Whyborne’s angst starts out deep in this story, but after the revelations of the previous book, he’s certainly got a lot on his mind. Luckily, this book continues the trend of splitting the narration between Whyborne and Griffin. Griffin’s life isn’t exactly cheery at the moment, as he struggles to connect with his dour husband, but at least we’re not stuck in Whyborne’s maelstrom (pun absolutely intended) of a brain for the entire trip.
Griffin’s point of view is absolutely necessary for this story anyway, as we travel to his childhood home and learn more about his history as it collides with his present. Hawk ratchets up the creepiness factor with their use of cults and monsters, and this book is the perfect blend of action, mystery, and surprise.
As usual, Christine and Iskander are along for the ride. Christine continues to be the only rational one in the bunch. I would love to read a book that highlights this pairing at some point.
Despite the focus on Griffin’s past, the character arcs for both men are solid, and even Whyborne learns more about his true self and how the maelstrom back home in Widdershins works. I think this series is winding down, but there are plenty of mysteries left to solve.
In conclusion, this story does nothing to alleviate my distaste and distrust for mushrooms.