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This is the second book in the Grimnoir trilogy I was quite taken with Hard Magic, so I pushed the next book up on my queue This is an alt history world in which some great magical power came to Earth in the 1850s, granting magical superpowers to a small percentage of the population Now these magical Actives are being persecuted by the government in fact, the conspiracy to round up and inter or eliminate all Actives is what drives much of the action in Spellbound, though the real threat is something much worse.Most of the characters are returnees from book one, from Jake Sullivan, the smarter than he looks gravity controlling bruiser and war hero to Faye Vierra, the super smart, super fast Okie girl with teleportation powers, ninja fighting abilities, and super ADD Most of our other surviving friends from Hard Magic are back too, and as the 30s roll on, Correia continues to insert historical figures into his magical alt history Interestingly, it looks like there will be no World War II, or at least a very different one, since we learn here that Hitler got put up against a wall in Germany when he first starting making trouble.But that s okay, because in this version of history, the Japanese Imperium is becoming nigh unstoppable In addition to a massive military and superior technology, they also have the most powerful Actives in the world, notably their elite Iron Guard, whom we met in the last book Chairman Tokugawa, the Big Bad of the previous volume, makes a cameo here to let Jake Sullivan know that things are only going to get worse.Correia does a good job of weaving the two threats simultaneously throughout the book the treachery and abnegation of civil rights threatening the knights of the Grimnoir from their own government, and the cosmic horror that is apparently approaching Earth to destroy the source of all magic, and the Earth He adds a new main character to the cast in the form of an Iron Guard gone ronin.Mostly this is another action adventure with loads of cinematic fight scenes, culminating in a battle in Washington D.C against a 70 foot tall demon Really Like Hard Magic, Spellbound may purport to be an alt history fantasy, but it s really a superhero novel.It s also the middle of a trilogy, which means you ll miss a lot if you haven t read the first book, and not much is resolved at the end of this one But it continues to be highly entertaining high adventure, not terribly deep but great fun Correia is starting to let his politics creep out a bit FDR is apparently going to be the Worst President Ever , but it s mostly held in check until the villainous leftist fall guy s monologue at the end, where he practically twirls his mustache and cackles villainous leftist laughter.Notwithstanding the straw leftists, though, it s still a fun series. This is part of the review I wrote about Hard Magic, book one in the Grimnoir Chronicles by New York Times bestseller, Larry Correia Imagine X Men crossed with the 1920 s period show by HBO, Boardwalk Empire The world building is top notch and well researched the alternate history alone makes this worth the read There s airships, superhero smack downs, lots of guns, and great writing If you enjoy lots of action and have a special place in your heart for super heroes, this is the book for you Now onto the review of the even awesome book two, Spellbound.I just finished reading Spellbound, book two in the Grimnoir Chronicles, and loved it even than the first one The series is so much fun In Spellbound the heroes from Hard Magic, mostly Grimnoir Knights, are put in serious danger as they are blamed for an assassination attempt on the president Franklin D Roosevelt Those with magic, called Actives are then targeted by the government, mostly by the F BI, and a secret government organization called the OCI, and soon Jake Sullivan, a kick ass Grimnoir Knight, is public enemy number one.The opening of this book, and the first few chapters are so entertaining I particularly loved the scene with the machine that Thomas Edison invented a telephone that can contact the dead The man on the other side wants to talk to Jake Sullivan the man who killed him and the message he gives Jake is bad, bad news Something is coming to devour the Earth, and without certain preparations, there is no hope for the world The hints of this were in book one and now it s all put on the table.We knew that Jake was a bad ass He s called a Heavy and can spike gravity all around him, and ruin anyone s day, but the big news is that we learn why the teenage girl from Oklahoma, Faye, is so powerful She s a Traveler who can teleport at will and is the most powerful Active on the planet, which we knew because of what she did at the end of book one, a truly spectacular feat that amazed and terrified everyone I think of Faye as the Ninja Assassin Queen You do not want to mess with her Ever She will teleport behind you and put a bullet in your head before you can blink once Seriously.The characters are great, and Spellbound is an epic story, and has so much action and lots of fascinating alternate history world building It s actually 1933 in book two, and one of my favorite parts of world building was a letter posted at the beginning of a chapter that was from Robert E Howard to H.P Lovecraft I was in Nerdvanna after I read that Robert E Howard wrote the Conan stories and Lovecraft invented the Cthulhu mythos.It s worth noting that the year 1933 was the year that King Kong the original movie came out and Larry Correia s love of monster movies carries over into this book in a pretty spectacular way at the end of the book The King Kong parallel was awesome, and all the historical details, small and large, were so great.The Grimnoir series is the real deal Hard Magic was no fluke Spellbound ups the ante with dangerous villains, fantastic characterization, brilliant world building, intense action, and a great story that will enthrall you from beginning to end.I highly recommend The Grimnoir Chronicles Five Stars.Paul Genesse Author of