Widdershins was my first introduction into the series Whyborne & Griffin by Jordan L. Hawk. A series that has been long in my to-read mountain and now that I’ve read it I sure don’t know why I haven’t read it sooner. Something with waiting until there were more books?
Widdershins is a strong introduction in which we get to know Percival Endicott Whyborne. Philologist, scholar, quiet and all round introvert. A wallflower that hasn’t bloomed yet. That changes when he meets ex-Pinkerton agent Griffin Flaherty. Now a detective, Griffin is on the case and he has something that requires the skill of “I go by my last name” Whyborne. A snowball-effect starts from there and there is a mystery to solve, action, adventure and something starts to grow between Whyborne and Griffin.
I liked how a lot happens in this story, but it isn’t overwhelming or jumpy, but it well works into the whole of the story. It certainly isn’t a boring story. I also like how you see Whyborne grow throughout the story and let go of the past. He grows more sur of himself. At the same time, he’s not a doormat and I liked that. Griffin is more of a mystery. As the story is told from Whyborne’s first person pov, we only know what Griffin tells Whyborne and what Whyborne finds out on his own. Something tells me there is a lot more to this farmboy from Kansas turned Pinkerton turned private detective.
There was also a good cast of secondary characters, which makes this an all-round story.
Something tells me also that the rest of this series won’t be boring.