Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Fantasy/Alternate History
Length: 17 hours and 1 minute (484 pages)
Publisher: Audible Studios
Release Date: August 6, 2013
Stand Alone or Series: 3rd book in the Grimnoir series
Source: Audiobook from Audible.com
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
This was the final book in the Grimnoir Chronicles. It wraps up the story nicely and I enjoyed it a lot. While I haven’t enjoyed this series as much as Correia’s MHI series; it was a well done series and action packed.
I listened to this on audiobook and the narration is well done. I still have some trouble hearing some of the really low pitched character voices with the road noise in my car; but that’s something I have gotten used to over the series. Aside from that, the narrator does an excellent job with having distinct character voices and portraying character emotion well.
At the opening of this book Jake Sullivan is taking a small, yet desperate and determined, group of Grimnoir knights to face off with the Chairman in Singapore. Meanwhile Faye has gone off grid and is visiting a Elder French Grimnoir knight that is supposed to help her understand what it means to be the Spellbound and if she has any hope of making use of the Spellbound curse without destroying the world.
The book is very fast-paced and viewpoint switches between a number of characters. However the story focuses mostly on Jake and Faye for this book. There is a ton of action and I really enjoy the magic powers the characters have in here. The character continue to be able to manipulate portions of the The Power such as gravity, strength, and fire. This book stretches that a bit as characters learn more and more about the Power and are able to stretch their abilities into other areas of power.
While I enjoyed a lot of the characters my favorite of the bunch is Faye. She is super smart and super kind and sweet, but she doesn’t hesitate to take out anyone around her that she considers evil. It was interesting to have a character like her given ultimate power and force her to face the decision of whether or not that power can be used for good.
As with all of Correia’s books there is a lot of gun talk and talk about war and weapons. There are some pretty awesome battle scenes throughout too.
The book is a fantasy alternate history with the book being set in the 1940’s but in a world where all these magical powers exist. Some of the political tensions of that time are kept in the story as well.
Overall this was a very well done and fast-paced historical fantasy. There is a ton of action, a lot of witty dialogue, and wonderful characters throughout. I have really enjoyed all of Correia’s books and will definitely continue to read future books by him. I would recommend this series to Corriea fans and fans of action-packed alternate histories with some magic in them.