Spellbound - more Grimnoir goodness
The first book of the Grimnoir Chronicles focused a lot on Heavy Jake Sullivan, but it also offered up a number of teasers indicating that Faye Vierra was somehow different from other Actives. Well this book explores her differences in great detail while at the same time delving deep into the source of the magical abilities that give the Actives their power. Add in the new Office of the Coordinator of Information (OCI), a shady organization that is hell bent on rounding up Actives for the "safety of the people", and you have a story that is action packed from cover to cover.
All of the members of the Grimnoir are under siege for one reason or another. The OCI has framed some of the Grimnoir for an assassination attempt on the President, an ancient evil is about to arrive on Earth as it pursues the power that gives the Actives their abilities, and Faye learns that the reason she wasn't born with her power is that she is the reincarnation of one of the most evil Actives to ever exist. Loyalties are questioned all along the way until the various storylines all come together in a final battle that puts everyone to the test.
Spellbound is an excellent follow up to Hard Magic and it sets things up for a thrilling conclusion in the finale of this genre bending trilogy. I really enjoy the blend of actual personalities from history along with the fictional characters and I am eagerly moving on to the next book. The audiobook is once again expertly narrated by Bronson Pinchot and makes for a excellent listening experience.