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Balefire

(Whyborne & Griffin #10)

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4.46  ·  Rating details ·  964 ratings  ·  158 reviews
Whyborne’s Endicott relatives have returned to collect on the promise he made to help them take back their ancestral manor from an evil cult. In exchange, they’ll give him the key to deciphering the Wisborg Codex, which Whyborne needs to learn how to stop the masters.

To that end, Whyborne, his husband Griffin, and their friends Iskander and Christine travel to a small is
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Kindle Edition, 306 pages
Published July 13th 2018
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K.J. Charles
Penultimate W&G book, and the plot has thickened intensely as our heroes head off to Cornwall to help Whyborne's family and have to save the world on the way. If you like paranormal historical weird, you're probably already reading this series, and if not start at book 1 for heaven's sake.

Very much focused on the horror/adventure rather than the romance, which is hardly surprising at book 10 in a series, and can I just say props to this author for *not* whipping up a romantic conflict or pu
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Ms. Smartarse
What do you do when the entire world is telling you to stay put? When your own misgivings are screaming bloody murder at the mere thought of another journey? Percival Endicott Whyborne for one, will heroically throw himself in danger. If said danger-throwing will piss off his father, so much the better. #thuglife

So dear reader, pack your bags for Cornwall, monsters, evil sorcerers, unexpected developments, and a whole lot of world building. For bonus points, your get to take mummy dearest, and steal some much deserved sexy
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Richard Derus
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: quiltbag, kindled
Real Rating: 4.75* of five

That, my chick-a-biddies, was a hellacious ride! More after I have knit the ravel'd sleave of care with some z's. Be sure to read my 14 notes & highlights. I don't plan to cover these things in my review.

The next-to-last entry in this long-running series. The idea makes me a bit sad, but really when I think about it, this is a great time to go out: The ultimate threat to the humanity of Terra is about to rip its way through the veil of ignora
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☙ percy ❧
excited for the next book because i want to see how everything ends, but i also don’t want it to end, and i’m scared some of my faves will die....... y i k e s
Meags
3.5 Stars

Those god damn Endicotts! Seriously, I can’t stand the lot of them. And considering how heavily this tenth book revolved around those sanctimonious bastards, I must admit, my enjoyment was noticeably impacted.

In truth, Balefire might actually be my least favourite novel in the series. But never fear, it was still a solid and relevant addition to the bigger series.

Because they’re awesome and good and heroes to their last breaths, Whyborne, Griffin, and their closest c
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Anne Boleyn's Ghost
Whyborne & Griffin is one of the few series that I would recommend without hesitation or reservation. Of course Balefire was a 5-star read.



I’ve been in a bit of a m/m reading slump lately. Call me Awful Luck Anne, but I keep picking up books that I am unable to finish, books that lack the diversity that I want or deserve an "F" for blatant fetishizing or, most innocuously but also most commonly, feature tropes that simplyclass="gr-hostedUserImg">
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Barbara➰
So, anyone who has been following my reviews knows I have been binge reading this series. I have read nothing else for 14 days. This one was bitter-sweet for me because it's the last available one and has only left me wanting more and more. I tried to read it slow but just could not bring myself to put it down.

It is action packed almost from the first page. Our team of amazing characters travels to Balefire Manor to help Whyborne's Endicott relatives take back their island. It is non
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~Volha~
5/21/2019 Re-read. I loved it as much if not more when I read it last summer!


Wow, what a book! It just keeps getting better and better! Ms Hawk has outdone herself again. I loved every page. If I tried to describe any part of it in this review it would be one huge spoiler. But I can say one thing - amazing! What was different about this one was the fact that it had less downtime for Whyborne and the crew - from about 30% of the book you just pull on your big boy/girl panties, put on your seat b
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* A Reader Obsessed *
4 Stars

Despite my despair in knowing that this is the second to the last book, it in no way failed on the romance, action, or the horror.

As always, our heroes and their band of loyal friends and family are once again challenged by those that fear and serve the otherworldly Masters and their minions. New terrible revelations and a seemingly unbeatable foe awaits Whyborne and Griffin but never fear! Though there is loss, a new vital piece of knowledge is gained which will be the ke
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milou  ☕️
"Well done, Whyborne." Christine ran back to clap me on the arm, then leaned in to peer at my face. "Oh dear."

"What?"

