New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling author Larry Correia sets this gritty urban fantasy, a sequel to Hard Magic and Spellbound, in an alternate noir 1930s. A tough P.I. battles an interdimensional monster that wants to suck magic power out of the world.
Only a handful of people in the world know that mankind's magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe. The Power showed up here in the 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power's hiding place has been discovered by a killer. It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next.
Former private eye Jake Sullivan knows the score. The problem is, hardly anyone believes him. The world's most capable Active, Faye Vierra, could back him up, but she is hiding from forces that think she is too dangerous to live. So Jake has put together a ragtag crew of airship pirates and Grimnoir knights - and set out on a suicide mission to stop the predator before it is too late.
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Larry Correia’s Grimnoir trilogy has come to a conclusion in “Warbound.” There is so much I love about this series, that takes place is an alternate 1930’s era, that its hard to know where to start. The characters are true to the era, yet they live in a world that has been given magic from a creature that has come to earth in an effort to hide from a predator that wants to suck the magic out of the entire universe. Larry Correia’s use of real life characters from the Thirties such as John Moses Browning and General John, “Black Jack”, Pershing, and references to Nichola Tesla and his inventions, gives his alternative world authenticity.
In “Warbound,” Jake Sullivan, Sally Faye Vierra, and the iron guard Toru, are the main characters in this third installment. I really like the relationship that is formed between Jake and the Iron Guard; and of course, Faye is my favorite character in the series. There are still the other characters we’ve come to know such as, Pirate Bob, Francis, Dan, Heinrich, and Pemberly Hammer - the Bureau of Investigation's human lie detector, but their roles are diminished in this book. One of the new characters, Dr. Well, a sociopath and inmate of Rockville Penitentiary, that Jake recruits to help swart the greatest threat to earth, the Pathfinder, is also a standout character.
The battle action is amazing with magic being thrown from all sides and the technology that Mr. Correia adds, such as powered armor, and of course the flying airships, only add to the excitement.
On a side note; although this is the end of the trilogy, Mr. Correia leaves open the possibility for more Grimnoir adventures;let's hope.
About the narrator; it’s crazy, to me, that Bronson Pinchot, “Balki Bartokomous” from Perfect Strangers (one of my favorite sitcom televisions shows from the mid-80s and early 90s) is the narrator. This guy has range, and gives another great performance.
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can't say without major spoilers.
yes, he's amazing! i was tickled by his performance of lady origami. by far, he is the most talented narrator i've heard to date! i love his narration of jake sullivan! perfect, just perfect!.
happy and relieved that the story lived up to my expectations.
preface...like many, i discovered the grimnoir chronicles while waiting for the next release of monster hunters, and i must say, "what an awesome discovery!" the grimnoir chronicles have become one of my favorite series. dare i even say better than monster hunters? ok. yes, i dare! lol so like many of you i was eagerly (and despairingly) awaiting the release of warbound on audible. yes, i could've downloaded it on kindle, but i wanted/needed bronson pinchot's superb narration to envelop me in larry correia's world. i have to admit, i was nervous, even giddy, when i started listening b/c i didn't want to be let down. sorry but monster hunter vendetta was kind of a let down. ok. where was i? sorry, the adhd is kinda bad today. lol hard magic was an incredible discovery, spellbound was a worthy sequel, and warbound is a satisfying conclusion.
ok...on with the review...
i don't want to spoil your listening experience, but i must say larry correia does a great job wrapping up the story, and the minor stories within the story. faye's journey to discover what it means to be spellbound is haunting. what she truly is totally surprised me, but by the end it makes perfect sense. jake and toru have a complicated relationship, and i really enjoyed seeing how it played out.
i was also happy that larry correia brought "plot devices" from previous books into this one. for instance, i really liked buckminster fuller. he had a very small part in spellbound, but he had a huge influence on the plot. i really enjoyed listening to bronson pichot's portrayal of him as a zany, quick talking genius. so, i was glad he was back in warbound. there are many more plot devices, but i'm not telling! lol trust me, you'll really enjoy discovering how past events come into play in this story.
once again, larry correia introduces new characters, and again they are as equally fascinating as the previous characters he's introduced us to. one of the definite strengths of this series are the characters larry correia creates. each is unique, and as a cast, they fit together like puzzle pieces.
the battle scenes are heart-pounding. they are choreographed with the right amount of description to keep the action exciting.
i'm sad that the series is over, but i'm happy with the way it ended. thank-you larry correia! it was definitely a great ride!
Absolutely will, well written and well performed.
If you don't like Jake Sullivan, I don't like you.
He accomplished something I've only ever heard done once before: he made the characters more than what they might have been if I had just read the books. This is a feat I have only otherwise experienced with James Marsters' delivery of the Dresden Files readings. Mr. Pinchot's Jake Sullivan and Sally Fae Viera were marvelous. I couldn't have appreciated his work more. There were very few times he hit the wrong note with a character's tone or presentation.
