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Spellbound (Grimnoir Chronicles #2)

4.3  ·  Rating Details ·  7,351 Ratings  ·  370 Reviews
Dark fantasy goes hardboiled in #2 of the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles by the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International.

The 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 1850s, but when a magical assassin makes an attempt on the life o

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Hardcover, 448 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Baen (first published October 2011)
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Tim The Enchanter
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
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Mike (the Paladin)
Oct 21, 2011 Mike (the Paladin) rated it it was amazing
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 deficiency...the book rates better than 4 but isn't quite up to the "top" of my 5 star list. So 4.5...again.

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
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Mr. Matt
Feb 10, 2013 Mr. Matt rated it really liked it
I don't think I've had more 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 wha ...more
Ryan Lawler
May 09, 2012 Ryan Lawler rated it it was amazing
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
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Paul Genesse
Apr 10, 2012 Paul Genesse rated it it was amazing
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 i
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Mike (the Paladin)
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 deficiency...the book rates better than 4 but isn't quite up to the "top" of my 5 star list. So 4.5...again.

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
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Leon Aldrich
Larry is allowed to eat healthy, exercise, get Doctor's only recommended amount of sleep, spend holidays with family...other than that, he needs to write more 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?
My Awful Reviews
Mar 31, 2012 My Awful Reviews rated it really liked it
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
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David
Apr 17, 2014 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ninja okie teleporters with ADD, tall dark tragic samurai, villainous straw-leftists
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 ...more
Kat  Hooper
Mar 21, 2012 Kat Hooper rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

“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 att
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Becky
Still really enjoying this series. The first book was great just on its own, but now I see that the trilogy is really a whole that's been broken into three parts. You can stop with the first book, but I don't know why you'd want to.

Unfortunately, Pinchot's reading wasn't as great this time around, and I still have some of the same nitpicks as before: a slightly singsong way of reading things, odd inflections at times, etc. And now, unfortunately, I have to add to the list that he forgot Jane's
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Nathaniel
Nov 12, 2013 Nathaniel rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, hardboiled
I had never heard of Larry Correia (pronounced like "Korea", if you're curious) before one friend recommended I check out Hard Magic. It's always a weird experience when there's a book that I haven't really heard any buzz for at all that I read and it just blows me away. I always assume that if it's that good I'll hear about it from lots of sources. But sometimes, that's just not how it works.

(That's probably especially true because Correia is such a new writer. I think his first novel came out
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Adam
Nov 08, 2011 Adam rated it it was ok
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Max
Jan 28, 2012 Max rated it really liked it
Another kick ass thrill ride from Correia. Lots of action, good pacing, and great characters. The third book had better be on the way soon.
Michael (Mai)
Feb 10, 2017 Michael (Mai) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
Seriously, such a great series. So blown away.
Laurie
Feb 15, 2012 Laurie rated it it was amazing
“Spellbound” is the second installment in Correia’s “Grimnoir Chronicles”, and it’s every bit as good as the first volume, “Hard Magic”. Set in an alternate early 1930s America, Correia’s world is one where magic works for certain people- Actives. They have superhero like abilities: some are super strong; some can manipulate fire, ice, gravity, mechanical things or electricity; some can read minds or compel others to their will; some can raise the dead or summon demons to do their will. While th ...more
Kyle Maas
Mar 29, 2013 Kyle Maas rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-books
If Raymond Chandler wrote the X-men, this might be the result.

Spellbound is the second book in the Grimnoir Chronicles by Larry Correia. If you haven’t read the first, Hard Magic, go do it now. It’s worth it. Don’t worry. I’ll wait.

Have you read it? Good. Now we can talk. Set in an alternate history 1930’s, these books follow the exploits of the Grimnoir Society, a group of magic (or Active) individuals whose goals are to protect humanity and themselves from magical and otherworldly threats. Wh
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Meran
Feb 12, 2013 Meran rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: RPG gamers may find the concept interesting
Recommended to Meran by: Ron, a gamer friend
Continuing the story begun in Hard Magic, the first in this series, this novel was disappointing. The plot concept is still very good, but the writing is rather choppy. The first half of the book was written better than the last half; I suspect there wasn't much editing done on this one. I also wasn't as involved in caring about the characters; they were mere shadows of themselves, compared to Hard Magic. I understand that it's "well-known that second novels are weaker than the first one", at le ...more
Julie Davis
Jan 15, 2014 Julie Davis rated it liked it
I began listening and was underwhelmed by the beginning threads being spun to several story lines. However, I recalled having the same reaction to the first book in this series, Hard Magic which I wound up enjoying quite a bit. So I decided to settle in and just enjoy Bronson Pinchot's narration if nothing else.

Ah yes, here we go...

Jake Sullivan has had a very unusual "telephone call" which is quite a bit more intriguing than you'd think from that description. And we now see why no weapons are
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archdandy
First of all, all I have to say is WOW! I didn't think the second book would come close to topping off the awesomeness of the first book but it managed to pull it off. This book was loaded with action, action, and more action! If you're a fan of noir, magic, big scary demons, political conspiracies, guns, and awesome characters than definitely give this book a read.

