Between his father's sudden - and rather suspicious - generosity, and his own rash promise to help Christine plan her wedding, Percival Endicott Whyborne has quite enough to worry about. But when the donation of a mysterious codex to the Ladysmith Museum draws the attention of a murderous cult, Whyborne finds himself in a race against time to unlock its secrets first. Griffin has a case of his own: the disappearance of an historic map, which quickly escalates to murder. Someone is sacrificing men in dark rituals - and all the clues lead back to the museum. With their friends Christine and Iskander, Whyborne and Griffin must discover the cult's true goal before it's too late. For dark forces are afoot at the very heart of the museum, and they want more than Whyborne's codex. They want his life.
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"Please tell me there will be more!"
I have never enjoyed a series more. I read Widdershins as an ebook then purchased all of the audiobooks. It's perfect whether you read it or listen to it. The entire series is full of adventure and suspense and love with a few sexy times throughout. You will fall in love with all the characters.
The narration was absolutely fantastic. You could hear the differences in all the characters and the appropriate emotions were expressed quite clearly.
This is definitely a series that will be a re-read over and over.
"Better and better"
Fabulous!! Everything about this series just gets better. The character development gets richer, the sex gets hotter, and the world gets deeper.
I was waiting for this new installment in the Whyborne and Griffin universe in audiobook format since the ebook arrived!
Again, Jordan L. Hawk has astounded me with the story. Her main characters are well defined, powerful, but they also show flaws and self doubt, and that makes them more endearing, related to us in the deepest sense.
Julian G. Simmons performance was, as always, beautiful. He has done such a great job giving these characters a voice to express their love, their hate, their hopes and fears....and their passion.
And again, I can't wait for the next book and audiobook to arrive!
"Another fantastical adventure!"
we're taken on another adventure fighting against those who practice the dark arts and it seems nothing is out of bounds. I personally love the new car and how much Whyborne loathes it. The best moment for me is the spiritual, philosophical, and metaphysical drama near the close of this meaty story! Second best involves Whyborne, Griffin a pair of handcuffs and some wands!
"One of the better ones in the series"
Maelstrom returns again to the town of Widdershince, and honestly, I usually always like those books a bit better than the "travel" entries.
The book provides the usual mix of occult mystery, male / male romance and good supporting characters.
It also adds in many interesting little tidbits again, which nicely round out the experience, mentioning things in passing which are as fr as I can jude well researched and add quite a bit to the atmosphere.
I should really state that I like those kinds of little things which allow the reader to also actually learn something interesting.
Still, if you have not listened to the previous books, just go to Widdershince and start there, while Maelstrom is a very nice entry, I still would say Widdershince is my all time favourite.
For returning readers, I think I can definitely say that Maelstrom is a very satisfying sequel.
I quite liked to see Griffin being more dominant again as well (I missed that and this time felt just right with the two of them), the occult mystery part felt interesting and very nicely creepy and the whole family drama of the Whybornes added nicely to it all without feeling too over the top.
It pretty much had all that I wanted and missed a bit in the previous books.
Perhaps the title giving Maelstrom itself could have been a bit more impressive and incomprehensible still, but any critcisim is extremely minor, I could literally not stop listening and the suspense was very good, even though I saw the culrpit before our heroes did (but I find their reasoning for it perfectly valid).
I already look forward to the next one.
Also, Mr Simmons was nice to listen to as ever, my only wish for him would be to do more audiobooks in general.
I don't think it's possible for me to give this series any less than five stars. The author always seems to be able to take me by surprise, and this time was no different. There were actually several surprises in this one. Mr Simmons continues to do a great job with the voices, changing them just enough to make each character unique. This is another book where the POV switches between Whyborne and Griffin, and at times, even though each chapter says who is 'speaking', I have to really concentrate on whose view it actually is. I'm getting used to it, though, and I've never been thrown out of the story because of it.
Overall, another winner.
"Widdershins knows its own"
I only listen to the audio versions of this particular series.
This is book 7 and in each book a new revelation is made that completely ups the stakes for our heroes. I also like the point of view swaps for the last two books. I like to know what Griffin is thinking and how he reacts.
Julian has completely ruined reading this series for me. I love how he gives life to the characters.
I wouldn't rename it at all. However, this is the first time that the title did not have something to do with the location of the case Whyborne and Griffin are working on (besides the short stories)
I love Jordan and Julian and Whyborne and Griffin and I'm completely prepared to read about them until the bitter end.
"Not my favorite..."
After listening to this, I went directly back to the original "Widdershins" for an encore performance. It's understandable that Whyborne continues to grow, but I miss his temerity and sense of turn-of-the-century propriety. In the six preceding works, Whyborne discovers a new magic skill or talent, but this time he only seemed to rediscover courage that he is, I'm not certain, glad he has or isn't so glad he has. And the fact that some metaphysical embodiment of Widdershins itself saves the day (and Whyborne) seemed an easy out for the situation, especially considering that neither Griffin nor Putnam have much to say about it. This just wasn't working for me personally, although I consider myself a huge fan (and apparently a neighbor) of Jordan, and search for her new releases with each new Audible credit.
Julian, the narrator, has always been spot on through six previous books. But this time, the low, sultry, seductive voice of Griffin is often replaced by Whyborne's slightly effected, higher-pitched and self-conscious voice, even when the chapter title says it's Griffin speaking. Granted, Whyborne's voice needed to change but even that didn't seem sufficiently distinct nor consistent.
Love you Jordan, love this series as well as SPECTRE, and will continue to devour each new Audible release (very anxious for some of the newer ones in other hard-copy series that I hope will appear on Audible very soon), but honestly this one just didn't work for me. Would really love a bit more tension between Whyborne and Griffin. We already know how Whyborne reacted when he thought Griffin might be straying, but...
"Glad I took a chance on this series"
I have a deep-seated dislike of books written in the first person. This meant that although I was intrigued by the premise of this series I was put off from reading them. I had just finished reading the wonderful Magpie Lord series by KJ Charles and was eager to get into a new series. I decided to take a chance on Widdershins, the first book, and 6 books later I am so glad I did. The characters, the plots, and the narration were fantastic. While Whybourbe and Griffin are the heart of the stories I have a soft spot for Christine or more correctly- Dr Putnam.
Jordan L Hawk has a masterful grasp of plot and tension, and each story upped the ante of peril, love and magic. I was also glad to get Griffin's POV in the last two books. I eagerly await the next installment and will now try out other volumes by this extremely talented author.
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