" Didn't you used to have eyebrows?"

"Curse it."



I have to say that it hurts me to have to write this review since this is the last book in this series which is currently released. Nothing about the final installment has been made known yet, besides the title which doesn't really give anything away. I don't want to think too much that there is only going to be one book left and then I'll never b
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Elena
4.5 stars

If you’ve already read the previous nine books, chances are you know exactly what to expect from this one, at least in general terms because, I don’t know about you, but I’m always surprised by each book and its revelations.
Another adventure for Whyborne and his friends, another step closer to saving the world; while they are at it, sit back and enjoy the usual awesome plot and characters.
Jordan L. Hawk did it again, with another great installment, and I can’t believe it’s al
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Sofia
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Where we have:

A woman who needs sustenance
A family with no proper sense of normality
A love which keeps growing
And oh, monsters who need dealing with

in other words another Hawk par excellance.

Talk about onion and layers, Hawk is so able to do that, keep peeling away exposing this bit, than that bit and making sense while doing so, a feat in this world. A master weaver at work.
Annika
Audiobook review

Sometimes you have to have luck on your side. I started listening to this series a couple of months ago and basically binged every audiobook in about a week. And after finishing Draakenwood I resigned myself to a long wait for Balefire. I mean it’s been almost two years since the last book was published, and there was no real news of when the next one was going to be produced, let alone being published. Believe me, I looked. Then one day in the end of June I saw that not only had Balefire a date, it had been released! To
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Joyfully Jay
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.75 stars


Wow, Jordan L. Hawk has done it again. I am a huge fan of the author’s writing, and will read pretty much anything Hawk writes. But the Whyborne & Griffin series is arguably the author’s most well-known and beloved work, and Balefire is the perfect example of why. As always, Hawk manages to combine the romance between Whyborne and Griffin with an exciting and thrilling magical suspense, all while tying the story together with the larger series plot. At this,
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Skirmish
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq
Book Reaction: http://neverhollowed.tumblr.com/tagge...
Soundtrack: http://neverhollowed.tumblr.com/tagge...
Rating: 5 Stars - absolutely perfect
Lyra
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, lgbtqia, fantasy, romance
Who loves this series?! I love this series! I'm going to be so sad when it ends, although I'm also going to be happy that it doesn't turn into one of those series that never official ends and thus runs out of steam.

This is, without a doubt, one of my absolute favorite series of all time. I love the MCs, I love the supporting cast, I just love everything. So wonderful! I want to write all manner of things, but I don't even know what to do other than gush. We're encountering more chara
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Chris
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another fabulous installment from Whybourne & Griffin - these poor guys really do have the weight of the world on their shoulders! As darkness looms and evil around the world grows, Whybourne, Griffin and friends face the ultimate challenges to fight the blackness and bring about peace. Things are really hotting up and honestly I can only hope these guys catch a break eventually. Another great read in this paranormal world
Alisa
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Ahh....back with my boyfriend Griffin *heart eyes*

This was good but not one of my favorites in the series. There was an excessive (for me) talk about the maelstrom and how the magic all weaves together. I felt my eyes glaze over a few times and I skimmed some parts. The best part was the characters, especially Christine. She stole this entire story.

You're going to feel terrible when you get to the end though because there's an author note that says the next book
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Ulysses Dietz
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Balefire (Whyborne & Griffin #10)
By Jordan L. Hawk
Published by the author, 2018
Four stars

“I’m really just a fellow who gets paid to translate what other people find.”

In the penultimate book in the Whyborne and Griffin series, we see the absurdity of Percival Endicott Whyborne’s self-deprecation. Jordan Hawk takes us over the top, to great effect, visually and emotionally. In the course of this series we’ve watched the meek, beaten-down Whyborne gradu
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Helen Kord
Honestly, I dont even know what to write in these reviews after 10 books of consistent plot and romance? So heres my bullet review:

* Somehow, the quality still keeps getting better, this one is probably my favourite of the second half, and thats saying something
* Christine is still the love of my life and Im absolutely delighted with certain developments and am excited to see what happens next ;)
* Jordan did the impossible: they managed to make me cry over fucking Stanfor
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Eleeze
4.25*

This author always delivers! Gawd her imagination has no bounds. I can't believe book 11 will be the last! I'm not ready...
Linda ~ chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny ~
Reread review 11/19/19:

Another great BR with Teal, Elena, Cristina, Rosa and Shile.

