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Spellbound (The Grimnoir Chronicles) Mass Market Paperback – December 25, 2012

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Book 2 of 3 in the Grimnoir Chronicles Series

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  • Series: The Grimnoir Chronicles (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; Reprint edition (December 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451638590
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451638592
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.5 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Nickolas X. P. Sharps on November 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
What an amazing year for author Larry Correia. First the release of Hard Magic, book one of the Grimnoir Chronicles and an epic start to an epic new series. Then Monster Hunter Alpha, a novel featuring everyone's favorite werewolf Earl Harbinger. Next came Dead Six, a military thriller collaboration with Correia's close friend Mike Kupari. And now this, book two of the Grimnoir Chronicles: Spellbound.

How best to describe the Grimnoir Chronicles for someone yet to read Hard Magic? Take the X-Men. Then throw them into an alternate reality noir version of the 1930's. Instead of evolution though the super powers are granted by a vast alien entity that is part parasite/part galactic voyeur. Then add some guns. Scratch that. Add lots of guns. And airships. And Tesla super weapons. And robots. Then of course there is the growing threat of the Imperium, a Japanese empire that makes Hitler's Third Reich look cuddly. As if that weren't bad enough the United States government is moving toward a Registration Act for the magically active citizens that will surely trample all over individual freedom in the pursuit of "security and safety." Oh, and that vast alien entity that is enabling ordinary people extraordinary powers? It's being hunted by an even bigger alien entity that wants to devour it and all who come into contact with it.

The Grimnoir Society has a lot of trouble on its hands. Not only have they been framed for an assassination attempt on the President of the United States but they are still preparing for all out war against the Imperium. Heavy Jake Sullivan has been labeled Public Enemy Number One, and has lay low while a new secret policing force for dangerous magicals scours the country for him.
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"You're Heavy Jake Sullivan, aren't you?"
"Yep."
"I was afraid of that."

Larry Correia delivers another exciting magical alternate history with Spellbound, the second of his GRIMNOIR CHRONICLES. After Jake Sullivan and the gang took care of the German zombies, the Japanese Iron Guard, and Nikola Tesla's peace ray in Hard Magic, the magicals are needed again to thwart new threats to the country. This is hard to do, though, after they've been framed for the attempted assassination of President Roosevelt. Public approval for magicals is low and opposition groups are organizing to march on Washington. FDR decides that magic must be regulated and proposes a new-deal-type law that will require all magicals to register with the government and wear an identification badge.

Meanwhile, after receiving a phone call from Hell, the Grimnoir recognize that there's a much greater magical threat that the American citizens are unaware of. Only the Grimnoir are equipped to handle it. Frustrated, they must take care of this alien evil while hiding from the government. Fortunately, they do have some really awesome magical powers, an unexpected powerful ally, and a lot of guns.

Once again, I'm surprised to find myself enjoying Larry Correia's testosterone-pumping, gun-toting, blood-spurting, heads-rolling story, but there's a lot more here than guns, guts and gore. There's a large diverse set of likeable and fully-developed fictional and real historical characters, an interesting historical backdrop, plenty of action and suspense, some blood-chilling moments, and a few quirky elements, too, such as an army of robots and a black hole.

There's also quite a bit of dark humor, which blends perfectly to lighten the mood just a bit when things get scary.
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How this gentleman came come out of nowhere and take launch not one but two stunning series at the same time is amazing. This second volume in the Grimnoir Chronicles picks up where the first left off and doesn't slow down. Jake Sullivan is still a hardcase but we get to see he is more than just a "Heavy", and the rest of the (surviving) supporting cast is equally well developed. I personally love Sally Faye Vierra, though she is rightfully considered the most dangerous being on the planet. The author manages the near impossible of making her funny, adorable, and as bloodthirsty as a Viking with a toothache with the correct stimulus.
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.
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In complete honesty, I cannot click on any other review and say that it was helpful for me. If you've already read 'Hard Magic', or any other Larry Correia book, then you should have purchased this book without even bothering to read any reviews - because you KNEW it was going to be good.

And you wouldn't be disappointed.

But just in case you're not one of those people who've already read the other books and do like to read reviews, then I'll go ahead and post one before I have a Mouth simply tell you to buy this book and enjoy it.

Mouth? What's that, you say? Ah, but that'd be giving part of it away, wouldn't it? Instead, let's imagine a world where, at some point during the Industrial Revolution, certain magical powers began to manifest themselves in some people. Not everyone - and normally only one power per person. Now imagine this world if someone who was already brilliant - such as Edison, Tesla, or Fuller, has their brilliance enhanced by this magic. At the same time, since this magic does still appear in a world divided by nationalism (late 1800's), you end up with World War I complete with Zeppelins ... and zombies.

Yes, I know, zombies, but not your 'Walking Dead' zombies. Actual, re-animated dead, still capable of feelings - as one of the characters in 'Hard Magic' said, his father came home from the war and still loved to play piano - even though he was dead.

Since real world people - Harry Houdini (albeit only in a chapter opening), Buckminster Fuller, and even J. Edgar Hoover - are characters in this series, and in a believable way given the consistency of the world created here, that also helps. You feel the Oklahoma Dust Bowl like you were there.
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