Hoarfrost

Whyborne & Griffin, Book 6
Narrated by: Julian G. Simmons
Series: Whyborne & Griffin, Book 6
Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
Categories: LGBT, LGBT Studies
4.5 out of 5 stars (290 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Sorcerer Percival Endicott Whyborne and his husband, Griffin Flaherty, have enjoyed an unprecedented stretch of peace and quiet. Unfortunately the calm is shattered by the arrival of a package from Griffin's brother, Jack, who has uncovered a strange artifact while digging for gold in Alaska. The discovery of a previously unknown civilization could revive the career of their friend, Dr. Christine Putnam, or it might kill them all if the hints of dark sorcery surrounding the find are true.

With Christine and her fiancé, Iskander, Whyborne and Griffin must journey to the farthest reaches of the arctic to stop an ancient evil from claiming the life of Griffin's brother. But in the rough mining camp of Hoarfrost, secrets fly as thickly as the snow, and Whyborne isn't the only sorcerer drawn by the rumors of magic. Amidst a wilderness of ice and stone, Griffin must either face his greatest fear or lose everyone he loves.

©2015 Jordan L. Hawk (P)2015 Jordan L. Hawk

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Wonderful addition to a wonderful series

I love this story so much! The development of both Griffin and Wyborne's characters has been especially great in the past two volumes of the series. Both men have deepened so much, as has their love for each other. I also love the fact that Christine has found a love of her own, as she's a truly delightful character and I can't see how anyone could fail to adore her. (Once they get used to her, of course!)

I love that Griffin has found peace with the "monsters" that have been haunting his nightmares and have caused him such terror and heartache. It's a credit to Jordan L. Hawk's talent and depth as a writer that the so-called monsters turn out to have their own side of the story, and are really not monsters at all, once you get to know them. Just like so many other prejudices we hold against our fellow humans. I fell in love with the Umbri and their underground kingdom (queendom?) and hope we'll see more of them in future books.

Thank you, Jordan L. Hawk, for an amazing series of books. You have found yourself a fan. :)

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Love this series

Love these books and the narrator does them so well. Great characters each with a unique voice which is very impressive. the inflections along with excellent dialogue brings them to life in a fabulous world.

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Alaska and Whyborne, hilarious.

The series just gets better as Ms. Hawk builds the world.

The sixth book of the series is going even better. The gang as we will call them now heads up to Alaska to help Griffon's newly reconnected brother Joe at the ruins uncovered. The book takes a new tact with writing from Griffon's perspective almost half the time. I wasn't sure at first but actually it works out pretty well. I am looking forward to Christine getting the same full treatment, which I am sure is going to happen.

The plot itself is also just gets better. Things come back to haunt Whyborne from prior books, more character development and personality is revealed and new enemies and allies are made.

The only thing that disappointed me about this book was the lack of Christine. She is in it, but unlike the previous book she has a fairly minor role. I do like Griffon's larger role, but I am not sure if I prefer him to Christine. I suspect the series will become an ensemble cast eventually. It seems like the best way to keep going with the most plots.

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Awesome Tale! A wonderful adventure and love story!

This was perhaps the best book in the series yet. It wasn't filled with sex for sex sake. The story had more substance than all it's predecessors. LOVE it really is an amazing thing in all its forms! Someone please teach this narrator how to say "anemone" and "crevice". I nearly pulled out my hair listening to him butcher the words. Great book!

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Always An Enjoyable Experience

As usual this has been a truly enjoyable experience; from the story to the narration.
Jumping from Griffin to Whyborne was at first tricky to keep up with but it was worth the effort to get a glimpse into each of their thoughts.
Looking forward to the next one.

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Step aside Indiana Jones

Out of all the stories in the series, this was the best. It has everything.

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More please

I have left this series since the beginning. Each new book is fascinating end wonderful. The characters come alive . My favorite character is Christine. such an array of emotions this is a must read book.