I can't believe it's almost over! The good news is these stories will always be here to reread. The sad news is there's only one new (full-length) adventure with these characters. I can always keep my fingers crossed for more short stories. :D

I forgot how much action is in this one. As soon as they get to England, no one gets any time to rest and it's all a great big push to the
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Shelby
I'm both excited and sad that this series is coming towards its' end. I love everything about this series. Whybourne and Griffin are two of my favorite characters. I've enjoyed watching Ival grow into himself and become confident in who he is. This story feels like it's been a long time coming. Ival was always going to have to come to some sort of understanding with his Endicott cousins, but this wasn't at all what I was expecting.

I really liked Heliabel in this story as well. It's good to see
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Bev
4.5 stars from me. Things are really hotting up now with only one more story to go 😭 in the series. Not a lot of time for romance in this one, the gang are much too busy trying to stop Nyarlothotep from summoning the Masters, and agree to a 'request' from those ruddy untrustworthy Endicotts [and they are!!] to travel to the Isles of Scilly [right off the bottom of Cornwall]. Ival discovers an ally to help him channel the arcane energy around Balefire and the redoubtable Christine has some special news ...more
Cristina
The penultimate novel in the Whyborne and Griffin series thickens the action/supernatural plot and throws the two MCs and their friends into the midst of a magical mansion off the coast of Cornwall.

I've really enjoyed how Jordan L. Hawk shifts the perspective from W&G to a much wider series of characters, all acquiring weight and depth in the fight against the Man in the Woods and the Masters.

Novel after novel, the series has managed to preserve excitement and freshne
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Anna Kļaviņa
This is next to last book in the Whyborne & Griffin series. ;_;


Brian Harvey's St Michael's Mount, Cornwal

Music Azathoth & Nyarlathotep 1
♣ Irish Smurfétté ♣
I had buy-in before even opening this book: it's set in gloriously mystical Cornwall. *happy sigh*
Course, my buy-in originated with book one of this series, Widdershins, and these characters in one of the best trios in modern fiction, and the ceaseless imagination of Jordan Hawk.

This story is all about the magic and adventure and danger, and the further building of this chosen family despite the horror and loss surrounding them this trip. Well, yes, they technically go on a hop
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Roxana Chirilă
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the 10th and next to last book in the Whyborne & Griffin series - come for the gay romance, stay for the cozy horror adventures. And I mean this, because the romance is pretty much solved and nowhere near bumpy anymore, so what you get is cool people saving the world together from all sorts of mad paranormal threats.

When I started reading this, I realized I'd missed the horrible, quirky murder town of Widdershins, with its cult of librarians, museum designed by a mad architect, tent
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Laura
woOOOWWWwwwww
I need the last book already 😭
Swuun
Aug 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Felt like half a story - which isn't always a bad thing, as it definitely left me very keen to read the final installment! But while I enjoyed (as always) the sweet relationships and found family feels, this straight up dungeon crawl wasn't my favorite of the Whyborne & Griffin adventures.
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Jordan L. Hawk is a trans author from North Carolina. Childhood tales of mountain ghosts and mysterious creatures gave him a life-long love of things that go bump in the night. When he isn’t writing, he brews his own beer and tries to keep the cats from destroying the house. His best-selling Whyborne & Griffin series (beginning with Widdershins) can be found in print, ebook, and audiobook.

Other books in the series

Whyborne & Griffin (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Widdershins (Whyborne & Griffin, #1)
  • Threshold (Whyborne & Griffin, #2)
  • Stormhaven (Whyborne & Griffin, #3)
  • Necropolis (Whyborne & Griffin, #4)
  • Bloodline (Whyborne & Griffin, #5)
  • Hoarfrost (Whyborne & Griffin, #6)
  • Maelstrom (Whyborne & Griffin, #7)
  • Fallow (Whyborne & Griffin, #8)
  • Draakenwood  (Whyborne & Griffin, #9)
  • Deosil (Whyborne & Griffin #11)
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“If I start to sound a bit megalomaniacal, forgive me.” Her eyes shone. “You’re the greatest arcane vortex that has ever existed. I understand.” I winced. “Er, perhaps, but I’m really just a fellow who gets paid to translate what other people find. I ordinarily try to save my insane ranting for grant proposals.” 1 likes
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