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  • Unhallowed

  • A Novel of Widdershins (Rath & Rune, Book 1)
  • By: Jordan L. Hawk
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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Summary

Monsters. Murder. Librarians. 

Librarian Sebastian Rath is the only one who believes his friend Kelly O’Neil disappeared due to foul play. But without any clues or outside assistance, there’s nothing he can do to prove it. 

When bookbinder Vesper Rune is hired to fill the vacancy left by O’Neil, he receives an ominous letter warning him to leave. After he saves Sebastian from a pair of threatening men, the two decide to join forces and get to the truth about what happened to O’Neil. 

But Vesper is hiding secrets of his own, ones he doesn’t dare let anyone learn. Secrets that grow ever more dangerous as his desire for Sebastian deepens. 

Because Kelly O’Neil was murdered. And if Sebastian and Ves don’t act quickly enough, they’ll be the next to die.

©2020 Jordan L. Hawk (P)2020 Jordan L. Hawk

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Okay..

It starts out well. The mystery, the atmosphere, the characters, the narration -- all elements are in place for a good story. But halfway through, personally, I got bored and disappointed. A lot of the mystery was revealed in dialogues and letters, not in action.
I didn't get a feeling that characters' past had any effect on their actions, or that they were grown men at all. They were forgiving, soft and needed to run to 'mommy' to solve their issues. Sure, I appreciate fluffy stories too, but then it's better not to squeeze darkness into character's past that will be but a paragraph of exposition.

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Great listen and interesting characters

Really enjoyed this book. A very good story and well narrated. Looking forward to the sequels.

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brilliant

totally unexpected and totally compelling. I loved every minute and can't wait for the next one. Joel Leslie was wonderful as always.

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Great start

A well written story with and interesting  concept.  The characters are likeable and the narration is good.

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  • TEM
  • 29-01-21

Enjoyable

Slow but enjoyed it! Anyone looking for fast paced thrills and chills, or steamy sex scenes for that matter, probably wouldn’t be satisfied. But I liked the mystery and found the love interest sweet. Anticipating #2 in the series. Love Joel Leslie. Wish he’d narrated the earlier Widdershins books.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 18-06-22

Underwhelming

I’m always amazed when readers give stories five stars. For me, in order for story to rate five stars, everything needs to be flawless: the mechanics, which include grammar, punctuation, as well as diction. In this story, the writer uses “floor“ and “ground“ interchangeably. Some might think I’m nitpicking, but there’s a reason we have words. If words can be used interchangeably, what’s the point? This writer also has issues with subjunctive end she doesn’t know when to use the subjunctive tense. Also, the writer has slips in the exposition where every once in a while sure use a very strange turn of phrase like “come inside.“ What?! Who tell somebody to come in a room by saying “come inside“? Very weird. Also the repetition from the first sentence that this guy is a monster. I am a monster. Did I miss a previous book? I think with some editing this could’ve been a better book, but it is current state, there are so many errors and issues that I couldn’t, in good conscience, read it higher. Perhaps those who gave it five stars don’t care about these details? I know a lot of people just read a book they don’t care about the mechanics, they don’t care about discrepancies they don’t care about errors all they’re reading for is the dialogue the plot and the sex scenes. If you are one of those, then you might enjoy the story, on the other hand, if you’re like me and you need a little bit higher quality pros, this book might not suit your needs. I noticed one of the other reviewer’s had an issue with this narrator. Hi, personally, like Joel Lesley. I recommend you listen to a sample and see if you think you might like his style. Thank you for reading hope this helps

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-06-21

I demand a different reader

I'm sorry but the reader's voices and accents are everywhere. a mix between lowbrow and high... smokers cough/old.. and I'm assuming an attempt to memic northeast fishermen due to the town being on the coast of the northeast. both men and women in the novel suffer from the mix... even the two MCs are unrecognizable among them... sometimes having a clear young voice with a highbrow accent be it with a mix of fishermen accent and then sometimes its rough and old sounding.... like someone with a bad case of smokers cough. it really does ruin the novel.

