Review: Maelstrom

cover-maelstromTitle: Maelstrom
Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Series: Whyborne and Griffin #7
Genre: M/M Historical Paranormal
Length: Novel
Available: Now


Between his father’s sudden—and rather suspicious—generosity, and his own rash promise to help Christine plan her wedding, Percival Endicott Whyborne has quite enough to worry about. But when the donation of a mysterious codex to the Ladysmith Museum draws the attention of a murderous cult, Whyborne finds himself in a race against time to unlock its secrets first.

Griffin has a case of his own: the disappearance of an historic map, which quickly escalates to murder. Someone is sacrificing men in dark rituals—and all the clues lead back to the museum.

With their friends Christine and Iskander, Whyborne and Griffin must discover the cult’s true goal before it’s too late. For dark forces are afoot at the very heart of the museum, and they want more than Whyborne’s codex.

They want his life.

Source: Bought it

The action returns to the streets of Widdershins for this seventh installment of this hugely enjoyable series. Christine is getting married(!), Griffin has a car(!) and Whyborne is as lovably grumpy and unwilling to go into company as always. I love how these characters are growing together, as individuals as well as a group, as this series progresses. It also helps that Whyborne and Griffin are just as much in love as ever.

But there’s murder being committed on the streets of Widdershins and a new magical threat is rising. Trouble is never far behind wherever our intrepid heroes venture and it certainly never leaves them when they’re at home. Throw in the fact that both Whyborne and Griffin are still adjusting to the various powers that have become part of their everyday lives and this book is full of peril and adventure and mystery.

Okay, so yes, there is a definite moment where I wanted to shake Ival – and the others – because of all the people to suspect, you pick that one. Really, Ival? Really?! But I suppose it made a change for them to actually suspect someone rather than fumbling blindly about missing the obvious. They still do miss the obvious, but at leas they’re suspicious. Which is progress, of a sort.

But never mind all that, because the heart of these books is always Ival and Griffin, and this time when the danger truly strikes, I really wasn’t sure how they could escape it. But these two, gah, I love these two. Their relationship is wonderful and JLH proves it once again in this book. And things between Ival and his father… just… so much bad history, so much sadness there.

In short, another excellent addition to the series. And one I can’t talk too deeply about without giving things away. Suffice it to say, if you’re already a fan of this series then you don’t need to read this review, just buy the book. If you are new, however, don’t start here. Go back to the beginning and do yourself the immense favour of reading them all. I am so glad that I did.

Maelstrom is Out Now.
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