29 October 2014

Stormhaven by Jordan L. Hawk

Mysterious happenings are nothing new to reclusive scholar Percival Endicott Whyborne, but finding one of his colleagues screaming for help in the street is rather unusual. Allan Tambling claims he can’t remember any of the last hour—but someone murdered his uncle, and Allan is covered in blood.

Whyborne’s lover, dashing ex-Pinkerton detective Griffin Flaherty, agrees to prove Allan’s innocence. But when Allan is deemed insane and locked away in the Stormhaven Lunatic Asylum, Griffin finds himself reliving the horrifying memories of his own ordeal inside a madhouse.

Along with their friend Christine, the two men become drawn deeper and deeper into a dark web of conspiracy, magic, and murder. Their only clue: a missing artifact depicting an unknown god. Who stole the artifact, and why can’t Allan remember what happened? And what is the truth behind the terrible experiments conducted on Stormhaven’s forbidden fourth floor?

It will take all of Whyborne’s sorcery and Griffin’s derring-do to stop the murderers and save Allan. But first, they must survive an even greater challenge: a visit from Griffin’s family.
And now we come to book #3 of the Whyborne & Griffin saga. This book takes a remarkable turn from the first two. In Widdershins, Whyborne was a simpleton who kept to himself and thought he would never be able to amount to anything. Until Griffin and the Arcanorum came into his life. In Threshold, we saw him grow as a man. In Stormhaven, we see him grow as something other than just human.
A murder most foul is committed and Griffin and Whyborne are set on trying to prove a man innocent. Only, the man’s been sent to Stormhaven Asylum and Griffin’s memories of being in such a place make it vastly difficult to go and do his work. When the head of the asylum turns out to be the man who stated Griffin was mad and sent him away years ago, this case turns out to be almost more than Griffin can take. Added to the fray, Griffin’s parents come to call, with a cousin they think would make Griffin a perfect wife.
As if that wasn’t enough to be going on, something’s happening with Whyborne. Every night, he suffers through the same aquatic nightmares. Something is calling to him. It wants him. And as his dreams become daymares, it seems this thing may just take him. When Griffin’s parents find out about their relationship and the aquatic being becomes one with Whyborne, it seems Widdershins may suffer the fate it had been teetering on for hundreds of years since Theron Blackbyrne first created it.
Only one thing stands between Widdershins and total destruction. Will Griffin and Whyborne’s love be enough to conquer the god that is set on destroying it? I’m not going to tell you ;) But it’s well worth reading to find out. I’d give it more than 5 stars if I could.
A fitting end to the first three books.
A fitting start to the next ones.
Addendum: The audiobook of Stormhaven
Narrator: Julian G. Simmons
As with the other two books, I cannot highly suggest enough, getting the audio version as well as the ebook version. Once you get hooked, you’ll never want to be without your Whyborne & Griffin. This way, you’ll have it in enough formats to do so.


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