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2014 Story 47

47. EIDOLON (Whyborne & Griffin #1.5) by Jordan L. Hawk   This is a new Whyborne & Griffin short story, set between the events of the novels Widdershins and Threshold. I do believe that one need not have read Widdershins to understand the world Whyborne & Griffin operate in, nor will this story spoil the events of that book.  It's a perfect introduction to the characters and setting of the novel. ( Those characters are the shy Doctor Percival Endicott Whyborne and the love of his life, former Pinkerton detective Griffin Flaherty, and that setting is the Lovecraftian New England town of Widdershins, in the late 1800s.)  The novels are narrated by Whyborne, but this short is narrated by Griffin and we get to see a bit more directly the nervousness he feels about dating a man he deems "above his station." I enjoyed the change in voice/tone; it altered the pacing of the story just slightly from the novels, which shows that Hawk understands her two main characters well enough to know how differently they would tell the same story. The events of the story take place on Valentine's Day, where a new case involving a very old family heirloom threatens to derail the very romantic plans Griffin has. His exasperation at the way things are going wrong balances nicely with always-the-hero need to put other people before himself.  The Lovecraftian element is strong, and also I think lays some groundwork for a future book -- a nice mystery about the supporting characters is introduced through the main mystery of the family heirloom.

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crankyoldmage
Feb. 17th, 2014 02:58 am (UTC)
Yes!
I read this today. I loved the change in narrator. It was interesting hearing the story from Griffin POV. I look forward to the new novel in May.
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