MtSnow Reviews book #6 in the Whyborne & Griffin series
‘Hoarfrost:Whyborne & Griffin Book #6’ by Jordan L. Hawk published by Jordan L. Hawk, 274 pgs, released April 21, 2015
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.
Why MtSnow read this story:
I was actually just listening to Book 5 ‘Bloodlines’ and just can’t get enough of this mix of horror, paranormal and historical series! Very addictive. And Marc asked if I wanted it, and I said ‘of course!’ without recalling that I’d already purchased it, too *smiles* By the way. Do NOT read out of order, as SO much happened in BLOODLINE, that its a MUST READ, before this one!!
As I’ve followed Whyborne through his growth in sorcery and love for Griffin, I’ve become more fascinated as the author always comes up with new twists and turns, and mysteries to solve. There are also issues of prejudice, class, race, and equality touched upon too. And, I always look forward to seeing the portrayal of Dr. Christine Putnam, while she plays her role as a strong female adventuress right alongside our dear Dr. Percival Endicott-Whyborne. But in this story, we get even more.
We get to travel to the historical gold rush days in far-reaching Alaska, and see our guys all deal with bitter cold, cramped, dirty camps in the frozen tundra, dog sleds, guns, sorcery, avalanches, mountain-climbing, AND, of course, monster dealing. And we get to wonder who the REAL monsters are.
We get a glimpse almost full circle of things that are revealed from the beginning of the series, and we get to see how family plays such an important role for both Whyborne AND Griffin, but for completely different reasons.
And we get to see them grow in their relationship even more, at their own peril as they internalize self doubts about themselves, and what they each deem necessary to protect the other.
There is SO much growth in this story, and I find myself looking forward to their next adventure even more. Highly recommended, and they just keep getting better!
10 of 10 pots of gold
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About the Author:
Jordan L. Hawk grew up in the wilds of North Carolina, where she was raised on stories of haints and mountain magic by her bootlegging granny and single mother. After using a silver knife in the light of a full moon to summon her true love, she turned her talents to spinning tales. She weaves together couples who need to fall in love, then throws in some evil sorcerers and undead just to make sure they want it bad enough. In Jordan’s world, love might conquer all, but it just as easily could end up in the grave.