Hard Magic (Grimnoir Chronicles #1)

Hard Magic (Grimnoir Chronicles #1)

by Larry Correia

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ISBN-13: 9781451638240
Publisher: Baen
Publication date: 04/24/2012
Series: Grimnoir Chronicles Series , #1
Edition description: Baen
Pages: 624
Product dimensions: 4.28(w) x 6.62(h) x 1.34(d)

About the Author

Larry Correia is an award-winning competitive shooter, a movie-prop-gun master and, yes, an accountant by day–but an urban noir adventure master by night. He is the creator of the Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestselling Monster Hunter series as well as urban fantasy hardboiled blockbuster saga, the Grimnoir Chronicles. Correia is very tall, very bald, and lives in Utah with his wife and family.

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Hard Magic 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Matthew_Mayner More than 1 year ago
Hard Magic is an action packed 1930's alternate history pulp novel with gangsters, magic, ninjas, and dirigibles! How awesome is that? Jake Sullivan, is an ex-con, and a veteran of World War One. Except in this timeline the Kaiser had a few Necromancers on the payroll. As soon as his soldiers were killed they were raised from the dead and sent back into the fight. Sullivan is a Heavy, though he prefers the term, "Gravity Spiker." He can alter the pull and direction of gravity, which can lead to making his enemies fall up, turning his body as dense as a rock, or just straight up squishing the bad guys. Faye is a young Okie farm-girl who's family sells her as they're running away from the dust-bowl. Fortunately they sell her to a man who also shares her power of teleportation. They're called travelers and they're some of the rarest forms of Actives, people who have magical abilities, because they usually end up teleporting themselves into something and dying before they figure out how to control their magic. Faye became my favorite character, she learns how to seriously kick butt, and she does! The list of awe inspiring powers goes on and on, Torch, Cog, Crackler, Healer, Brute, Fade etc. Each of the powers is weaved into the story each filling a part of the greater power. Unlike most "urban" fantasies this one has everyone out in the open. People take for granted the fact that there's magic in the world. Some people embrace it, others fear it. And the bad guys, well they obviously want to use it to control the world. I almost forgot to mention the Dirigible pirates, Tesla super weapons, John Moses Browning, and General Black Jack Pershing, are all in this book. I don't know how he managed to cram so much awesome into one book but he did. Also firearms play an important roles in the the book. Because sometimes it's just easier to shoot the summoned demon with your Thompson Sub Machine Gun or Browning Automatic Rifle than go toe to toe with him magically. So if you like depression era private eye stories, awesome fight scenes, historical fiction, fantasy, and shootouts then pick up Hard Magic yesterday because this book has something in it for you. Just don't forget to fasten your seat-belt before your start reading. ;-)
Twin_Terror More than 1 year ago
This book tells an awesome story. What makes this story great isn't the shooting or the explosions (not that these, and the exemplary way he writes them don't help) , but the reality of the characters. All of his protagonists have realistic flaws, which sometimes cause major problems for the characters. The villain honestly believes that his actions are for the betterment of mankind. All of the other parts of the book mesh into an exciting whole that will eat up your free time (especially if you go on to read his other books).
JBLJR More than 1 year ago
If you’ve ever wanted an alternate history on the early 20th century replete with magic/super powers, then Hard Magic, the first volume of the Grimnoir Chronicles trilogy, is the book you’ve been seeking. Written in a lean straightforward “pulpy” style, Hard Magic is an engaging and fun read with appealing characters. Characters that are a bit more rounded than one might expect in a pulp style novel. For example, Jake Sullivan, the main character, is on one hand the quintessential “Big Lug with a Heart of Gold”. However, he is also possessed of a keen analytical mind, which gives him a greater understanding of the nature of his world’s magic than also any other character. All in all, highly recommended.
bgknighton on LibraryThing 18 days ago
Alternate history starting with WWI and magic/psychic abilities thrown in. Good book. A little slow to start, but couldn't put it down at the end. The character story lines are skillfully woven together as it goes. Like Jake a lot. Here's hoping the next book goes easier for him. J Edgar hasn't changed, though.
bakagundam on LibraryThing 18 days ago
Where to begin, terrific world, what I would place as a Depression Era alternative history with a large dose of fantasy and a sprinkle of steampunk and superhero styling, but never so much as to make it seem unbelievable or over exaggerated. The world is also crafted around historical events that have been modified slightly, but in their telling shows off the authors wonderful grasp of the time period which puts a smile on the face of anyone with a passion for that era in history. As far as the writing goes it is immensely enjoyable. The dialog is well done and the narration flows from page to page. The description and shaping of the world is done in a way that doe not overwhelm to reader, but neither leaves them feeling shorted. The author left little to fault in the category.The icing on the cake is the plot witch is well told and rarely predictable. Perhaps a few things can be foretold, but as the reader I felt I was clued into them with subtlety and no sooner than some of the characters began to unravel the plot as well. One does not have to get far into before the book before it becomes hard to put down and by halfway one might find difficulty resiting the pull of the next page despite the hour. A wonderful novel, and one that should not be ignored by anyone who might find the subject matter engrossing.
