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Hoarfrost (Whyborne & Griffin) (Volume 6) Paperback – April 20, 2015
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The stories are set in the late nineteenth century, with gas lit sinister streets, brawling waterfronts and ridged sexual taboos. Ival would like nothing better than to ponder the mysteries of lost languages, dabble with his book of sorcery, play with their family cat in front of a warm fire, and wrestling between the sheets with his husband in the seclusion of their bedroom. He has never wanted to stray from the comfortable environs of his home town. But the wicked world will not leave Griffin and Whybourne alone. In this adventure, a letter from Griffin's long lost brother, Jack, calls them to the frozen wilderness of Alaska. The additional possibility of an archeological discovery brings their friends Christine and Iskander with them to the icy northland remoteness of Hoarsfrost .
Once off the boat in St. Michael, intrigue ensues. Whispers in dark shadows, brutal knife attacks, and other clues suggested that all is not as it should be. A lost civilization awaits them beneath the frozen walls of a massive glacier. Death from both human and inhuman hands also threatens our lovers as they wander through the maze of an incredible city whose existence upturns all establish understanding of human history.
Romance, adventure, and thrilling dangers abound, as well as the ever growing understanding and love between two very appealing men make for a wonderful read. I hope many more adventures await Ival and Griffin in the future.
The sixth of the Whyborne and Griffin novels is, for me, the best of the lot. It is the payoff that makes reading all the other books worthwhile. This series, with its fictional magic-infused city of Widdershins, Massachusetts, and its almost-but-not-quite-real Edwardian setting, has been fun all along. The monsters and the often outrageous characters can be irritating, but somehow in this book all of that came together in a very compelling, satisfying and emotionally exhausting way.
Sci-fi as written by Anthony Trollope? The Palliser novels as written by Ray Bradbury?
This story is a culmination of sorts. Several threads from past books re-emerge, to be tied together in a dramatic, heart-stopping way. Griffin Flaherty’s and Percival Whyborne’s back-stories come crashing together so as to highlight the uncanny power of Widdershins as a magical magnet, and to shine an intense spotlight on the love that these two unusual men share.
God, this would make a wonderful series of movies. If Hollywood had a brain.
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Hoarfrost is my favorite of the series so far. A lot of that has to do with the fact that we get Griffin's POV in addition to Whyborne's and I...Read more