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Hexslayer

(Hexworld #3)

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Horse shifter Nick has one rule: never trust a witch.

Nick has devoted his life to making his saloon a safe haven for the feral familiars of New York. So when a brutal killer slaughters a feral under his protection, Nick has no choice but to try and catch the murderer. Even if that means bonding with a handsome Irish witch.

Officer Jamie MacDougal came back from the war in C
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Kindle Edition, 344 pages
Published October 6th 2017 by Jordan L. Hawk
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Richard Derus
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindled, quiltbag
Real Rating: 3.8* of five

An entertaining read, befouled by six (6) w-bombs, one extra heinous because it occurs midway through a sexual encounter. I mean! How the hell is one supposed to maintain an erection while some goofball w-verbs? Mr. Softee pretty much guaranteed.

Anyway, the story itself builds out Hexworld more completely. We learn that there are seven popes; we learn the ancience of familiars' existence with a reference to Altamira's cave paintings...an explanation of their odd actions
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
I was disappointed not to like this book more. It's very well written, and the world building is as fantastic as ever, but Nick just isn't a likable character and I had a hard time warming up to him. He's defensive, suspicious, and rude; granted, he has reasons, but the piss-poor attitude got old.

Jamie was a good guy, though, mourning his dead lover and trying to break through Nick's walls.

I wish there had been a stronger focus on the relationship. This series is plot driven, but the romance i
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Kaje Harper
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed seeing Nick - the witch-hating horse shifter - find a witch he couldn't manage not to like. His witch, although he struggles not to admit that. The romance is warm as it develops, and simultaneously Jamie's eyes are opened to unpleasant truths he had been shielded from. Truths which in turn help him see the world through Nick's point of view, even as he fills a lonely void in Nick's life.

There is a lot of action in this book. It works well, and keeps things exciting, although a
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Ami
Nick, the horse familiar, has never hidden his despise over witches as well as the Metropolitan Witch Police detectives. Nick feels that witches has robbed him from his family, that witches only use familiars for their magic and easily abuse them. Then ferals are getting murdered and MWP doesn't put it as priority.

In order to investigate this properly, Nick needs to have MPW resources at his disposal. But to do this, he has to join the department, even if that means Nick has to bond with a witc
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Chris
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another great installment in this world of familiars and witches. I like Nicks character so I'm glad he got his own book and Jamie seemed like a good match. These two had more of a friendship bond, once Nick got over the whole witch issue, than a heated romance and I missed that chemistry. Of course the whole team became involved and the drama of blood hexes and crazy cults continues. It was an enjoyable read, not quite the Cisero / Tom combo, but I'm thinking no other book in this series will b ...more
⚣❣☙ Michaelle ❧❣⚣
4.2 Stars

I wish there was a bit more romance detailed between Nick & Jamie...but I do so love this series because of the world of possibilities it contains. I hope Isaac has a story coming up soon!

That said, this one hit hard - specifically the bits about minorities, religion & the power of money...just as Kaje Harper said in her review. The bits in this book about people in power setting things in motion in order to fan the flames of fear-mongers & scare the people to give into thos
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Cadiva
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic urban steampunk fantasy from Hawk

The Hexworld series is like no other I've read and it manages to combine a number of tropes into a seamless experience.

In this, Rook's brother Nick, a horse familiar, finds his witch in MWP copper Jamie, who lost a leg during a disastrous campaign in Cuba.

Part historical, part urban fantasy, total Steampunk, Jordan L Hawk creates a truly unique New York setting in which dangerous men plot behind the scenes.

This one was fairly creepy, had a serio
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Isak+Even
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I didn't like Nick much before this book, and it took me a while to warm up to him even in his own book lol I understood where he was coming from and why he was being an ass all the time, but I still didn't like him much.
Jamie is an absolute sweetheart! And probably the only man in the world who would put up with Nick. Seriously, the man deserves a medal!
Everything came together really nicely in this book. The story unfolded leisurely and with just the right rhythm, and it made sense for the cha
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Caipi
I love this series!!!
Horse shifter Nick is definitely not an easy character and I'm so glad that he found his witch in patient Jamie.
The investigation they had to solve was interesting, the whole plot captivating.

