Some things should stay buried.
Repressed scholar Percival Endicott Whyborne has two skills: reading dead languages and hiding in his office at the Ladysmith Museum. After the tragic death of the friend he secretly loved, he’s ruthlessly suppressed any desire for another man.
So when handsome ex-Pinkerton Griffin Flaherty approaches him to translate a mysterious book, Whyborne wants to finish the job and get rid of the detective as quickly as possible. Griffin left the Pinkertons following the death of his partner, hoping to start a new life. But the powerful cult that murdered Glenn has taken root in Widdershins, and only the spells in the book can stop them. Spells the intellectual Whyborne doesn’t believe are real.
As the investigation draws the two men closer, Griffin’s rakish charm threatens to shatter Whyborne’s iron control. When the cult resurrects an evil sorcerer who commands terrifying monsters, can Whyborne overcome his fear and learn to trust? Will Griffin let go of his past and risk falling in love? Or will Griffin’s secrets cost Whyborne both his heart and his life?
Trying to review a book 2 years after you read it the first time, might seem kind of strange and also like an impossible task. Fortunately, I have re-read this book, and the entire series in fact, several times over by now, which might show you the level of enthusiasm I have with regards to this series.
On my very first listen of book one, I wasn’t too sure about the narrator, Julian G. Simmons to start with. But he grew on me and it didn’t take long before he was completely under my skin. Three re-listen’s later he IS Whyborne and noone else will do.
The first time I listened I was literally exhausted when I finished. It was such an exiting story and my comments made whilst reading probably sums the experience up quite well:
• 20%: This is gonna be bloody brilliant! I want to know about the sands, tell me! Now!
• 25%: “And then the candle burst into flame.” Argh! I resent my own rules forbidding me to continue this until tomorrow in the car!
• 50%: Was I the only one, who actually shouted out loud: “It’s a trap! Get out!”
• 65%: I really do not have the time to go to work right now! People have risen from the grave and are stealing papyrus for goodness sake!
• 80%: No, Whyborne, no! No, no, no!
• 90%: I cannot believe I have to abandon them right now and go to work! Surely there must be some kind of leave that covers: “I cannot possible concentrate on work as Griffin is being held captive by the Brotherhood and Whyborne is deep undercover in very dangerous company!”
This is a historical paranormal mystery at it’s finest with a romance thrown in, and it is delicious. Ms. Hawk is a true storyteller and the narration of this book is so well done that you are completely immersed into the story. Even when listening for the third time I still get caught in the action, even if I know exactly what will happen next.
Read it! Or even better, listen to it! Greatly recommended. I was so thoroughly entertained all the way through, that this deserves all the stars I can give it.
6 out of 5 stars
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