My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Well, if there is a queen of the paranormal historical romance, Jordan L. Hawk must be it! This woman is an amazing storyteller! I loved her Whyborne & Griffin series so much it actually hurt, so when this new series was published, I was so happy I could cry! But also, a bit hesitant. Could she do it again?
I know this is only book 1, but if we count the short prequel I think it safe to say, that yes! She has done it. This is going to be another fantastic series, to be devoured and adored. I cannot wait to continue!
Tom Halloran is a rarity: an honest beat cop in New York. He is also a man with a past. When said past suddenly starts to rear it’s ugly face through some horrific murders, he has to make a choice: keep his head down or do the right thing, even if it means risking exposure.
This leads to him crossing paths with Cicero the Cat, an unbonded familiar working for the Witch Police. Unbeknownst to Tom, Cicero recognises Tom as ‘his’ witch, the second he sets eyes on him. Much to Cicero’s dismay. Cicero is a bohemian, an artist, a refined man of elegance and style. Tom is not! Tom is a big brute of a man and in Cicero’s experience, big brute men talk with their fists and abuse their power. And familiars have precious little power in the world as it is. No way is Cicero going to bond with this ogre.
The murders that started it all are seen as closed cases by the police, written off to madness on the part of the perpetrators. But there is a link to a missing familiar, Isac, Cicero’s best friend. Based on this, the unlikely pair are allowed to investigate.
Jordan L. Hawk mixes fiction and fact seamlessly, in a way that leads us through the real life events and politics of New York in the 1890’ies with a twist of magic. The world building is brilliant and the mystery and investigation is thrilling and nerve gripping.
Warmly recommended. Do yourself a favour and read the short prequel. It’s not required, but it does give an extra dimension to the world building and it tells Rook and Dominic’s story. I will be going straight for the pre-order button for Hexmaker.