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Widdershins (Whyborne & Griffin) (Volume 1) Paperback – March 15, 2013
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Jordan L. Hawk grew up in the wilds of North Carolina, where she was raised on stories of haints and mountain magic by her bootlegging granny and single mother. After using a silver knife in the light of a full moon to summon her true love, she turned her talents to spinning tales. She weaves together couples who need to fall in love, then throws in some evil sorcerers and undead just to make sure they want it bad enough. In Jordan’s world, love might conquer all, but it just as easily could end up in the grave.
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These characters are interesting enough that I want to get the next book right now, but am saving it as a treat for later. This was my first time reading anything remotely Lovecraftian; I tend toward the squeamish and easily spooked, so I've avoided anything that could be remotely labeled 'horror'. This really was the first thing I've read that is in that realm, and I found this touching lightly on the unpleasant and not off-putting at all.
Of course, you cannot live among fantasy/sci-fi/gaming aficionados without some exposure to the place names and concepts. That said, I found the setting compelling and navigable without needing more than a passing familiarity. I think an absolute newcomer would be able to read and enjoy this tale.
The intimacy was just that; intimacy, rather than gratuitous sexy times. It served the story, rather than the opposite.
There were some areas where I felt the pacing was a bit rushed, although it made sense within the arc of the story. Likewise, the dialogue occasionally felt a bit overblown. Again, I think it served the atmosphere, but it pushed me out of the story a bit.
All in all, I found this a delightful diversion, with an appropriate balance between erotica and plot. If you like M/M romance with a bit of supernatural and historical AU, I recommend this book.
It's quite exciting and heartbreaking, tender with the two fellows having suffered horrible tragedies in their pasts and how they come together and help each other out, saving each other a couple of times. They have different strengths and weaknesses with Whyborne focused mostly on his weaknesses, usually down on himself. Lot of close shaves in the book as well, which is pretty exciting, and-well, things get explicit after a while. Some of it might be anachronistic or maybe I'm wrong on that part for the 1890s, but it's still semi-historical and mystical in nature. Check it out if you're interested.