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Hard Magic by Larry Correia
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Sep 30, 12

bookshelves: 2012, science-fiction, fantasy
Read in September, 2012

Sullivan is an American Great War veteran in this alternate-reality view of the early 20th century. In this reality, magic has come to earth in the form of a symbiotic, reality-warping, extra-dimensional creature. Sullivan is one of the Active (magically gifted), who can warp gravity. He is released from prison -- his sentence for protecting the life of an Active child -- to help capture a supposedly murderous Active, who, it turns out, is a girl whose life he had saved before prison.

This catapults him into a middle of a conflict between two sets of Actives: the Grimnoir and the Japanese Imperium (styled after the Japanese empire from the time just preceding World War II.

The writing is good, the characterization is good, the plot is clever, and the magic system is interesting. The book is quite gory, so if you're looking for something non-violent, look elsewhere. On the other hand, there is no described sex in the book, which I appreciate.
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