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Spellbound: Book II of the Grimnoir Chronicles | [Larry Correia]

Spellbound: Book II of the Grimnoir Chronicles

Dark fantasy goes hardboiled in Book II of the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles by the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International. The Grimnoir Society’s mission is to protect people with magic, and they’ve done so—successfully and in secret—since the mysterious arrival of the Power in the 1850s, but when a magical assassin makes an attempt on the life of President Franklin Roosevelt, the crime is pinned on the Grimnoir.
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award, Paranormal, 2013

Dark fantasy goes hardboiled in Book II of the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles by the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International. The Grimnoir Society’s mission is to protect people with magic, and they’ve done so—successfully and in secret—since the mysterious arrival of the Power in the 1850s, but when a magical assassin makes an attempt on the life of President Franklin Roosevelt, the crime is pinned on the Grimnoir. The knights must become fugitives while they attempt to discover who framed them.Thing go from bad to worse when Jake Sullivan, former P.I. and knight of the Grimnoir, receives a telephone call from a dead man—a man he helped kill. Turns out the Power jumped universes because it was fleeing from a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. That predator has just landed on Earth.

©2012 Larry Correia (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Kirby Timm Milwaukee, WI 08-14-12
    Kirby Timm Milwaukee, WI 08-14-12 Member Since 2010

    MCTS Mason

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    "More fun than the first book!"

    While it took a long time to get into the first book of the Grimnoir series, this book hits the ground running. I liked the first one in the series and liked this one even better. I can't wait for a 3rd!

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    ahintz17 08-06-12
    ahintz17 08-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Spellbound is as entertaining as Hard Magic!"

    These books were a nice diversion from the norm for me and I will look forward to the next installment. Bronson Pinchot was also a most excellent narrator and I would not hesitate to listen to him again.

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    Kathy Austin, TX, United States 07-30-12
    Kathy Austin, TX, United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2010
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    "My first review, but it has to be said"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I definitely would recommend this book but would advise reading the fist in the series before you do. I read a lot of books and probably listen to even more but I can easily say that this is one of my favorite books to date. In this case it was the combination of a great book, even greater characters and subperb narration. This is definitely a book that is better listened to than read. Bronson Pinchot could not be better as a narrator and he just brings such life to these characters. Jake and Fay are wonderful characters and the voices that Pinchot uses for them make them two of my all time favorites.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Spellbound?

    Any scene with either Jake or Fay is a good one. Fay is always funny when she gets frustrated with people who think or do things at a normal speed.


    Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

    Jake and Fay. The voices and cadence that he has for both of them fits them perfectly.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    On the one hadn, yes, because it is so mych fun. On the other hand, no, because you don't want it to end.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for the third book. May have to check out Monster Hunters International in the meantime....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Drewzilla VA 07-30-12
    Drewzilla VA 07-30-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Fantastic story, does not disappoint!"
    Would you listen to Spellbound again? Why?

    Again Larry Correia keeps the pace going with his 2nd installment in the Grimnoir Chronicles. The story is well thought out and planned, no lagging parts to speak of in my opinion as everything fit together perfectly. Bronson Pinchot is my defacto choice as the number one narrator in the Audible book experience, his portrayal of character personalities is top notch and adds so much realism to the whole story line.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Fay has to be the best character, her spunky personality and resilience are force to be reckoned with and to not be taken lightly.


    Have you listened to any of Bronson Pinchot’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Only my second experience listening to Bronson Pinchot, but it certainly won't be my last. He is the best so far.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Skitique 07-11-12
    Skitique 07-11-12 Member Since 2007

    I like mostly fantasy - Robert Jordan, Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, etc.

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    "Spellbound is Great!"
    What did you love best about Spellbound?

    Very entertaining listen! Action, G Men with X Men powers are part of a secret society out to save the world while Roosevelt's governmet wants to register them. Great twist on history with a supernatural thread. Worth the credit. Try it. You'll like it!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jake, the Heavy, & Faye, the Traveler, of course (the 2 main characters)


    Which character ??? as performed by Bronson Pinchot ??? was your favorite?

