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Sorcerer Percival Endicott Whyborne and his husband Griffin Flaherty have enjoyed an unprecedented stretch of peace and quiet. Unfortunately, the calm is shattered by the arrival of a package from Griffin’s brother Jack, who has uncovered a strange artifact while digging for gold in Alaska. The discovery of a previously unknown civilization could revive the career of their friend Dr. Christine Putnam—or it might kill them all, if the hints of dark sorcery surrounding the find are true.
With Christine and her fiancé Iskander, Whyborne and Griffin must journey to the farthest reaches of the arctic to stop an ancient evil from claiming the life of Griffin’s brother. But in the rough mining camp of Hoarfrost, secrets fly as thickly as the snow, and Whyborne isn’t the only sorcerer drawn by the rumors of magic. Amidst a wilderness of ice and stone, Griffin must either face his greatest fear—or lose everyone he loves.
So, here’s why I LOVE the Whyborne & Griffin series. The MC’s are awesome. The secondary characters are absolutely amazing.. (Christine is a badass, and she and I are bound to marry someday), the bad guys are always awesome, the good guys are not always the good guys, the monsters are not always monsters, and the magic is fantastic.
Now, confession: After reading Bloodline, I honestly had no clue of how this was going to work out. The closing we got in the fifth installment resembled so much the wrap up of a series that I was quite worried because I didn’t know how this was going to continue. It looks like I got my answer… And I’m quite pleased with it. And this is why I trust Jordan L. Hawk.
Hoarfrost is told from both Whyborne and Griffin’s POV – Oh-the-joy!!!. We’ve been reading Whyborne’s POV for practically all of the series, and while I really love the guy, I honestly always craved for more of Griffin’s mind. He’s so fascinating, and beautiful, and EVERYTHING!.
Hoarfrost takes place in Alaska. After Griffin starts communicating with his brother, Jack. Jack tells him that there is something they discovered in Hoarfrost, and our boys, along with Christine and Iskander, set for a new adventure. I loved the change in the narrative. I loved that this time the story was a bit more focused on Griffin. We’ve always known Griffin has his own demons to fight, but this was particularly interesting to read.
I really liked Jack, a lot. Even if in the beginning I really did not understand the man, and he confused me, and I was eternally worried because.. Siblings.. Ha!. We know that siblings in this universe are quite the thing.
Just like it happened in Bloodline, some things that were like loose ends in the past books fall into place here. We get answers to more of our questions, and we get new light in matters that, at least, in my case, I had never even thought of considering. I love where this seems to be going.
I still LOVE Whyborne. I still identify with him more than I’ve identified with other characters I’ve read. I still love his awkwardness, and that even though he’s powerful, and struggles, he still manages to be humble. I love that he’s willing to do anything for the ones he love. I love that he learnt that friends are family by choice.
I still ADMIRE Griffin. I still love how sweet he is. I love that he’s as human as anyone, that he has flaws and shows them. I love that even though he’s been hurt and rejected he always finds a way.
There is SO MUCH LOVE in this book. So much. Whyborne and Griffin’s moments together are beautiful and touching. Their love is as fierce and powerful as it has always been. The fact that they are willing to do anything for each other, risk everything they have to keep the other safe, and stay together is just… Ugh… Wonderful.
And then, there’s Christine, with her usual awesomeness and her now fiancé, Iskander. I feared for her, to be honest. I was worried that she would become, well, what was socially expected and accepted back in the day, and I am pleased to see that this didn’t happen. She found her place, and she found someone who loves her and respects her enough to help her grow, someone who appreciates her.
So, to wrap this up: I loved this. I loved all the little changes. I can’t wait for more, and see where Ms. Hawk takes us. I can’t wait for another wedding – For a bunch of new adventures… and Oh. The. Horror, because for the love of god that this woman leaves me with horrific images that could summon damn scary nightmares… But overall, I can’t wait for more of my boys, and that unique, passionate, love they have for each other.
Title: Hoarfrost (Whyborne & Griffin #6)
Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Release Date: April 21, 2015
Purchase Links: Amazon