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Warbound New York Times and Wall Street Journal best selling author s gritty urban fantasy set in an alternate noir s A tough PI battles an interdimensional monster that wants to suck magic power out of the world Sequel to Hard Magic and Spellbound Book Three in the Grimnoir ChroniclesOnly a handful of people in the world know that mankind s magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe The Power showed up here in the s because it was running from something Now it is , and the Power s hiding place has been discovered by a killerIt is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake Earth is nextFormer private eye, Jake Sullivan, knows the score The problem is hardly anyone believes him The world s most capable Active, Faye Vierra, could back him up, but she is hiding from the forces that think she is too dangerous to let live So Jake has put together a ragtag crew of airship pirates and Grimnoir knights, and set out on a suicide mission to stop the predator before it is too late Thank you to Netgalley and Baen for providing me with an e ARC of Warbound in exchange for an honest review This is the third book of bestselling author Larry Correia s Grimnoir Chronicles series, and because I had such a blast with the two previous books, I just couldn t wait to get my hands on this one and find out the conclusion As you can probably guess, I highly recommend the rest of the novels in this series, Hard Magic and Spellbound definitely read those first if you are interested i Thank you to Netgalley and Baen for providing me with an e ARC of Warbound in exchange for an honest review This is the third book of bestselling author Larry Correia s Grimnoir Chronicles series, and because I had such a blast with the two previous books, I just couldn t wait to get my hands on this one and find out the conclusion As you can probably guess, I highly recommend the rest of the novels in this series, Hard Magic and Spellbound definitely read those first if you are interested in tackling the third installment This being a sequel, the usual caveats will apply for this review regarding possible minor spoilers for the books that came before.It is the 1930s in a world where a portion of the population possess magical abilities Naming these people Actives , the American government is seeking a way to keep track of and control them, while the magical community and certain special interest groups fight back One of these groups is the Grimnoir, a secret society of Actives who have dedicated themselves to protecting their own people from anti Active violence as well as the world from magical threats.In the course of their war against the Japanese Imperium, the Grimnoir have discovered the source of humanity s magic actually comes from a cosmic creature dubbed the Pathfinder It is a predator which devours magic, leaving whole worlds destroyed in its wake Jake Sullivan, a Knight of the Grimnoir now leads a team to stop the Pathfinder, to prevent Earth from being its next victim Faye Vierra, the young farm girl from Oklahoma with a sweetness and naivete which belies the fact she is the most powerful Active in the world is perhaps the Grimnoir s only chance to succeed but she is missing and on the run, hiding a dangerous secret of her own.As with the two previous books in this series, I had myself a heck of a time trying to categorize or describe this novel It is undoubtedly an urban fantasy, and also has elements of historical fiction and alternate history and even steampunk The Grimnoir Chronicles is fun and full of action, but unlike Correia s other series Monster Hunter International which I also adore it feels darker and a littleserious to me, thanks also to the few nods given to the genre of Noir fiction.On some level, I also can t help but think of these books as Superhero fiction The characters in the Grimnoir are certainly not superheroes in the traditional sense, but it s hard to read the blurb to these novels and not picture the X Men and remember some of the comic series story arcs The Actives struggles with discrimination, government control and the mistrust and fear of the populace certainly bring to my mind the Marvel mutants plight, and the Grimnoir society s noble goals are similar to those of the X Men for sure Some of the Actives powers which comes from magic are even analogous to X Men powers, like the manipulation of weather, elements like ice and fire, teleportation, telekinesis, etc Despite all this, I m still reluctant to call this series superhero fiction , but I m guessing those who are fans of superheroes or comics will feel right at home with the Grimnoir books After all, I did.Speaking of powers, I m amazed that even now in the third book we re still being introduced to new types of Actives Of most interest to me is the Alienist whom Jake Sullivan recruits for his team in his war against the Pathfinder Again, I liken the plot of these novels to those story arcs in a comic book, and in a good way, because one of the coolest thing about this series for me has always been the Grimnoir characters use of their magic, working together and applying the almost limitless possibilities against their foes.One of the downsides though, that in feeling like superhero archetypes, the characters also come off a bit like caricatures and underdeveloped After three books, characters like Sullivan and Faye still feel predictable and flat like templates Toru, the Iron Guard who had decided to join the Grimnoir in destroying the Pathfinder, is the worst when it comes to this It always irks me somewhat when an entire group of people is painted with the same personalities, characteristics and cultural values, and I see now that Toru and the whole Imperium does not stray from the mold.There s also a lot going on in this novel, which can be good and bad Because of the breakneck pace of this novel and all the things happening, my face was constantly buried in this book, that s for sure But with several plot threads going forward