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->"We now have over a thousand confirmed cases of individuals with these so-called [[TheMagicComesBack magical abilities]] on the continent alone. The faculty has descended into a terrible uproar over the proper nomenclature for such specimens. All manner of [[GratuitousLatin Latin phrases]] have been bandied about. Professor Gerard even suggested Grimnoir, a combination of the old French Grimoire, or book of spells, with Noir, for Black, in the sense of the mysterious, for at this juncture the origin of said Powers remains unknown. He was laughed down. Personally, Iíve taken to calling them wizards, for the very idea of there being actual magic beyond the bounds of science [[TheProfessorIsCryingAgain causes my esteemed colleagues to sputter and choke]]."
-->Dr. L. Fulci, ''Professor of Natural Science, University of Bern, Personal Journal'' 1852

->"The learned gentlemen from the university have asked me if I relied on Einsteinís General Theory of Relativity or if I used the simpler rules of Newtonís Law of Universal Gravitation on the evening in question when I accidentally took Sheriff Johnsonís life . Shit. I donít know. [[AWizardDidIt I just got angry and squished the fucker]]. But Iíve gotten better at running things and I promise not to do it no more."
-->Jake Sullivan, ''Parole Hearing, Rockville State Penitentiary'' 1928

''Jake Sullivan is a [[WorldWarOne war hero]], a [[PrivateDetective private eye]]óand an ex-con. Heís free because he has a magical talent, being able to alter the force of gravity in himself and objects in his vicinity, and the Bureau of Investigation calls on him when they need his help in apprehending criminals with their own magical talents. But the last operation he was sent along to help with went completely wrong, and Delilah Jones, the woman the G-men were after, who just happened to be an old friend of Jakeís in happier times, had a lot of magical muscle with her, too much muscle for the cops to handle, even with Jakeís help.''

''It got worse. Jake found out that not only have the Feds been lying to him, but there was a secret war being waged by opposing forces of magic-users. Worst of all, he had attracted the attention of one side's ruthless leaders-who were of the opinion that Jake was far too dangerous to be permitted to live...''

TheGrimnoirChronicles is an AlternateHistory fantasy taking place in the early [[FilmNoir 1930s]]. Sometime in the 1800s [[TheMagicComesBack magic appeared in the world]], giving a small fraction of the population one of a standard set of super-powers, such as [[PlayingWithFire fire]], [[HealingHands healing]], and [[TeleportSpam teleporting]]. Just like his [[Literature/MonsterHunterInternational other series]], Larry Correia provides some of the best action scenes out there, fueled by pure distilled RuleOfCool. A gravity-controlling private eye teams up with a guy who can walk through walls to fight a bulletproof samurai. A teleporting ninja with a katana goes up against a teleporting Oklahoma girl with a shotgun. Bullets fly, demons are summoned, and [[StuffBlowingUp stuff blows up]].

The first in the series is '''Hard Magic''' (released May 3 2011). After Jake Sullivan fails to bring in his former LoveInterest for murder, he makes some inquiries and finds out that things aren't what they seem. He's soon caught up with a [[MagicalSociety secret society]] sworn to stop the Japanese Imperium, led by the indestructible [[BigBad Chairman Tokugawa]], from taking over the world. At the same time, an [[TheGreatDepression Okie]] named Faye witnesses the murder of her adoptive grandfather at the hands of a mysterious one-eyed man. His dying command is for her to protect a strange mechanical device, designed by someone named [[NikolaTesla Tesla]].

The sequel '''Spellbound''' is out as of November 1 2011. It follows up on some of the [[SequelHook sequel bait]] from the first book -- such as the [[CosmicEntity entity]] stated to be pursuing [[MetaOrigin The Power]] itself.