In this book we get more insight in to the source of the magic , the Power, and what it means for the magic users. It turns out tha
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
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
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Mary Catelli
The second book of the Grimnoir Chronicles. Serious spoilers ahead for Hard Magic

It opens, in fact -- after a prologue flashing back to the Great War, with new characters -- with Faye being shown evidence that she didn't kill the Chairman after all (and the elders of the Grimnoir discuss whether she's too dangerous to live), Jake doing research in a library, and Francis, in his new role as one of the country's richest men, stuck waiting for the President, with Heinrich playing his bodyguard.

Then
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John
OK, now I'm primed for the release of Warbound. I'm sure I'm not alone in wanting to reread previous volumes as a new book in a series nears publication.

Once again, a great book. Being a rightwing conservative wingnut, it is nice to read a book which explicitly champions the value of the individual, and their right to make their own decisions.

Also, our heroes here are some of my favorite archetypes (or stereotypes, tropes, etc.). We have 'Heavy' Jake Sullivan, the big man who is smarter than h
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Seth Skorkowsky
Sep 09, 2015 Seth Skorkowsky rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
4.5

After a great opening book, Correia continues the Grimnoir series with an outstanding followup. The series is a wonderful mixture of alternative history Dieselpunk and superhero fiction. Being Correia, expect a lot of guns and explosions.

We start with the fallout after the first book as world governments are reacting to the events that occurred. The Grimnoir are also conducting their own investigations into the new members that claim to have killed the Chairman. The result is a lot of cloak a
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Shari Kay
Nov 07, 2016 Shari Kay rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
3.25 ✭

Classic Larry Correia: Magic. Monsters. Aliens. Guns. Government conspiracies. Blood and Gore. Mostly good guys vs. really bad guys. OTT comic book-like action. Tiny bit of romance.

I liked Jake. I feel like he was the prototype for the better developed Owen from MHI. He's the star of the show IMO. I like many of the Grimnoir Knights. Faye is an odd duck with a really good heart and I'm pulling for her...and Francis. I like Dan, Jane, Lance, Browning and even Hammer. Which makes me nervous
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Thomas Taylor
Jun 18, 2012 Thomas Taylor rated it it was amazing
I was a little harsh with my review of Hard Magic (Vol 1 Of the Grimnoir series) and I gave it 3 stars. The book did a whole lot of world-building and had a big finish, but the rest of it left me a little flat. A bit too much time spent exploring the nuts & bolts of how the world functioned was spent in the first book, but now all that foreshadowed knowledge makes the 2nd book sing.

Now - I have to admit that all that world building and painstaking setup pays off huge dividends in Spellbound,
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Richard
Jun 20, 2013 Richard rated it it was amazing
Another rip-roaringly fun ride alongside the Grimnoir Knights in the 2nd of Larry Correia's books in this series. We see new and returning characters battle for their lives and to correct a frame-up of actives in plots against the government.

True to form this series takes the action and knocks it up to 10 and beyond, the plot contains just enough intrigue to avoid making this just a flat up slaughterfest but it certainly doesn't leave you thinking the book hits any slow points in the story.

The m
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Tarra
3 stars

There is something about The Power that I can't grasp. Like my mind is a rubber band and when I try to imagine what it looks like, the geometric shapes and squiggly lines, it SNAPS! back. Lemme tell you the recoil is blinding.

So I find myself blurring over those parts. Can't understand it? Eh. Whateves. Moving on. But then some part of me is really pissed off at the lazy part of my brain for not trying harder and so I find myself thinking about it when reading other parts. Huh. it's all
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Mark
Jan 30, 2012 Mark rated it it was amazing
Correia's best work yet. Every character stands out as an individual, I had no problem keeping track of who was this person, what were they about, they were all real. And the story flowed, the action scenes were awesome and I was glued to the book. For anyone that likes old pulp adventure stories this is definately the book for you. I was even excited to see that this book leads up to another book in the works.
Robert
Oct 06, 2013 Robert rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
More of the same. I love finding books I can't get out of my head, even if they're of the lighter variety. This has sure made my recent commute up to Logan fly by. Again, some strong language; otherwise very clean.

This second installment delivered some impressive plot twists and revelations leading all the way back to the beginning of book one. I love it when obscure oddities become perfectly clear later on.

Page Turner: 9/10
Honest: 6/10
Cerebral: 8/10
Uplifting: 8/10
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Larry Correia is the New York Times bestselling author of the Monster Hunter International series, the Grimnoir Chronicles, and the thriller Dead Six.
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“The Healing spells on his chest were certainly earning their keep tonight. Sullivan got to his feet. The lack of noise from the courtyard indicated that his team had gotten all the mechanical men. “Thanks.”

Toru just grunted a noncommittal response as he lifted the feed tray to check the condition of his borrowed machine gun. They didn’t see the final robot inside until it turned on its eye and illuminated the Iron Guard in blue light.

Sullivan’s Spike reversed gravity, and the gigantic machine fell upward to hit the steel beams in the ceiling. Sullivan cut his Power and the robot dropped. It crashed hard into the floor where it lay twitching and kicking. The two of them riddled the mechanical man with bullets until the light died and it lay still in a spreading puddle of oil.

“Normally, this would be the part where you thank me for returning the favor and saving your life.”

“Yes. Normally… If we were court ladies instead of warriors,” Toru answered. “Shall we continue onward or do you wish to stop and discuss your feelings over tea?”

Sullivan looked forward to the day that the two of them would be able to finish their fight. “Let’s go.”
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