And the audio, wow, the narrator Tristan James turned this great story into a fantastic one!!!

I really hope there'll be soon the next book in this series!

4,5 stars
Nerea
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5* This saga never lets me down!!!
It has an interesting story, set in the gorgeous world built since book 0.5! The previous main characters are very present and is so nice to see them again :)

In this one, I must say that Nick was a difficult character xD Jamie is so sweet and adorable so you want to kick Nick when he was been rude with him at first!! But their relationships developes in a very good pace and is well mixed with the mystery plot of the book!
Cant wait to read the next one *v*!!


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Kristie
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed for Just Love.

This book. THIS BOOK. This. Book. Goodness. This book.

Hexslayer is a well written, beautifully visual experience. You might not think of a book as visual, especially when it doesn’t have pictures, but here is where you’d be incorrect. The mystery, the suspense, all of the nerve-wracking moments that take place during the course of this story are all tremendously visual. There are moments in Central Park that had me feeling like I was right there. Any time a book takes me o
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Chris, the Dalek King
If there is one thing that has been perfectly clear over the last few books, it is that Nick, horse familiar and brother to Rook, is not a fan of witches. He doesn’t want to talk to witches, work with witches, or be in the same room with one. He sure as hell doesn’t want to become some witch’s familiar. Which is all fine and dandy…except some crazy person is killing feral familiars in Central Park and the only way the damn crimes are going to be investigated is if Nick bonds with Jamie MacDougal ...more
Tamika♥RBF MOOD♥
This book!!!! It was everything. Hawk never disappoints. I mean the story was so heavily featured with an actual plot plot for this series. Not that the other ones haven't been, but this one had alot of grit in it. Nick finally gets his love and book. Ornery stubborn as this horse, Nick. He finds his match in the last person he'd ever want. Jamie MacDogual, MWP policeman and witch. Two things Nick abhors the most. This is definitely a longer book in the series compared to the others. A lot of th ...more
Eugenia
3.7 Stars.

This third book in the Hexworld series was darker and angstier than previous ones. The storyline involved serial killings of familiars in Central Park alongside religious anti-familiar fervor and laws.

The MCs, brought together by a desire to solve a murder, started out with an antagonistic relationship. Nick, a feral familiar who works to help other ferals is very anti witches. He is brother to Rook, who we’ve met in previous books. He teams up with Jamie, a veteran of the Spanish Am
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Tamara (緑)
Story: 4 stars
I think this one is the best in the series so far.
The mystery was really engaging and exiting. Jamie and Nick were exasperating, and had their tstl moments. (though I do understand why they fell for the obvious traps - Jamie is too trusting and loyal, and Nick to vulnerable to any familiars in need).
In all, this series isn't my favorite by the author, but I still love it.

Audio: 3 stars
The narrator though.. I don't really like him. He has a nice voice and is pleasant to listen to
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Kasia Bacon
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cicero remains my fave, but Jamie's a lovely lad. A good read.
Joyfully Jay
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.75 stars


Hexslayer is the third full-length book in Jordan L. Hawk’s incredible Hexworld series. I probably sound like a broken record, because every time I review one of Hawk’s books I say the same thing. The book is amazing. ALL her books are amazing. If you aren’t reading this series, you should be. If you are reading it, don’t pass go and buy this right now. Honestly, I have many favorite authors, but there are few who deliver as consistently fabulous work, time and a
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Santy
The mystery and intensity of this series keeps growing more and more and I LOVE IT.

Of course the narration made it more so. Tristan James is just a gem. He nailed this performance perfectly as usual.

Jamie was such a strong character despite all he’d been through. He gave as good as he got which was particularly true when it came to Nick. He wasn’t forceful, No, but he didn’t let himself be pushed around / bullied by Nick.

