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When Griffin’s past collides with his present, will it cost the lives of everyone he loves? 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 mWhen Griffin’s past collides with his present, will it cost the lives of everyone he loves? 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. Fallow is the eighth book in the Whyborne & Griffin series, where magic, mystery, and m/m romance collide with Victorian era America....

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fallow Reviews

  • Nick Pageant
    2019-03-07 08:10

    Another amazing installment. Ival is still the amusing, unassuming sorcerer next door. Griffin is still my boyfriend. And, once again, Christine rocked my socks.

  • Ms. Smartarse
    2019-03-17 10:18

    In the middle of nowhere there's a forgotten little town named Fallow. Not much is happening there, save for its gradual but steady decline in population. Some time ago, there was this huge scandal with the young Flaherty boy and his indecent hobby, but things eventually died down. Or so they should have, if it weren't for some people, who juuuuust couldn't move on.In the meantime, everyone's favorite private detective has bigger fish to fry than remembering old history. After all, ancient history is threatening to destroy the world. But then life is never easy, and Griffin finds himself in urgent need of switching priorities. Of course, his beloved husband, and two best friends are there for him at all times... even if they have to dress up as "normal", to do so."We're newlyweds, you see, and-""Stop dawdling and get inside, man!"[Whyborne] glimpsed the maid doubled over in silent laughter before Christine forcefully shut the door.But then everything can be overcome if you have your loved ones' support... or did I speak to soon?If there is one setting that just screams creepy horror story to me, it's a corn field in bum-fuck-nowhere Nebraska. All courtesy of the 2009 movie adaptation of Children of the Corn. I haven't read the book, but the movie left me all sorts of chilled and creeped out for months. With that imagery in mind, Fallow was the absolute perfect setting for our heroes to confront yet another monster, on their way to... erm I'm not entirely sure what the series' end game is yet, tbh.Score: 4/5 starsA fun an engaging story, that shed some more light on Griffin's background, his family, and atrocities that make magical monsters seem downright acceptable. Sort of. Other than that: plenty of action scenes, some funny outtakes, and not to forget the steamy romantic stuff, to keep the reader coming back for more.On a completely unrelated tangent, why does Google consider dried up ground sexy? Or rather: since when has the Interwebs become so metaphor savvy?!============Review of book 1: WiddershinsReview of book 1.5: EidolonReview of book 2: ThresholdReview of book 3: StormhavenReview of book 4: NecropolisReview of book 5: BloodlineReview of book 6: HoarfrostReview of book 7: Maelstrom

  • Alisa
    2019-02-25 06:16

    So I'm going to completely ignore the fact that this cover makes my baby Griffin looks like a pervy creeper and just talk about the book. This was another great installment that found the group going back to the town my boyfriend Griffin, who is in fact Not a pervy creeper, grew up in. This was an action packed story that I found really creative and I enjoyed every minute of it. There were also some really touching moments between Griffin (not a pervy creeper) and Whyborne. These two make me go "aahh" almost every book with their swoon worthy declarations. Of course Christine and Kander were along for the ride and as usual Christine stole every scene she was in. (When I grow up I want to be Christine)So.....another great installment for me. **pulls up old books and pets old covers while reassuring Griffin that he'll always look like this in my mind**____________________________________________________________What in the holy hell happened to this cover? Where are Whyborne and Griffin and who are these dudes on their book? There is not enough NO in the world to express the level of NO this is for me!

  • Kaje Harper
    2019-02-17 05:18

    One of the best things about this installment of the series is the chance to walk in Griffin's world, following his POV as the action moves back to the town where he was adopted and grew up. We learn more about the events that made him leave home, and re-meet some of his remaining family. The times when he has to deal with his past, and the moments when he helps Whyborne deal with his own re-imagined origins and future, are the heart of the book. There is plenty of creepy supernatural action here. Christine once again shines as a strong female character who is not going to take a back-seat to the men in her life. There is some heat and some humor, along with a galloping plot with a few interesting twists. This is a series to be read in order, and I will happily pick up the next one when it appears, (although add me to the list of those who preferred the first covers. These are nice, but those were unique.) Still, the books inside those covers continue to be a fun ride with two very engaging main characters.

