Tuesday, October 27, 2020

DEOSIL, eleventh and final (sob) Whyborne & Griffin tale

(Whyborne & Griffin #11)
Kindle edition
$4.99, available now

Rating: 5* of five

The Publisher Says: Whyborne, Griffin, and their friends have faced down cultists, monsters, and sorcerers. But their greatest challenge is now upon them.

On the return voyage from Balefire Manor, Whyborne receives the worst news possible: Widdershins has fallen before the onslaught of the Fideles and their servants. There’s still time to stop the return of the Masters, but that window grows shorter by the hour.

Together with Christine and Iskander, Whyborne and Griffin must reach Widdershins to face the ultimate test—and decide the fate of the world, once and for all.


My Review
: Seriously. These are people, straight and QUILTBAG alike, who know that surrendering agency in the face of overwhelming odds against your success in resisting Evil's conquest of the world is not going succeed. Maybe resisting isn't either. But it's absolutely positive that doing nothing will result in Evil winning. So they rile up every-damn-body they can find:
“I never asked for a cult of book-wielding librarians!” I exclaimed.

Whyborne, our lanky and gauche and lovably goofy savior-figure, can't see what possible use a pack of book-lovers like himself can do when the Apocalypse impends. And you know what? Their part is crucial, their role central, and the way forward wouldn't have been found without them.

Get up off your chair and go vote. Or drive housebound folks to the polls. Or call your lazy friends and go pick them up. Something.

This book will make no sense whatsoever to you if you haven't read the previous ten. If you have, you've probably already read it; if you haven't, start with Widdershins, and if you're hooked you'll keep buying until you get to this one.

I love series reads. I am a fan of the familiar, homely comforts of visiting old friends in their digs, and that's a lot of the appeal of series reads. It's also true that some series continue long past the point they have something new to say. Author Hawk decided that a good series needs an ending commensurate with its prior purpose. This book provides that ending.

And for a few bad minutes, I thought I was gonna have to call on the maelstrom to blight the author's homeplace with super-rust.

Patience and a furious refusal to believe I'd been had led me to finish the book before firing up the Lapidem. I was not disappointed. I was, in fact, quite pleased with the resolution and the ending, which are quite different things. Things end the way they quite simply had to end.

Widdershins, after all, knows its own.

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