Review: Fallow

cover-fallowTitle: Fallow
Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Series: Whyborne and Griffin #8
Genre: M/M Historical Paranormal
Length: Short novel
Available: Now


When Griffin’s past collides with his present, will it cost the lives of everyone he loves?

Between the threat of a world-ending invasion from the Outside and unwelcome revelations about his own nature, Percival Endicott Whyborne is under a great deal of strain. His husband, Griffin Flaherty, wants to help—but how can he, when Whyborne won’t tell him what’s wrong?

When a man from Griffin’s past murders a sorcerer, the situation grows even more dire. Once a simple farmer from Griffin’s hometown of Fallow, the assassin now bears a terrifying magical corruption, one whose nature even Whyborne can’t explain.

To keep Griffin’s estranged mother safe, they must travel to a dying town in Kansas. But as drought withers the crops of Fallow, a sinister cult sinks its roots deep into the arid soil. And if the cult’s foul harvest isn’t stopped in time, Fallow will be only the first city to fall.

Fallow is the eighth book in the Whyborne & Griffin series, where magic, mystery, and m/m romance collide with Victorian era America.

Source: Bought it

Strange things are happening on the streets of Widdershins – well, stranger than normal. Murder most foul and violent strangers collide with someone from Griffin’s past that send our intrepid team to Kansas, where secrets, mysteries and family are all waiting to ambush them.

Yup, Whyborne and Griffin return with another dig deep into Griffin’s past. We’ve had the pain of his time in the madhouse, a reunion with an estranged brother and this time Griffin is trying to save his mother from a strange corruption that turns ordinary folk into berserker-style assassins. Which is kind of an ordinary day for this lot.

Alongside Griffin’s troubles, Ival is having doubts of his own. After the powerful events in the last book, he’s questioning his own humanity and the ways in which Widdershins may have been collecting people all along. But being Whyborne, of course he doesn’t talk about it. He prefers to brood and sulk and turns his attention to a different mystery instead.

Thank goodness Christine and Iskander are also along to keep these two sensible. Especially Christine, who remains ever awesome. I may build her a shrine.

Anyway, the plot this time is a creepy yarn that unravels slowly at first before building and building in momentum to an unstoppable ending that had me gripping my Kindle and wondering just how they were going to get out of it this time. There are monsters, there is much mayhem and something about those wide open spaces that seem destine to drive everyone involved mad.

There is also more pain for Griffin. His family… wow. Whyborne’s family isn’t perfect, but he’s known this for years and gave up on them as much as they gave up on him. But Griffin so desperately wants to belong. It hurts my heart. The revelations in this book didn’t surprise me, but that didn’t stop them from having an impact. It makes me so glad that Widdershins knows its own.

Which of course leads onto Whyborne and Griffin together. These two, still, after seven books, remain wonderful. Yes, they have communication issues at times, yes, Whyborne’s obliviousness to his attraction to women can get a bit much, and yes, Griffin’s tendency to need to hide to become more acceptable is sad, but when it really matters, these two are just perfect. I love how their relationship continues to develop and deepen and there are some lovely moments between them in this book.

But Christine still remains awesome. Just in case anyone forgot.

So once again JLH has come through with a winner. This series is a phenomenal read from start to here, and this book continues the themes of love, friendship, monsters, mayhem, mysteries and the glorious weirdness that is Widdershins. Like the other Griffin-focused books this is a little more painful than some of the series, but it adds important pieces to the puzzle and definitely keeps the overall plot going. I cannot wait to get back to Widdershins again and see where it all heads next in Drakkenwood.

But I’m going to have to wait because I’ve run out of books. Gah! Oh well, I have a shrine to build in the meantime. Hm… I think I’ll start with some sandstone…

Fallow is Out Now.
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