  • Rhys Ford
    2019-03-08 08:28

    I simply adore this series and well, Jordan L Hawk is one of the best writers I've ever had the pleasure to read. This book is a fantastic addition to the series. It was great delving into Griffin's past and how he dovetails into Whyborne's life on so many levels. It's hard to write a review without disclosing spoilers but I can say their relationship is a weave of complicated personalities and deep love, strong enough to overcome the obstacles thrown their way and tender enough to soften the sharp edges of their sometimes hard, brutal world. Hawk adds an interesting dimension to her series with this book and sets her world up for dramatic expansion. This book needed to be written, providing a depth and charisma to Griffin's character Whyborne needed to see. I urge you to try this series...and everything its fabulous writer writes. Her craftsmanship with language and nuance are a pleasure that cannot be missed.

  • Meags
    2019-02-27 10:22

    4.5 StarsIt’s book number eight and things are as heart-stoppingly exciting and as dreamily romantic as ever for our beloved Whyborne and Griffin, and their dearest friends Christine and Iskander. In their latest supernatural adventure, the group head to the farming town of Fallow, Kansas, where Griffin grew up, to investigate some strange and potentially world-threatening events – what’s new, right?!The change of setting was a lot of fun, but also crazy creepy, with lots of disturbing occurrences happening to the people and around the town of Fallow. The moment Whyborne and company arrived in this desolate and unnerving place, I wanted them to get straight back on the train and get the hell outta there. Though it wouldn’t be much of a story if our favourite characters simply ran screaming from the otherworldly madness they so often find themselves facing, would it?As per usual, it’s up to our heroes and heroine to find and thwart the evil doers plans for world-domination and general wickedness. Although it's touch and go here a few times, often leaving me breathless with worry and then signing in sweet relief, as always, Whyborne and his friends rise above all challenges and win the day, as is only right.I enjoyed this story greatly and I find myself continually fascinated with Hawk’s historical world-building as a whole. She sets the scene so well that you feel like you’re in these places at a specific time in history, regardless of all the fantastical supernatural elements that are at play. As thrilling and action-packed as these stories tend to be, I find myself taking comfort in the pure goodness of the characters, continually being moved by their deep friendships and their epic loves. Sitting down with a Whyborne and Griffin story feels like coming home. (view spoiler)[That final page with the toast and the group hug brought me to tears, it was so lovely. (hide spoiler)]It’s quite awe-inspiring how epic this series remains after eight novels and a handful of shorts. I truly cannot fathom ever tiring of reading about this awesome supernatural world Hawk has created, and I certainly can’t imagine a time when I don’t have a new or upcoming Whyborne and Griffin story on the horizon. I’ll honestly be devastated when all is said and done, because saying goodbye to these beloved characters is going to be a highly emotional experience for me. Thank God for re-reads, right!?

  • Ami
    2019-03-20 13:22

    3.5 starsThis is for the first time after seven books, that I wasn't completely enamored by this new installment of Whyborne & Griffin series -- me sad :(. Let me write down the things that annoyed me a lot first ... so I can end this opinion in positive note.More so than the rest, I was superbly annoyed with Whyborne, and his 'guilt' feel that ended up making him keeping secrets from Griffin. I have a LOT of series that I follow religiously, and one thing that I always want from long-time series featuring same couple, is that I want them to stay/become solid as they go and face the world together. Become power couple, you know?So after four years together that span into SEVEN books, this kind of behavior from Whyborne is not one I can easily tolerate. If this is going to become something repetitive in the next books?? Yeah, if so, I am going to stay annoyed *hmph*. And as much as I enjoy Whyborne being clueless again with the idea of women being into him, at times I found him being whiny and a little bit too judgey. Guess I was having short fuse when I read this book.BUT, BUT ... I loved the idea of Griffin going back to Fallow and finally got his closure. As much as it was difficult for him, especially knowing what his Ma did, I thought it was needed. At least now Griffin can move forward. I loved everything about Griffin in this book, and I wanted to hug him when things got tough.And another positive note? Christine Putnam-Barnett still kicked ass!

