Summoner of Storms, Book 6 of the Spectr series by Jordan L. Hawk, released today. I have been a fan of Ms Hawk’s work since I read Whiddershins, Book 1 of the Whyborne & Griffin series. Which is why when Hunter of Demons, Book 1 of the Spectr series was released, I knew it was a must buy.
Spectr is very different from her Whyborne & Griffin series. Where I would describe Whyborne & Griffin as a historical/paranormal mystery series, Spectr has a contemporary setting, very much like our world but with people that have paranormal abilities and NHE’s (Non-human Entities).
Allow me to share some background on this world from a review I wrote for the Live Your Life, Buy The Book review blog:
The setting for this series is in a world where people with paranormal abilities must register with the government and are expected to share this information as well as their registration number when asked for it. There is a fair amount of discrimination and fear of people with paranormal abilities by the non paranormal population. There are also supernatural creatures living among the humans that have the ability to inhabit the body of a human and wreak havoc. A special agency has been formed called the Strategic Paranormal Entity ConTRol or SPECTR which is comprised of individuals with varying paranormal abilities who work together to protect people and dispose of malicious non-human entities or NHE’s. In the beginning of the series we meet Caleb, an unregistered paranormal. Caleb has been living under the radar, so to speak, hoping to live a normal life. While attempting to avenge his brother’s death, Caleb ends up possessed by a drakul or more commonly known as a vampire. Normally these spirits only inhabit dead bodies but through a series of events, Gray ends up trapped in Caleb’s very much alive body. According to current belief if he is not exorcised in forty days, Gray, the drakul, will be a permanent part of Caleb, possibly even taking over Caleb completely. As a result of this possession, Caleb meets Special Agent John Starkweather, an exorcist from SPECTR. When John fails to exorcise the NHE from Caleb, he ends up taking Caleb home to stay with him until they can figure out how to remove the spirit. While working and living together they develop a friendship, their attraction for one another deepens and they fall in love. With Gray trapped in Caleb’s body, this presents an unusual situation. Not a ménage per se but think of having two spirits in one body, with Gray experiencing everything Caleb experiences. This is something Gray has never experienced before, having only had glimpses of lives from the memories of the dead he has inhabited. I love this concept. The author gives us a story where the characters trying to cope with these problems as well as their day to day lives in a world that is not always kind to people who are different, in a thought provoking manner. All the while providing us with an action packed tale filled with mystery, suspense, and romance.
Note: For those that have cliffhanger issues, and I admit I am normally one of those people. This is a serialized series. Each book has a complete mystery solved but the longer arc continues to the next book. This is an awesome series and the wait is not long between books.
To read my full review please click here: Live Your Life Buy the Book – Destroyer of Worlds review. (If you have not read any of the books in the series – stop reading after this introduction – Spoilers – and you do not want that!)
Now on to Summoner of Storms.
Federal exorcist John Starkweather’s life is in tatters. His best friend Sean betrayed him. SPECTR, the agency he viewed more as a surrogate family than an employer, wants him dead. His only allies are members of the mysterious organization called the Vigilant, whose motives remain in question.
The only thing keeping John together is the presence of his lovers: Caleb Jansen, a powerful telekinetic, and Gray, the vampire spirit possessing Caleb.
Together, they must not only evade capture, but somehow stop SPECTR from building an army of demon possessed soldiers. If they are to succeed, John must question everything he’s ever believed about SPECTR and spirits. And Caleb and Gray must decide how far they’re willing to go—not just for John’s love, but for his very life.
Book 5, Destroyer of Worlds, was an intense roller coaster ride. John realized he did not really know the person that he thought was his best friend and all that he thought he knew about the Spectr agency, which had been his family when his own turned him away, seemed to be a lie. Not only has John’s world been turned upside down, but Caleb’s forty days are up and he chooses to let the possession become permanent.
In Summoner of Storms John, Caleb and Gray are back together and have managed to escape with the group that calls themselves The Vigilant. We learn more about this group, how it was formed and some history about Gray as well. While trying to find out what Forsyth, head of SPECTR’s Research Division,is planning on doing with his army of possessed humans, they must also figure out who they can trust and one of the people they must turn to is one who has hurt John the most.
I have to say, this book kept me on the edge of my seat. While intense, it is also filled with humor, great one-liners, and some very tender moments as well. One of the characters that I had not connected with in the previous books was Tiffany. She plays a major part in this book and I enjoyed seeing this side of her character. If you have read the books up to this point, you will love the way Ms Hawk keeps the voices of her characters true. I have grown to love John and Caleb, but Gray has had my heart from book one. Seeing the world through his eyes, watching him as he learns what it means to be human and fall in love, is wonderful. There are some absolutely brilliant moments I am dying to share, but I would hate to spoil the experience. I had many moments while reading where I would pause to admire the way the words flowed. The writing is very vivid and drew me into the scenes. This is one of the things I love about Ms Hawk’s writing style.
I titled this review, The Final Battle, and oh, there is a gloriously epic battle. So much is explained and brought to closure. While I will miss this series very much, I thought Ms Hawk wrote a very satisfying ending.
You can purchase Summoner of Storms here:
You can also get the first book in the series,
Hunter Demons for free here: