Thursday, August 30, 2018

The Icy Touch by John Shirley

I don't think I've really mentioned it here, since this blog is for books and not shows, but I really love Grimm. Enough that I've watched it twice and I introduced my brother to it. So when I (very belatedly) realised that there were novels to accompany the TV series, I decided to pick it up.

The Icy Touch is set sometime after season two of Grimm - after the Coins, after Juliette has recovered her memories and Hank is aware of the Wesen world. Captain Renard notices that the victim of the latest 'weird' murder is a Drang Zorn and gets Nick and Hank to investigate. But obviously, this is no ordinary Wesen murder and Nick and Hank quickly get pulled into a centuries-old feud and a Wesen criminal ring.

Now, I read this after finishing the whole series so I'm probably a bit biased, but this is what I liked:

First, being able to find out more about Monroe. Monroe is one of my favourite characters and I appreciated the chance to learn more of his backstory and why he's a reformed Blutbad.

Second, knowing more about the history of the Grimms. There are short interludes which take place in the past and it was cool seeing the Grimms of history.

Third, the relative absence of Juliette. Sorry, but I'm not a Juliette fan.

That said, some things were weird. Hank was actually quite irritating in the book, with his inability to understand how the Wesen world works. I mean, Renard was actually more helpful and reasonable compared to him and that's saying a lot. He's still got Nick's back, though, and I guess that's what's important.

Overall, I quite enjoyed this book. It was a short and easy read, and there was enough of a cliffhanger (or perhaps it was a reference to Diana? But that would be quite off the mark) that I'm interested in reading Book 2 of the series.


  1. I wish I had continued watching Grimm. I saw part of the first season, got bored and stopped watching. I heard that was about the time the show got a lot better. One of these days I will try again. :-) I am glad you enjoyed this book! I don't often read books based on television shows, although I know there are some out there I might like.

    1. I think it gets better in the later seasons, when it gets less episodic and an overarching arc is clearer! Hope you try it again(:


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