  • Gaby
    2019-02-23 08:33

    4.5 StarsOk, so, a few things before I start with my actual review.1. The Whyborne and Griffin Series has remained one of my favorite series ever, not only as M/M, but in paranormal as a whole.2. It’s very difficult, I think, that an author can pull 8 books with the same couple and do it amazingly well, adding depth to the characters, not only the main ones but the secondary ones, and showing growth as individuals and in their relationships in general. Hawk does this brilliantly, IMO.3. Try keeping the attention of the readers for 8 books (well, at least mine. Lots of people can go on and on). I can’t begin to tell you how many series I’ve ended up DNFing because the characters suddenly lost the appeal. Or they read as if they’d gotten a personality transplant and read nothing like the characters I originally fell in love with. This is NOT the case. Whyborne, Griffin, Christine, and even Iskander who was introduced to us later in the series keep being themselves. I love this.4. The cover… God. I know a lot of people don’t like it. I know they feel disappointed – whether because they just don’t like it, or because the people in the cover clash with the image they had of the characters. I respect all the opinions, I do. But, honestly, the cover is great and it reflects the magic (literally) in this book. But more importantly, if you are giving up a brilliant series because you don’t like the cover… then.. I don’t even know what to tell ya.That being said, let’s move on to the review.So, I think Fallow might be my favorite book of the series. Whyborne and Griffin read more and more established with every installment. Their relationship is beautiful, and their love for one another is strong. The devotion they have for the other is palpable, but it’s not overdone.One of the things that usually happens (to me, as a reader) when I follow a long series, is that, at some point of the series I start feeling like the characters lost something in the way. Usually, the spark, if it’s a couple.Relationships evolve and we grow with them. In many cases, that hunger and passion subsides a bit. Sex and pleasure are still part of that relationship but it’s not all. There are many elements that put together (yes, this includes the sexual attraction) make us what we are as a couple. I’ve found that in books this is difficult to pull off, or that at least the way authors write it is not usually the way I can feel the characters’ emotions. For this reason, I tend to DNF series. Mrs. Hawk does an amazing job putting all these things together. She preserves the passion the characters share, the desire they have for the other, but she mingles it with other things that are just as important for them, and it reads perfect. It reads like love, and I love that.The love that these two have for each other is so big. So powerful. And it makes so much for them, and it scares them. It especially scares Whyborne, who is always wondering if he’s ruined Griffin’s life because of his own (Whyborne’s) nature. This, is discussed in this book. Our characters realize that they are where they are because they truly belong there, because, after all, Widdershins Knows Its Own. All of them.These fears have been cooking up for a couple of books now. But this time, because our heroes have to travel to Fallow, Kansas (Griffin’s home), this feeling magnifies and the reality of some of those suspicions settle in.Their stay in Fallow is no vacation, of course. There’s magic, a sorceress, people driven by hurt and hate because they were hurt and hated. There are corrupted people – who I imagine like a strange version of zombies, but not quite. There is disappointment, and sadness. There is fear for those you love. But then there is also finding your family, your true family, and embracing them.I didn’t always love what I read in this book. I say this in the sense that it was a bit painful to read. But it was SO necessary, too. After finding himself written off by those he loves the most, Griffin made peace with himself knowing that he did what he could. He also knows that he’s never going to give up what he loves the most, and what makes him so happy. As pained as I was, I really liked this storyline. It allowed me to see a bit more of the Griffin I love so much. At the same time, this allowed me to see a bit more of the Whyborne I love so much as well. That fierce man who loves his husband and would do anything for him. The realism of the situation, and how it was tackled and solved, added an edge of sadness and melancholy mixed with peacefulness because after all, they all found their place.There are a couple of things I wish would change by now. One of these things is this insistence of Whyborne and Griffin of protecting each other by keeping things from each other… Like, dude.. 7 books! SEVEN! Learn your lesson! They are at their best when they are one hundred percent honest with each other, and yet, the fear makes them go and hide stuff… *eyes both W&G*That being said, there are also things that will never change and I adore that. Christine, my badass book wife, is one of them. When I first discovered this series I was in awe at how beautifully strong and badass Christine was. She was fiercely loyal, smart, pretty much her own woman (which is pretty odd for a woman of the era where the story takes place), she’s unbelievably intelligent. She always says what she thinks consequences be damned. She reads somewhat cold sometimes, but the truth is that you won’t find a woman with this much heart. Also, she’s the queen of the riffle, so there’s that.Another amazing thing about this is the gore element that the author brings to her stories, and particularly to this series. If someone can write fantastic monsters and creatures, and combine them with love, friendship, magic, and whatnot, that’s Mrs. Hawk.So, really. If you like M/M Romance, and paranormal romance, and historical romance, and badass women who are true to themselves over all, this is a series you need to try.

  • Donna
    2019-03-08 09:19

    Another wonderful book in this series! There was lots of action and suspense. Some really evil villains! Christine being a crack shot again! I was so happy to see Whyborne finally open up about what had been causing him guilt and anguish and learn that he was wrong in his worries. I can't wait for the next book!

