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Undertow: A Whyborne & Griffin Universe Story Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B01MXZF16Q
- Publisher : Widdershins Press LLC (January 20, 2017)
- Publication date : January 20, 2017
- Language: : English
- File size : 354 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 91 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #477,683 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Hawk didn't disappoint me: Maggie's voice is true and clear, and different enough from Percival Whyborne and Griffin Flaherty's voices to stand out while sharing many of the men's insecurities. (Seriously, it's not a Hawk book if someone isn't feeling unworthy of being loved or regretting not making the first move. It's part of what I love about her books.) The action sequences are as thrilling as ever, and we get more details on the nature of the Ketoi race that Persephone comes from. And seriously, again: who can resist a fight sequence featuring the Fighting Librarians of the Nathaniel R. Ladysmith Museum?
The novella is just the right length for the story at hand, taking place as it does concurrently with the series novel "Fallow." It also made me hope for further Maggie/Persephone novellas. It also made me hope Hawk will also give us a Chrstine/Kander novella (yes, I know, they're a straight couple ... they still deserve a turn in the spotlight!).
This takes a bit of time to build, but it works, especially in terms of Maggie, our Miss Parkhurst, and the arc through which her story travels. We learn about how she came to be in Widdershins, experience her intelligence, and watch as her innate strengths gain power and momentum.
Hawk doesn't spend much time setting the scene in terms of what we already know about Maggie. It seems a statement of the obvs, but we already know a decent amount about her through the eyes of many others. That we begin to get more of a sense of who she is from the beginning, it allows for the slow build without it feeling as if there's deliberate, aka annoying, delay in the natural progression of Maggie and her story.
I do wish there'd be more of Persephone. She's the epitome of intriguing and, despite her growing role in the last few Ival and Grif stories, I want more. It made the story feel uneven at times, that there wasn't more of her. A tease for future stories? Hmmm? ;)
This leads me to my next thought, and hope: this could become a robust series on its own. Maggie and Persephone would have their own adventures, in multiple locations, as well as time in Widdershins, both with and without Ival and Grif and the gang. Both of these women have so much more to share, with us and each other. Part of me was expecting Whyborne and Griffin to show up, but it wouldn't have worked. This is all about Maggie and Persephone.
Best supporting character statuette goes to: Mr. Quinn. What's his dealio, fo reals? He presents as one of the "good guys" but has some... obvious yet still unseen tendencies.
Also, wait til Ival and Grif find out about Maggie and Persephone! Talk about opportunities for awkward, sweet, humor, and much more.
This passage goes to the heart of Maggie's journey in this story:
Q: Oh God, Persephone. Why hadn’t I just taken the initiative once in my life and told her how I felt? That I’d fallen in love with her. And maybe she would have laughed, but at least I wouldn’t be sitting here with regret like a stone in my chest, crushing the breath out of me.
I dashed the tears impatiently away. Now wasn’t the time to crumble. If the worst had happened, if Persephone hadn’t made it, then the ketoi would have no idea of the plot against them. Which meant I had to get out of here and find help. /Q
This is an important, entertaining, and enticing further expansion of Widdershins and the characters within whom we adore. :)
Solid. Lots of action, no real emotional angst which I quite like but just so one knows.... Usually it's a pet peeve of mine for there to be lots of descriptions of salt and the ocean for lesbian books (sarah waters oyster girls, etc) but since the character does actually come FROM the sea, it seems a bit silly to have a problem with it ;)
BUT IT WAS WORTH IT!
I saw that one review said she acted out of character, but I think that Maggie never had a chance to act as strong as she is. She always had Whyborne or Griffin to fall back to. Now she doesn't. She got to stretch her legs and show that she is capable. Not to the extent of the heavy hitters of the series, but she can hold her own. She has strength.
Top reviews from other countries
Things I particularly loved about this story – Persephone. I love how fierce she is and how thoroughly herself she remains, even with all the recent changes in her life. She is brilliant and her attempts to woo Maggie just filled me with happiness – especially when she threw the bag out of the window. She’s marvellous and getting to see her play her part as Widdershins and work with the Maelstrom was wonderful.
Also: the librarians! They are awesome and continue to be so. Loved seeing them going to war again. So creepy, so strange and so perfectly, perfectly Widdershins. Mr Quinn remains the best.
When it came to Maggie, though, I’ll admit I was a little underwhelmed. She is very oblivious, especially when it comes to Persephone. I did find her thoughts about Whyborne and Griffin’s close friendship amusing, and I would love to read her reaction when someone tells her (because let’s be honest, she’ll never realise on her own). And I know not everyone can be brave and bold and daring, but there were a few times I just wanted to shove her forward to get involved a bit quicker. Ultimately, Maggie does find her courage when she needs to, of course, but mostly I found her less than compelling and kind of bland compared to Persephone.
Overall, though, I liked this. Persephone and the librarians stole all the glory, of course, but the mystery was interesting and it was nice to see Maggie get her chance to shine at last. In all, a nice little addition to this fabulous series – though it only makes me more impatient for the next W&G book to come out.
This story was truly magical I love these stories so much.