I have read a lot by this author and I read the first four SPECTR novellas so to read number five was a must, because Jordan L Hawk always leaves a cliffhanger/intriguing ending in these paranormal tales.
Title: Destroyer of Worlds
Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Publisher: Cafepress www.jordanlhawk.com
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
After becoming possessed by the vampire spirit Gray, telekinetic Caleb Jansen thought his situation couldn’t get any worse. But that was before Graham Forsyth, head of SPECTR’s sinister Research Division, took him into custody.
Forsyth claims he can exorcise Gray before the forty-day time limit runs out. But once at RD, Caleb and Gray find themselves ensnared in a web of lies. What is the truth behind the tests Forsyth is performing on them? What does the agency really plan to do with Gray? And most worrisome of all, why does Gray sense demons within the walls of RD’s compound?
Caleb’s boyfriend, SPECTR agent John Starkweather, has suspicions of his own. With the help of his friend Sean and a shadowy organization known only by their symbol of a moth, John intends to save Caleb and Gray at any cost.
But when divided loyalties threaten his last chance at exorcism, Caleb discovers love may come at a price higher than he’d ever imagined.
This is the fifth in the SPECTR series and continues the adventures and relationship of Caleb Jansen, John Starkweather and Gray. Caleb was accidentally ‘possessed’ by Gray a ‘drakul’, who is a form of disembodied vampire, who dines on the ‘etheric energy’ released in the blood of Non Human Entities. Gray is very powerful and as such intrigues and terrifies SPECTR, in fairly equal measure. The dynamic between John, the SPECTR agent and Caleb/Gray is the lynchpin of these stories and very enjoyable. The paranormal SPECTR tales are all standalone, in that they are resolved within each episode. However, the overriding arc of the series, concerning the relationship between John and his boyfriend Caleb/Gray, means they should be read in order. I am usually annoyed at episodic books like this, as it often feels like a cynical attempt of publishers to make more money out of readers. In this case though, the length is long enough to contain a well written, enjoyable plot line and as is the case in ‘Destroyer of Worlds’, one very hot sex scene. They are also very reasonably priced and so it just feels like a long story presented in regular episodes. The drama in this episode is provided by a well known plot device, the hero/heroine in danger, of course it’s hero here and the lover must race to his rescue, although Jordan L. Hawke of course provides a twist on this. I sometimes wonder why Caleb and Gray love John Starkweather, as compared to them, I find him a bit bland but the ‘thought bantering’ between Caleb and Gray more than makes up for the banter I usually enjoy between my ‘lovers’. Gray, the disembodied vampire is adorable, straightforward, naive and enjoying his time joined with a live human, rather than an animated corpse. His possession of Caleb has improved both of their lives although Caleb doesn’t really see it quite like that. In this episode Caleb will have to make a very difficult decision that will affect them all forever.
I love the world building in these 5 books and am consistently amazed by Jordan’s use of a mixture of Egyptian Gods and Goddesses combined with Wiccan ceremony and ritual with Greek and Pagan supernatural entities. This would appal the purist or classicist but it is written with such surety that it just becomes a part of the whole enjoyable textual ride!
I have deducted 1* as I do believe that I would have enjoyed this slightly more as one long novel but although I was given this as an ARC to read, I have purchased the other four myself, which must say something.
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Jordan L. Hawk grew up in the wilds of North Carolina, where she was raised on stories of haints and mountain magic by her bootlegging granny. After using a silver knife in the light of a full moon to summon her true love, she turned her talents to spinning tales. She weaves together couples who need to fall in love, then throws in some evil sorcerers and undead just to make sure they want it bad enough. In Jordan’s world, love might conquer all, but it just as easily could end up in the grave.
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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