Book Reviews

Draakenwood (Whyborne & Griffin 9) by Jordan L. Hawk

Genre Gay / Historical / Urban Fantasy / 19th Century / Magic / Psychic Powers / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller / Horror
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 12-June-2018

Book Blurb

Someone is killing members of the old families…and the evidence points to Whyborne.

Widdershins has been unusually quiet for months. But now a mysterious creature from the Outside is on the loose, assassinating members of the town’s old families by draining their blood. Whyborne and Griffin set out to solve the mystery—but as the evidence piles up, the police begin to suspect Whyborne himself is the murderer.

Now Whyborne must both clear his name and stop the horrors the monster threatens to unleash. His only hope: an alliance with his old enemies the Endicotts.

Because something terrible lurks in the Draakenwood, and it will stop at nothing to seize control of the maelstrom itself.

Draakenwood is the ninth book in the Whyborne & Griffin series, where magic, mystery, and m/m romance collide with Victorian era America.

Book Review

“If we all stand together, we're a force that can shake the whole world.” ~A Day To Remember

No matter how hard he tries, Whyborne, of Jordan L. Hawke's 'Draakenwood', attracts trouble. He enjoys his job at the library, perfecting his magic, and most of all, living with Griffin, even with the threat of their secret being discovered. Whyborne yearns for a quiet, uneventful life, similar to what he has had for the last few months. However, when his father summons him to a midnight meeting with other members of the prominent families in Widdershins, Whyborne feels that his peace is about to come to a screeching halt.

The police call upon Whyborne and Griffin to help solve a crime in which the murder victim has had all their blood drained from the body. Using their unique talents, they may find evidence others miss. As more men from the prominent families of Widdershins are killed, the new, pompous police chief decides it can be no one other than Whyborne himself. Whyborne is arrested and thrown in jail. As if the misery of the cold, dirty jail and unpleasant company isn't bad enough, Whyborne is visited by a member of the Fideles, who uses magic to try to kidnap him. Just as Whyborne is about to be taken, two other people appear to help him. Unfortunately, they are Rupert and Hattie Endicott, two of Whyborne's cousins. Although he is grateful for their interference, Whyborne has no reason to trust them. They are here to suggest a tentative agreement with Whyborne in order to fight the monster and prepare for the coming war with the old masters, who intend to enslave the world.

After the disaster caused by Whyborne's other two cousins, Griffin and everyone else involved, are reluctant to trust and work with them to defeat their mutual enemies. Also, Griffin knows that he and Whyborne and their small group of friends can't do it alone. Weighing this knowledge, they all decide to accept the new cousins’ help. When Griffin, Whyborne's father, Christine, Iskander, and Persephone are kidnapped, Whyborne is devastated. He forms a plan to rescue them from inside the Drakkenwood forest. Along with the Endicotts, Whyborne enlists a surprising assortment of groups to assist them: the police, the librarians' guild, and even Penelope, Whyborne's secretary. With little or no real plan, they assault Draakenwood, praying it's not too late to save the people who are the dearest to Whyborne's heart.

Jordan has a special knack for taking enemies and making them into allies. In this series, particularly in this story, she has helped me understand that Whyborne's father made a lot of mistakes but did what he thought was best at the time. There's a lot of angst and pain for Griffin and Whyborne, but the story is sprinkled with incredibly touching, passionate times, along with some funny ones too, since Griffin is determined to keep introducing newfangled inventions – first cars and then electric lights and the telephone. Their undying devotion to each other continues to inspire me. Thanks, Jordan, for the action-packed story with the usual monsters and mayhem that this series is known for. I look forward to the next installment.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 291 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 02-June-2017
Price $4.99 ebook, $11.99 paperback
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