  • R * A Reader Obsessed *
    2019-02-27 09:17

    4 Stars!Once again, JLH delivers on this duo who have grown from reluctant participators in the supernatural madness they find themselves embroiled in, into full out champions of humankind! I for one can’t help but rally behind such heroes!Here, the weight of responsibility continues to be a heavy burden to bear. The return of ultimate evil is on the horizon, and some are planning to take advantage, some are planning on giving succor, and others, like our beloved Whyborne and Griffin, are determined to do all in their power to subvert such.This latest installment continues to reveal more of what other fanatical groups are doing in the wake of this doomsday predicament. Never one to not help out, their faithful friend Christine, with her husband Iskander, show their support and lend aide in the face of such adversity. Be reassured, Whyborne and Griffin’s love is their strongest asset, definitely guiding their actions and always helping them conquer their foes.Still brimming with suspense and quite a bit of disturbing horror, this is full on dreamy romance regarding a well loved established couple. Consistent swoony adventurous terrifying fun!

  • ♣ Irish Smurfétté ♣
    2019-03-07 08:08

    4.5 emotional, creepy, fantastic stars on Prism Book Alliance®The wind strengthened from over the ocean, coiling around the slender figure standing atop a craggy rock. She might have been some barbaric sea goddess, dressed in nothing but golden jewelry and a skirt of knotted seaweed. Dark swirls marked her pearlescent skin like war paint, and the stinging tendrils of her hair writhed as the autumnal breeze grew into a gale.My first thought? Woohoo, Persephone! After that? Wow, what an opening paragraph! And what immediately follows? Hahaha, you’ll want to read to find out, but I will say typical Whyborne.I’m just going to get this out of the way right now: I try hard not to go overboard with the squee in my reviews when I absoposilutely love a book because that isn’t all that helpful to most people trying to decide if they want to read it or not. But sometimes? Every once in awhile, ya gotta frackin’ let the squee loose. I’ve loved this series from book one, Widdershins, and these characters are some of my all time favorites, ones that I find joy and comfort and excitement in spending time with them. Every time. No joke. Including this one.~SQUEE~Ok, now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, I’ll do my best to provide a review that might actually prove useful.Oh, Ival and Grif, surely you’ve by now learned that keeping things from each other in order to “spare” or “protect” one another never works. When will you learn? How many lessons do you require? I groaned a bit when this appeared to be the case, a carry over from the last book and the events that took place then, the past summer in Widdershins. I feel like knocking their heads together. And they’re equally guilty of it. I know this because we get both their points of view in this tale. For real, though, this dual keeping of secrets threatens to undermine the truth of the incredible strength of their relationship. Luckily, and wonderfully, the dual POV is used to fantastic effect, creating mini cliffhangers at the end of many a chapter, causing my heart to race right along with the action.As is the norm in this series, Hawk lays on the creeptastic with the paranormal inclusions. Magic, maelstrom, shadowsight, and… well, you’ll find out.Griffin’s voice is stronger than ever, which works out considering where most of this story takes place and the role he plays. It feels like Hawk has delved deeper into and understands him better than before. Most importantly his character’s narration is approaching parity with Whyborne’s and that makes for even smoother storytelling, complex emotion, and greater investment from me as I’m experiencing their lives. It also allows for more exploration and development of the relationship he and Ival have. Passionate, intelligent, stubborn, loyal, and still learning, they both are, and it’s awesome. It’s so cool to watch a writer’s progress continue, particularly into an eighth story in a series, and the benefits it bestows upon her characters. Brava.Christine, also as usual, demonstrates that she is badass. She doesn’t hesitate to voice or carry out her plans when it comes to protecting these people she loves, this chosen family. These are true of all of them but she is often first in line to make it happen, whatever ‘it’ might be, no matter how dangerous or uncertain the situation. All four of these characters, these best friends, this chosen family – Whyborne, Griffin, Christine, and Iskander – show growth and solidity in their characters, matching their author’s writing. I will say, though, for as much as Iskander does in this story, I would love to see an even larger role for him, or rather more exploration of his story, how he came to be the person he is, how does it feel to be him during these crazy events, and being married to Christine. My inquiring mind wants to know.Magic, adrenaline, humor, fear, love, gore, and many things coming full circle bring on the kind of symmetrical connections that then bring on the tears. At least they did for me.”I see you,” I murmured, once he let me speak again. “And I love what I see. More than I would ever have thought possible.”You’ll have to read in order to find out who is making such a beautiful proclamation. ;)ETA: Recommended Read on PBA for August 2016