This is Mr. Correia's best series. I really appreciated his world building. He had a great story arc that he stuck to and didn't overdo. I mean, honestly, I could read Jake Sullivan books for ages, however, I think this story arc is brilliant. I can't see how these wouldn't be great movies.
5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(
Such an amazing book, such an amazing series.. Everything in it was fantastic, the plot, the twists and the whole thing was just amazing... more than that.
The action in Warbound was packed, specially the 2nd half of the book, the deaths, the sacrifices, and the surprises where everywhere, really good.
Let me talk, a bit about the narrator, Bronson Pinchot is one of THE BEST narrators I know, the voices he makes, and emotions that comes out .. so real you can feel what the characters are feeling, one someone scream, he scream.. Such a great narrator, and he does bring the characters to life..
I din't know if there will be a next book or not... things are not that clear about that, but i think there will be many to come, we want to know what will happen to these characters in the future.
This was the best narration, with sooo many distinct voices that stayed perfect throughout all three books. I love Monster Hunter series but this is leaps and bounds above those books, totally out of the ballpark by comparison.
The premise had me a bit iffy, but I've fallen in love with it and hope there is another trilogy in the same universe, maybe some prequels or something.
When the book was finished, I felt a sense of completion. The author brought it all together in the end. Yet, even with the comfortable finish of "completion", there we're many avenues left for the creative mind to follow and take their time. I'm waiting for the big thaw to put my two cents worth of literary finesse into an alternate finish to the book. I'M NOT WORTHY, I'M NOT WORTHY!!!!
"HARD MAGIC", because it is the first book in the series and you just have to give major credit to the author for coming up with the funniest and well read( by the narrator) character in all three books combined. Who is this person? Of course, non other than the dung heap ,red neck, devil child: Miss Sally Fae Viero!!!! Nuff Said!
I would not have gotten through the first chapter if not for Bronson Pinchot. Seriously, this guy sound like the 1930's, carries all the accents for a pile of characters and makes you believe that "this" is the world we live in. Bronson is right up there with James Marsters of Bufy fame and his simply amazing work on all of "Jim Butchers", "Dresden Files" novels. Best books on the planet of course.
YES, Because I listened to the first two books hidden away from the world. I'm sure this book will take me on a long needed vacation like the other two did quite nicely.
Getting "into" the story and it's characters was actually FUN! Just the concept of derigables as our best and fastest form of transportation was a HOOT, not to mention the footnotes or beginning of chapters with long quotes from now dead important political, science and progressive historical stand outs with a slightly different message than the one's originally put to paper with ink and an important seal of some kind.But these alternative view points are exactly what would have been said, recorded and written down if our country had gone through the same situation.
This book wraps up the development of personalities and relationships, and it wraps up the main storyline in exciting fashion.
This time, it's a toss-up. It's between Jake Sullivan (reluctant leader plagued by self doubt who must hide that doubt to lead people to victory) and Toru (Iron Guard abandoner who must live and work in a society completely different from his own). I think in the end, my favorite would be Toru. I very much enjoyed following him on his journey from a man who hates all things western to a man who finds grudging respect for those he did not previously understand.
Bronson Pinchot remains an outstanding reader. My only reason for dropping him to four stars is because he changed some of the accents for some of the characters. At the beginning of the book, I found this distracting.
Blood and magic save the world
I will wait a while befor I listen to this lot again - it makes anything else I have listened to recently a little insipid
Jake Sullivan is the man - sort of Mike Hammer meets Vin Diesel meets Indiana Jones
The scene where Fay was in Berlin
When lady Ori made Jake a duck
Please mr Larry Correira hurry up and write the next one
I'm a fan of Sci-fi, fantasy and suspense. I like books that keep me guessing till the end.
How do you not love Jake "Heavy" Sullivan?? It's like Micky Spillane and Flash Gordon had a love child. Entertaining to be sure. It's written like many of Larry Correia's works and that means big action and over the top dialogue, and I would not have it any other way.
The Chairman is pretty much Ming the Merciless and there is even a Death Ray. It's a great ride and Bronson Pinchot does an amazing job bringing it to life.
The one caveat, I have to listen to it at 1.25 to 1.5x the speed or it just seems too slow to me. But at the slightly quicker cadence, it's perfect (for me).
I thought this book was very well done. I thought this whole series was phenomenal (once I got over the covers of the books). I am very glad that I read all of them, but this was a very satisfying ending. I won't say that it was an emotional ending, I was not sad to see the end of this series (like I was for longer series like HP or Inheritance Cycle), but I will say I very much enjoyed these characters. Bronson Pinchot did an excellent job portraying the characters of Jake and Fae, both of which were awesomely well developed, funny, and likeable characters. If you have not read any books in this series, read them. If you have read the other two books in this series, you will not be disappointed.
"Does not skip a beat"
In the third book of the series Larry really keeps up the pace of the story and characterisation that makes this a class leader of the genre.
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