Spellbound (Grimnoir Chronicles, #2)

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  • Hardcover
  • 448 pages
  • Spellbound (Grimnoir Chronicles, #2)
  • Larry Correia
  • English
  • 01 November 2017
  • 1451637756

About the Author: Larry Correia

Larry Correia is the New York Times bestselling author of the Monster Hunter International series, the Grimnoir Chronicles, and the thriller Dead Six.


Spellbound (Grimnoir Chronicles, #2) 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

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10 thoughts on “Spellbound (Grimnoir Chronicles, #2)

  1. Tim The Enchanter says:

    Cross posted to The Literary Lawyer.ca I am Officially Hooked 5 Stars After reading Hard Magic the first in the series I knew I would like the series but was not convinced I would love it Any questions I had about the series were thrown out soon after beginning this installment Initially, this series was hard to describe as it was so different from others I have read I think I will classify this as Magical Superhero Noir There are elements of alternate history and the smoky charm of Cross posted to The Literary Lawyer.ca I am Officially Hooked 5 Stars After reading Hard Magic the first in the series I knew I would like the series but was not convinced I would love it Any questions I had about the series were thrown out soon after beginning this installment Initially, this series was hard to describe as it was so different from others I have read I think I will classify this as Magical Superhero Noir There are elements of alternate history and the smoky charm of PI novel set in the 30 s Larry Correia is writing some of the best Urban Fantasy on the market If you haven t read his work yet, you need to get out your credit card and head to your local bookstore Plot summary The series comes into focus through the plot We come to see the Grimnoir society on an international basis The Grimnoir society comes off as a 30 s version of the X Men They are a group of powerful magically active individuals with the dual goals of protecting other actives from the non active powers that be and protecting the rest of the world from actives After receiving a message from beyond the grave, Jake Sullivan sets the groundwork to track a supernatural threat to earth The PathFinder Before he can begin his quest, there is an attempt on the life of the President and actives everywhere are looked at with suspicion A new and powerful agency, the OCI, is rounding up actives to either kill or detain and they have some powerful weapons at their disposal Jake, Faye and the rest of the crew are in a fight for their life and their freedom and terror is unleashed on actives and the city Throughout the plot, we come to know the origins of Faye s power and what sets her apart from the rest of the active population The Good It s Better than a Phone Call from Hell Yes There is a phone call from hell or at least somewhere close to hell Wherever it was, the inhabitants were not very happy Once again, Correia build a novel on the foundation of a solid plot and excellent characterization Growing up, my favorite characters from TV were the X Men This story channels the great concepts in those comics and sets it in a unique time and place The idea of the powerful yet misunderstood super humans fighting both their government and other actives while at the same time maintaining pure motives, is a compelling storyline Beyond the plot, the characters are multifaceted and nuanced Correia is excellent and creating spoken idiosyncrasies for his characters This allows the book to translate very well into the audio format and allows the reader to build pictures of the characters in their head Reading this series is an active and visual experience The Bad There was very little to complain about in this one Easily one of the top 10 I have read so far this year If there is any room for complaint it would be that the pacing is a bit slow Fans of genre will expect a fast paced novel and quick gratification This series does not do that I find it very refreshing and enjoyable but not everyone will share that sentiment For my money, this is probably one of the most intelligent urban fantasy series I have read Final Thoughts I enjoyed this so much, I immediately moved on to the third and Hugo nominated third book If you know someone who doesn t read UF but enjoys superhero movies, this might be a series they would enjoy Additionally, it is unique and refreshing amongst its many competitors and the enthusiast is sure to enjoy this entertaining change of pace Audiobook Notes Bronson Pinochet does one of the best narrations I have heard His timing and pacing is impeccable He infuses nuance into the voice and his varied accents and range of voices is memorable and entertaining I am attached to the audio version of this series and will undoubtedly continue in this format Content Advisories It is difficult to find commentary on the sex violence language content of book if you are interested I make an effort to give you the information so you can make an informed decision before reading Disclaimer I do not take note or count the occurrences of adult language as I read I am simply giving approximations.Scale 1 Lowest 5 Highest Sex 1.5 The not so old adage as far as I know, I made it up that its hard to worry about sex when you are saving the world holds true There is some relational content but nothing overtly sexual Language 3.5 I would say that the language is a bitthan the average Moderate use of mild obscenities and low use of the f word Violence 3.5 As usual, there are plenty of fight scenes Summoned beings of all shapes and sizes are fought There is a moderately graphic beheading and discussion of ritual suicide There is a non ritual suicide and many injuries and blood It is generally non gory

  2. Mike (the Paladin) says:

    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 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

  3. Mr. Matt says:

    I don t think I ve hadfun 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 wha I don t think I ve hadfun 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

  4. Ryan Lawler says:

    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 co 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 afterthan 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 muchpresent 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 lotback 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

  5. Paul Genesse says:

    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 EmpireThe world building is top notch and well researchedthe 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 i 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 EmpireThe world building is top notch and well researchedthe 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 evenawesome book two, Spellbound.I just finished reading Spellbound, book two in the Grimnoir Chronicles, and loved it eventhan 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

  6. Mike (the Paladin) says:

    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 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

  7. Leon Aldrich says:

    Larry is allowed to eat healthy, exercise, get Doctor s only recommended amount of sleep, spend holidays with familyother than that, he needs to writefor 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

  8. My Awful Reviews says:

    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 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 sof 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 littlethan 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 littlethan 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 lotto 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 storycomplex, 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 feellike 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 littleunderstanding 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

  9. David says:

    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 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 bitFDR 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

  10. Mogsy (MMOGC) says:

    The story in this book could have been an X Men story arc, and I mean that in a good way I mentioned in my review for the first book in this series what I loved most about the Grimnoir Chronicles world, the fact that it s this unique blend of noir steampunk urban fantasy sci fi set in this alternate history of 1930s America The Grimnoir are a secret society of magically empowered individuals, or Actives , who exist to protect their own people against anti magic violence as well as the Normal The story in this book could have been an X Men story arc, and I mean that in a good way I mentioned in my review for the first book in this series what I loved most about the Grimnoir Chronicles world, the fact that it s this unique blend of noir steampunk urban fantasy sci fi set in this alternate history of 1930s America The Grimnoir are a secret society of magically empowered individuals, or Actives , who exist to protect their own people against anti magic violence as well as the Normal population against magical threats fromhostile and dangerous Actives.Like X Men, amirite In fact, that s how I eventually came to think of the characters, as these dark superheroes, except their abilities are all derived from magic Heavies can alter and manipulate gravity forces, Torches can control fire, Travelers are like teleporters, Movers have telekinetic abilities, etc etc etc In this book, anti Active sentiment has reached an all time high and a government has initiated a push to have all Actives registered in order to keep tabs on them Things get worse when an assassination attempt is pinned on Actives, and the Grimnoir become fugitives on the run Meanwhile an insane government agent is rabidly trying to hunt them down, and if that s not enough Jake Sullivan also has to figure out how to put a stop to an otherworldly threat that would destroy the world if not stopped The series is just pure non stop action and excitement, and it s getting better and better