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Whyborne & Griffin: Book 5
Between his bullying father and dissolute brother, Percival Endicott Whyborne has quite enough problematic family members to deal with. So when his sister returns to Widdershins asking for help solving the mystery of a derelict ship, Whyborne is reluctant to get involved. Until, that is, a brutal murderer strikes, leaving Whyborne and his lover Griffin no choice but to take the case.
The investigation leads them deep into a conspiracy of blackmail, murder, and darkest sorcery. But worst of all are the secrets held within the family itself, one of which will destroy everything Whyborne believed to be true, not only about his family, but about himself.
Whooo this book was a TREAT! I think it’s the BEST of the series yet.
Ok, let me back up. If you haven’t started the Whyborne & Griffin series yet (book 1 is Widdershins), firstly, *stank eye* *judgement* *disappointment* and then secondly, DO IT! You must! I held off for so long and then was so bummed that I’d waited. This entire series is fun and scary and romantic and zany and sweet and a GREAT RIDE. Each book has it’s own flavor but is so consistently “Whyborne & Griffin”.
Now, if you have read the series, I’ll go back to my first line of this review…I think Bloodline is the BEST yet. It’s just…more…of everything we’ve come to love from this series. It’s all the characters at their best. It’s more emotional than the others. It’s more mystical than the others (waaaayyyy more…but we’ll get to that). It’s more ambitious than the others. It’s BRAVER in the writing and where the story goes than the others. I thoroughly enjoyed it. And better yet, I savored it.
Bloodline is all about Percival Endicott Whyborne (my bae!) and dealing with some crazy-ass shit going down with his family. I mean, his family has always been nuts. But this is nuts x1000. At first it’s your typical “my family is sadistic and doesn’t love me and oh yeah calls on demons to rule the world” story. Then it gradually grows into something, if you can believe, darker and scarier and almost Game-of-Thrones’ish as far as family stories go.
The author takes it to a place that, well, once ocean people with shark teeth and tentacles are introduced, felt slightly over-the-top and I thought “Well, here we go. Way to ruin a good story!” But do you know what she did then? She took it FURTHER over the top…so far that suddenly I was surfing the biggest wave and loving the ride! I went with it and became so engaged in the outcome of the story, I had forgotten my previous concerns. Oh to trust the author…! Now, I have NO idea where she can possibly go from here…there’s really no going back. Can’t wait to find out.
Now, it wasn’t all crazy non-humans and power-hungry cousins trying to sleep with you (<-oh, did I neglect to mention that?).
What was also “more” about this story was the emotional pull. MAN…I cried a couple times, I yelled at Whyborne (my bae!) a couple times, I worried for Whyborne and Griffin a couple times, I gawwww’d at their love a couple times, I high-fived Christine when she was angry at Whyborne (my bae!) a couple times…it was just full of feelz and had me more emosh than I’d ever been throughout this series. I was surprised, honestly. And I loved it.
I loved it so much, I missed them when I was done.
So, Ms. Hawk…how quickly can you get us book 6? Asking…for a friend.