Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Series: Whyborne and Griffin #5
Genre: M/M Historical Paranormal
Length: Short novel
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.
Source: Bought it
Oh, Ival. I was often left so disappointed with him in this book. His magic has made him sneaky, and rather than sit down and talk to Griffin about things, he often makes dubious decisions because he doesn’t want to fight. Not that Griffin is entirely innocent in all of this, since he often lets his fears rule him, but Percival is the one who is most deceptive. And I often wanted to shake him for being wilfully blind.
In other words, the fifth tale of this series once again dragged me right in and left me unable to do anything except finish it. This time around the focus is firmly on Ival, his heritage and the power he’s been steadily accruing over the course of the series. This also leads to a lot of strain on his relationships – with Griffin, his family and Christine – but with everything else that’s happening in Widdershins, there is very little time to sit around and mope about any of it.
Murder most foul has hit the streets of the city, along with strange monsters and a curious rhyming prophecy – not to mention a couple of Endicott cousins that seem to understand Percival in a way no one has ever tried before. There’s danger and temptation and plenty of frustration (from me, at Ival’s behaviour mostly) as this tale unfolds and throws in a few surprises that explain one or two things in a way you might not expect.
This book is packed with emotion and personal difficulties for Percival, delving into his feelings and past more deeply than any other story to date. At times it’s heart-wrenching, but it also provides moments of pure sweetness and one scene that made me sigh with happiness. I did feel that some things were a touch predictable and would have expected more suspicion from some characters, but overall it was another deeply enjoyable read from this excellent series. And, as always, left me scrabbling eagerly about for the next one. Thank goodness I bought the box sets.
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