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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exciting and engaging, I enjoyed every word. the story characters are interesting and plot is great
Devourer of all books fantasy
This is the second book in the Grimnoir series and was a great continuation of this alternate history series with loads of action and magic. I enjoyed this book a lot more than 1st one in the series.
I listened to this on audiobook and the audiobook was very well done. The narrator does an excellent job with having distinct voices for different characters and portrays emotion well. My only complaint is that some of the voices are very deep and it is hard to hear them when you are driving because of background noise.
When a magical assassin (an Active) makes an assassination attempt on President Roosevelt all Actives are blamed, in particular the Grimnoir Society. All of the member of the Grimnoir become wanted men/women and are forced to hide. However then Jake Sullivan receives a call from a man beyond the grave. The call is a warning that the Power was fleeing something huge and evil and that something is about to arrive on Earth.
I really enjoyed this book a lot. The characters are interesting and well done and the magic system is unique. I love the idea of the Power and the parasitic relationship it has with humanity.
There is excellent world building here; the whole story is set in an alternate version of 1920’s America. The setting is made more real by quotes from newspapers and articles at the beginning of each chapter that highlight how different this alternate history is from the one we know.
There is a lot of action in this book as well and a lot of Correia’s standard “gun talk”. I continue to really enjoy how Correia has strong female and male characters. He does a good job balancing the roles for both female and male characters.
Overall this was an incredibly fun and interesting read. I love the characters, the world, the unique magic system, the high-octane action, and the complex plot. I really look forward to reading the third and final book in this series. I would definitely recommend this series to those who enough action-packed urban fantasy or alternate histories.
Pinchot's performance is top notch, his use of inflection, timing and ability to compel the listener help raise what would be a really good page turner into something I would sit in the car a few minutes longer to hear how situations got resolved.
The pacing and creativity in the storyline are good. While the author used some tried and true plot elements, the characters are interesting enough and deep enough to involve the listener and kept me wondering where the turns would be coming and from whom they would be coming. His characters span s broad range and he gives enough time to developing supporting cast to have the reader incest in them. With one exception of what I thought was an overwrought motivation drawn from the death of a minor supporting character, I thought the characters were well developed and time spent enough on each to make their motivations accessible to the reader.
Well done and I plan to listen to the next in the series. Really curious about Pinchot's readings of HP Lovecraft!
Good book. Interesting ideas of how magic works and a creative plot. It's a bit dark, but not sad. I would recommend it to most people. Just not those that are too young.
Amazing narrator, perfect execution.
This book fully pays off the checks written in the first book. There are also some very large checks written by the end. Downloading next book now.
I have a huge audible library and rarely write reviews. I'm only writing this review because Spellbound and all of the Grimnoir Chronicles are in my top three series of ALL TIME! All of Larry Correia's books are amazing, but the ones that Bronson Pinchot narrates are the BEST!
All of the characters are so different and amazing, with great backgrounds and different talents...its too hard to choose a favorite.
Yes I have listened to a few others and he is amazing in everything he does. However, the Grimnoir Chronicles by Larry Correia are by far my favorites
YES! And the unabridged versions are over 16 hours! Normally I only listen to my audio books in the car since I have such a long commute each day, but I found myself bringing my mp3 playing into the house and listening all day long!
I only comment and review my absolute favorite titles...and I could make great comments on this series all day long!
If you love action, tragedy, triumph, & magic read this series. The story pulls you into the characters, the nonstop action, you can't put it down because you want to know how the good guys are going to get out of the next mess. Love the witty banter. I'm enjoying the Grimnoir Series better than the Monsters Inc. stories. Great reader too; loved how he voices the characters, I can really picture each one as if was sitting in a movie theater. Though I am constantly to turn the volume up and down.
Once again Larry Corriea delivers.
The stakes are higher, the consequences more dire and the action just keeps on rolling.
Bronson Pinchot continues to amaze with a breathtaking performance.
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..
"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!
A rip roaring ride picking up where the first book left off.
Heinrich (not sure of the spelling) is a wonderfully dry character.
Yes but stretched it to two days
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.
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.
"A fantastic sequel."
Was it as good as the first no they never are but it was very good.
I love everything about these books, the characters the pace and rhythm of the plot, the action and the overall tone of sarcastic cynicism.
The narrator, and the quality of the recording was very good.
If you like the first one you probably love this.
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
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