lauriebrown54 on LibraryThing 18 days ago
It¿s hard to place this book into a genre. It¿s fantasy, it¿s alternative history, it¿s pulp fiction, it¿s got ninjas, it¿s ¿ diesel punk? Set in the late 1920s or early 1930s, the US has entered the Depression, but Prohibition is still in effect. Airships (and airship pirates!) and biplanes share the skies. Around 1850, people started showing up around the world with magical abilities. Some were super strong; some could control heat, cold, fire, gravity, electricity, animals¿ minds, human minds, some can heal, some teleport. They vary wildly in ability. No one knows why this change in humans occurred. Many people fear and hate them, but a lot of the famous are magical: Einstein, Tesla, Browning (of guns, not poetry), Stonewall Jackson, Babe Ruth. Jake Sullivan can control gravity; he¿s a being called a Heavy. He was a hero in WW I, a private detective, and a prisoner because he killed some people who sought to harm a boy whose only crime was to be different. J. Edgar Hoover gave him early parole on condition he help capture other law breaking Actives (the name given to those with magical powers); then he met up with the Grimnoir (noir being pronounced as it is in `film noir¿), a group of magicals who work against the Actives who are evil. One of the problems is trying to figure out who is evil and who is not¿. And there is never a calm minute to stop and think about that. Faye Vierra is a teenager who can teleport, child of Oklahoma dust bowlers, adopted grandchild of an old farmer who is also a teleporter. He¿s taught her everything he knows about magic, but she¿s already better than he is. When he dies, murdered by other magicals, she¿s left on her own to fulfill his dying command. She soon runs into the Grimnoir, too, and has that some problem about not knowing who to trust and not having any time to think about it because people are always shooting and blowing things up and doing magical things and she¿s having to shoot and kill them in return, something she really hadn¿t learned on the dairy farm but turns out to have a real aptitude for. The main story revolves around the Japanese threat to the rest of the world; they seek the Tesla invented device that created the Tunguska blast in a test firing so that they can rule the world. The action never stops; there are constant gunfights and magical fights. The book moves at a breakneck pace. Explanations are woven in seamlessly. There is not huge depth to most of the characters, but there is enough there to satisfy the reader. This book is the first of a series; I imagine there will be more character as time goes on. But really, while the characters of Jake and Faye drive a lot of the story, the story is more driven by plot and action. It¿s not meant to be deep. It¿s a well written, can¿t put it down adventure story. I can¿t wait to read the next installment!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had read other things by Larry, but this has to be my favorite as of yet
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing 1st book of a great series. Detailed magic physics and characters you can root for
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this very much
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Fast paced and fun
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My teacher is reading this book to us in class, and althogh we are barely into th book, i very much enjoy the plot, and theres wonderful character development. Very enjoyable, cant wt for more.
Nerdlor More than 1 year ago
Hard Magic has an interesting take on practical magic and plenty of face-punching action. The characters are memorable and the action is perfectly paced.
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Gryblin More than 1 year ago
If you like firearms, freedom, and urban fantasy, this book is perfect for you! I very much enjoyed the characters. The only thing I didn't like was how late I stayed up reading to find out what happened next. Correia is very thoughtful about how he reveals clues so you may want to read it twice once your heart stops pounding from the first reading. I can't wait to read the next one and I'm going to pick up his other series, too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book, one of the best I read last year. Sequel is just as good.
Arrat More than 1 year ago
Fantastic story! I couldn't put it down! Mr. Correia writes an excellent story that combines the 1930's with the world of magic that is very realistic. I can't wait to read the others! I have read his Monster Hunter series which was awesome as well! I was glad to see Mr. Correia didn't overwelm the reader with all the gun information that he put in his other series, which was awesome as well!
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Great read. Delightful characters. Tons of action.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
David_L_in_Ca More than 1 year ago
Jake and his lady are one of the finer items in here. This how history should have been. Lots of action, guns and babes.