Review: Widdershins (Whyborne & Griffin #1) by Jordan L. Hawk

WiddershinsI picked up the first book in this series because I’d heard good things about it from readers who also enjoyed the stories in K.J. Charles’ Charm of Magpies world. They were spot-on in their recommendation, and I’ll also throw in my hat that fans of either series will enjoy the other.

Once you get beyond the m/m romance set in an urban fantasy version of the Victorian era, the books have more differences than similarities. This series takes place in America, and Whyborne and Griffin are not at all like Crane and Day. But the heart and themes and character development and ridiculous adventure are all there, to be thoroughly enjoyed.

Much of the supernatural element of this book very obviously took it’s influence from Lovecraft’s Cthulu mythos. This is not a criticism — in fact, I’m going to be extra gleeful in reading about characters that Lovecraft would have absolutely feared and despised.

There are some points in this novel where it’s obvious that the author is getting her handle on this world and these characters. However, I’m excited to immediately dive into the next book.

Rating: 4 (out of 5) stars. Cross-posted to Amazon and Goodreads.

Published by steelvictory

By day, J. L. Gribble is a professional medical editor. By night, she does freelance fiction editing in all genres, along with reading, playing video games, and occasionally even writing. Her debut novel, STEEL VICTORY, was her thesis novel for Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction graduate program in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Previously, she was one of the co-editors for FAR WORLDS, a speculative fiction anthology. She lives in Ellicott City, Maryland, with her husband and three vocal Siamese cats. Find her online (, on Facebook (, and on Twitter and Instagram (@hannaedits). She is currently working on more tales set in the world of Limani.

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