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.
It ranks high on my most enjoyed listening to list. The books are clever, full of great characters that you really become attached to without realizing it.
The Fight scenes, of course!!
He makes Good voices and brings it to life
As with most of Correia's stories- the characters. Well developed and draw you into the story
Great plot and tie in with book one but still able to stand on it's own.
Pinchot is an excellent narrator that does a fantastic job whit the voice of each character that draws you deeper into the story without being a distraction.
Definitely looking forward to book 3 as the ending was perfect.
Better than book 1 with all the old characters back in the thick of it with some great new additions.
Probably not but only because I am have a voracious appitite for new stories
Faye (and of course Jake Sullivan) is a delightful mix of naivete and killing machine...and the reader does a marvelous job of capturing her essence
Not extreme but very satisfied both with the entertainment value and the creative depth.
I am hooked on Larry Correia's sense of fantasy, both of his series are similar and highly recommended
Same old characters :) Government coverups and the like. The narrator is still dull
Kind of slow moving...I found myself having to concentrate on what was going on because I was a little bored...But the parts that aren't so dull are pretty good
Geek, Gamer who hates wasting credits.
Big fun, magic meets hardboiled world of 1920s and 1930. Deep character development then the 1st book . But I strongly suggest you read / listen Hard Magic 1st. The 2 book are a wild ride.
Hey there! I am a Fantasy/Sci-Fi nut. I also enjoy a good zombie novel or thriller now and then. My likes tend towards Young adult novels as I find most of the "adult" Fantasy novels to be uppity for lack of a better word. Follow me if you like the same as I intend to go back and review every book I had listened to on this site and will keep doing so.
Honestly, I wish I had spent my time listening to another book. This book was such a step down from the first in the series. It is not horrible by any means it simply does not invoke the emotional responses the first book did.
They truly needed to get back to the heart of the characters, their emotions, and motives. The book needed more in the way of heart and less in the way of bang.
Bronson did a good job of keeping pace, and not resulting to a monotone in the many points where others would have.
Sadly the only thing Spellbound inspired me to do was go back and read the first book in the series again and hope for a return to that in the future.
I recommend you read Hard Magic instead of this book if you have not already. If you are following the series expect a slip from the deep writing of the first book into what felt like a quickly written follow up.
If you truly loved the first novel then this one is worth listening too, otherwise it is simply an O.K. novel.
Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction
I really wanted to like this book but I couldn't get past some of the characters and ideologies. I am a MHI fan. However, in this book I thought the characters and writing style lacked sophistication and intelligence. There is some culture clash that makes me resent this story as well. The hilly billy accents fit the writing and so does the mind set.
I actually came to hate one of Correia's characters. Normally this might be an achievement for an author, except in this case the character in question was supposed to be one of the heroines. The character Faye came off as rude, arrogant, overly confident and a vicious brat that wanted to hurt/kill people over perceived insults. Sullivan, our resident "heavy," is as bullheaded as ever, but far more preferable to listen to than Faye.
I found a few stereotypes. Larry seems to know what kind of carrot to dangle for his target audience. The military men seemed strong, single minded, and demanding compared to the weak cowardly scientists who are too curious for their own good. There is the evil Imperial Japan empire and their ruthless honor bound followers. These over the top bad guys embody the opposite of American values, like freedom. There is dissent towards the government held by the protagonists. The government is indeed corrupt (renegade government agency and officials getting paid off) and the leaders are portrayed as the antagonists as well.
I have only seen a few poor reviews for this series and I doubt this critique will garner a welcome reception. I certainly have enjoyed Correia's Monster Hunter series and I realize there are some common themes that these two series hold together. I just hope the MHI story doesn't follow this trend and that Bronson Pinchot stays well away from that series.
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