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Spellbound

(Grimnoir Chronicles #2)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  10,197 ratings  ·  440 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 ...more
Kindle Edition, 656 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Baen Books (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)
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Skylar Phelps
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Mobsters, Magic, and Mayhem

I’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.
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
...more
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? ...more
David
Apr 17, 2014 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
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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L.E. Doggett
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exciting adventure in a sideways Earth. Historical characters who are somewhat different from the real ones. Suspense and action both well done. The Descriptions are good. The plot follows along well. There are multiple POVs which some readers do not like but Larry does them well.


I recommend it but you definitely need to read the first one to get all that is happening.
Kat  Hooper
Mar 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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stormin
Nov 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hardboiled, fantasy
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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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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Adam
Nov 08, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Thomas Taylor
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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, the
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Mark
Jan 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Robert
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Max
Jan 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Seriously, such a great series. So blown away.
Ben Truong
Spellbound is the second and penultimate book in the Grimnoir Chronicles series written by Larry Correia and centered on Jake Sullivan, war hero, private eye, and an ex-con.

The Grimnoir Society's mission is to protect people with magic, and they've done so since the mysterious arrival of the Power in the 1850s. However, 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
...more
Shonari
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great follow-up book. A nice story that has you rooting for the underdog.
Sonny
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great science fiction, fantasy, action, adventure, horror book. This book has it all! I'll be starting the third one soon. ...more
Laurie
Feb 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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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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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“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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