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!!This work uses the following tropes:
* AnIcePerson: Iceboxes
* AntiHero: [[spoiler:Harkeness turns out to be a Grimnoir knight, who killed Pershing as part of a longer plan to defeat the Chairman. When Browning finds out, he still kills him for it.]]
* ActionGirl: Both Faye and Delilah.
** And in the second book, Hammer. And Whisper, who throws a gods's fire back at it.
* AntiMagic: The Dymaxion Nullifier is introduced in ''Spellbound''.
* BadAss: Just about everyone involved.
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler:Harkeness]] is running one against the Chairman.
* BattleCouple: Jake & Delilah. Faye and Francis, briefly.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Faye very calmly vows to kill both Madi and the Chairman himself. She [[spoiler: manages half of that, facilitates the other half and makes up the difference in mooks and property damage]].
* BewareTheSuperman: Part of the Imperium's plan for taking over the world is to sow distrust of Actives in the United States, by framing them for a Peace Ray attack.
* {{BFG}}: Jake carries two different ones at various points of the book. During an Imperium assault on a Grimnoir safehouse, Heinrich and Francis break out a Browning M2 heavy machine gun, a weapon so large that Faye mistakes it for some piece of farm machinery.
* BoxedCrook: Jake is a fairly free-range one at the beginning of the book.
* BigBad: The Chairman.
* [[spoiler:BiggerBad: The Great Enemy]]
* CosmicEntity: The Power itself turns out to be some kind of massive space... thing, which is in a symbiotic relationship with the people of Earth. It's on the run from a mysterious Enemy; can you say 'SequelHook?'
* ChekhovsGun: Early on, it's said that the Chairman could only [[spoiler:killed by a direct hit from a Peace Ray/Geo-Tel. Guess how he dies at the end.]]
* CorruptCOrporateExecutive: Cornelius Gould Stuyvesant
* CuteBruiser: Delilah.
* DarkActionGirl: Toshiko.
* DefectorFromDecadence: [[spoiler:Toru]]
* DesignatedGirlFight: Faye vs. Toshiko. Despite this, it's an ''awesome'' fight scene featuring frenetic TeleportSpam on a [[BattleAmongstTheFlames flaming]] [[ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld zeppelin]] in the middle of a [[SkyPirates pirate attack]] on said [[ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld zeppelin]]. Did I mention Toshiko is a {{Ninja}}?
* DifferentlyPoweredIndividual: in-universe, supers are variously referred to as Actives, Magicals and more.
* DistressedDamsel: [[spoiler:Jane]] is kidnapped by the Imperium in the middle of the book.
* DumbMuscle: The stereotype of Heavies is this.
* EliteMooks: The Iron Guard and Shadow Guard are superpowered, ''very'' highly trained and magically enhanced to boot.
* TheEmpire: The Imperium, natch.
* EncyclopediaExposita: Each chapter is opened with some historical quote, throwing out hints about the AlternateHistory, such as Hitler being executed before rising to power, TheodoreRoosevelt dying in WorldWarOne against the Kaiser's zombies, etc.
* EvilCounterpart: see EvilTwin. Same applies to Faye and Toshiko.
* EvilTwin: Not a twin ''per se'', but Jake and his brother ([[spoiler:Madi]]) look similar enough that [[spoiler:Faye shoots him on sight]].
* {{Fiction 500}}: Cornelius Gould Stuyvesant is the richest man in the world, and owner of [[ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld United Blimp & Freight]]. [[spoiler:Francis is his grandson, and ends up inheriting the company]].
* GadgeteerGenius: Much of the current technology is produced by Cogs, whose Power is a supernatural aptitude for a particular branch of science.
* GeniusBruiser: Jake. Exceptionally well-read, brilliant enough to figure out what the Power really is, and a giant hulk of a man.
* GravityMaster: Sullivan [[spoiler:and his brother Madi]] can control gravity. Most Heavies can only lighten objects that they try to carry, but Sullivan practiced with his Power enough that he can change the direction of gravity, amplify it, etc.
* GrayEyes: A trait shared by all Travelers,
* GunPorn: Toned down from the Literature/MonsterHunterInternational series, since they have magic to fight with too this time, but that doesn't keep John Moses Browning from giving Sullivan a tour of his workshop.
* HandicappedBadass: Madi only has one eye. Lance has a very pronounced limp.
* HappilyAdopted: Faye...until her adopted parent is killed by Imperium agents.
* HealingHands: Healers such as Jane are in high demand, and a standard part of any rich person's retinue.
* HealingFactor: Passive Healers. Also, anyone with one or more kanji of healing.
* {{Heavyworlder}}: Apparently, all [[GravityMaster Spikers/Heavies]] are huge, stocky types.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Near the beginning of Book Two, the Grimnoir are framed for an assassination attempt on FDR, and spend the rest of the book dealing with the fallout.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: John J. "Black Jack" Pershing and John Moses Browning are both Grimnoir knights, and Sullivan has some unpleasant dealings with J. Edgar Hoover.
** In the second book, Buckminister Fuller makes a brief but significant appearance.
* HistoricalPersonPunchline: The UBF accountant (who helped in the climactic battle, explaining that he fought with the Gordon Highlanders in WorldWarOne), turns out to be [[spoiler:Creator/RaymondChandler]].
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: In RealLife, ImperialJapan was racist, militaristic, and expansionist, with an array of atrocities to its name. The Imperium is all of that, turned UpToEleven, and more succesful.
* HopeSpot: Just after defeating the Bull King, [[spoiler:Delilah gets run through by a ninja]].
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: The massive Jake and the petite Delilah.
* IntangibleMan: Heinrich, one of the Grimnoir knights, is a Fade, who can walk through walls and let weapons pass right through him.
* InterserviceRivalry: The Iron Guard and Shadow Guard (or at least Madi and Toshiko) do not have a high opinion of each other.
* JerkAss: Charles. Gould. Stuyvesant.
* LivingLieDetector: Justices, such as Hammer.
* LivingOnBorrowedTime / TheLastDance: After [[spoiler:Delilah is killed, she is accidentally revived by an Imperium necromancer. Rather than being immediately put down, she decides to go out fighting]].
* LittleMissBadass: Faye, who may or may not be 18 yet and is pretty small. She irritates everyone trying to fight her by not being where they think she is and, in the final battle, kills around a hundred Imperium marines and wounds the Chairman.
* MadeOfIron: Madi and Rokusaburo in particular, Brutes, Massives and people with [[PowerTattoo kanji]] of durability in general.
