Top positive review
Good likeness to the programme
on 18 August 2017
This is fairly solid novel that keeps faith reasonably well with the style and format of the television show. It clearly states that it is supposed to take place between two episodes towards the end of the second series and actually feels like it does fit into this position as it captures the tone of that period quite successfully. There are also enough references to what is happening in the programme at that time to make it smoothly fit in with the overall narrative direction of the second season.
Unlike the previous Grimm novel, ‘The Icy Touch’, the characterisation in this is actually very close. The behaviour and attitudes of the regulars is much more in line with their television counterparts. Obviously, this being set only in season two Wu doesn’t have a complex a role as he adopts in later seasons and, thus, in this novel he is more often relegated to merely being the guy in ‘uniform’ that assists Nick and Hank. The portrayal of Rosalee seems fine but her role is very limited and she doesn’t appear much, harking back to her early episodes.
Juliette, on the other hand, is quite prominent. But although there is plenty of character content for her and an insight into her life and job not really covered by the programme, her whole role in this novel really has nothing at all to do with the general storyline. Thus, the sequences focussing upon her feel a tad divorced from everything else happening. They become a bit of a pointless subplot; although there is some focus upon her coming to terms with Nick being a Grimm. They also have a tendency to be full of unnecessary, irrelevant scientific/medical terms at times.
Monroe’s friendship/association with Decker provides further insight into his motivations for adopting his ‘vegetarian’ life choices as well as into Blutbad reformation and integration into society. It is angled slightly more at being for comic affect, however, and it isn’t taken too seriously. This gives it a nice contrast with the main plotline for the earlier stages of the novel
It’s a bit difficult to say much about the general story without giving it away. It isn’t that complex anyway and is a little predicable. However, it works well in being quite entertaining and in possessing the ‘flavour’ of the show. It is somewhat more gruesome and macabre than the programme, slipping a bit more into the horror side of things than fairy tale.
A novel that will satisfy fans of the television show.