    Toss up between Jake, the Heavy who can alter gravity, & Faye, the Traveler, who can travel (of course) by jumping. The southerner in me just loves their accents . Bronson Pinchot is really a good narrator. If you like Michael Kramer, Kate Redding, or James Marsters then you will enjoy Bronson Pinchot.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It really was & I rarely say that about a book!! I finished listening to book 1 & couldn't wait for this.


    Any additional comments?

    Try this authors Monster Hunters series. You won't be disappointed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Harrisburg, PA, United States 06-30-12
    Heather Harrisburg, PA, United States 06-30-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Hang in there, it gets better!"
    What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

    The amazing versatility of his voice and clear distinguishing of characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Stick with this book! Early on in the book I was completely displeased with Bronson Pinchot's narration. It turned out I just didn't like the way one particular character spoke early in the story. (The strange speaking style for this character is described in the book, and with that in mind, was portrayed wonderfully). Once I realized it was just characterization, I was absolutely thrilled with Bronson's reading of an already good book. I enjoyed the story, and the narration really made this Audible enjoyable.

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    Kim Metcalfe, ON, Canada 06-27-12
    Kim Metcalfe, ON, Canada 06-27-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A few surprises"
    Where does Spellbound rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Most of the books I've listened to have been good, but this was the audio equivalent of "I couldn't put it down".


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Spellbound?

    "We've had a busy day. Kidnapped J. Edgar Hoover..." - or words to that effect. There are a few others that come to mind, but they'd be spoilers.


    Have you listened to any of Bronson Pinchot’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Hard Magic is the only other one I've listened to, so this one has the same style and most of the same characters. Unsurprisingly, the performance is of similar quality. I love the way he voices the various characters, Dan Garrett in particular.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Angels, demons, and good old-fashioned conspiracies.


    Any additional comments?

    I eagerly await the next book in the series.

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    Gilles Cantley, Quebec, Canada 06-18-12
    Gilles Cantley, Quebec, Canada 06-18-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Spellbound to be better than the print version?

    I just love the audio versions. They keep in companie on the road to work morning and night. Youn can't do that with paper copy.


    What other book might you compare Spellbound to and why?

    All of the 5 books from this author are excellent. The monster hunter are very good try them.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can' pin point one because the book keeps you on your toes all the way.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If i could i would but you sort of don't want it to end.


    Any additional comments?

    Just love it.

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    Dave Upper Tantallon, NS, Canada 05-27-12
    Dave Upper Tantallon, NS, Canada 05-27-12 Member Since 2011

    Audiobooks are great tool in dealing with my ADHD. They limit distractions while listening and I don't have to sit still. PS. I can't spell

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    "Steam Pulp Fantasy"

    Larry Correia continues to entertain with his second novel in the Grimnior Chronicles. Time has advanced in his alternate universe moving from the pseudo-40s of the first novel into a pseudo-50s, where the only thing worse than being a commie is being an active. The Government has been infiltrated, the Grimnior framed, and anyone wearing the Grimnior ring is a target. Jake Sullivan leads the Grimnior efforts to fight back but he's being dogged by a beautiful Texan private eye. Larry Corriea's creative blender is set for pulp as fast cars, robotic soldiers, global conspiracies, and an unlikely ally are blended into a "spellbinding" adventure.

    Bronson Pinchot provides another solid performance. He really is a fine narrator: unfortunately, when I hear his name all I can think of is his "Serge" character in the Beverly Hills Cop films. I guess it is a compliment that he has voiced such a memorial character.

    I discovered Monster Hunters International last year and I have since read everything I could find by Larry Corriea. He has become one of my favourite authors and I look froward to his next release

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    John bakersfield, CA, United States 05-05-12
    John bakersfield, CA, United States 05-05-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Better then book 1"

    Spellbond book 2 was outstanding, it takes place in the 1930s that has been changed by magic. a credit well spent!

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  • sharon
    Falmouth, United Kingdom
    7/14/13
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    "Astounding..."

    This series encompasses more or less everything I love in a book, multiple point of view, multi-layered intense plot,well defined individual characters, no cardboard cut-outs here, its, in a class of it's own mixing multiple genres and coming out with a delicately balanced perfect veritable feast for the imagination.
    Wonderful, I suggest you read 'Hard magic' first which is just as good..