  • Chelsea
    2019-03-16 09:19

    Nothing can keep my attention like a Whyborne and Griffin book! No matter what I'm doing or have planned for the day, once I pick up one of these books, I'm stuck until its finished!This wasn't my favourite of the series so far, but it still has everything I adore about this series. Griffin's love and admiration of his Ival, Whyborne's hilarious mannerisms and social awkwardness, Christine's fire and Kander's calm influence. This had crazy adventure and disgusting magical creatures and of course some very passionate sex! I can't wait for the next installment and I'm pretty sure I'll mourn, for like...a year when this series ends.

  • Sofia
    2019-02-24 10:22

    Fallow is a rollercoaster of a wave story, once I got to a certain point I simply had to continue right till the end. Making me feel that I've read this too fast and that I certainly need more. Not that this episode is not complete in itself, but that I miss them already and I want more.Hawk continues to astonish me how the whole story stays fresh and she continues to add more and more to it and to her characters. It's become an intricate web that makes me want to continue pulling at the threads to see where they come from and to finally see the whole picture. In the meantime her characters continue to grow and have my now become part of my book family.Especially appreciated this time where the look into Kansas and it's people she gave us, more background for our Griffin.BR with my W&G buddies - the experience would not be the same without them.

  • Verity
    2019-03-10 05:30

    I love this series and can't wait for the next book but......[image error]What the hell happened to the cover???I gather the guy on the right is a less attractive parallel universe Whyborne but who the heck is the one on the left supposed to be? I swear if that's Griffin then all the previous books need a rewrite because that is not Griffin...

  • Tamika♥RBF MOOD♥
    2019-02-23 11:12

    I honestly feel like, after every book JLH finishes she gives herself one of these.I don't know what her method is, but keep doing it. Did we really expect anything else from her? This book was so freaking good. The gang is back to help save the inhabitants of Fallow, Kansas this time. Every time I read a JLH book it's like going on a vivid journey that you never want to end. It's how I feel after all her books. I always look at the percentage hoping and pleading that it never makes it to 100%This installment was no different. Still reeling from the catastrophe of book #7, Whyborne is adamant about keeping his revelations to himself. He's trying to protect the people of Widdershins, and doing it by keeping himself closed off. Of course Griffin notices his Ival's problems. He wouldn't be a good husband if he didn't notice. This was a perfect setup to a story revolving around Griffin's past. His family issues never were resolved enough for him, and when dastardly things come to play in Kansas the gang makes their way there.The game is on. As soon as they reach Fallow things take off. As usual Hawk weaves a fabulous tale, I'm excited happy with all the outcomes in this book. It's book 8 and the magic of Whyborne and Griffin is still new and joyous to me as a reader. I love Hawk's diversity as usual. Her pen game is amazing, and I don't think I've read a better thought out series then this. I won't go into the plot and spoil it for people, but this was close on so many levels to breaking my heart. I love seeing the gang turn things up and come to the rescue. I loved this book, and look forward to more from her!

  • Bev
    2019-03-03 06:29

    4.5 stars from me for this wonderful instalment of the Whyborne and Griffin series. Not doing a long review, just know that there some more prize one-liners from Dr Christine Putnam, heartbreak for Griffin as far as family is concerned, the Fideles cult is growing ever stronger and as far as they are concerned, the Restoration of the Masters to the Earth is a foregone conclusion. They have of course reckoned without our 4 brave heroes.As far as I'm concerned, this was my favourite part of the story....Griffin was the center of my world, the one I'd do anything for, if only to make him as happy as he made me. I'd spent my life in aching loneliness before he'd come into it, turning my dull gray existence into one of color and light. I sometimes felt as though he'd brought me to life. Or at least wakened me from a deep sleep, like some character in a fairy-tale cursed to dream away the years until roused by a kiss.Big sigh.....and thanks to Sofia and a poorly Ingela for the buddy read. Also the kind souls who 'popped in' during the read...;)

  • Jenni Lea
    2019-03-06 09:19


  • Natalia
    2019-03-04 06:29

    Is it April yet? I need Draakenwood NOW!!