* MagicAIsMagicA: Turns out there are very structured cosmological underpinnings to the seemingly-random magical gifts.
* MetaOrigin: All magic powers (be they innate or the kanji brands) come from [[CosmicEntity The Power]].
* MightyWhitey: Madi is a villainous example leavened only by the fact that there ''are'' other Caucasians in the Iron Guard, none of whom are on his level or that of the Japanese members.
* MindControl: Beasties such as Lance can control animals and see through their eyes for reconnaissance. Mouths like Dan can control people to a limited extent, but can't make them do anything they wouldn't consider anyway.
* MindOverMatter: Francis comes from a long line of Movers.
* MirrorMatch: Twice, Sullivan has to go head-to-head with his brother, pitting gravity powers against gravity powers. See also Faye vs. Toshiko
* NearDeathExperience: Both Jake and Faye. When caught up in it, they can see the two most powerful beings on Earth: The Power itself, and the Chairman.
* {{Necromancer}}: In-setting, an Active (such as Hiroyasu) that can raise and command zombies is called a "Lazarus."
* NietzscheWannabe: The Chairman's philosophy has elements of this; Madi takes those elements and runs with 'em as far as they can go.
* {{Ninja}}: The Shadow Guard. Membership is restricted to highly trained [[IntangibleMan Fades]] and [[TeleportersAndTransporters Travelers]].
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Ninjas, pirates, and zombies all come together for the big climactic fight scene of ''Hard Magic''.
** Then, of course, robots show up in the sequel ''Spellbound''.
* NobleBigot: Travelin' Joe hates the Okies that pass by his farm, but not so much that he doesn't adopt one to keep her from killing herself with her power.
* OnePersonOnePower: an in-setting rule of thumb to which Chairman Okubo Tokugawa is the sole exception as far as anyone knows. [[spoiler:By the end of the first book however, both Faye and Sullivan have gone some way towards disproving it]].
* PetTheDog: In a very human and even kind moment, the Chairman [[spoiler:consoles Sullivan over Delilah's death and helps him come to terms with it; Sullivan even sincerely thanks him for it. . . right before saying that he still plans on killing him regardless.]]
* PlayingWithFire: Torches. Most Torches are actually employed to ''put out'' fires, especially on zeppelins.
* PlayingWithSyringes: Frequent mention is made of the [[TruthInTelevision horrific medical experiments carried out by Unit 731]]
* PoisonousPerson: Harkeness is a Pale Horse, an Active so rare they border on mythological status. He can control his power at will, but that doesn't make Stuyvesant any less wary of him.
* PowerTattoo: The kanji used by the Imperium to enhance their operatives. They are technically brands though as opposed to actual tattoos.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: The Chairman is the very first Active, and is thus considerably older than he looks.
* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: Francis.
* RuleOfCool
* SadisticChoice: Presented by an accident rather than malice. When [[spoiler:Faye shoots Jake, and Heinrich shoots her]], Jane only has enough healing power to save one of them.
* SeenItAll: Due to his [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld advanced age]] & [[WalkingTheEarth extensive travels]], the Chairman suffers from a mild case of this.
* SequelHook: The glossary references to Active types that didn't otherwise appear in ''Hard Magic''. Boomers (who are kept locked in lead-lined chambers, hint-hint), Nixies and Justices for example.
** All three of which show up in ''Spellbound.''
* SchoolOfSeduction: Part of Toshiko's training as a ninja, as observed by Madi. Later, he totally hits that.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Buckminster Fuller. This is apparently a trait he possessed in RealLife.
* SheCleansUpNicely: Faye turnes out to look really good in a nice dress.
* ShockAndAwe: Cracklers, although they prefer to be called "Edisons."
* ShoutOut: When Sullivan stops to ask directions from an Imperium soldier: "English! [[PulpFiction Do you speak it]]?"
** After Francis [[spoiler:inherits the family fortune]], he considers [[{{Batman}} wearing a costume when performing his Grimnoir duties to to distinguish himself from his playboy millionaire public image]]. He decides against it.
* SkyPirate: The last piece of the Geo-Tel is protected by Southunder, who preys on Imperium ships in the Pacific ocean from his zeppelin.
* SuperFunHappyThingOfDoom: Tesla's "Peace Ray."
* SuperStrength: Delilah, enough said.
* TechnicianVersusPerformer: Zig-zagged; while Faye's natural talent lets her run circles around the well-trained Toshiko, Jake's greater power does not generally keep him from getting smacked around by the more skillful Madi.
** Given his TrainingFromHell and [[PowerTattoo Iron-Guard-issue kanji brands]], Madi was both more powerful and more skilled than Jake. Jake was just [[CombatPragmatist smarter]] and more focused on winning -- as opposed to proving a point.
* TeleportSpam: Any fight involving a Traveler such as Faye, Toshiko, Travelin' Joe, etc.
* TheDragon / TheHeavy: Madi, to the Chairman.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: Dan and Jane.
* TrainingFromHell: Madi has this in his backstory. Presumably, the other Iron Guards did as well.
* UnEqualRites: There are two forms of magic in this world: the innate magic that people are born with, and magic that comes through drawn symbols (kanji). As it turns out, they have the [[MetaOrigin same ultimate source]].
* WalkingTheEarth: The Chairman's backstory includes a long period of doing this.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In the assault on OCI headquarters, Lance manages to hijack a Siberian tiger. Then everything goes to hell, almost literally. What happened to the tiger is never explained.
* WickedCultured: The Chairman. Madi tries to emulate his mentor in this, but fails miserably.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: The Chairman just wants humanity to be strong so we'll be able to fight The Enemy when it arrives. [[spoiler:Harkeness curses the General in order to set up a BatmanGambit against the Chairman]]
* WorthyOpponent: The Chairman views Sullivan as this. The feeling isn't entirely mutual.
* YouFightLikeACow: Faye ([[{{Irony}} who grew up on a dairy farm]]) spends much of her fight with Toshiko tossing insults at the ninja.
* [[YouKilledMyFather You Killed My Adoptive Grandfather]]: Why Faye joins the Grimnoir.
* ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld: Kind of. Zeppelins play a large role in the story, but it takes place during a time when they really were used in RealLife, though not to the extent they are in the story. It's also justified, as Cracklers and Torches manage to alleviate many of the dangers of the technology.