the Iron Dragon Series Editor of the Crimson Pact anthology Series Dark Fantasy Goes Hardboiled In Of The Hard Hitting Grimnoir Chronicles By The New York Times Best Selling Creator Of Monster Hunter InternationalThe Grimnoir Society S Mission Is To Protect People With Magic, And They Ve Done So Successfully And In Secret Since The Mysterious Arrival Of The Power In The S, But When A Magical Assassin Makes An Attempt On The Life Of President Franklin Roosevelt, The Crime Is Pinned On The Grimnoir The Knights Must Become Fugitives While They Attempt To Discover Who Framed ThemThing Go From Bad To Worse When Jake Sullivan, Former Pi And Knight Of The Grimnoir, Receives A Telephone Call From A Dead Man A Man He Helped Kill Turns Out The Power Jumped Universes Because It Was Fleeing From A Predator That Eats Magic And Leaves Destroyed Worlds In Its Wake That Predator Has Just Landed On Earth Action Pure unadulterated action Excitement Mind boggling fight sequences Lots and lots of guns That is what I expect every time I pick up a Larry Correia book, and with Spellbound, that is exactly what you get This is a book that keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish, and is full of set pieces that leave you gaping in awe This book is just an absolute blast to read.When an assassination attempt on the President is pinned on the Grimnoir Society, Jake Sullivan and his cohorts become fugitives, on the run from a government agency who are after than just imprisoning these freaks From here we get three very distinct plots that have been cleverly intertwined the series overarching threat of the all consuming predator being the primary concern for Grimnoir knights, the deep seated distrust and fear of actives by the government, media and general public making life very hard on anyone who exhibits any power, and the coordinated attempt by some well funded and well resourced organisations to capture kill Sally Faye Viera because they seem to know fear exactly what is going on with Faye s power.This is a tightly plotted story, one that touches on some big themes like racism, seclusion, and government conspiracy theories, and one that is much present than in Hard Magic where the plot was a way to get from action sequence A to action sequence B Correia starts to really explore the consequences of actions in this book, forcing his characters to appreciate these consequences by exposing them to the biggest ones There is still the sense that the plot is slightly contrived, that a few of the big plot points exist so that the massive fight sequences make sense, but I have very little problem with this because this is a book designed to entertain with good plotting acting as the icing on the cake.In my review of Hard Magic I said that Correia had put together one of the best cast s in recent memory, and Spellbound has only strengthened my feelings on the cast Jake and Faye are still far and away the stars of the show, two very likeable characters that you cannot help but admire for their sheer determination and resilience For the rest of the cast we get a lot back story, a greater understanding of their motivations, and a sense that these people have grown from being a team to being a family The newly added heroes add a lot of spice to this family, while the new cast of villains are all appropriately terrifying in their convictions that they are acting for the greater good The only small problem I had is that there are just too many interesting and exciting characters in this book, who are all doing interesting and exciting things, and it became almost overwhelming trying to keep up with everything that was happening.The last thing I want to touch on is the action sequences The sheer magnitude of the tasks facing our heroes is beyond anything I have ever read, and what makes this so good is the way in which our heroes work together to take down impossible beasts There is so much going on but Correia seamlessly transitions the action shots from hero to hero depending on who is in the most danger The final fight sequence goes for nearly a quarter of the book, at no stage does it get dull, and the balance of power hangs by thread where it feels like if just one hero loses concentration for the smallest moment, the fight would be over in an instant.Spellbound is a book of high stakes and high consequence The entertainment value is second to none, so don t go into this book expecting a gentle introduction to plot, setting and character Correia hurls the reader from event to event, rarely allowing you to catch your breath, and somehow manages to do this while progressing a complex plot and building depth into his characters You should definitely pick up this book, if for no other reason than to read one of the most epic finales I have ever seen in a book. Okay, after some thought I went with a 5 star rating While I like in general the Monster Hunter International series better these are so far good and enjoyable books and the rating system of 1 to 5 has this built in deficiencythe book rates better than 4 but isn t quite up to the top of my 5 star list So 4.5again.I think most fantasy science fantasy urban fantasy horror action fans who pick this up will like it With over all big background plot still in play and growing we also get the single volume plot here also It s comes across as a sort of side track as the world itself is careening toward destruction Of course none of the powers that be will believe the good guys as they try to prevent said destruction and indeed buy the line that again said good guys are really bad guys.You get the idea It s something like the government and the public turning against mutants in the X Men for the comic book graphic novel aficionados among us.You ll get plenty of action here with good character and plot development There is a new overriding problem that rears it s head here and you can add that to the hurdles between our heroes and saving the totally ungrateful world.So, enjoy I like it and plan to snap up the next in this series as well as the Monster Hunter