Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: The Grendel Affair
Author: Lisa Shearin
Series: SPI Files #1
Hero/Heroine: Makenna Fraser & Ian Byrne
Genre: M/F Urban Fantasy
Length: 304 pages
Publisher: Ace Books
Release Date: December 31, 2013
Available at: Penguin, Amazon & Barnes and Noble
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Blurb: We’re Supernatural Protection & Investigations, known as SPI. Things that go bump in the night, the monsters you thought didn’t exist? We battle them and keep you safe. But some supernatural baddies are just too big to contain, even for us…
When I moved to New York to become a world famous journalist, I never imagined that snagging a job at a seedy tabloid would change my career path from trashy reporter to undercover agent. I’m Makenna Fraser, a Seer for SPI. I can see through any disguise, shield, or spell that a paranormal pest can come up with. I track down creatures and my partner, Ian Byrne, takes them out.
Our cases are generally pretty routine, but a sickle-wielding serial killer has been prowling the city’s subway tunnels. And the murderer’s not human. The fiend in question, a descendant of Grendel—yes, that Grendel—shares his ancestor’s hatred of parties, revelry, and drunkards. And with New Year’s Eve in Times Square only two days away, we need to bag him quickly. Because if we don’t find him—and the organization behind him—by midnight, our secret’s out and everyone’s time is up.
This is an action-packed story about Mac, who works for Supernatural Protection & Investigations as a seer. Partnered with Ian Byrne, the two track down creatures that go bump in the night causing trouble. When doing an off-the-books night job, they’re just seconds shy of stopping a gruesome paranormal murder. Unfortunately for them, one torn apart human is just the start of the chaos that’s about to unfold.
This was my first book by Ms. Shearin and I must say, I was very surprised by how much I enjoyed it! It reminded me a bit of the movie R.I.P.D. with some of the scenes that took place, mixed with a little Men In Black. The Grendel Affair was filled with suspense involving dragons, werewolves, elves, suicidal Vikings, disgusting ghouls and baby Grendels. I liked the integration of the Grendel creatures and the history behind them. It was interesting to see everything come together and work itself out with just seconds to spare! It was loads of fun, to say the least!
I also enjoyed Mac’s quirky humor and honesty in just how scared and wimpy she is, it was refreshing to read a book about a heroine that didn’t think she had to prove something to everyone else and do things on her own with no help. Mixed with Ian’s stoicism and their bantering, I loved the chemistry between them and the connection that’s slowly blossoming. I have a few small questions still but since this is the start of a series, I think my questions will be answered soon enough in the next book.
All in all, this was a great start to a new series! I loved the characters and all the suspense that kept me on the edge of my seat. I can’t wait to see what comes next for Mac and Ian and hopefully see the connection between them get deeper! And I desperately hope we get more of Rolf! That crazy Viking is just so loveable! Definitely recommended for those who enjoy a good, fun urban fantasy.
Overall Impression: It was amazing!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*