at the same time there are at least four, including dealing with the government, Faye s own struggle with her destiny as Spellbound, Jake Sullivan bringing the fight to the Pathfinder, and ending the Imperium threat there may have been too much to cover, and the last 10% of the book felt really rushed, like it was eager to wrap everything up This also made it so that several of those characters like Francis and Dan and Jane and Hammer that I liked so much in the previous books had much less screen time in this one.All in all, I thought this was a great conclusion even if it wasn t entirely satisfying, but I still think very highly of the Grimnoir Chronicles as a whole If you re looking for something fun and action filled in the urban fantasy genre with great world building that s also really cool but a bit different from the norm, I can t recommend this series enough Posted to The Literary Lawyer.ca A Great Finish to an Epic Trilogy 4 Stars Warbound puts the finishing touches on what has proved to be one of the most original series I have read It is well written, intelligent and fun in a sea of Dresden wannabes The first thing I did after finishing Warbound was to hop on Twitter and ask the author if we will seein this series Larry Correia informs that while this puts an end to the trilogy of books, he intends on writing further novels set in Posted to The Literary Lawyer.ca A Great Finish to an Epic Trilogy 4 Stars Warbound puts the finishing touches on what has proved to be one of the most original series I have read It is well written, intelligent and fun in a sea of Dresden wannabes The first thing I did after finishing Warbound was to hop on Twitter and ask the author if we will seein this series Larry Correia informs that while this puts an end to the trilogy of books, he intends on writing further novels set in this world I will be in line waiting for my copy when that day comes Plot summary The threads for the previous novels all gather in Warbound to coalesce in one massive, supernatural confrontation At the outset of the novel, Faye has gone off the grid leaving everyone to believe she is dead She has traveled to France to meet with a elder Grimnoir to learn the secrets of the Spellbound curse and to determine if she can manage the power Without Faye, the rest of the Grimnoir crew gathers with a ragtag band of unlikely allies to track down and destroy the pathfinder The book culminates with battles across the globe in an effort to save mankind The Good Go Big or Go Home In this installment, very little is done on a small scale The explosions are bigger, the fights are bigger, the magic is bigger and the stakes are higher The characters continue to grow and their grasp of and on the power reaches epic proportions While I was a little disappointed with the final battle, the scope of the final confrontations was so vast that the final battle served as a footnote He Said it Right I have said it before and I will say it again Larry Correia writes some of the best dialogue in the business The dialogue is used as tool to develop the character If you are ever unsure of who is speaking in the story, you are likely to figure it out based on the character unique speech patter or nuanced language This is one of the most enjoyable parts of the series The Bad Turn it up to 11 While the scale of the final confrontations was epic, the action and intensity of the scenes was not up to par with the previous installment Throughout the novel there was significant periods of seeming inactivity causing the story to drag from time to time.The time spent slowly in the book could have been better spent tying together all the loose ends When the story wasn t going slow, part of the story felt rushed It was as if some of the completed threads had to be wedged into the story The final result was that the story lacked the impeccable pacing of the previous novel Final Thoughts Thought the story suffered in terms of pacing, the over story overall was excellent and enjoyable The characters were interesting and fun throughout and kept you rooting and cringing the whole way along This is an exceptional trilogy and it is highly recommended by me Audiobook Notes Once again, the narration is top of the line I continue to gush over the excellent characterizations of the narrator The author has written dialogue that begs to be read out loud This narrator does it as good as anyone 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 2 Apparently some people can find time for sex on the eve of Armageddon There is a scene in which sex in implied There is little other sexually related content Language 3.5 Larry Corriea rarely shies away from adult language The use adult language is a little above average in this novel There is moderate use of mild obscenities and mild use of the f word Violence 3.5 There is plenty of fantasy violence The violence is not located in every chapter as it is focused in several of the large fighting scenes There is a in which a large number of people are killed that is humerous as well as moderately graphic Warbound is not what anyone would mistake as quality, thought provoking literature however, it is loads and loads of fun The book oozes fun and entertainment It has giant zeppelins, space aliens, magic, giant robots, zombies, death rays, body snatchers, andIt has twists and turns It has the unexpected It also has it that indefinable thing that makes it virtually impossible to put down as you roll from one scene to the next.So what makes Warbound so good First and foremost is wor Warbound is not what anyone would mistake as quality, thought provoking literature however, it is loads and loads of fun The book oozes fun and entertainment It has giant zeppelins, space aliens, magic, giant robots, zombies, death rays, body snatchers, andIt has twists and turns It has the unexpected It also has it that indefinable thing that makes it virtually impossible to put down as you roll from one scene to the next.So what makes Warbound so good First and foremost is world building