Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Series: Whyborne and Griffin #6
Genre: M/M Historical Paranormal
Sorcerer Percival Endicott Whyborne and his husband Griffin Flaherty have enjoyed an unprecedented stretch of peace and quiet. Unfortunately, the calm is shattered by the arrival of a package from Griffin’s brother Jack, who has uncovered a strange artifact while digging for gold in Alaska. The discovery of a previously unknown civilization could revive the career of their friend Dr. Christine Putnam—or it might kill them all, if the hints of dark sorcery surrounding the find are true.
With Christine and her fiancé Iskander, Whyborne and Griffin must journey to the farthest reaches of the arctic to stop an ancient evil from claiming the life of Griffin’s brother. But in the rough mining camp of Hoarfrost, secrets fly as thickly as the snow, and Whyborne isn’t the only sorcerer drawn by the rumors of magic. Amidst a wilderness of ice and stone, Griffin must either face his greatest fear—or lose everyone he loves.
Source: Bought it
Six books into the series and, finally, this is a Whyborne AND Griffin book. Yes, Griffin shares the POV, at last! Which is kind of important, because (as with Stormhaven) this is really a Griffin book. Not only because he’s heading off to the wilds of Alaska to meet with his long lost brother, but because of these strange dreams he keeps having. In fact, this book wouldn’t have worked without Griffin’s perspective, and it’s such a delight to finally get his take on everything.
Not that it’s all about Griffin, because of course Whyborne is along for the ride, bringing Christine and Iskander along too. There’s a new mystery to be uncovered and solved in the bitter cold, while poor Ival suffers all kinds of discomforts in pursuit of his new husband’s happiness. But really, these three are just background filler to the fresh drama that’s turned up in Griffin’s life.
Which is kind of a relief, because so much has happened to Whyborne of late that Griffin needed to do some catching up. And boy does he, with plenty of emotional angsting about reuniting with his brother and those dreams of his that won’t go away, but seem to revel in his worst nightmares. While outwardly to the world at large Griffin seems the more confident of the two, this book just reiterates that actually Whyborne is far more secure in himself and also shows just what makes their relationship so special – and all the things that bond them together. Although there’s not a lot of alone time for the two of them, which is a shame, because their romance is always a wonderful thing to read.
I have to admit over the course of the series, I have learnt many things, mostly to be suspicious of everyone and everything, so it does occasionally frustrate me when the characters aren’t quite as cautious as I might expect. With everything they’ve been through, I would expect them to have learnt a lot more than they seem to have. There are a few moments when I winced at certain foolish decisions, but the mystery certainly adds a few more fascinating layers to this world and the monsters this time around both filled in a few gaps and added a new twist to the proceedings.
So in all, I thoroughly enjoyed it, especially the monsters and the ending – that was great. It was also great to get more Griffin than just the two short stories we’ve had to date. More romance would have been lovely and a little less predictability concerning the villains of the piece might have been nice too. But this has Griffin, Ival and Christine together again on long distance adventures, so regardless of anything else, I still loved it. Can’t wait to see how the new aspects of everything turn out in the next book.
Hoarfrost is Out Now.
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