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->"We now have over a thousand confirmed cases of individuals with these so-called [[TheMagicComesBack magical abilities]] on the continent alone. The faculty has descended into a terrible uproar over the proper nomenclature for such specimens. All manner of [[GratuitousLatin Latin phrases]] have been bandied about. Professor Gerard even suggested Grimnoir, a combination of the old French Grimoire, or book of spells, with Noir, for Black, in the sense of the mysterious, for at this juncture the origin of said Powers remains unknown. He was laughed down. Personally, Iíve taken to calling them wizards, for the very idea of there being actual magic beyond the bounds of science [[TheProfessorIsCryingAgain causes my esteemed colleagues to sputter and choke]]."
-->Dr. L. Fulci, ''Professor of Natural Science, University of Bern, Personal Journal'' 1852

->"The learned gentlemen from the university have asked me if I relied on Einsteinís General Theory of Relativity or if I used the simpler rules of Newtonís Law of Universal Gravitation on the evening in question when I accidentally took Sheriff Johnsonís life . Shit. I donít know. [[AWizardDidIt I just got angry and squished the fucker]]. But Iíve gotten better at running things and I promise not to do it no more."
-->Jake Sullivan, ''Parole Hearing, Rockville State Penitentiary'' 1928

''Jake Sullivan is a [[WorldWarOne war hero]], a [[PrivateDetective private eye]]óand an ex-con. Heís free because he has a magical talent, being able to alter the force of gravity in himself and objects in his vicinity, and the Bureau of Investigation calls on him when they need his help in apprehending criminals with their own magical talents. But the last operation he was sent along to help with went completely wrong, and Delilah Jones, the woman the G-men were after, who just happened to be an old friend of Jakeís in happier times, had a lot of magical muscle with her, too much muscle for the cops to handle, even with Jakeís help.''

''It got worse. Jake found out that not only have the Feds been lying to him, but there was a secret war being waged by opposing forces of magic-users. Worst of all, he had attracted the attention of one side's ruthless leaders-who were of the opinion that Jake was far too dangerous to be permitted to live...''

