Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Jordan L. Hawk
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Between his bullying father and dissolute brother, Percival Endicott Whyborne has quite enough problematic family members to deal with. So when his sister returns to Widdershins asking for help solving the mystery of a derelict ship, Whyborne is reluctant to get involved. Until, that is, a brutal murderer strikes, leaving Whyborne and his lover Griffin no choice but to take the case.
The investigation leads them deep into a conspiracy of blackmail, murder, and darkest sorcery. But worst of all are the secrets held within the family itself, one of which will destroy everything Whyborne believed to be true, not only about his family, but about himself.
It doesn’t take long before Whyborne and Griffin are headed towards a mystery. This mystery is the best kind of messy and jumbled pile of family, intimacy and heavy emotion.
Speaking of emotion, it also doesn’t take long before the first gut-punch of sorrow rears its low-hanging head.
This is the most personal and personally affecting of all of the stories so far in this series. The settings, subjects and circle of characters are all much more intimate. It was difficult to separate myself even from the supernatural aspects when things got tough. The heartache is more devastating.
I wanted to take this cup from her, but no one can swallow the dregs of another’s grief.
Paired with this, though, is the affection Ival and Grif share and is just as inseparable. The candor, support and desire between them are all deeply embedded and lovingly entangled.
The cast of supporting characters is colorful, including the best of all in Christine. She doesn’t have a lot of page time in this story, but what she does have is 100% Christine in her strengths of friendship and honesty.
Ms. Hawk knows this man Percival Endicott Whyborne. His sometimes unintentional humor. His growing confidence coupled with that streak of little self-awareness when it comes to the affect he can and does have on those dear to him. His desire to do right, not just by others but now for himself.
I thought the mystery was going one direction and then it took a turn and there were two. They were definitely connected but no one knew how, not yet.
Paranormal + historical + mystery + romance + friendship = this book and my contented joy at the rollercoaster of adventure I experienced in reading it. 😀
Intensity is a constant companion in this story, even when it dips to nearly imperceptible levels. The conflict is so personal, I found myself often curled up while reading, muscles bunched. The creatures play an unexpected role in this story. In fact, there is a role reversal between human and monster.
This tale is the full realization of what the world of Widdershins has desired to become. These people, they’ve survived, their collective wills to live as they please is a force of strength we all search for and depend on.
If you’ve read the previous books in this series, I’m rather certain you will be thrilled by this latest immersion into the magic that is Whyborne and Griffin. If you’ve yet to try this crafty mix of adventure, romance, the supernatural, mystery and fun, then get thee to Widdershins! Post haste!
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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