Speaking of Nick, he annoyed me in the initial stages of the book because
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Dee Wy
Love this series, so darn creative with characters I really feel for and action that keeps my pulse beating faster. The romance was slow burn and very rewarding for this romance reader. I recommend the audio, read to perfection by Tristan James.
Ulysses Dietz
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Of all of Jordan L. Hawk’s worlds, I think I like Hexworld the best. Maybe it’s because it’s a world very familiar to me as a student of the Gilded Age in America. That’s a pretty small niche, admittedly, but it allows me to see just how careful Hawk is in creating a world where magic is an uncomfortable truth, and in which witches need familiars, although familiars are not treated as fully human beings. Hawk brings turn-of-the-20th-century New York into high relief, interweaving the world of ma ...more
Lisa The Novel Approach
Being a pathological reader can sometimes put me at a disadvantage, that disadvantage being the challenge of finding something fresh and new that not only entertains but impresses upon my jaded reality an inventiveness or a twist that sets the book apart from the usual. Jordan L. Hawk is not only an author who strives, and succeeds, to offer readers unique stories set in some sort of fresh-hell mystery and dangerous dramatic arc, but she also continues to deliver those stories through characters ...more
F.
Another fantastic instalment. The mystery deepens - what evil magic will be conjured up next?
Love this series!!
Didi
Another wonderful, action-packed, and dramatic episode to the series. Different dynamics of witch and familiar than the previous entry, though no less exciting. Can’t wait for the next book(s) to be released!!
Wende
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Totally worth the wait

Wow! This book was action packed and kept me glued to my kindle. I stayed up all night reading it and I loved every sleep deprived second as I devoured it. The mystery was messy, and ended quite satisfying. Even though I knew who would be the villain the why, and the getting to the showdown was so worth the reading. Nick and Jamie were such a wonderful couple. I really can't wait for the next book in the series. Be warned this series is addicting.
ItsAboutTheBook
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: whit
Review can be read at It's About The Book

I LOVE LOVE LOVED this! You’ll remember Nick the horse shifter from previous books. He’s the stray saving, witch hating brother of Rook from book 1. His love interest Jamie is new to the series however. Jamie is a witch with no familiar meaning he hasn’t reached his full potential. He’s had a hard time finding his way after losing a leg and his lover in the military. Jamie is in charge of picking up dead bodies which is how he gets involved in the ser
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Barb ~rede-2-read~
As exceptional as others in this series, Hexslayer is the tale of Nick, a horse familiar who has no love lost for any witch and snubs his nose at the MWP—Ministry of Witch Police—even though one of the familiars who found his witch and works there is his brother, Rook (The 13th Hex).

For years, Nick has housed feral familiars in the tenement apartments above his bar, Caballus. He’s made it his personal business to assist any and all familiars who do not want to be tied down to a witch and has ev
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Morgan  Skye
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
I love this series by Jordan L Hawk! It’s not my typical style, so that’s a surprise in itself, but Jordan is an amazing writer so it’s not really a surprise at all.

This series takes place in the past, with a lot of magic and is in a world where shifters (familiars) and witches are part of the main population. In fact the witches are the police and pretty much everything is run with some form of magic – but – it’s still a very harsh world and magic doesn’t necessarily preclude technological adva
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Teri
I just realized I skipped book two, I'm not sure how that happened. Anyway, I still loved this. It wasn't as wonderful for me as the first one, but I think that's because NOTHING can beat Cicero, but this was still really good. I liked Nick, even when I wanted to slap him. I totally understood his perspective, but his internal struggle frustrated me because Jamie was so sweet. I adored Jamie, even though I wanted to shake him for being so naive. (view spoiler) ...more
Elena
I love how Jordan L. Hawk pairs these familiars and witches, they’re all just perfect for each other.

Nick is not a particularly likable character, but he has his reasons for being as he's and Jamie has enough kindness and trust for both of them.
You’d think, with these kind of traits, you’d end up with a jerk and a doormat, instead they balance each other perfectly, even if it takes a while for the stubborn horse to see it.

The mystery was well done and the atmosphere a little heavier than in the
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Jordan L. Hawk is a non-binary queer author from North Carolina. Childhood tales of mountain ghosts and mysterious creatures gave them a life-long love of things that go bump in the night. When they aren’t writing, they brew their own beer and try to keep the cats from destroying the house. Their best-selling Whyborne & Griffin series (beginning with Widdershins) can be found in print, ebook, ...more

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Hexworld (4 books)
  • Hexbreaker (Hexworld, #1)
  • Hexmaker (Hexworld, #2)
  • Hexhunter (Hexworld #4)