TheGrimnoirChronicles is an AlternateHistory fantasy taking place in the early [[FilmNoir 1930s]]. Sometime in the 1800s [[TheMagicComesBack magic appeared in the world]], giving a small fraction of the population one of a standard set of super-powers, such as [[PlayingWithFire fire]], [[HealingHands healing]], and [[TeleportSpam teleporting]]. Just like his [[Literature/MonsterHunterInternational other series]], Larry Correia provides some of the best action scenes out there, fueled by pure distilled RuleOfCool. A gravity-controlling private eye teams up with a guy who can walk through walls to fight a bulletproof samurai. A teleporting ninja with a katana goes up against a teleporting Oklahoma girl with a shotgun. Bullets fly, demons are summoned, and [[StuffBlowingUp stuff blows up]].

The first in the series is '''Hard Magic''' (released May 3 2011). After Jake Sullivan fails to bring in his former LoveInterest for murder, he makes some inquiries and finds out that things aren't what they seem. He's soon caught up with a [[MagicalSociety secret society]] sworn to stop the Japanese Imperium, led by the indestructible [[BigBad Chairman Tokugawa]], from taking over the world. At the same time, an [[TheGreatDepression Okie]] named Faye witnesses the murder of her adoptive grandfather at the hands of a mysterious one-eyed man. His dying command is for her to protect a strange mechanical device, designed by someone named [[NikolaTesla Tesla]].

The sequel '''Spellbound''' is out as of November 1 2011. It follows up on some of the [[SequelHook sequel bait]] from the first book -- such as the [[CosmicEntity entity]] stated to be pursuing [[MetaOrigin The Power]] itself.

