Only 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 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power’s hiding place has been discovered by a killer.
It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next.
Former 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.
This is the third and, I believe, the last installment in the Grimnoir Chronicles by Larry Correia. I have enjoyed all of the books although I still have a preference for his Monster Hunter International series over this one.
The books in this series are all a mix of magic and alternate reality. The first book in this series was quite overwhelming in that sense as far as I am concerned. I am not a great fan of alternate reality stories but the book was still well written in the usual style of Larry Correia which means the characters was interesting and the action, whether it involved magic or conventional weaponry, was well done and plentiful. This book continues in the same style and takes of pretty much where the last one left off.
The book focuses mostly on Sullivan and his quest to stop the “Pathfinder” in getting the predator to Earth and on Faye from the previous book in her quest to not become the monster everyone seems to expect her to become. Not surprisingly Faye’s quest eventually becomes the same as Sullivan’s. Toru the former Iron Guard also has a prominent role in the book and his verbal clashing with Sullivan, and everyone else around him for that matter, was mostly quite entertaining.
As I said, most of the book focuses on this quest to stop the predator. However, there are also parts of the book that revolves around the American president and his political nonsense scheming to round up all the actives to keep them under control. I was not too thrilled over these parts of the book. Partly because I do not like dumbass politics in the first place and partly because rounding up the actives/mutants/different ones/whatever are a rather overused plot element by now and it is just as boring every time. Luckily this part of the story not very large and were easily overshadowed by the quests of Sullivan and Faye.
I get the feeling that this was the end of the book series and as such I personally have to say that the conclusion was satisfactory. I would have enjoyed seeing the dumbass president get a bit more of an ass whopping but still, it was a satisfactory ending. In all, I enjoyed the book. It was another well written book from Larry Correia and if you liked the previous installments then you will probably like this one.