Title: Necropolis (Whyborne & Griffin #4)
Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Publisher: Jordan L. Hawk
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Introverted scholar Percival Endicott Whyborne has spent the last few months watching his lover, Griffin Flaherty, come to terms with the rejection of his adoptive family. So when an urgent telegram from Christine summons them to Egypt, Whyborne is reluctant to risk the fragile peace they’ve established. Until, that is, a man who seems as much animal as human tries to murder Whyborne in the museum.
Amidst the ancient ruins of the pharaohs, they must join Christine and face betrayal, murder, and a legendary sorceress risen from the dead. In the forge of the desert heat, the trio will either face their fears and stand together—or shatter the bonds between them forever.
Ahh, Ival and Grif. They’re now a year into their cohabitation and enjoying it greatly. It isn’t long before the next cause for adventure becomes clear: they’re needed in Egypt, Christine having sent a short and nearly desperate sounding telegram, imploring them to come and help on her latest dig, her first as leader. So what’s a Whyborne to do? Make his way to Cairo, of course, with Griffin accompanying his dear in order to help their friend.
That’s one of the best things about this book, and the series: how friendship is treated, appreciated and given the time and space to develop and show its importance, joy and challenges. Christine and Whyborne, of course, but also Christine and Griffin, and the element of true friendship within Ival and Grif’s relationship. As a trio, they’re a strong force of nature and amusement. As usual, the “bickering” between Whyborne and Christine is pointedly honest and as snicker inducing as ever. Griffin agrees. Love it!
There is a lot of detail about Egyptian history, the team’s current locations and the mythical creatures they find themselves battling. Now, I eat that stuff up like an endless supply of green m&m’s, so it was fun to become totally immersed in all of it. However, it did bring to light one thing that I felt sometimes took a backseat to the story as a whole: that connection and display of friendship between Christine, Griffin and Whyborne. Whenever a gloriously comical or emotional scene would come up, I found myself thinking “oh! Yes! That’s what I’m looking for!” It would, of course, be difficult to have what is clearly a well-researched and thought out story if it just contained scene after scene of teasing and false exclamations of exasperation and emotional reveals. I so enjoyed the ones that were there, and would have liked a bit more. During the longer stretches between the major interactions between the three, the story felt like it lost a bit of its footing, turning in on itself.
For all of his deeply embedded uncertainty and (seemingly) shallow knowledge of his self-worth, Whyborne shows incredible strength and determination when it comes to those he loves, especially Christine and Griffin. He’s had a lifetime of being told by nearly every corner and facet of society that he is weak, unimportant and unworthy. He’s had a scant number of months, maybe a couple of years at this point, of friendship and love, of Christine and Griffin specifically telling him the exact opposite is true. It takes a long time to make those kinds of changes inside of yourself, to start to believe and make it all real inside your heart. No matter how adamant your loves are in demonstrating that worth, that importance and strength, no matter how much you value their love, it’s a very difficult thing to accomplish and Whyborne is slowly making progress.
Ival & Grif are as beautiful, sweet, sexy, and vocal as ever. They know each other rather well at this point, so their little gestures displayed and interpreted went right to my heart. However, despite how much they’ve learned about each other, they do still have differences, like we all do, and try to work through them, even if success doesn’t come right away.
It does take a while but the story builds momentum and takes a rather unexpected turn. Exciting! And impactful, and it can only result in change, both in perception and relationships.
And then, just as I felt a bit settled after that, there’s yet another twist! And an action sequence worthy of any Indy Jones adventure. My heart was pounding! And, thanks to Ms Hawk’s as always fantastically detailed descriptions, I could picture and smell and hear everything. Intense!
The greatest result of these events is Percival Endicott Whyborne coming to the realization and acceptance of who and what he truly is. Woohoo! Seriously, that’s what it felt like. 🙂
This is the sort of series for which I would recommend reading the books in order. Each story itself is stand-alone but the character development is so very important in each of them and your reading experience would take a hit of you started in the middle. Besides, you now have FOUR books (and a short story crossover with a certain other couple of investigators) in which to completely lose yourself with Whyborne and Griffin. I definitely recommend you do just that. 😉
I would like to thank Jordan L. Hawk for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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