  • ¸. • * ° *❧Gwendolyn❧°**★•°**★
    2019-02-20 10:33

    I am always in AW of Jordan HawksI am amazed that this writer has such of ELOQUENT & Vivid Storytelling Uniqiness even after 8 books written in this series alone. But, this time...the shark teeth people got the better of me...I simply found them not to be a pleasure to read, they were vivid. This book, I adored-Ival and Griffens Endearing love.Dual POV fab.Sweet and sizzling sex scenes.A husband who will do anything to protect his husband. A wonderful writing style, dual POV with a focus on Griffen Griffin and Ival...sigh.Christine...the best BFF ever, yay! P.S.I love the change in the cover's it so magical.

  • Tamara (緑)
    2019-02-28 12:13

    Oct 2, 2016An excellent installation in the Whyborne & Griffin series. Griffin managed to set some things straight concerning his parents and the town itself, and Whyborne was (as usual) waiting for the other shoe to drop. I'm not sure if it was the author's intention or not, but I'm definitely not eating mushrooms in the foreseeable future.Still hating the new cover models. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~Jul 15, 2016Just gonna add my vote of NO to the new cover models. I'm in love with the old Whyborne. I'm seriously gonna cry if the rest of the book covers are redone.

  • The Novel Approach Reviews
    2019-02-23 13:29

    Pop Quiz: What could possibly be better than reading a scene that has you wondering what sort of danger and intrigue lurks in the coming paragraphs of a Whyborne & Griffin novel…and then having our dear Percival say something completely charming and laugh-out-loud hilarious?If your answer is A, not much, you would be correct. Unless it’s an entire scene with Christine that’s nothing less than comedy gold. Then you would also be correct. And, you would also be correct if you assume that scene is just a simple and sane little plot detour before Jordan L. Hawk leads us on a headlong descent into Creepytown, USA. Yes, all the above.Fallow is a unique book in the Whyborne & Griffin series in that I feel it’s the first that reads like a direct sequel to the book before it. The events in Maelstrom have carried the overall series arc onward towards its peak, and Fallow reads like the book that is going to bridge those events to Draakenwood. Which, by the way, I cannot wait for. On a much grimmer note, this installment of the series also feels—at least to me—as though Jordan L. Hawk is in the process of preparing us for the grand finale of this gorgeous multi-act play. I know ::sobs:: me too. And NO, Draakenwood isn’t the final book; it’s just that things feel as though they’re coming to a head, so never fear, there’s more to come. Widdershins knows its own, and we’ve all quite happily become residents of this freaktastic and outlandish world, haven’t we?If you’ve been following along from book one, this installment of the series is an important one, in that it gives Griffin not only some much needed closure but also lays to rest any and all questions of what exactly Whyborne is. Guh. He’s so many fabulous things. All of them. Everything. And Griffin loves him in spite of and because of them all. In fact, I’ll even go so far as to say that in terms of its romanticism, Griffin and Ival’s connection may be one of the truest and purest I’ve ever read, not built within a single book but solidified over the course of the eight books written so far. In terms of our rapacious need for the happily-ever-after in our fiction, Hawk isn’t merely hinting at that possibility. She’s affirming it book after book after book in the soul-deep bond that exists between these two men, despite the time in which they live and the puritanical norms that existed in the Victorian era. But, it’s that against-the-odds element that makes this love affair so enduring.Fallow, Kansas, Griffin’s hometown, is the setting of this episode. And never has a place or its people exemplified the adage “you can’t go home again” for Griffin quite as aggressively as in this story. He needed this confrontation with his past, though, if for no other reason than to affirm where his home is and where his heart belongs now. I love the way the title of this novel plays against the sort of evil being harvested from the fallow earth of the place Griffin once belonged. It’s a great bit of necromantic wordsmithing on Jordan L. Hawk’s part that allows for a fertile evil to spring from a barren womb. And, yet again, this author proves that she knows how to write one hell of a climactic action sequence, easily some of the best I’ve ever read whether in this series or any of her others.As always, Christine and Iskander’s heroic presence rounds out the family that, with the help of Widdershins, has built itself around our intrepid husbands. They champion our heroes at every turn, and I absolutely adore the parts they both play in this plotline—Christine and her no-nonsense approach to…pretty much everything, and Iskander, who plays a big ol’ heart-tugging role in the drama in Fallow. Having the newlyweds there, and there without questions or reservations because that’s who they are and what they do for Percival and Griffin, seeing them through whatever brand of monsters and malevolence threatens them, goes above and beyond the bonds of friendship. It’s something so much deeper and truer, and I love their very existence in this book in a huge way.Widdershins knows its own—it’s a phrase that continues to take on more meaning as the story arc draws nearer to its end, and the characters keep proving it again and again. And, on a side note to Jordan L. Hawk, ::ahem:: it’s “find a penny, pick it up, and all day long you’ll have good luck,” okay? I just thought I’d throw that out there as a reminder.Trust me, just read the book and you’ll get it. And, you’ll be glad you did too.Reviewed by Lisa for The Novel Approach Reviews