International series Recommended. Mobsters, Magic, and MayhemI m surprised at how few of my GR friends have discovered Larry Correia and this gem of a series It s high quality urban fantasy, with lots of guns, action and great characters It really packs a punch I recommend the audio, the narrator gives great personality to the characters and has the best accents. Larry is allowed to eat healthy, exercise, get Doctor s only recommended amount of sleep, spend holidays with familyother than that, he needs to write for this series Some of us are addicts Its not fair to keep us in constant withdrawals Doesn t the Bill of Rights prohibit authors from the tyranny of not writing fast enough Correia began this series last year with Hard Magic, and this second book continues the tradition of X men style powers in the 1930s alternate history United States, where a lot of things are the same, but plenty has changed because of the different magical powers running around.This book also stars Jake Sullivan and Faye Viera, the same two main characters from the first book It s always difficult to review a sequel without either giving too much away from the previous book or just saying that it s of the same, but I ll do my best to make this an actual review and not just a quick recap of the first book and it s basically the same Here goes.After the events of the first book, our heroes find themselves wrapped up in a plot to make all the Actives the people with magical abilities into little than slaves This starts with an attack on the President Elect, with the Grimnoir Society being setup to take the fall, and being written off as little than terrorists, bent on ruling the world because of their belief in the supremacy of people with magical abilities over those without them This isn t true, of course, but the with some big political figures moving to make all Actives have a lot of restrictions on them think WWII Germany, and replace the Jews with Actives things aren t looking good for the Grimnoir at all There s a lot to the plot than that, but anything else would really give away too much from the first book, which is a great read all on its own.Spellbound is an improvement in almost every way over Hard Magic, which was already an excellent book The characters are deeper, the story complex, and in this installment we finally get to see inside the head of some of the Japanese characters, which is very interesting and fun.If you loved the first book, then you re going to love this one as well The feel of this book doesn t change much from the first book which is good since its author has been busy writing in a few different genres and could have easily have made this book feel like his thriller Dead Six or some other story he s been working on Instead, the characters are sharp, the world feels very accurate to the time, and Faye, as always, is really fun to read.This book did end on a bit of a low note, but that s to be expected in this series People get hurt, people die, and that s just how life is.What I loved Correia just keeps getting better and better, and so does this series The characters are developing I love that about second books Getting to see the characters progress and grow a little wiser and a little understanding of the big picture is great The Imperium In the first book they were the quiet, menacing evil, and in this book we get to really see what they re about through the Chairman and Toru.What I hated Honestly, there s not much to put here I m a big fan of this series, and it improved in every way If I wanted to gripe about something, I could say that the Advanced copy had a couple of grammar errors, but that would be just ridiculous nit picking on my part There should have been at at least three battles with giant demons.oh wait, there were. Okay, after some thought I went with a 5 star rating While I like in general the Monster Hunter International series better these are so far good and enjoyable books and the rating system of 1 to 5 has this built in deficiencythe book rates better than 4 but isn t quite up to the top of my 5 star list So 4.5again.I think most fantasy science fantasy urban fantasy horror action fans who pick this up will like it With over all big background plot still in play and growing we also get the single volume plot here also It s comes across as a sort of side track as the world itself is careening toward destruction Of course none of the powers that be will believe the good guys as they try to prevent said destruction and indeed buy the line that again said good guys are really bad guys.You get the idea It s something like the government and the public turning against mutants in the X Men for the comic book graphic novel aficionados among us.You ll get plenty of action here with good character and plot development There is a new overriding problem that rears it s head here and you can add that to the hurdles between our heroes and saving the totally ungrateful world.So, enjoy I like it and plan to snap up the next in this series as well as the Monster Hunter International series Recommended. I don t think I ve had fun with two books than I have with Larry Correia s Grimnoir Chronicles I burned through these two books, Hard Magic and Spellbound They were both sheer awesomeness great fun The action was fast and furious, the characters lively and interesting, the writing crisp, the villains super villainous There were zombies, aliens, demons, magic, giant airships, Tesla death rays, conspiracies, and even a phone call from a dead man It was all over the top But that is what is awesome about it The author manages to weave all this craziness into something that just works I sat down last night and plowed through half the book in one sitting because I was just having so much fun reading the darn thing My only gripe is that I ran out of books in the series Fortunately, I hadn t touched his other series, Monster Hunter International, so I picked that up I highly recommend.Downgraded to four stars after some reflection Still fun, though Just purging my favorite s shelf.