Tuesday, 24 December 2013

URBAN FANTASY TV TIE IN: Grimm 1: The Icy Touch - John Shirley

Release Date: 22/11/13
Publisher:  Titan


Back in the 19th century a Wesen and a Grimm fight to the death. The Grimm wins, but the Wesen's son escapes and vows revenge. In the present day, Captain Renard sends Nick and Hank to investigate a crime cartel named Le Touche Givre (The Icy Touch), who are involved in forced prostitution and drug pushing. Nick gradually realises that their dangerous leader is intent on tracking him down -


OK, so I’m a huge fan of the TV series having loved the concept from the very first episode, however there are times when such a thing only really works in one format and sadly that’s the case with this. Its not that it doesn’t bring it to life, it does but without a lot of the background the reader is left feeling fairly flat as the author obviously is relying on people having seen what has gone before to get the full depth of character, the complex relationships and of course to be up with all the terms that is commonly used within.

Not that it’s a bad thing catering to just that one market, but to be honest with you, its something that I feel is lacking due to not bringing the whole thing to a new audience. It is OK as a book, but for me, I missed the more personal interactions between Nick and Monroe with the whole thing feeling a little flat. OK, so it’s the first book and future titles may improve on this but for me, if you can’t get it fully right with the first title, then you’ve automatically cut off a huge part of your audience for subsequent titles.

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