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Spellbound (The Grimnoir Chronicles) Mass Market Paperback – December 25, 2012
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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 tall, very bald, and lives in Utah.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
"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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good series for readers of urban fantasy with a pulp twist. I recommend this for anyone that likes adventure and action.Published 1 day ago by Robert K. Farnsworth
A unique twist on characters with magic set in an alternative history of mid-1930's U.S. Fun and entertaining.Published 20 days ago by R. Ford
I could not finish this, because depiction of prejudice was difficult for me to read. I grew up in Deep South, where I saw too much of this kind of bigotry. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Thomas Mccarthy
I couldn't help but buy the entire series and binge read the whole lot during my vacation. so yeah, its that good of a read. is it of biblical complexity? no. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kenny Kim
This book is movement and action. It's less deep and fulfilling than the first but a good ride nonetheless.
I'm moving on to three.
This is like eating popcorn: easy going, light and truly enjoyable! The characters are easy to relate towns the pace kept me turning pages. Think Xmen low techPublished 4 months ago by Rogerio Vitiver Soares de Souza
The title says it all. Action, adventure, guns, magic, heartbreak, romance, and just enough humor. Everything you need in an amazing story.Published 4 months ago by good game. simple to use.
This was still a good book, but the first and third books in the trilogy were better, felt the story was a bit sidetracked unnecessarily and the mastermind of the OCI was a... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dragon Wolf
Conclusion of the Grimnoir chronicles. Finally an explanation of how the magic actually works, and why.
Voice acting was top-notch on the audiobook. Read more