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!!This work uses the following tropes:
* AnIcePerson: Iceboxes
* AntiHero: [[spoiler:Harkeness turns out to be a Grimnoir knight, who killed Pershing as part of a longer plan to defeat the Chairman. When Browning finds out, he still kills him for it.]]
* ActionGirl: Both Faye and Delilah.
** And in the second book, Hammer. And Whisper, who throws a gods's fire back at it.
* AntiMagic: The Dymaxion Nullifier is introduced in ''Spellbound''.
* BadAss: Just about everyone involved.
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler:Harkeness]] is running one against the Chairman.
* BattleCouple: Jake & Delilah. Faye and Francis, briefly.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Faye very calmly vows to kill both Madi and the Chairman himself. She [[spoiler: manages half of that, facilitates the other half and makes up the difference in mooks and property damage]].
* BewareTheSuperman: Part of the Imperium's plan for taking over the world is to sow distrust of Actives in the United States, by framing them for a Peace Ray attack.
* {{BFG}}: Jake carries two different ones at various points of the book. During an Imperium assault on a Grimnoir safehouse, Heinrich and Francis break out a Browning M2 heavy machine gun, a weapon so large that Faye mistakes it for some piece of farm machinery.
* BoxedCrook: Jake is a fairly free-range one at the beginning of the book.
* BigBad: The Chairman.
* [[spoiler:BiggerBad: The Great Enemy]]
* CosmicEntity: The Power itself turns out to be some kind of massive space... thing, which is in a symbiotic relationship with the people of Earth. It's on the run from a mysterious Enemy; can you say 'SequelHook?'
* ChekhovsGun: Early on, it's said that the Chairman could only [[spoiler:killed by a direct hit from a Peace Ray/Geo-Tel. Guess how he dies at the end.]]
* CorruptCOrporateExecutive: Cornelius Gould Stuyvesant
* CuteBruiser: Delilah.
* DarkActionGirl: Toshiko.
* DefectorFromDecadence: [[spoiler:Toru]]
* DesignatedGirlFight: Faye vs. Toshiko. Despite this, it's an ''awesome'' fight scene featuring frenetic TeleportSpam on a [[BattleAmongstTheFlames flaming]] [[ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld zeppelin]] in the middle of a [[SkyPirates pirate attack]] on said [[ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld zeppelin]]. Did I mention Toshiko is a {{Ninja}}?
* DifferentlyPoweredIndividual: in-universe, supers are variously referred to as Actives, Magicals and more.
* DistressedDamsel: [[spoiler:Jane]] is kidnapped by the Imperium in the middle of the book.
* DumbMuscle: The stereotype of Heavies is this.
* EliteMooks: The Iron Guard and Shadow Guard are superpowered, ''very'' highly trained and magically enhanced to boot.
* TheEmpire: The Imperium, natch.
* EncyclopediaExposita: Each chapter is opened with some historical quote, throwing out hints about the AlternateHistory, such as Hitler being executed before rising to power, TheodoreRoosevelt dying in WorldWarOne against the Kaiser's zombies, etc.
* EvilCounterpart: see EvilTwin. Same applies to Faye and Toshiko.
* EvilTwin: Not a twin ''per se'', but Jake and his brother ([[spoiler:Madi]]) look similar enough that [[spoiler:Faye shoots him on sight]].
* {{Fiction 500}}: Cornelius Gould Stuyvesant is the richest man in the world, and owner of [[ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld United Blimp & Freight]]. [[spoiler:Francis is his grandson, and ends up inheriting the company]].
* GadgeteerGenius: Much of the current technology is produced by Cogs, whose Power is a supernatural aptitude for a particular branch of science.
* GeniusBruiser: Jake. Exceptionally well-read, brilliant enough to figure out what the Power really is, and a giant hulk of a man.
* GravityMaster: Sullivan [[spoiler:and his brother Madi]] can control gravity. Most Heavies can only lighten objects that they try to carry, but Sullivan practiced with his Power enough that he can change the direction of gravity, amplify it, etc.
* GrayEyes: A trait shared by all Travelers,
* GunPorn: Toned down from the Literature/MonsterHunterInternational series, since they have magic to fight with too this time, but that doesn't keep John Moses Browning from giving Sullivan a tour of his workshop.
* HandicappedBadass: Madi only has one eye. Lance has a very pronounced limp.
* HappilyAdopted: Faye...until her adopted parent is killed by Imperium agents.
* HealingHands: Healers such as Jane are in high demand, and a standard part of any rich person's retinue.
* HealingFactor: Passive Healers. Also, anyone with one or more kanji of healing.
* {{Heavyworlder}}: Apparently, all [[GravityMaster Spikers/Heavies]] are huge, stocky types.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: Near the beginning of Book Two, the Grimnoir are framed for an assassination attempt on FDR, and spend the rest of the book dealing with the fallout.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: John J. "Black Jack" Pershing and John Moses Browning are both Grimnoir knights, and Sullivan has some unpleasant dealings with J. Edgar Hoover.
** In the second book, Buckminister Fuller makes a brief but significant appearance.
* HistoricalPersonPunchline: The UBF accountant (who helped in the climactic battle, explaining that he fought with the Gordon Highlanders in WorldWarOne), turns out to be [[spoiler:Creator/RaymondChandler]].
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: In RealLife, ImperialJapan was racist, militaristic, and expansionist, with an array of atrocities to its name. The Imperium is all of that, turned UpToEleven, and more succesful.
* HopeSpot: Just after defeating the Bull King, [[spoiler:Delilah gets run through by a ninja]].
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: The massive Jake and the petite Delilah.
* IntangibleMan: Heinrich, one of the Grimnoir knights, is a Fade, who can walk through walls and let weapons pass right through him.
* InterserviceRivalry: The Iron Guard and Shadow Guard (or at least Madi and Toshiko) do not have a high opinion of each other.
* JerkAss: Charles. Gould. Stuyvesant.
* LivingLieDetector: Justices, such as Hammer.
* LivingOnBorrowedTime / TheLastDance: After [[spoiler:Delilah is killed, she is accidentally revived by an Imperium necromancer. Rather than being immediately put down, she decides to go out fighting]].
* LittleMissBadass: Faye, who may or may not be 18 yet and is pretty small. She irritates everyone trying to fight her by not being where they think she is and, in the final battle, kills around a hundred Imperium marines and wounds the Chairman.
* MadeOfIron: Madi and Rokusaburo in particular, Brutes, Massives and people with [[PowerTattoo kanji]] of durability in general.
* MagicAIsMagicA: Turns out there are very structured cosmological underpinnings to the seemingly-random magical gifts.
* MetaOrigin: All magic powers (be they innate or the kanji brands) come from [[CosmicEntity The Power]].
