The Grimnoir Knights — those that are still alive after the previous book in this series, anyway — still have a job to do: protect those with magic from those without and protect those without magic from those that have it.

It was disorienting, like the most effective carnival fun house ever, only there wasn’t anything funny about gravity being violated. It was frankly terrifying.

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In this book, we aren’t sure who is protecting who from what when a high profile assassination attempt on President Roosevelt kicks off a string of inquiry, investigation, and of course fighting. Unlikely alliances are formed and broken and formed again as loyalties change. It’s no longer just magics and non-magics.

Why is this on our bookshelf?

Spellbound, continuing in the tradition of The Grimnior Chronicles, is full of magic, mystery, and guns. This book in the series also has giant summoned monsters ransacking Washington, DC and robots. And like its predecessor, it’s all set in the 1930s.

The last book in this series, Warbound, has been nominated for a 2014 Hugo award for best novel.

Rating (3 stars)

Summoned monsters and robots that wield machine guns are awesome. But I’m not sure they belong in this universe. It seems like 1950’s and 60s b-roll tropes in your feature film.

However, Spellbound made me want to go re-read Hard Magicthe first book in the series.