  • Chris
    2019-02-27 06:15

    Well I have really enjoyed this series - Whybourne, Griffin, Christine & Iskander - such great characters, adventures and extraordinary events ! Really recommend this series to those who enjoy a paranormal mystery with a touch of MM romance thrown in to make it even better ❤

  • Joyfully Jay
    2019-02-19 09:14

    A Joyfully Jay review. 4.5 starsAh, there are few reading pleasures that make me as happy as a new Whyborne & Griffin novel. This series is truly one of the best out there in the romance genre, with such a spectacular mixture of romance, paranormal creativity, and fascinating historical settings. I have said it over and over, but if you aren’t reading this series, you need to be. Right now. For reals.Ok, so moving on to this book in particular. We pick up in the aftermath of Maelstrom as Whyborne struggles with the revelations of his connection to the magic below the town. It is weighing on him heavily as he feels responsibility for all the negative things that have befallen Griffin as a result of being drawn to Widdershins. On top of that, Whyborne is desperate to figure out a way to stop the return of the masters and prevent the destruction that will result if they pass back to this realm. He is burdened by worries, but afraid to tell Griffin the truth. It is an interesting issue as we can see again how Whyborne has little sense of his own self worth, how much his loved ones truly care for him, and how important and powerful he is. So Whyborne worries that as soon as anyone knows the truth, they will no longer want him.Read Jay’s review in its entirety here.

  • Deeze
    2019-03-20 13:32

    It's way past my bedtime but there was no way I could sleep without finding out how Griffin and Whyborne managed to win the day.OMG This one was fantastic. From the beginning I was immediately swept up in this story. The action in this was riveting and my emotions were taken on a roller coaster. From wondering just what was going on, to who was involved to how it could end I was enthralled. These stories just keep getting better.As for the romance between Griffin and his Ival, my heart simply melted. Poor Griffin really captured my heart in this one. I felt all his pain and uncertainty. Whyborne too left me aching to both hug him and shake him. His struggles with himself were heart breaking to watch. I wish I could give a better review but words do not come easy to me. Suffice to say I loved every second of this instalment and will wait impatiently for the next.

  • R.J.
    2019-02-27 10:27

    Sighs. When I read a new Jordan L Hawk book I am in my happy place. Admittedly I was desperately hoping this was a new SPECTR book (hint hint) but oh my god, how I love Whyborne and his Griffin.If you're up to this book then you will love it so much. If you haven't tried Jordan's writing, then I so recommend this series. I've never met a sexier more heroic couple of men!

  • Anne Boleyn's Ghost
    2019-03-13 13:31

    “I see you,” I murmured, once he let me speak again. “And I love what I see. More than I would ever have thought possible.”It’s amazing that eight books and four shorts into the Whyborne and Griffin series, I’M still so into it. I’ve been taking my sweet time reading this series because I like the comfort of knowing that another book awaits me. And that I will get completely, thoroughly, utterly lost in it.This series has it all. Humor: IN SPADES. Christine’s one (sometimes two) liners slay me. So do Whyborne’s snark and hilarious (sometimes unintentionally so) anti-social musings and meanderings.Adventure: Whether we’re getting rough and rugged in Alaska or gliding through a glittering ballroom in wonderfully creepy Widdershins, there is much suspense to be found.History: I love historicals but kinda sorta got tired of Regency England (surprise, surprise). I really appreciate how Hawk intersperses bits and pieces about archaeology, linguistics, and life in turn-of-the-century America.Mystery: The twists and turns keep me glued to the page. Even when you know the villain, you’re on the edge of your seat.Magic: Whether it’s the spells or sea creatures, the world-building is rich and unique. It doesn't get muddied or messy, which often happens in long-running series. Whether Hawk planned this all from the very beginning (in which case, GEESH and KUDOS) or makes it up on the fly, it works.Romance: Whyborne and Griffin are endearing and enduring. An unlikely pairing that, in actuality, couldn’t be more likely. And they are STILL steaming up my Kindle. I appreciate that they have the occasional insecurities and hesitations yet remain unquestioningly devoted and loyal to one another.Throwing in with my fellow reviewers who miss the old Whyborne cover model. Lordy, he was effing pretty and perfect and exactly how I imagined him. I don’t feel like they’ve ever “gotten” Griffin, though. The old model looked like Peter Dinklage and while I enjoy him as an actor, he isn’t exactly what I pictured. And to the new model. Oh well.Inching closer to a read of Draakenwood, but I'm still not ready to have no W&G books on the horizon.

