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The Grendel Affair by Lisa ShearinReview: Overall 4, In Nomine 3

The Grendel Affair is the first book of Lisa Shearin’s SPI Files series. It follows the adventures of Ian Byrne and Makenna Fraser, ex cop and tabloid journalist, as they secretly hunt down a pod of grendeleh in order to prevent a massacre at Times Square.

On the whole I felt it was an enjoyable but uninspired work of urban fantasy. For that genre I would suggest Jim Butcher or Neil Gaiman. For stories of Grendel, the Seamus Heaney translation of Beowulf is quite good.

But if you’re looking for a story of fantastic creatures where good (or at least status quo) fights evil and mankind cannot be made aware of the struggle, there are worse things to read than The Grendel Affair.

Rogues’ Gallery


If you want Grendel to be more focused on the fear of slaughter than on actual slaughter, switch the Corporeal and Ethereal Forces.

Grendel, Spirit of Slaughter

Corporeal Forces: 4 (Strength)
Ethereal Forces: 3
Celestial Forces: 2

Elements: Struggle (Slaughter), Emotions (Fear)

Affinities: Puissance (Strong), Fear (Moderate), Speed (Moderate), Obscurement (Moderate), Terrain: Swamp (Minor)

Skills: Dodge 4, Fighting 4, Move Silently 4, Survival 4

Songs: Might, Healing

Numinous Corpus: Claws, Fangs, Skin (may be permanent part of vessel)

Dread: Being Injured (more than 9 hits of damage)