Mac went to New York to follow her dream. She wanted to make a difference, just like the rest of her family, but in a different way. Everyone in her family is in law enforcement in one way or another. Mac wanted to go after the bad guys, but not with guns drawn and fire blazing around her ears. She wanted to deliver them on the front pages, battle with the big guys in New York Times. Just one problemÃ¢?Â¦. No big newspaper will hire a newbie with a new degree in journalism. So Mac ended in the Informer, a seedy tabloid that doesnÃ¢??t care if it truly prints the truth or not Ã¢?? as long as it sells. But Mac IS telling the truth, and soon she comes into SPIÃ¢??s radar.
SPI ( Supernatural Protection & Investigations) protects humans and other supernaturals against the really bad monsters. See, Mac has a special gift, she is a seer, a person who can see through disguises, shields and spells. So whatever you are and no matter how you hide it, Mac can see straight through it. Which suddenly is a VERY handy skill when SPI suddenly stands with a murder who can become invisible, have claws that can go through steel and with a hunger for human flesh that is enormous. There is ONE itsy bitsy problemÃ¢?Â¦.. 48 hours to midnight, Times Square, all those people to celebrate and not only ONE monster, but TWOÃ¢?Â¦. Time is ticking away, and SPI with Mac and Ian (her partner at SPI) is running against time to find ALL the monsters before the entire community of supernaturals is exposed in the worst way possible.
For those who know me all the way back from Dangerous Romance, knows IÃ¢??m a huge fan of Lisa Shearin. I LOVE her Raine Benares series, and was sad when it ended, although Lisa made All Spell Breaks Loose a beautiful and wonderful read.
So when Lisa told everyone she was working on something new, I was excited. DonÃ¢??t get me started on how I felt when I received an e-ARC of The Grendel Affair.
Finally sitting down to start reading, I was easily and quickly caught up in The Grendel Affair. Mac is new to SPI, and her partner Ian is a much more seasoned agent. It does give them some conflicts, especially due to the fact that Mac is a Seer, and she isnÃ¢??t trained in combat. Which was normal procedure for SeerÃ¢??s working for SPI, but then after that small incident where their last SeerÃ¢?Â¦. UhmÃ¢?Â¦. WellÃ¢?Â¦ he didnÃ¢??t come back from the mission, SPI had to reconsider their policy.
Mac is a determined young woman, she wants to be a part of the team, wants to make a difference, and she goes into danger even if her head and body screams at her to run the other way. SheÃ¢??s brave, and she cares about the people she works with. I think itÃ¢??s really cool that she can see through veils, shields and other things, to see people true forms as auras.
Ian is a complex, and yet simple person. His story when told made me understand him so much better, and I liked how protective he was of Mac. Ian is very professional, combat trained in pretty much anything, and missesÃ¢?Â¦ well, almost nothing. And yet, I have a feeling he has underestimated Mac in more than one way. :-)
Since SPI is an investigation and protection of Supernaturals, it would be odd if there werenÃ¢??t any of them working there. There are. Plenty of them. SPI is even lead by one special lady; Vivienne Sagadraco. You might wonder whatÃ¢??s so special about her? Well, she is one tough old lady, drives the SPI with an iron fist, have a wonderful sense for sparkly things, and is called the dragon lady. With good reason. Vivienne is a dragon, a very old and powerful dragon. (Note her LAST name *grins*)A dragon who doesnÃ¢??t take it very nice that someone is attacking her HQ and her employees. Wrong lady to piss off.
There are of course the Ã¢??usualÃ¢?? vampires; Alain Moreau (Vivienne SagadracoÃ¢??s right hand, and lawyer), Yasha (a Russian werewolf), Kenji Hayashi (tech elf), and so many more. I like all the diversity, all the different personalities, working together.
Something else that I truly liked about this book was the fact that Lisa had taken something close to my home (I live in Denmark), and used some of our mythology Ã¢?? the Grendel. I canÃ¢??t begin to describe how cool it is, how fun it is to read about your own mythology written in the pages from one of your favorite authors. And let me tell youÃ¢?Â¦ I so do NOT want to run into a Grendel Ã¢?? EVER. Lisa scared the crap out of me with her description of those beasties!!
Last, one of the things I truly enjoyed from Raine Benares was the humor. Despite everything, I could always count on Lisa delivering a wonderful sense of humor in her books, and she still does. Even in the midst of a fight, a panic attack, I found myself chuckle due to a line or two delivered beautifully.
Being an old fan of LisaÃ¢??s, I can gladly put my hand over my heart and tell you that The Grendel Affair is absolutely, freaking awesome. Wonderfully written, action-packed, a race against time, sprinkled with LisaÃ¢??s wonderful sense of humor and loads of hints for more to come. I am NOT disappointed with her new series at all, and IÃ¢??m looking forward to the next book; The Dragon Conspiracy, which will come in 2014.show more