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  • Cranky Reader
  • 30-12-20

Monster with a heart of gold

For a book about magic and monsters and the end of the world, the book is surprisingly straightforward. It’s YA story with a couple adult scenes. Vers has a worryingly abusive backstory but a good heart.

I thought the romantic timeline was too rushed and Ver’s behavior came off as too assimilated for his backstory of no friends, no casual acquaintances. The motivations of everyone seemed to lack depth. But the saving grace was the, well, grace of the protagonists. It’s easy to root for characters who are kind. And a lot of times, characters went against stereotypes in a good way - when I thought there would be a misunderstanding, they didn’t fall for it! It was really nice to run into. Seb’s sister is the real gem.

There’s a bit of a mystery with ooky blood rituals and a rushed romance but the reader at least knows that the nice people making offers of friendship & housing made the offers in good faith. If you’re looking for a fantasy book that’s a little dark but maybe not too dark in these trying times, I think this would suit.

Steam: med low. M/M kind of on page. Good consent aside from Ver’s background. That was one of the disconnects for me - Ver was portrayed as up for the relationship but someone with his sequestered background should have been incredibly naive so I wondered if he was ready. Seb did not shy away from the less human parts of Vers which was nice, and might be more excitingly steamy in future.

Narration: Pretty good. I listen to this narrator a lot. This effort was decent.

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  • Alaska
  • 20-01-21

Widdershins' Library

First, it's Joel Leslie. It's read well and well paced.

Next, it is Jordan L. Hawk's strange little town of Widdershins, Massachusetts. You don't need to have finished the W&G series to enjoy the book. I didn't love the Whyborne and Griffin narrator, so I didn't make it past the first few chapters of Fallow, but I didn't have any trouble following the events here. That said, you'd probably benefit from the world building in at least the first book in that series. I recommend reading it though.

I loved both Ver and Sebastian. I loved Sebastian's sister and her passle of happy children. I laughed aloud at "A wife in every port and a husband on every ship." I am absolutely shipping Miss Endicott and Nocturne. Tentacles are awesome.

I'll definitely read the next when it is released. Recommend.

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  • A. Zulli
  • 16-01-21

LOVED IT

There's so much I loved about this. The historical setting of Halley's Comet's visibility, and the hysteria that surrounded it. The trans allegory a la X-Men. The library setting. The nerdy-hot characters. And who knew I'd be into m/m monster/human sex. Welp. Guess I found a new genre.

Joel Leslie is fantastic as usual, except for the painful Boston-esque accent he attempts for Sebastien. That was uneccessary.

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  • Leah Petersen
  • 05-01-21

Lovely Continuation

Great follow up to the Whyborne and Griffin books by one of my favorite authors. she delivers every time.

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  • Sola
  • 25-12-20

A new visit to the town of Widdershins

I loved this! It has a distinctly different feel from previous Widdershins books: the opening is tense, dark, and dense, and our characters considerably more assured of themselves, for their own betterment or for worse. The tone becomes warmer, lighter, and more hopeful as we progress: Hawk has clearly grown as an author, and it really shows, which is impressive considering how good the previous Widdershins series was.

If you ever wanted to know more about the Librarians, it seems that they will be a focus of this series, and I greatly look forward to it. Our narrator's voice give such richness and setting to the story. Overall, I'm delighted, and almost sorry that I found this book so soon, because the wait for the next Rath and Rune book will be so long.

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  • Nutmeg
  • 17-12-20

Entertaining

The narration was definitely the best part of this audiobook. I haven’t read any previous Widdershins books, but I didn’t feel like I was missing any major background information. Story wise, I wasn’t totally enthralled, but it was entertaining enough and if Joel Leslie narrates book two, I’ll be sure to listen.