Review: SPECTR: The Complete First Series by Jordan L. Hawk

Includes the titles:

  • Hunter of Demons
  • Master of Ghouls
  • Reaper of Souls
  • Eater of Lives
  • Destroyer of Worlds
  • Summoner of Storms

Honestly, my review can be boiled down like this: I purchased the series as a full set, but the books were so good that I didn’t want to pause in between to write individual reviews of each book. My reading spree included staying up way too late on a work night. I devoured this series the way Gray devours demons.

On the surface, this series appealed to me because it indulges in one of my favorite urban fantasy tropes, in which the wider world is aware that the supernatural exists in some form. The idea that an entire branch of government is dedicated to it tickled my sense of the ridiculous. On the romance side, the stuffy government agent and the civilian getting caught up in a case are another well-worn trope. But as usual, Hawk takes the generic and spins it into the amazing.

The romance arc between these characters evolves naturally, as two people who are attracted to each other, then as two people who evolve feelings for each other, then as two people and an extremely powerful god-like being who evolve feelings for each other — wait. I know it sounds ridiculous, but it’s one of the best love stories I’ve read, with multiple emotional punches to the gut. Also, I never wanted to smack anyone upside the head, which is my general litmus test for my appreciation of a romance story.

The stigma in this world against the “paranormally-abled” is an allegory for the realities in our world of stigma against the LGBTQ community, used to good effect in terms of world-building and character history. Hawk also excels in breaking stereotype through the small touches, such not defaulting to “he” for every foe our heroes fight.

In short, this is an epic adventure featuring the strangest love-triangle/threesome/but not really you’ll ever read. You won’t regret meeting John, Caleb, and Gray, and I’m already looking forward to diving into their next set of adventures.

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

Published by J.L. Gribble

Author, Editor, Worldbuilder

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