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Warbound: Book Three of the Grimnoir Chronicles Hardcover – August 6, 2013
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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 the creator of the Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestselling Monster Hunter series as well as urban fantasy hardboiled adventure saga, the Grimnoir Chronicles. Correia is very tall, very bald, and lives in Utah with his wife and family.
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Because Warbound is very much a part of the series, I'll start with general observations about the author and the series. Warbound follows onto the first two books in this series - Hard Magic and Spellbound. All three books are set in an "nearly real" alternate reality that has much in common with the mid 1930's to early 1940's.
Correia's writing style in this series is similar to that in his "Monster Hunter International" - lots of action and a realistic usage of weapons and combat situations. While the use of "magic" is a centerpiece in the book, its existence and operation is presented and explained in a logical manner that makes the series feel more like hard science scifi from Niven and Pournelle than a fantasy.
Also as seems typical for this author, development of the characters is slow. Originally, it appears the characters are just going to be two-dimensional. However, the author builds in more insight and background on the characters as the novels progress. It is by no means a psychological drama, but it does have some depth. That is why I suggest reading the preceding books in the series to get full impact.
This novel - Warbound - wraps up the multiple conflicts developed in the preceding books - battles with super-warriors from an aggressively expanding Japanese Empire, a conflict within the United States over whether "Actives" with magical power are citizens with rights or resources to be used by the government, and an over-riding battle with a not-of-this-world Enemy intent on wiping all life from the planet. I can't praise the storycrafting better than to say the author balances and handles those three conflicts in an enjoyable and fast-paced manner that holds together perfectly.
Finally, while there is material that could continue the storyline, this novel provides a satisfying end to the series even if the author doesn't continue it.
The books in this series are all a mix of magic and alternate reality. The first book in this series was quite overwhelming in that sense as far as I am concerned. I am not a great fan of alternate reality stories but the book was still well written in the usual style of Larry Correia which means the characters was interesting and the action, whether it involved magic or conventional weaponry, was well done and plentiful. This book continues in the same style and takes of pretty much where the last one left off.
The book focuses mostly on Sullivan and his quest to stop the “Pathfinder” in getting the predator to Earth and on Faye from the previous book in her quest to not become the monster everyone seems to expect her to become. Not surprisingly Faye’s quest eventually becomes the same as Sullivan’s. Toru the former Iron Guard also has a prominent role in the book and his verbal clashing with Sullivan, and everyone else around him for that matter, was mostly quite entertaining.
As I said, most of the book focuses on this quest to stop the predator. However, there are also parts of the book that revolves around the American president and his political nonsense scheming to round up all the actives to keep them under control. I was not too thrilled over these parts of the book. Partly because I do not like dumb--s politics in the first place and partly because rounding up the actives/mutants/different ones/whatever are a rather overused plot element by now and it is just as boring every time. Luckily this part of the story not very large and were easily overshadowed by the quests of Sullivan and Faye.
I get the feeling that this was the end of the book series and as such I personally have to say that the conclusion was satisfactory. I would have enjoyed seeing the dumb--s president get a bit more of an ass whopping but still, it was a satisfactory ending. In all, I enjoyed the book. It was another well written book from Larry Correia and if you liked the previous installments then you will probably like this one.
Excellent fantasy series. Tons of action, some surprises, and great characters. This is an alternate earth in the 1930’s (hence the “noir”). Magic came to earth in the 1800’s. The magic is expressed in only a few and in separate ways like teleportation, healing, strength, mind reading, etc. Historical characters are weaved into a story of villains, honor and sacrifice. Honestly, most of the content of the books is various battles between magical opponents, but the author uses all the different types of magics and characters and put them in such interesting situations that I never minded that it wasn’t more “thoughtful”. If you finish the trilogy, you will be rewarded with a satisfying conclusion. If you like fantasy, read them!