* MightyWhitey: Madi is a villainous example leavened only by the fact that there ''are'' other Caucasians in the Iron Guard, none of whom are on his level or that of the Japanese members.
* MindControl: Beasties such as Lance can control animals and see through their eyes for reconnaissance. Mouths like Dan can control people to a limited extent, but can't make them do anything they wouldn't consider anyway.
* MindOverMatter: Francis comes from a long line of Movers.
* MirrorMatch: Twice, Sullivan has to go head-to-head with his brother, pitting gravity powers against gravity powers. See also Faye vs. Toshiko
* NearDeathExperience: Both Jake and Faye. When caught up in it, they can see the two most powerful beings on Earth: The Power itself, and the Chairman.
* {{Necromancer}}: In-setting, an Active (such as Hiroyasu) that can raise and command zombies is called a "Lazarus."
* NietzscheWannabe: The Chairman's philosophy has elements of this; Madi takes those elements and runs with 'em as far as they can go.
* {{Ninja}}: The Shadow Guard. Membership is restricted to highly trained [[IntangibleMan Fades]] and [[TeleportersAndTransporters Travelers]].
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Ninjas, pirates, and zombies all come together for the big climactic fight scene of ''Hard Magic''.
** Then, of course, robots show up in the sequel ''Spellbound''.
* NobleBigot: Travelin' Joe hates the Okies that pass by his farm, but not so much that he doesn't adopt one to keep her from killing herself with her power.
* OnePersonOnePower: an in-setting rule of thumb to which Chairman Okubo Tokugawa is the sole exception as far as anyone knows. [[spoiler:By the end of the first book however, both Faye and Sullivan have gone some way towards disproving it]].
* PetTheDog: In a very human and even kind moment, the Chairman [[spoiler:consoles Sullivan over Delilah's death and helps him come to terms with it; Sullivan even sincerely thanks him for it. . . right before saying that he still plans on killing him regardless.]]
* PlayingWithFire: Torches. Most Torches are actually employed to ''put out'' fires, especially on zeppelins.
* PlayingWithSyringes: Frequent mention is made of the [[TruthInTelevision horrific medical experiments carried out by Unit 731]]
* PoisonousPerson: Harkeness is a Pale Horse, an Active so rare they border on mythological status. He can control his power at will, but that doesn't make Stuyvesant any less wary of him.
* PowerTattoo: The kanji used by the Imperium to enhance their operatives. They are technically brands though as opposed to actual tattoos.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: The Chairman is the very first Active, and is thus considerably older than he looks.
* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: Francis.
* RuleOfCool
* SadisticChoice: Presented by an accident rather than malice. When [[spoiler:Faye shoots Jake, and Heinrich shoots her]], Jane only has enough healing power to save one of them.
* SeenItAll: Due to his [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld advanced age]] & [[WalkingTheEarth extensive travels]], the Chairman suffers from a mild case of this.
* SequelHook: The glossary references to Active types that didn't otherwise appear in ''Hard Magic''. Boomers (who are kept locked in lead-lined chambers, hint-hint), Nixies and Justices for example.
** All three of which show up in ''Spellbound.''
* SchoolOfSeduction: Part of Toshiko's training as a ninja, as observed by Madi. Later, he totally hits that.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Buckminster Fuller. This is apparently a trait he possessed in RealLife.
* SheCleansUpNicely: Faye turnes out to look really good in a nice dress.
* ShockAndAwe: Cracklers, although they prefer to be called "Edisons."
* ShoutOut: When Sullivan stops to ask directions from an Imperium soldier: "English! [[PulpFiction Do you speak it]]?"
** After Francis [[spoiler:inherits the family fortune]], he considers [[{{Batman}} wearing a costume when performing his Grimnoir duties to to distinguish himself from his playboy millionaire public image]]. He decides against it.
* SkyPirate: The last piece of the Geo-Tel is protected by Southunder, who preys on Imperium ships in the Pacific ocean from his zeppelin.
* SuperFunHappyThingOfDoom: Tesla's "Peace Ray."
* SuperStrength: Delilah, enough said.
* TechnicianVersusPerformer: Zig-zagged; while Faye's natural talent lets her run circles around the well-trained Toshiko, Jake's greater power does not generally keep him from getting smacked around by the more skillful Madi.
** Given his TrainingFromHell and [[PowerTattoo Iron-Guard-issue kanji brands]], Madi was both more powerful and more skilled than Jake. Jake was just [[CombatPragmatist smarter]] and more focused on winning -- as opposed to proving a point.
* TeleportSpam: Any fight involving a Traveler such as Faye, Toshiko, Travelin' Joe, etc.
* TheDragon / TheHeavy: Madi, to the Chairman.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: Dan and Jane.
* TrainingFromHell: Madi has this in his backstory. Presumably, the other Iron Guards did as well.
* UnEqualRites: There are two forms of magic in this world: the innate magic that people are born with, and magic that comes through drawn symbols (kanji). As it turns out, they have the [[MetaOrigin same ultimate source]].
* WalkingTheEarth: The Chairman's backstory includes a long period of doing this.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In the assault on OCI headquarters, Lance manages to hijack a Siberian tiger. Then everything goes to hell, almost literally. What happened to the tiger is never explained.
* WickedCultured: The Chairman. Madi tries to emulate his mentor in this, but fails miserably.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: The Chairman just wants humanity to be strong so we'll be able to fight The Enemy when it arrives. [[spoiler:Harkeness curses the General in order to set up a BatmanGambit against the Chairman]]
* WorthyOpponent: The Chairman views Sullivan as this. The feeling isn't entirely mutual.
* YouFightLikeACow: Faye ([[{{Irony}} who grew up on a dairy farm]]) spends much of her fight with Toshiko tossing insults at the ninja.
* [[YouKilledMyFather You Killed My Adoptive Grandfather]]: Why Faye joins the Grimnoir.
* ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld: Kind of. Zeppelins play a large role in the story, but it takes place during a time when they really were used in RealLife, though not to the extent they are in the story. It's also justified, as Cracklers and Torches manage to alleviate many of the dangers of the technology.
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2nd Mar '13 3:44:23 PM hagagaga
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** After Francis inherits the family fortune, he considers [[{{Batman}} wearing a costume when performing his Grimnoir duties to to distinguish himself from his playboy millionaire public image]]. He decides against it.

