Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Series: Whyborne & Griffin 1.5
Genre: Historical Fantasy
Rating: Three Petals
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Griffin Flaherty wants nothing more than to create a perfect Valentine’s Day for his lover, Dr. Percival Endicott Whyborne. Dinner at a fancy restaurant, an evening at the theater, and a romantic interlude at home should do the trick.
But a new client with an urgent case puts Griffin’s plans in jeopardy. A magic talisman has been stolen, and if it isn’t returned by sundown, disaster will befall not only on the thief but the innocents around him.
Can Whyborne and Griffin track down and return the amulet by nightfall, or will dinner reservations become the least of their worries?
Eidolon takes place between the first two books in the series, but it was written much later as a holiday short story. What that means is Hawk already knows what happens in the future of the main characters, but has to pull back to fit into the appropriate timeline. That made the story feel a little stretched. Also, since I haven't yet had the opportunity to read the second book in this series I couldn't help feeling like I was missing something.
The story is cute and sweet with just a touch of horror. Griffin wants to have a great Valentines day with Whyborne and has it all planned out perfectly until an unexpected customer knocks on his office door and throws those plans into disarray. He needs to locate a strange talisman before it's too late. The woman that hired him gave him a very firm timeline and he also has theater tickets for his perfect evening that he doesn't want to miss. It becomes clear very quickly that Griffin is dealing with something magical, so he enlists Whyborne's help.
Overall, this story was cute and fun. As a holiday-short it worked. However, as a stand-alone story set in the universe I found it lacking. Whyborne left off in the previous book just starting to learn how to use magic, yet in this story the magic comes easily for him. There also wasn't much insight given into how Griffin's job worked in the previous story--just that he's a private detective--but in this story we're thrown into his work without much preparation. Additionally, the reader was just starting to realize the city the books are set in has a magic depth to it, but in this story it's assumed rather than explained. As I said earlier, a lot of these issues were most likely caused because Hawk wrote this story well after the plot and the characters have moved on in future books; returning to this period in the timeline didn't quite work out. That said, I still really liked reading this short story and it only made me even more interested in learning where the series is going to go from here.
This short story was cute and fun, but it can't stand alone. I recommend it, but only after you've read multiple books in the series. There are clearly things that happen in the future that appeared despite their not being appropriate for the timeline, but overall it was a good read.
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