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Very solid continuation of a great series.

Hoarfrost mostly is business as usual, but in a good way.
It spins on the threads of plot delivered before, it adds some new, it gives more hints and explores further...
If you liked the previous books, you will also like this, I would say.

I can really only lay my finger on three things I did feel could have been better (or more to my liking) but none of it is really something missing, it is actually more what I would like for the next ones.

1. No direct appearance of Whyborne senior, I always liked how the father son relationship was worked since it always managed to subtly show that it was more complicated than just the usual "terrible father".
2. Griffin mostly on the receiving end.I just think that he makes the better dominant partner all in all, or it might be that it is that the dynamic in the first two books was more easy to relate to me personally as a gay man.
3. A bit less horror. Continuing the trend of book five in particular, it is more conciliatory towards the "eldritch horrors", which is not bad, but I do hope we get something really alien and scary again.

Other than that, it had good new characters and a very nice building of suspense, since it kept me guessing to what exactly was going on, making it both logical and vague enough to make the guessing fun.

It also elaborated more on magic in a sensible way, I especially liked that it managed to give Whyborne a difficult opponent while still staying true to characterizing him as especially powerful, that was something I really liked since it is easy to mess that up.

I hope we will hear a lot more from Whyborne and Griffin in the future as well!

The narrator also kept up his good work, I do really hope I may hear him in other books too, I like his style and voice for gay fiction and supernatural stories both.

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So Nice to Hear Julian G. Simmons Again

Honestly I'd put this series down for a couple years (wow, actually four years) so it was nice to re-visit these characters. Jordan Hawk writes a creative mystery, and I love the historical ambiance.

I don't even have to mention how great a job Julian G. Simmons does with this series, it was nice to hear him perform an audiobook again.

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Just great!

Again, the latest adventures of Whyborne, Griffin and Christine starts with a letter. This letter is sent by Griffin’s long lost brother Jack and he’s asking them for help with a discovery in the remote parts of the freezing Alaska. To prevent unleashing unknown horrors the two pairs; Whyborne and Griffin and Christine and her recently acquired fiancé Iskander, set off to, Alaska to save Jack and all inhabitants of Hoarfrost.

Once more family is in the heart of the story. This time it’s Griffin’s family. And a brother he hasn’t seen since they were separated as children. Obviously emotions run high, and they aren’t all from the reunion, or that Griffin and Whyborne need to hide their relationship from Jack, but because Griffin is once more faced with the monsters from the past. This time they might just be here to stay.

I love the world Hawk has created and I’m in awe of their imagination and ability to keep the magic up from one book to the other, but keeping it on a level that don’t go “overboard”. So often with this kind of series I’ve noticed that the dangers and threats gets bigger and bigger (at which point I start to lose interest). That never happens with this series, and I love it so much more with every book.

I’d like a moment to talk about Christine. Yes I want to talk about the woman in m/m fiction. She’s been there, prominently, from the beginning, smack dab in the middle of trouble. She’s frank, brash, takes no prisoners and she’s pure awesome. It’s rare (for me at least) to find decently portrayed females in m/m fictions. Ones that aren’t there just to cause trouble and drama, or being the villain of the story. I rarely find them as true best friends, having a huge part of the story, not taking over it though. Hat off to Hawk for this, I’m for one is grateful.

I loved that Hoarfrost was told from both Whyborne and Griffin’s POV. It’s something that I’ve missed in the previous books. Julian G. Simmons has very clear and distinct voices for them both so it was always easy to know who’s “head” you were in at any given moment. To that point, Simmons have many distinct voices for the different characters, human and not. The non-human ones are a bit more interesting as he pushes the limits just a little bit – and brilliantly so I might add.

A copy of this book was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes.

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  • Mrs. E. J. Curtis
  • 03-02-20

Great series

A very enjoyable series that is well written and has likeable characters. Featuring Lovecraftian themes.