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Heidi
    Reading, United Kingdom
    4/19/12
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    "Bring On Book 3!"

    This is the second book in the Grimnoir Chronicles, after 'Hard Magic'.

    If you loved the first book, you won't be disappointed with the second. All our fave characters are back along with some new ones; Grimnoir Knights, Imperium Guards, and a new sinister government organisation.

    I was as completely enthralled by this as the first book, and some of the characters surprised me with how much I liked them - I would never have thought I could start rooting for an Iron Guard!

    There were a lot of laugh out loud moments, especially any scene with Heimrich, who aside from Fay and Sullivan, is easily my favourite character.

    I wasn't keen on the idea of a spirit phone communicating with the deceased Chairman (this happens very early on, so not really a spoiler), but in a story that involves teleporting, mind control, human lie detectors, gravity spikers, healers, and an alien magical entity (among other things), it's perhaps a little churlish of me to have a problem with communicating with the dead.

    My only other issue is that of the sole English character being portrayed as the stuck-in-the-eighteenth-century, toffee-nosed, upper-class, authority-without-a-clue figure. As an English person, I found it a little wearing to be met with this cliché yet again, but since he was only in the story for about two minutes I got over it quickly - just hope this isn't a recurring theme for Correia.

    If you like supernatural action, comedy, adventure, and anything with elements of superheroes, you will not be disappointed purchasing 'Hard Magic' and 'Spellbound'.

    Fast paced, intelligent, with a lot of humour and thoroughly enjoyable smart-ass comments from our Grimnoir Knights, I loved this story, and I know I will listen to it often.

    The story is told from the omniscient perspective, hopping in and out of all the different characters' thoughts, and the narration is spot on, thoughts more subtle than dialogue, and it is always clear who is thinking or speaking.

    Bring on Book 3!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • J. A. Gibson
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    4/25/14
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    "Cannot wait"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A rip roaring ride picking up where the first book left off.


    Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favourite?

    Heinrich (not sure of the spelling) is a wonderfully dry character.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes but stretched it to two days


    Any additional comments?

    I ploughed through the first book and loved it. Brought to mind a slightly grittier series akin to the decoder ring theatre style of noir with banter between the characters carrying well. This was a natural choice to read after the first book as i had to know how it ended. Now i need to wait until next month for the third instalment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anastasia
    Colchester, United Kingdom
    6/21/12
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    "Astounding."

    I can't stress enough how much I love this series! Imagine a sort of steampunk X-men/Watchmen with magic and tommy-guns and characters that you genuinely feel for and some absolutely fantastic narration.

    Spellbound is the second book in the Grimnoir Chronicles series, an urban fantasy set in 1940s America with an alternate history and steampunk elements. It isn't overdone; everyone isn't walking about with clockwork parasols, but there are airships and historical figures and events referenced briefly to help the reader understand how the emergence of magic has shaped this reality.

    The Grimnoir Chronicles world combines a fantastic, original superpower-based individual magic (one power per person, with the powers mostly identified and classified i.e. "Heavy" - someone who manipulates gravity, "Fade" - someone who phases through solid matter, etc.) with a more traditional rune-based magic, and even a few sci-fi elements. It isn't difficult to follow but is wonderfully detailed and immersive, and brought alive by characters who are all very distinct and different and complement one another brilliantly. I found all of the 'good guy' characters very likeable and cared about what happened to them very early on. There are none of the irritating shallow stereotypes seen a lot in fantasy, and the plot managed to surprise me as the characters thought of ingenious solutions I hadn't considered.

    To top it all, Bronson Pinchot does a masterful job of the narration, capturing all of the characters perfectly and bringing across a very strong voice to each character's observations even though the book is written in 3rd person. It changes from person to place, speech to thought very quickly and Bronson never leaves you in any doubt as to who is speaking or what is happening.

    The only criticism I have is that there's no release date yet for book 3.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • David
    LICHFIELD, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Sci-Fi Noir"

    Interesting idea lots of action and once you start listening, you need to listen more. Think with film making today it could be a nice film

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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