Ten is a solid, round number, so I thought this would be the final book in the series. I was disappointed that the grand finale didn’t look like it would take place in the city of Widdershins, but I figured out early in the story that this was not the end of the series. That’s the good news. The bad news is that it looks like book 11 will be the end instead.

As usual, Hawk does a fantastic job of blending horror and action. Meeting the Endicott clan on their own ground was fraught with tension and surprises. They finally get their due, and I definitely pity them for it. Everyone comes close to death on more than one occasion, secrets are revealed, and there are creepy/scary moments galore.

I don’t think I could adore Christina any more than I already do, but the stand-out character in this story is Whyborne’s mother Heliabel. I love that she is living the full life that was denied her for far too long.

If I ever complained that this Lovecraftian-inspired series didn’t have enough tentacles, this installment makes up for that lack in spades. Every evil that is banished reveals a greater foe to be fought, and Whyborne, Griffin, and their friends make a solid team that I hope will be up to the task.

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

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