series, what an amazing finale it was. I loved the heroin she was strong yet flawed throughout. Making her a likable character. All of the characters were vibrantly portrayed. The author captured the era so well.
The era and use of alternant history
Excellent as always.
I tried but at 17hrs I couldn't
I would characterize this as steampunk with magic. I cannot recommend the series highly enough. The story is great but the reader is superb. Each characters voice is distinctive and reflects their personality. I recommend this to all my friends and family who read fantasy.
Fay is the best, little bit of folksy charm but deadly when the chips are down. Her morals are black and white, mess with me or my friends and you are toast. And yet she is so soft and gentle.
The character voices are awesome. from the gruff and gravelly Sullivan to the rustic Fay. I can tell who is "speaking" immediately. Awesome. Incredible job
Oh yes. And I morn now that it is done.
Do yourself a favour and buy the whole series.