Book 2 in the Grimm Agency series
Author J. C. Nelson
Narrated by C.S.E Cooney
Audio Format Published by Tantor Media
Publication date Jul 28, 2015
Running time 10 hrs 12 min
Also available in Print and E-Book Formats from Penguin/Ace (February 24, 2015)
Print Length: 338 pages
Isn’t it funny how supernatural creatures are written with augmented human weaknesses or fallibility? If they are SUPERnatural shouldn’t they be above humanity’s characteristics? you know they have magic but are worried about their looks, they have power but are still greedy.
What I see is that these magical abilities or powers do not make supes better “people,” just more power hungry and often evil. If the characters are not evil or such they are often, like the fae in this series, aloof and uncaring about humanity. They have a wide view and humans have a short and personal idea of what is right and wrong.
This book is a demonstration of the above: Queens are the richest and prettiest and they just want to grind everyone down, and most have insane vendettas. Demons, who are much more powerful than we are, still want to make their daddy demon happy. Almost all the characters show a need for approval.
I reviewed the first audiobook in this series last month and I found it hard to follow the intricate world building in an audio format. But, the benefit of having done that one is that this made more sense.
I liked the reciprocal saving of the supernaturals and the humans, particularly Marissa and Ari and Marissa and Grimm, who is an ubersupe, yet not infallible.
And, I like how Marissa saves herself most of the time — how she outwits the nitwits.
I do not like the bespelled dragon guy, Marissa’s beau – he looks too much like an older Gerard Depardieu in my head. I also do not like the killing of man-eating poodles. But, I think Marissa has a plan for dealing with that in the form of a piper she is mentoring for her and Grimm’s agency.
Marissa also has to mature for her relationship with dragon be-spelled metal smith boyfriend as she allows him to go off on a job of his own.
This story reminds me of the line, “This is the way the world ends.” In the end, can one outwit the devil and throw enough sabotage at the four riders of the apocalypse to save the world?