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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books (8 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451637756
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451637755
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 4.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,190,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 very tall, very bald, and lives in Utah. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CC Man on 19 July 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Quandary. I bought this on a whim and enjoyed it. Bought the two other books in the series. Enjoyed them. Then discovered the author is the kind of extreme right wing, gun loving American that is almost a caricature. Had I known that before purchase I probably wouldn't have bought them (we all have our biases). All I can say is that the Grimnoir Chronicles series is excellent and the third book, Warbound, deserves its place in the running for a science fiction Hugo award 2014 (which has generated controversy because of who the author is). Right wing SF authors are not rare (Robert Heinlein comes to mind). But Larry Correia seems to have generated much hate because he is unapologetic and aggressive in his beliefs. Oh well. I continue to enjoy the books. They are nicely done, well plotted and paint a coherent alternate history world where magic meets film noir. Doubt whether I would go out for a drink with the author, though.
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By Patrick Mullane on 14 Dec. 2011
Format: Hardcover
This continues the story of the Knights of the Grimnoir and their foes. The background is very well realised alternative 1930s USA: where period technology are magic mix. Here magic users are prevalent, being specialised into a number of talents - such as "Heavies" who possess super-strength. However most are de-facto second class citizens and suffer from public and government suspicion. The main plot revolves around an attempt to harvest these skills for a nefarious organisation. One minor issue is that a major sub-plot is continued onto the next book. Recommended.
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By NDK on 20 Feb. 2012
Format: Hardcover
Just as the first book in the series (Hard Magic), this book is great. The twist on `real' history is really good and the humour made me laugh out loud. Can't wait for the next one.
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Spellbinding 1 Nov. 2011
By Nickolas X. P. Sharps - Published on Amazon.com
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. Faye Vierra is still trying to recover from the massive amounts of magic she expended saving her allies at the end of Hard Magic. Enemies close in from all sides and the Society must fight to clear its name.

I wondered how any sequel could possibly top Hard Magic. I was honestly a little worried. The last fifty pages of Hard Magic are the most exciting moments of any book I have ever read and it seemed like an unlikely feat that Correia could top himself this time. I needn't have been concerned. Spellbound takes the world Correia built and makes it even more dangerous. Answers are given and even more questions arise. The characters continue to develop and progress. Jake is still guilt ridden by the death of a close friend but knows that he must set aside his grief to continue studying magic so that he can defeat the evil that is yet to come. Faye proves once again to be not just the most badass female, but character in general, in the entire Urban Fantasy genre. Another interesting development for Faye is the explanation for why her powers are so much greater than everyone else's. Correia writes these characters with such distinctive voices that they grow to be real people with real personalities.

Perhaps one of the best parts of Spellbound is the assembled cast of villains. There is no shortage of bad people in the alternate history world that Correia has imagined. From eugenic imperialists to thuggish law enforcers and political visionaries the Grimnoir Society has a colorful and interesting rogues gallery. Some of the villains even turn out to be uneasy allies, as an Iron Guard turned ronin has the potential to be one of the best characters in the entire series. Evil as they may be the villains are never bad solely for the sake of being bad. These corrupt characters have true motivation behind their actions and they prove to be an excellent foil for the forces of truth and justice.

The plot is very tightly woven across multiple perspectives encompassing the two main characters (Jake and Faye) as well as a number of the secondary cast. It is apparent that Correia loves writing this world just from the sheer soul and enthusiasm put into each page. The pacing is excellent and a dedicated reader will be sure to have the book finished in no time flat. Perhaps the best thing Spellbound accomplishes is that it sets the foundation for the next book in the series. Don't confuse this for typical middle book syndrome however. Spellbound tells a self contained story but prepares readers for even greater things to come.

And at last the action. The last fifty pages of Hard Magic encompass the greatest action scene ever written, hands down. Though Spellbound doesn't quite measure up it does provide insanely intense battles, culminating in a show down with an epic demon in Washington D.C. that is a real homage to King Kong. That is, if King Kong had fought the X-Men...and could fly...and breath fire...Needless to say Correia approaches the action with the same skill and dedication that makes all of his books so fiercely enjoyable to read. From gunfights to magic fights, there is a seamless choreography that is unmatched in its ferocity as well as its clarity.

Spellbound, book two of the Grimnoir Chronicles is an amazing story. As prequel to what I would consider the perfect book, Spellbound had a lot to live up to and it did not fail to impress. As great as Correia's Monster Hunter series is, the Grimnoir Chronicles is just better in every way. If you've read Hard Magic you will not be disappointed. If you haven't, go buy both right now. You can thank me later.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Blown Away 10 Nov. 2011
By zoomreader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Read this in audio! 3 April 2012
By Kat Hooper - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"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. I was always entertained by the scenes in which Lance takes over the body of an animal. I also love the adapted quotes at the beginning of the chapters, which put the story in its historical context. For example, one is from the New York Commissioner of Boxing who explains how, after Jack Johnson beat the Great White Hope, they bribed a referee and snuck in a Brute to end Johnson's career ("Gotta keep the sport pure, y'know?").

Bronson Pinchot's performance in the audio version of Spellbound is nothing short of brilliant. There's a large international cast here and Pinchot handles all of those accents with ease. He perfectly captures the excitement, horror, and humor of Spellbound. If you don't read audiobooks, you might consider starting with this series. It's a perfect example of how good audio can get.

There's danger on the horizon, American opinion about magicals is unstable (are they public heroes or public enemies?), and many questions remain about the Power, its motives, and Faye's ties to it. I'm looking forward to the next GRIMNOIR CHRONICLES book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
What reviews? 10 Jan. 2013
By Carl Abrams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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. And with the Grimnoir society once again operating on two different levels, with plots within plots (yeah, I was confused about who was the 'bad' knight for a while myself) - well, I'd suggest you read 'Hard Magic' first, and then this one. But either way, don't miss out on a wonderful world. Really, Dan Garrett says so... :)
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Correia is magic! 7 Nov. 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I could type for ages about how incredible this book is. That, however, would ruin the fun for the new readers! This is a definite must read! Any fan of magic and science fiction will quickly be absorbed into the world Larry has created. A promising author with a very promising series. If you love the antics and wordplay of Owen Pitt then you will definitely love Jake Sullivan and his butt kicking friends! Correia is a genius! You will not be disappointed!
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