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Introverted scholar Percival Endicott Whyborne has spent the last few months watching his lover, Griffin Flaherty, come to terms with the rejection of his adoptive family. So when an urgent telegram from Christine summons them to Egypt, Whyborne is reluctant to risk the fragile peace they’ve established. Until, that is, a man who seems as much animal as human tries to murder Whyborne in the museum.
Amidst the ancient ruins of the pharaohs, they must join Christine and face betrayal, murder, and a legendary sorceress risen from the dead. In the forge of the desert heat, the trio will either face their fears and stand together—or shatter the bonds between them forever.
If you haven’t read Jordan L. Hawk’s Whyborne & Griffin series…why the heck not?
I LOVE this series so much. Percival Endicott Whyborne is just one of my favorite characters in books today. He’s funny and unfortunate, grouchy and sweetly uncertain…and I love reading about him and his love, Griffin Flaherty. They make me HAPPY!!!!! For someone who used to read neither historicals nor paranormal books, the W&G series has converted me.
Necropolis is book 4 in the series and that alone makes it a must-read for me. Jordan L. Hawk tells some AMAZING tales and they usually prove equal parts sweet, hot, entertaining, scary, and mysterious.
Necropolis is set in Egypt where Whyborne & Griffin answer the call from their friend Christine, to come visit her at an ancient dig site. Reading about Whyborne in an uncomfortable desert setting was hysterical. He had some classic moments with a camel and a fez and those alone had me in stitches. There were also some really sweet, tender, and openly transparent moments between the 2 lovers, and I could not have been more touched by these scenes.
I did, however, struggle with a few things. One being the overcomplicated storyline about an ancient Egyptian king, his queen, and some hideous dog-like/human-like creatures. Whether it be the difficult names or just the layered back lore, I found myself kind of lost. Though it was definitely scary, as this series tends to be, it was not entirely easy to understand.
The other being the simple fact that Griffin played a very secondary, almost tertiary role in this story and it put the…balance…off a bit. Griffin was not around much on page other than supporting Whyborne’s effort. I love that unwavering support, but throughout the book, I kept thinking, “Where’s Griffin?”…even in scenes when he was technically present. I like them together, as equal partners, helping each other and love each other. Too much to ask? :)
It was fun to read Christine get a bit of her own story. It felt a little like it was her book, to be honest. I love Christine, so I didn’t mind it much. But, I was just craving a little bit more of Whyborne AND Griffin by the end.
All in all, it’s a must-read for fans of the series. But, I have to admit it was my least favorite of the first 4 books (and short story) to date.