Bloodline is the fifth book in Jordan L. Hawk’s Whyborne & Griffin series. I started reading the series this summer, and I try to have large gaps between each book; there is only a finite amount of material, and I want my experience to last as long as possible.
After their adventure in Egypt, Whyborne and Griffin return to Widdershins. Their lives to return to whatever passes until normal until they are faced with a new predicament involving abandoned ships, cryptic notes, a murder, and mysterious cousins from England. Once again, Whyborne and Griffin see the hallmarks of something supernatural, and find themselves racing to save humanity (or at least the city of Widdershins) from an unknown threat.
As I mentioned, I’ve only been reading the W&G books for a few months, but the series has quickly become one of my favorites. They’re the perfect blend of action/adventure, Lovecraftian horror, and m/m romance. I liked Bloodline because it explored Whyborne’s family dynamic. This has been a background theme in the earlier books, but now it is brought to the forefront, along with major revelations. I can’t say anything more than that, but this marks a turning point in the book. Whyborne’s skill as a sorcerer has been increasing since he first started dabbling with spells, but Griffin has always been cautious about meddling with ancient powers. This presents a moral quandary- Whyborne doesn’t want to lie to Griffin, but he can’t progress without opportunities to hone his skills.
I would absolutely recommend Bloodline. I’ve enjoyed all of the books, but this is probably one of my favorites thus far. Readers really need to start at the beginning and read the books in order; this will give the reader a greater appreciation for character development and the progression of Whyborne and Griffin’s romance. The newness of their relationship has worn off, but their chemistry is still the roof, and their tender affection for each other is definitely peak relationship goals. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series. Spoiler alert: despite maintaining a respectable TBR queue based on ARC publication dates and library due dates, I have bumped the next W&G book to the top of the list. And no, I’m not sorry about it at all.