Thursday, June 01, 2017

Pre-release Review: Draakenwood (Whyborne & Griffin #9) by Jordan L. Hawk

draakenwoodTitle ~ Draakenwood (Whyborne & Griffin #9)

Author ~ Jordan L. Hawk

Published ~  2nd June 2017

Genre ~ Paranormal M/M Romance, Fantasy





Someone is killing members of the old families…and the evidence points to Whyborne.
Widdershins has been unusually quiet for months. But now a mysterious creature from the Outside is on the loose, assassinating members of the town’s old families by draining their blood. Whyborne and Griffin set out to solve the mystery—but as the evidence piles up, the police begin to suspect Whyborne himself is the murderer.
Now Whyborne must both clear his name and stop the horrors the monster threatens to unleash. His only hope: an alliance with his old enemies the Endicotts.
Because something terrible lurks in the Draakenwood, and it will stop at nothing to seize control of the maelstrom itself.
Draakenwood is the ninth book in the Whyborne & Griffin series, where magic, mystery, and m/m romance collide with Victorian era America.


Cheryl’s Review

This is the 9th book in the Whyborne and Griffin series. I’ve read a few and this book makes me wonder (not for the first time) why the heck I haven’t read them all.

Even though it’s book 9 in the series, it can easily be read by someone who is not familiar with the previous books. The two men live in a very rich world, have a complex history and are surrounded by wonderful, three dimensional characters, yet the author still manages to weave her magic in such a way that you know them right away and everything else comes out naturally as we go along.

As with other books I’ve read by this author we drop in on the characters in the middle of the action. It might not be the most high-action scene but there is definitely something going on and we’re right in there with them, with no pre-able.

One of my favourite things about all the author’s books is how she manages to paint very vivid pictures without actually describing them. This may sound strange but it’s built up in layers. This character mentions one thing, that character another, and the author contributes a little and suddenly we’re in a barn, or at the side of a river, or a cemetery. It’s the same with characters. It does mean that you have to have the patience to wait while the layers build up, but I’ve never been a believer in spoon feeding readers. We should have to do SOME of the work.

There are plenty of mentions of events in past books, but they are more in the way Sherlock Holmes might mention – a similar object was discovered on the body of the maid in The Case of The Golden Dildo. We know something happened last year on a bridge, but we don’t need to know what happened, only what consequences are relevant to this story, which are explained.

The writing, as always is elegant and vivid. The story carries you along and I don’t think this is the kind of book you can read in one sitting, at least not without missing precious details. It’s a book to be savoured with a glass of good wine in your favourite reading spot and strictly no interruptions.

There is only one reason I haven’t given this book 5 stars. I give 5 stars very rarely to allow me to distinguish the truly exceptional from the simply great. Whilst this book is great, amazing even, I like some of the author’s other books better. The Hex series is the one that really holds my heart, and although the writing isn’t quite as rich and elegant, I will always be in love with Hainted.

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