Fallow, by Jordan L. Hawk
Series: Whyborne & Griffin, Book 8
Release Date: August 5, 2016
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Between the threat of a world-ending invasion from the Outside and unwelcome revelations about his own nature, Percival Endicott Whyborne is under a great deal of strain. His husband, Griffin Flaherty, wants to help—but how can he, when Whyborne won’t tell him what’s wrong?
When a man from Griffin’s past murders a sorcerer, the situation grows even more dire. Once a simple farmer from Griffin’s hometown of Fallow, the assassin now bears a terrifying magical corruption, one whose nature even Whyborne can’t explain.
To keep Griffin’s estranged mother safe, they must travel to a dying town in Kansas. But as drought withers the crops of Fallow, a sinister cult sinks its roots deep into the arid soil. And if the cult’s foul harvest isn’t stopped in time, Fallow will be only the first city to fall.
The Whyborne and Griffin books are a nice blend between historical fiction, paranormal, and magical realism. Instead of things being unbelievable, Hawk sets it up so it becomes a normal part of the world instead of some rare thing, and even ties it to the history of the town she made up.
Hawk is able to keep up the timeline and she brings up certain characters/events multiple times without making things stale or repetitive. Each book also centers around the three–later four– main characters, while also adding new characters to avoid making things too confusing.
This series has my favorite M/M pairing (Whyborne & Griffin) as well as my favorite secondary lady character in an M/M book (Christine). The writing is very strong, and while the stories to tend to get serious at points there is always a good balance between the humor and danger. The main characters do a lot to set the tone of the book, which I believe is a credit to Hawk’s writing.
These are books I just enjoy reading.
With other series, you can skip some of the books and the newest one still makes sense. However, with this series you are going to be very lost if you don’t read in order.
Fallow was a wonderful– and mighty fulfilling– continuation from Maelstrom (Book 7) (including the magical remnants that stayed with our heroes). Unlike the books that came before, this book focuses more on Griffin and even has the gang returning to where Griffin grew up. This is hard to bring up without spoiling anything, but I really like how Hawk dealt with some of the family drama that came up in previous books.
The only thing that I didn’t really like was the perspective switch between Griffin and Whyborne. It made some scenes hard to track, and made it confusing to figure out who was “talking”. Even though the narration could be confusing at times it did not detract from my enjoyment of the story.
At any rate I really enjoyed the latest book in the series and would highly recommend it!
Jordan L. Hawk grew up in North Carolina and forgot to ever leave. Childhood tales of mountain ghosts and mysterious creatures gave her a life-long love of things that go bump in the night. When she isn’t writing, she brews her own beer and tries to keep her cats from destroying the house. Her best-selling Whyborne & Griffin series (beginning with Widdershins) can be found in print, ebook, and audiobook at Amazon and other online retailers.
You can find Jordan on her website at http://jordanlhawk.com/
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.