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Grendel & Beowulf: Urban Magick & Folklore Paperback – September 26, 2022
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Once upon a time, in our ordinary world, there was a grandmother.
She was reborn as a Vampire in a world of Magick.
The grandmother de-aged. Her ailments healed, her body became strong, and her wrinkles faded.
Her wisdom, however, did not diminish. She knew monsters need monstrous names so they never forget the monsters they are.
She named herself Grendel, after the medieval haunter of borderlands and drinker of warriors’ blood, slain by the hero Beowulf.
The name seems appropriate. Grendel the Grandmother haunts the borderlands and drinks the blood of (mostly) evil warriors.
But in a Magickal world, names don’t just have meanings, they are prophecies.
And a new hero is rising. He has been molded since birth to fight evil, and been given the tools and skills to vanquish the most insidious evil of all: Vampires.
His name is Beowulf, and he’s coming for Grendel.
- ASIN : B0BFV43GCN
- Publisher : Independently published (September 26, 2022)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 306 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8849346441
- Item Weight : 11.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.77 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,292,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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But in THIS book, she is de-aging (totally normal vampire behavior) and rediscovering parts of herself she thought were lost forever. She doesn't love that - finds it massively inconvenient, actually - and that makes the interplay between Grendel and Beowulf wonderfully complex.
Grendel is great. Funny and quirky and wise. I just love her. Bayo (vampire hunter that he is) is not my favorite hero. I'm ready for him to mature and stop making Grendel pull him along with her vampire powers bc he's feeling worried or insecure - that's a bad look, Bayo! However, in his clarity and drive...there is something beautifully innocent and pure and I love that for Grendel and what it means for her in a relationship. And I think his growth is about to go turbo in the next installment. So I'm hopeful at what comes next for these two.
Gockel excels at writing complex and thoughtful narratives. This one is a true romance (my personal favorite). We've got her hallmark contrasts and questions she pulls her characters through which makes her writing so much richer than a lot of the fantasy romance out there. We're contrasting order, freedom, life, death, chaos and creation and I have every reason to believe these themes will grow in tension and complexity with the next book: Mother of Monsters.
This is a wonderful addition to Gockel's body of work!
I have to say that this story was not what I expected and the journey the reader goes on is one that is exciting and unexpected. Bayo has come to kill Grendel and she knows it. She calls him Nemesis throughout the story because she knows the tale of their namesakes. I really enjoyed how she handled Bayo throughout the story.
Bayo is now on the journey that he was fated to do which is to find and kill Grendel. That fate was given to him when his father named him after his birth. He grew up in a cult that looked like a religion and was taught all vampires were evil and needed to be killed. He totally believed that they were all blood thirsty and lusted for power. When he goes off to find Grendel is the first time he leaves the country/states where he was born and raised. This new adventure opens him up to new ways of thinking.
When these two characters meet and end up forming an allegiance of sorts, you start to see them both grow. You get caught up in their adventures and find yourself, as the reader, rooting for them. I cannot say much more without giving away spoilers. This story is well worth reading. I cannot wait for the next book.
I recommend when you decide to start reading you make sure you have enough time available to read the whole thing, because once started you’ll find it hard to put down.