Title: The 13th Hex
Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Series: Hexworld #0.5
Genre: M/M Historical Fantasy
Dominic Kopecky dreamed of becoming a member of New York’s Metropolitan Witch Police—a dream dashed when he failed the test for magical aptitude. Now he spends his days drawing the hexes the MWP relies on for their investigations.
But when a murder by patent hex brings crow familiar Rook to his desk, Dominic can’t resist the chance to experience magic. And as the heat grows between Dominic and Rook, so does the danger. Because the case has been declared closed—and someone is willing to kill to keep it that way.
The 13th Hex is the prequel short story to the all-new Hexworld series. If you like shifters, magic, and romance, you’ll love Jordan L. Hawk’s world of witch policemen and the familiars they bond with.
NOTE: This is a previously published work. The title, author, and/or publisher may have changed. The 13th Hex was originally published as part of the Charmed & Dangerous anthology. Only minor details have been altered for this reissue.
Source: Bought it
This is a short, very quick read, but it offers up a tantalising glimpse of what’s to come from this series. As I’ve already read the first novel (Hexbreaker) this was more of a fill-in-the-gaps read, but I still enjoyed it.
Because it’s told exclusively from Dominic’s 3rd person perspective, we learn more about hex magic here than anything else, with Rook and his familiar ways remaining largely mysterious. But since Dominic thinks he’s entirely unmagical – just good with mathematical drawing – there’s still plenty about this world to discover through his eyes. He’s on the edge of the Witch Police world and makes for an excellent entry into the deeper mysteries.
I like Rook, even if his animal traits are rather less obvious than Cicero the cat’s, though he’s certainly confident and brash enough to fit the form. I also can’t help twitching a little over a crow being willingly called after a lesser corvid cousin.
The main mystery itself wraps up rather quicker than I expected, but this is only a short tale and it has a lot to do, what with introducing this whole world and also providing a romance too, so depth and details are a little lacking at times. The romance is pretty swift too, but enjoyable enough for a quick read.
Overall I liked it. On its own it feels a little light, but as a teaser for the main series it does an excellent job. I can’t wait to read more.
The 13th Hex is Out Now.
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