Bloodline (Whyborne & Griffin #5)

     Author: Jordan L Hawk

     Publisher: Self

     Rating: 5 stars

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     Type: Novel From Series

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Blurb:  Between his bullying father and dissolute brother, Percival Endicott Whyborne has quite enough problematic family members to deal with. So when his sister returns to Widdershins asking for help solving the mystery of a derelict ship, Whyborne is reluctant to get involved. Until, that is, a brutal murderer strikes, leaving Whyborne and his lover Griffin no choice but to take the case.

The investigation leads them deep into a conspiracy of blackmail, murder, and darkest sorcery. But worst of all are the secrets held within the family itself, one of which will destroy everything Whyborne believed to be true, not only about his family, but about himself.

 

Review:  This book is AMAZING X INFINITE!! It’s a known fact that I love this series – these characters – to distraction. From the beginning with Widdershins, Jordan L. Hawk’s captivating writing sucked me into Whyborne and Griffin’s exhilarating adventures and never let me go. Bloodline continues that trend while upping the thrill!

From the get go, Bloodline tosses the reader into the midst of full on, enthralling, take no prisoners action. This story is chock full of jaw dropping surprise, thrills, shock, horror and delight. It left me satisfied and grinning like a fool. Many ongoing threads that are woven throughout the previous four books are expounded on, while delivering answers to several big questions. Plan on a huge block of reading time, because you are not going to be able to stop once you start!

The family — that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape, nor, in our inmost hearts, ever quite wish to. ~Dodie Smith

Family, ah yes. Bloodline is such a great title for this story. There are definite blood stains on Whyborne’s murky heritage to be sure. Some in the past…and some very much in the present. Whyborne’s sister, Guinevere, is visiting Widdershins from England. A veiled request from her ultimately finds Whyborne and Griffin – and Christine – attempting to solve a murder. It also turns into an unexpected genealogy lesson for Whyborne, who finds himself confronted with the truth about his relatives, both living and dead. The answers to his lineage are not only unearthed, but are put forth in the flesh. Niles, Heliabel and Stanford all have a bigger role in this book, and we also get introduced to the power hungry Endicott cousins, Theo and Fiona. Seems they share some particular talents with Whyborne, and Theo has a keen interest in sharing more with him. Back off, Theo!! I have held several theories of my own since book one, and was really looking forward to finding out if I was on the right track or not. Turns out I was spot on with a few points, but let me tell you, I was definitely shouting “holy crap- no way- OMG!!” about other revelations and twists. The clues being woven in over several books, along with the general mystique and guess work, are a large part of what makes the series so engrossing, and so much fun.

Throughout the series, Whyborne has struggled with accepting that he is a sorcerer, along with the weight of possible ramifications involved with being one. Alas, he finds himself once again pursuing what he believes to be the correct path, but .…is it? Would he really risk sacrificing his integrity, his friends, his home town, his lover – for power? Oh, I wanted to shake Whyborne hard! I really thought after the events of Necropolis he was going to explore sorcery carefully, and with Griffin’s guidance and blessings. Had he learned nothing!! Ugh, so frustrating! But, then again, it’s so wonderful to have such a huge emotional connection to the characters and their story. Emotional investment is the epitome of the reading experience. Whyborne walked the fine line of using his power for the wrong goals, risking his honor and his relationship with Griffin -thankfully, he ultimately saw his failing before it was too late. What he discovers about his family shocked him to the core, but he was nothing short of brilliant in how he faced up to it. I think I held my breath through the entire climactic battle scene. Hold on, there was more than one climactic battle scene! Be prepared to be completely blown away… and swept away. Jordan’s writing transported me, had me feeling as though I was right there in the middle of the action, and inside the hearts and minds of the characters.

Griffin… what can I say? The man is a freaking rock. He’s got Whyborne’s back, and then some. His three simple words to Whyborne – no, not those words, these: “You are magic” – culminate a whole series worth of emotional push and pull between the two men. Such amazing writing. Have I said I love these guys? Christine once again proves herself to be a loyal friend and ally. I do believe Whyborne considers her his sister from another mister. Do not overthink that one! 😉

Other than the one quote, I’m keeping this review pretty free of specifics. So much is revealed, so many answers are divulged, so many lives are changed. I want readers to discover and experience the brilliant twists and turns for themselves. The dark entities Whyborne and Griffin have faced in the past, such as ghuls, necromancers, yayhos, maniacal cultists, the Dweller of the deep, ancient evil sorceresses … meh… they have nothing on the evil of family scorned….

The wonderful character growth that is so evident in this series is present in spades. I love that Whyborne realized family isn’t all about shared blood. It’s about people accepting you for who you are, wanting you in their life, doing anything for you, and loving you no matter what. The encompassing series arc, mainly the mystery of Whyborne’s family background, his acceptance of his gift of sorcery- and the puzzle of some of Widdershins deepest secrets – reach a great conclusion. In addition to Whyborne continuing to gain and flex his power as a sorcerer, there are still many more open threads to explore. I’m certain Whyborne and Griffin (along with Christine) have many adventures yet to come, and I plan on being right there with them. Indeed the author is working on a book #6!! Oh how I happy danced when that news appeared after the final page of this story! 😀

OK.. two final squees….

-Whyborne’s unruly hair – OMG, ingenious, love!!

-Romance on the beach. Beautiful ending. Sigh ♥ ♥

Get this book now!!

*The cover art is stunning, and created by author Jordan L. Hawk!

 

 

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