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Spellbound: Book II of the Grimnoir Chronicles Hardcover – November 1, 2011
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About the Author
Larry Correia is an award-winning competitive shooter, a movie-prop-gun master and, yes, an accountant by day – but an urban noir adventure master by night. He is very bald and lives in Utah.
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That may seem like an impossible combination to pull off, but Correia pulls it off brilliantly. As the first book in the series, SPELLBOUND faced quite a challenge. It had to introduce the reader sufficiently to Correia's mythic world of Supernaturally Powered Talents and balance the necessary exposition with the demands of an action thriller. This is where Correia's writing really shined. Through the skilled inclusion of intriguing alternate quotes from famous historical figures, and by capturing the thoughts of several protagonists, the reader is introduced to one of the most innovative superhero universes yet created.
If you ever wondered what kind of superheroes the Lovecraftian circle of Robert E. Howard, H.P. Lovecraft, and Clark Ashton Smith would have come up with, you might have imagined heroes who derived their powers through magical energies transferred to them by an amorphous tentacled alien intelligence. That's exactly what you get here and it's a delight. Add to that a villain who is on the right side, though using the wrong means, of a much bigger struggle and you've got a little piece of magic.
The setting is an Earth parallel where magic (via a minor science fiction premise) appears in the mid 19th century and starts sparsely but grows over time. By the time of the series (1930's) magic has become a major factor driving societal progress. However, it's not an overwhelming factor, with the rapidly developing technology of the time being a greater factor. For the most part the magic is similar to the standard super hero's mutant abilities. However, for the most part, the hero's abilities aren't as strong as the standard comic books super hero and they all quickly drain their charge as they use it. So most hero's pack guns and use those just as much as their supernatural abilities. This makes the plot lines a little more believable than you standard Marvel or DC plot line.
This author is one to watch, and his other series, Monster Hunters, is equally engaging. As long as he keeps writing them, I will keep reading. I think he will soon be in that category of writers (think Weber or Ringo) that can publish his books as soon as they are ready, and not have to wait a year to release the next one.
In the first World War, certain people have been endowed with mysterious powers.. This stroy is not about the war, but about the time after the Allies have... won?, and a slightly different version of reality has come about. Good vs. evil, tragic loss, comedic events, and imaginative inventions abound.
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- it is a book
- has guns, magics, and monsters
- written left-to-right, unlike some weird foreign languages
- can still be read even after dog spills...Read more