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Between his father’s sudden—and rather suspicious—generosity, and his own rash promise to help Christine plan her wedding, Percival Endicott Whyborne has quite enough to worry about. But when the donation of a mysterious codex to the Ladysmith Museum draws the attention of a murderous cult, Whyborne finds himself in a race against time to unlock its secrets first.
Griffin has a case of his own: the disappearance of an historic map, which quickly escalates to murder. Someone is sacrificing men in dark rituals—and all the clues lead back to the museum.
With their friends Christine and Iskander, Whyborne and Griffin must discover the cult’s true goal before it’s too late. For dark forces are afoot at the very heart of the museum, and they want more than Whyborne’s codex.
They want his life.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS SERIES!!!!!!
This journey through the first seven books has been epic and one of my favorite reading experiences ever! I honestly don’t ever want it to end!
I am such a fan of long series (more than 3 books) with a singular main-couple as the focus. Whyborne & Griffin are in my TOP COUPLES list along with Vic & Jacob (PsyCop), Jory & Sam (Matter of Time), and Ty & Zane (Cut & Run). All of these couples share long series in common…the established couple. The couple whose love grows stronger and stronger and stands the test of time. Who come to just KNOW each other so well and love each other so deeply.
Maelstrom is book 7 of this series and it is unsurprisingly FABULOUS.
Whyborne is at his surliest. Griffin is at his charming’est. Christine is at her spunkiest. And the bad guys and spirits are at their evilest.
What I like about where this series is going is that the magic and spiritual aspects of the story are now no longer a secret. Cat’s out of the bag. So more and more people know and sorta-understand that there’s something special about our boy Whyborne. And though he hates that, I kinda love it. And I love that Griffin has his own powers. So when it comes to their mystery-solving, they’re more of a team than ever!
I also love that Jordan L. Hawk is unafraid to go to some really NUTSO places in this series. This is ancient cult magic and powers we’re talking about after all. And in this book, there’s a “stolen identity” plot twist that had me freaking out, cracking up, biting my nails in worry, and whooping in joy! All the emotions! Brilliantly written.
The author also keeps pushing the explorations of sensitive emotions in our characters. Whyborne finds himself in a very insecure, rattled, uncertain, jealous place as he deals with his father’s changing behavior towards him and his friends. This whole part of the book had me in tears and I felt such a connection to the MC at this point and wanted to hug him to squeeze the paranoia out of him.
And every scene dealing with Griffin in his new car, driving…I DIED of amusement. SO HYSTERICAL!
All in all, book 7 is one of my favorite of the series. I just had such a great time reading this and missed the characters of Whyborne and Griffin when the book was done! #bookfunk