Larry Correia has created an astonishingly new and fresh world It is Earth in the 1930s with the same politics and nations as existed in our own world The Japanese are militaristic The Soviets dominate Russia The difference is magic Magic has entered the world and powers an small but growing number of people The talents vary Some have the ability to manipulate gravity Some have the power to read minds, and so on This infusion of magic into the world takes these same political and military conflicts and twists them The beauty is that the author makes all of this including space aliens, robots and zombies work He creates a logical framework for how it all fits together Take the case of zombies, for example Zombies were living people at one time, but their being was trapped by magic in their dead bodies The body is dead, but the human spark remains remains existing in that agonizing moment of death Some zombies hold out for a while, but they all break eventually, going insane Best of all, this world is revealed to us bit by bit You never encounter page after page of exposition painfully explaining why magic works, or why there are death rays and zeppelins Instead it is all revealed through natural dialogue and discovery.The characters and their interactions are also fantastic One of my favorite scenes is the final confrontation between Toru Tokugawa and Jake Sullivan Very real Faye is also a sweet heart of a character although maybe not developed enough by comparison with Jake I also like the fact that the author is hard on his characters that you never know who might be at risk.The two main things that might detract from an otherwise awesome book are pretty minor as far as I am concerned There is perhaps a little too much gun love for my taste I get it these guys know their weapons, but I really don t need that much detail Next, the author s libertarian philosophy does spill over into the story Not that big of a deal to me, but I could see it bugging others.Bottom line Four and a half stars rounded down to four after some reflection It is a thoroughly FUN adventure book a steam punk romp that I just couldn t put down Warbound is the third and final installment in Larry Correia s amazing Grimnoir Chronicals trilogy This series is one of my favorites and now that it s over it s going on the keeper shelf for all time Correia has promised somematerial in the world so I have that to look forward to, but I would definitely like to readabout these characters specifically I don t know if that will happen, but I would be thrilled if we got to see them again This book isn t perfect In fact it s prob Warbound is the third and final installment in Larry Correia s amazing Grimnoir Chronicals trilogy This series is one of my favorites and now that it s over it s going on the keeper shelf for all time Correia has promised somematerial in the world so I have that to look forward to, but I would definitely like to readabout these characters specifically I don t know if that will happen, but I would be thrilled if we got to see them again This book isn t perfect In fact it s probably the weakest in the series, but that s all relative since all three books are fantastic, IMO The ending felt rushed and the epilogue felt incomplete for the ending of a story arc I think it could have used another chapter to wrap things up and to bring the remaining characters back together for a check in rather than some reminiscences from one character s POV memorial, wedding, conference just something to bring them to the same place at the same time Then it could still have ended with the same really nice scene it does have But nobody listens to me and I can t say I was horribly disappointed in anything.The battles in this world are mind bending and the relationships are very effective There were surprises and heartbreaks and, as always, a lot of humor in the face of catastrophe Correia handles character death better than many fantasy authors It s always important, never a gimmick, and I can t express how much, as an emotionally involved reader, I appreciate that The basic overview of the world is that people started being born with magical abilities in the mid 1800 s These abilities are specific, such as teleportation Travelers , fire starting controlling Torches , Healers, incredible strength Brutes , the ability to manipulate gravity Heavies AKA Gravity Spikers , and so on They can be super heroes or super villains and some nods and winks are made toward the comic book genre But this is an alt history, so some of the things you might think are stolen from comics are really references to actual historical events It s fascinating and inspires further research which is kind of fun with this created world lurking in the back of the mind The characters in this series are well made and just about any of them on the good guy side, of course could be called my favorite There s intrigue and action and mild romance and dirigibles, although it can t really be classified as steam punk It s called diesel punk but it s also modern epic fantasy alt history If you like audio books, the first two are award winners I read the Kindle editions and, unfortunately, this installment suffered from many typos I had to wonder if Baen had been taken over by Penguin since I don t usually have that problem with them and Penguin is notorious for shoddy end product Still, it was an annoyance and not a deal breaker Clearly, I highly recommend this series DETA 11 18 15 I just got around to listening to the audio of this book and it is an absolute tour de force of narration Bronson Pinchot was great reading Hard Magic, even better reading Spellbound, but this this is off the charts I almost want to go back to the beginning and listen to it all over again immediately

  • Hardcover
  • 448 pages
  • Warbound
  • Larry Correia
  • English
  • 03 June 2018
  • 1451639082

About the Author: Larry Correia

Larry Correia born 1977 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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