  • Gina
    2019-02-20 05:14

    I LOVE THIS SERIES!!! Jordan Hawk is one of my fav authors! Please give me more...

  • Daniel Mitton
    2019-03-11 11:31

    (Originally reviewed for Love Bytes Reviews with a copy provided by the publisher / author for an honest review.)You may have noticed that I love the Whyborne & Griffin series. I eagerly await each new book, and moan that they take too long. She has other series? Too bad…wait in line! Just kidding. I love her other series as well.I’m not sure whether to tell you this book could be read as a standalone or not. I guess it could be, but you really wouldn’t understand the backstory of almost anyone in the book. My recommendation is to read them in order. They are all fantastic, so it shouldn’t be too onerous.In this latest installment in the series, Whyborne & Griffin are off to Fallow, Kansas, where Griffin grew up and where his adopted mother still lives. Of course it wouldn’t be a Whyborne & Griffin story if Christine wasn’t also along for the ride, along with her husband Iskander.The four will journey to the drought ridden Midwest, in search of a mysterious magical corruption that they discovered on two men from that town who tried to kill Griffin in Widdershins. For some reason the men babbled something about “what you did” to Griffin when they attacked him. He has no clue what that is all about.What will they find when they get to the small Kansas town? It wouldn’t be a Whyborne & Griffin story if there wasn’t a liberal amount of evil ready to pounce on them. It does, and there are adventures galore.I loved this one, just like I’ve loved the entire series. I highly recommend this installment, as well as the entire series. I’ve read and reviewed all of them…I’m selfish that way! I never thought I would love a historical gay romance series so much…but did I mention the magic, the non-humans, the evil, and the adventures? Now I’m going to be sitting here tapping my foot until 2017 and the release of the next book in the series….Draakenwood…THE COVER:In closing, I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you that I have one major complaint about the new book, and it is nothing to do with the story. I don’t like the cover. I don’t like it AT ALL! I love the old covers, and have come to picture those two men in my head when reading these stories. I ignored the new cover, with its anemic looking little characters and used the old pics in my head again. Not sure why the change, but I’m sure I’m not the only one that is miffed. Am I being petty? I don’t think so. I think trying to change the look of the characters eight books into a series is a mistake. Especially when they have been watered down and are nowhere near as good looking as the originals, nor do they even match the descriptions of the characters! Luckily my rating is based on the story!

  • Gwendolyn
    2019-02-26 13:17

    What in the hell is going on with this formerly amazing and consistent yet refreshed series? Six books and a couple of novellas in we get POV switches all over the place and now...WHAM-O new and exceedingly unattractive cover models out of freaking no where. You can't change what these guys look like just because of whatever publishing things came to your mind. This series is on a downward dive that plagues a lot of series with more then 3 or 4 books. We don't need things changed up! The voice of Griffin and Percival are so damn similar I have to constantly go back and remember who is the POV of the chapter. This has been a problem since it began in Hoarfrost. Also, these characters never seem to learn and grow from their past shit. They have to be constanly reminded of the same things. The only thing that does seem to grow is Precival's powers which are always just enough to save the day. I loved this series so much through Necropolis. The short stories were great. I have no idea why all these changes but if the author is bored just end the series on a good note. I'm probably going to not read the rest until the very last book just so I can get some closure on this great group of friends. I am not getting the enjoyment out of these anymore.

  • Nerea
    2019-02-26 05:34

    I feel this book quite sad :/Griffin in the main character here. They all need to go to the small town where he grows up and where he was also kick out from, because his relationship with another man.There they need to confront the devil side again, though in the personal life all is wrong again except his new family.I really hope he could improve his relationship with Jack or another brother in the future books!