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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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  • Flavius
  • Morro Bay, CA, United States
  • 06-15-12

A Worthy Successor To 'Hard Magic.'

'The Spellbound' is great fun. It's the second in a series, so read 'Hard Magic' first. You'll be glad you did.
For those who have read and enjoyed 'Hard Magic,' this book is sure to be a treat. Correia seems like he has a ball writing these books. They're not silly (not in the denigrating sense, anyway), but they never take themselves too seriously.
The surviving characters from Hard Magic are back, and some intriguing new characters are introduced.
Once again, Bronson Pinchot's narration is spot-on. Highly recommended.

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Good middle novel to the triology

This is a good follow up to the first book. It allows for events in the 1st book to be better explained and sets up for an interesting finale in the third book.

I did have some reservations about the first book, but to Larry's credit, the 2nd book is much better and builds and augments the scenes from the first book.

A much more polished effort and I look forward to the final book.

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  • Elliot
  • Tampa, Florida, United States
  • 10-20-12

A worthy sequel. A marvelous universe.

The title of my review for Hard Magic (Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles) was "Simply, the best audiobook I've ever encountered." After getting through Spellbound I have to say that Hard Magic still holds that title, but the sequel is certainly no disappointment. Perhaps it was because Hard Magic just felt more fresh, and upon reading Spellbound my wonderment at the universe had been a bit diluted (I listened to them back to back all in less than a week). But, the best way to put it is, if I give Spellbound 5 stars all around, I'd have to give Hard Magic 6 stars. Although, Bronson Pinchot's performance still gets 10/5 in both books.

Spellbound has the same incredible historical urban science fiction fantasy mojo that is touted by Hard Magic. Most of your favorite characters return and the new characters that are introduced, for the most part, do not disappoint, with a very interesting interaction between a magic-envious academic and a demon possessor; yes a demon summoner that possesses the demons. Clever stuff.

You won't be disappointed by Spellbound if you found Hard Magic worth your time. But, while this seems obvious, definitely get through the first book before even attempting this one. Though, you could probably take a pretty big break in between and have no trouble picking right back up into the universe. And, what a universe it is!

The only disappointing thing about Spellbound is that Larry Correia hasn't finished the last book yet. Right now I'm feeling quite impatient waiting for both Cold Days, the next Dresden Files installment and for the third book of the Grimnoir Chronicles. I'm working my way through the Monster Hunter series now, trying to get my fix of Correia's action packed fantastical imagination.

Comparing Grimnoir Chronicles to Monster hunter:
After finishing the first book, Monster Hunter International, I would suggest that both Hard Magic and Spellbound really represent a definite refinement of Correia's art. The Grimnoir Chronicles series blows, at least the first, Monster Hunter book out of the water, and that's saying a lot because MHI itself represents a fantastic addition to the urban fantasy genre. Though I admit that I am probably speaking too soon since the MH books likely improve with each new installment. I am quite excited to see how Correia evolved as an author.

Plug for Iron Druid Chronicles:
Oh, and one final recommendation for those waiting for the third GC book: The Iron Druid Chronicles. While the series is a magnitude lighter than Larry Correia's writing, Kevin Hearne's own take on urban fantasy with a 2000 year old druid living in Arizona might be of interest to those who have similar tastes to myself, based on my review above.

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It's a fun story

if you have read other books by mr. Larry, then the storyline actually will be familiar to you. I do like the characters, and the way he develops them, but this is plot is very similar to his monster hunter series. Bronson is excellent and puts a great voice to all the characters.

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Good story, but I was hoping for a cast of readers

Correia does a commendable job but knowing that a cast of voice actors separately did at least the first book in the series leaves this reading comparably flat and more difficult to distinguish characters.

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Great but

Love the books only thing I don't like is that lances personality and voice changed. How he was in the first was better I think

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Balances high octane fun and developed characters

This is the second installment in the series, and it didn't feel like a retread, which is something MHI suffered greatly from. I'm actually very impressed how genuinely well written this is. Seems to me that Mr. Correia has gotten much better and perhaps hired a better editor? Whatever it is, he has earned my trust in him as an author who delivers.

Since this is an audiobook, I have to comment on the narration. Bronson Pinchot is simply superb. He might replace Luke Daniels as my favorite audiobook narrator, his range is something to behold.

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Harry Potter with Guns and Attitude

Larry Correia delivers more fast paced adventures of the Grimnoir as they are forced to work with old enemies against an even greater threat.
Bronson Pinchot's narration never disappoints.

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Love the book.

The idea of the scare tactics and registering ppl is especially interesting in the current political environment. In addition to telling a great story, Larry Correia did a great job exploring complex morality, and demonstrated how conservatism does not have to involve isolationism.

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  • bebe
  • South Carolina
  • 06-19-17

Great book - great series

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This is the second book in the series. I suggest you start with book 1 for maximum enjoyment. This is a fantastic story with great characters. Correia is a master story teller and talented writer. His style is unique and easily recognized. His huge imagination creates highly interesting situations with lots of action. <br/><br/>Bronson Pinchot, the narrator is excellent and was a perfect choice to bring the Grimnoir Chronicles to life.