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** After Francis inherits [[spoiler:inherits the family fortune, fortune]], he considers [[{{Batman}} wearing a costume when performing his Grimnoir duties to to distinguish himself from his playboy millionaire public image]]. He decides against it.
1st Mar '13 6:48:40 PM RazorSmile
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* GadgeteerGenius: Much of the current technology is produced by Cogs, whose Power is a supernatural aptitude for science.

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* GadgeteerGenius: Much of the current technology is produced by Cogs, whose Power is a supernatural aptitude for a particular branch of science.
28th Feb '13 4:57:14 PM hagagaga
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* CorruptCOrporateExecutive: Cornelius Gould Stuyvesant
28th Feb '13 4:01:50 PM hagagaga
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* DumbMuscle: The stereotype of Heavies is this.
5th Dec '12 5:52:03 AM Tarlonniel
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''ItGotWorse. Jake found out that not only have the Feds been lying to him, but there was a secret war being waged by opposing forces of magic-users. Worst of all, he had attracted the attention of one side's ruthless leaders-who were of the opinion that Jake was far too dangerous to be permitted to live...''

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''ItGotWorse.''It got worse. Jake found out that not only have the Feds been lying to him, but there was a secret war being waged by opposing forces of magic-users. Worst of all, he had attracted the attention of one side's ruthless leaders-who were of the opinion that Jake was far too dangerous to be permitted to live...''
2nd Oct '12 5:08:35 PM TuefelHundenIV
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TheGrimnoirChronicles is an AlternateHistory fantasy taking place in the early [[FilmNoir 1930s]]. Sometime in the 1800s [[TheMagicComesBack magic appeared in the world]], giving a small fraction of the population one of a standard set of super-powers, such as [[PlayingWithFire fire]], [[HealingHands healing]], and [[TeleportSpam teleporting]]. Just like his [[MonsterHunterInternational other series]], Larry Correia provides some of the best action scenes out there, fueled by pure distilled RuleOfCool. A gravity-controlling private eye teams up with a guy who can walk through walls to fight a bulletproof samurai. A teleporting ninja with a katana goes up against a teleporting Oklahoma girl with a shotgun. Bullets fly, demons are summoned, and [[StuffBlowingUp stuff blows up]].

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TheGrimnoirChronicles is an AlternateHistory fantasy taking place in the early [[FilmNoir 1930s]]. Sometime in the 1800s [[TheMagicComesBack magic appeared in the world]], giving a small fraction of the population one of a standard set of super-powers, such as [[PlayingWithFire fire]], [[HealingHands healing]], and [[TeleportSpam teleporting]]. Just like his [[MonsterHunterInternational [[Literature/MonsterHunterInternational other series]], Larry Correia provides some of the best action scenes out there, fueled by pure distilled RuleOfCool. A gravity-controlling private eye teams up with a guy who can walk through walls to fight a bulletproof samurai. A teleporting ninja with a katana goes up against a teleporting Oklahoma girl with a shotgun. Bullets fly, demons are summoned, and [[StuffBlowingUp stuff blows up]].
2nd Oct '12 5:06:51 PM TuefelHundenIV
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* GunPorn: Toned down from the MonsterHunterInternational series, since they have magic to fight with too this time, but that doesn't keep John Moses Browning from giving Sullivan a tour of his workshop.

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* GunPorn: Toned down from the MonsterHunterInternational Literature/MonsterHunterInternational series, since they have magic to fight with too this time, but that doesn't keep John Moses Browning from giving Sullivan a tour of his workshop.
6th Jul '12 2:27:53 AM PaulA
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* HistoricalPersonPunchline: The UBF accountant (who helped in the climactic battle, explaining that he fought with the Gordon Highlanders in WorldWarOne), turns out to be [[spoiler:RaymondChandler]].

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* HistoricalPersonPunchline: The UBF accountant (who helped in the climactic battle, explaining that he fought with the Gordon Highlanders in WorldWarOne), turns out to be [[spoiler:RaymondChandler]].[[spoiler:Creator/RaymondChandler]].
15th Jun '12 10:42:19 PM MisterMyst
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* [[spoiler:BiggerBad: The Great Enemy]]
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