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.
Writing is good and narration is great, but maybe not for those (like me) who aren't into the magical genre. My first impression is to rate it lower, but that is difficult to do honestly. I believe I had the same problem with Book1. So the real problem is likely the genre (it's not really Sci-Fi) and likely should be in the fantasy section.
Another great read in Mr. Correia's epic world of altered history where magic is real and a few lucky, or unlucky souls, possess it. This book adds new enemies for our heroes to fight. Enemies from an unlikely source, our own government.
I enjoyed this book. Its a great 2nd book in the series and is both a self contained story and a setup for a larger storyline that will continue in book 3 (?), Faye & Sullivan are great characters & it's been fun watching them grow and adapt to each new situation.
Bronson Pinchot is wonderful as the narrator. My favorite moment was the discussion the Grimnoir Knight had with Doctor Lincoln in Ada, OK. The Doc plays a very small role, but is quite memorable.
I've been a fan of mysteries since getting up with a notebook to solve Scooby Doo cases. I now write my own.
I'm not sure. The problem isn't with this book, it's with the one that follows, Warbound.
It's like this. Hard Magic was great and served as a stand alone book. If you stopped with that one, you were good, but you probably wanted a sequel. This is the sequel, and it fits that role very well. But, it's not a stand alone book. It leaves things hanging, and if you listen to this one, you'll have to listen to Warbound as well. That's the problem. Warbound doesn't hold up as well.
Like Hard Magic, the best comparison I can think of is Monster Hunters International by the same author, or the more action oriented titles of the Dresden Files.
Any scene with Fay (Fae?) stands out for me. She's the perfect blend of pure innocence and rabid psychopath, who can say things like, "I'm real sorry I shot you in the face the first time we met. I was having a bad day and was kind of confused, do you want a soda?" and make it impossible to refuse the drink.
I'm not good at these.
"They have stuck with the lesser of two evils."
Bronson Pinchot is amazing in his characterizations. Not a single voice sounds like a character I've ever seen on television or movies, and there are lot of characters in these books.
Another good work by Larry Correia, and nicely done by Bronson Pinchot. Correia keeps the action moving with insights of the characters, their magic and their weapons. There are plenty of plot twists and lots of action!
Larry Correia writes wonderful gripping stories, but this Hard Magic series (of which Spellbound is the second) is easily the best. I rank this series with some of the best books I have ever read/heard, including Lonesome Dove which I consider a classic for making you truly live the story. This book does the same; you get so involved in the story that you have to re-orient yourself to the real world when you break away from the book. The characters are so well developed they nearly become friends, and you want to continue to hear more about them.
Bronson Pinchot may be the best narrator I have ever heard, even better than Simon Vance and that is saying something. I would be happy to listen to him read the phonebook, he's so good. He gives the characters character with a consistent accent and inflection. You can always tell who is speaking even if the text does not specify. I now search out books he reads rather than searching for authors.
Bronson Pinchot. He's an amazing reader. He always brings the characters alive for the listener.
There is an excellent ballance between the action and the personal. This is a continuation of Hard Magic and it follows on perfectly.
I have listened to Hard Magic. This one is just as good. He does a brilliant job of giving every character their own voice. Even the non-dialogue portion of their point of view matches their voice.
Yes. I cannot say any more without writing a spoiler. However, I particularly liked Fay and Jake's characters. And Heinrich's. Okay, I liked all the good guys.
Because of the brilliance of Bronson Pinchot's performance, I will definitely be looking to purchace other books read by him after I finish this Grimnoir series.
Hughly well written & very well read. I have a 'head map' of each of the characters & I love that the women are as stong as the men
The description of how Jacques found Whisper
The scene where Fay did a major on the demon
Nope - I listen in my car on the way to the office & it makes the commute way more interesting
Just what I said - waiting for Book 4!!!
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
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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