Book Reviews

Deosil (Whyborne & Griffin Book 11) by Jordan L. Hawk

Genre Gay / Historical / Urban Fantasy / 19th Century / Magic / Psychic Powers / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 11-October-2019

Book Blurb

Whyborne, Griffin, and their friends have faced down cultists, monsters, and sorcerers. But their greatest challenge is now upon them.

On the return voyage from Balefire Manor, Whyborne receives the worst news possible: Widdershins has fallen before the onslaught of the Fideles and their servants. There’s still time to stop the return of the Masters, but that window grows shorter by the hour.

Together with Christine and Iskander, Whyborne and Griffin must reach Widdershins to face the ultimate test—and decide the fate of the world, once and for all.

Book Review

“Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs. The ones you accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile, and who love you no matter what.” ~ Unknown

When Whyborne, of Deosil by Jordan H. Hawk, learns that Widdershins has fallen, he feels the deepest despair he has ever known. After all he has learned, sacrificed, and done to save not only his “family” but Widdershins and the world, it seems that it has all been for naught. The enemy is prevailing, threatening to put an end to all Whyborne holds dear. Even if he and his sister, Persephone, can summon all of the magic at their disposal, it may not be enough.

Although their situation is dire, Whyborne and his friends and family put their heads together and formulate a strategy to get into Widdershins, in order to observe the situation firsthand. They decide that the best course of action is for them to split up. Whyborne’s mother goes to be with her underwater family. Griffin, Christine, and Zander are let off the ship close to Boston, where they will then continue to Widdershins. When they arrive in Boston, they are tired, hungry, and dirty. Griffin suggests the go to the Pinkerton office to use the telephone so they can call Whyborne’s father. Unfortunately, when Whyborne calls Niles, it is not he who answers, but Mrs. Creig, an enemy sorceress they have crossed swords with before. Just after that, they are accosted by zombie-like people who try to capture them. They escape, but just barely. Before leaving Boston, they receive firsthand information from a surprising source – a librarian from the Ladysmith Museum who gives them the most startling news so far. The pharaoh mummy that Christine brought back from Egypt, Nephren-ka has risen from the dead, proclaiming that he is The Lord of All Lands. Could things get any worse?

Whyborne and company continue their journey to Widdershins on horseback, much to Whyborne’s chagrin. They are concerned about everyone in Widdershins, but their first order of business is to rescue Niles. They have a multitude of issues on the way to Widdershins. Each obstacle Whyborne and company encounter leaves Whyborne more despondent than before. Whyborne knows that the others look to him for leadership. Usually he has a solution, but in this circumstance, their only option has been to run away. Whyborne has an almost endless source of magical energy and knowledge, along with many loyal allies, but the Fideles seem to hold all the power cards. Whyborne and his allies don’t know how they are going to defeat the Fideles and the other maleficent forces that are trying to enable the Masters to come back and take over first Widdershins, then the rest of the world, they only know that they must find a way to do so.

First of all, I have to say that this review does not even scratch the surface of this, the final book of a complex, intense, and brilliant series. Throughout the series, I’ve watched Whyborne and Griffin grow and develop, fall in love, make true and loyal friends with both humans and nonhumans alike. Yes, the series is about magic, monsters, and mayhem, but it’s also about love and loyalty and what’s most important in life. A recurring theme in the series is that of family, not just blood, but those they chose. Thank you, Jordan, for introducing me to Whyborne and Griffin and the weird but wonderful world of Widdershins. I shall miss them all.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 65970 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 11-October-2019
Price $4.99 ebook, $11.99 paperback
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