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Bloodline (Whyborne & Griffin) (Volume 5) Paperback – September 26, 2014
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Speaking of emotion, it also doesn’t take long before the first gut-punch of sorrow rears its low-hanging head.
This is the most personal and personally affecting of all of the stories so far in this series. The settings, subjects and circle of characters are all much more intimate. It was difficult to separate myself even from the supernatural aspects when things got tough. The heartache is more devastating.
**I wanted to take this cup from her, but no one can swallow the dregs of another’s grief.**
Paired with this, though, is the affection Ival and Grif share and is just as inseparable. The candor, support and desire between them are all deeply embedded and lovingly entangled.
The cast of supporting characters is colorful, including the best of all in Christine. She doesn’t have a lot of page time in this story, but what she does have is 100% Christine in her strengths of friendship and honesty.
Ms. Hawk knows this man Percival Endicott Whyborne. His sometimes unintentional humor. His growing confidence coupled with that streak of little self-awareness when it comes to the affect he can and does have on those dear to him. His desire to do right, not just by others but now for himself.
I thought the mystery was going one direction and then it took a turn and there were two. They were definitely connected but no one knew how, not yet.
Paranormal + historical + mystery + romance + friendship = this book and my contented joy at the rollercoaster of adventure I experienced in reading it. :D
Intensity is a constant companion in this story, even when it dips to nearly imperceptible levels. The conflict is so personal, I found myself often curled up while reading, muscles bunched. The creatures play an unexpected role in this story. In fact, there is a role reversal between human and monster.
This tale is the full realization of what the world of Widdershins has desired to become. These people, they’ve survived, their collective wills to live as they please is a force of strength we all search for and depend on.
If you’ve read the previous books in this series, I’m rather certain you will be thrilled by this latest immersion into the magic that is Whyborne and Griffin. If you’ve yet to try this crafty mix of adventure, romance, the supernatural, mystery and fun, then get thee to Widdershins! Post haste!
Jordan L. Hawk you are a wonderful writer.
Before I can go into the story I have to say once more how I simply enjoy the romance, the love between Whyborne and Griffin. You know they are different for the time period, and they risk so much just loving each other, but Ms. Hawk shows enough home-life that the reader can see how normal they are. They cook, they clean, they have a great cat, they love their best friend Christine, and Griffin adores Whyborne's mother almost as if she is her own.
I also like that both are characterised as men with personalities that most people have. They are not flouncy caricatures of gay men.
Now to the story. This particular story has a lot in it. There is Whyborne's mysterious ancestry, a secret of one of his sibling's, manic cousin's, and the first dent in Whyborne and Griffin's relationship. I think of all the stories so far this one is my favourite. I could read it again tomorrow!
By Jordan L. Hawk
In the fifth of the Whybourne/Griffin novels, more magic and mayhem are to be expected; but in this installment, all hell breaks loose, and new discoveries are heaped on us one after another. Everything we thought we knew is turned asunder.
Gosh, these Widdershins books are fun.
This go-round is very inward-directed. It begins at a birthday party for Percival, grudgingly tacked on to a welcome-home soiree for his older sister Guinevere, long married to an English earl. From this point forward we gradually begin to notice that everything in the narrative seems to swirl around the family we have come to know and—well, to know. There’s the reclusive Helabiel, Percival’s ever-ailing mother; Nial, his obnoxious and cruel industrialist father; Stanford, his corpulent and dissipated elder brother. All of these people have figured in the past books, but here the action can’t seem to get away from them. Plus, we are introduced to twin relatives, Theodore and Fiona Endicott, distant cousins through his mother’s English family. In the midst of all this Whybourne dysfunction, they appear as a breath of fresh air, and their friendship, as well as their appreciation of Percival’s growing skills as a sorcerer, become a bright spot in Percival’s days. “Bloodline,” as the title suggests, is all about the family.
However, there is more to family than blood. Christine Putnam, feminist scholar and colleague at the Ladysmith Museum, continues to be Percival’s sister-at-heart. And, of course, there’s Griffin. It is only with these two that Percival can truly be himself. They are his constant refuge from the harshest aspects of his blood family.
If only Griffin weren’t so fretful about Percival’s use of magic.
The off-kilter fictional Massachusetts city of Widdershins is not for everyone, as book five definitely proves. As an avid reader of both nineteenth-century fiction and historical fiction, I will admit that Hawk doesn’t quite have the lingo down perfectly. It’s not that there are anachronisms (aside from the shocking misunderstanding of the difference between a tailcoat and a tuxedo), or that Percival and Griffin don’t speak properly to their period; it’s just that somehow I never quite buy it. I never quite let go of the fact that I’m reading a contemporary romance/mystery/fantasy.
And that’s OK. Hogwarts never quite felt right to me, either, which didn’t lessen my love of the books.
What Hawk does get right is the relationship between Mr. Whybourne and Mr. Flaherty, both the love and the fear. As other male couples must undoubtedly have done in the late nineteenth century, our two heroes must walk a narrow line between public and private. The greatest courage they show in this series is, ultimately, their devotion to each other. The convoluted plot of “Bloodline” will test their relationship to the highest degree, and the emotional pitch that Hawk achieves in the midst of all the other carryings-on is admirable.
“Bloodline” is something of a climax in the Widdershins series, and as such it could be the finale—but the author promises a new volume in 2015. Now that all the secrets are out, what will Ival and Griffin do next? I can only rub my hands together in gleeful anticipation.
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This book provides a lot of startling discoveries to Whyborne and his family as multiple plotlines from previous books come together in this...Read more