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Hexmaker (Jordan L. Hawk)

Hexmaker (Hexworld Book 2) - Jordan L. Hawk

Hexmaker is the second book in Jordan L. Hawk's latest series, Hexworld, which deals with witches and their familiars. This time, the couple in the spotlight is Malachi, a thief and fox shifter who becomes a witness of a murder, and is Dr. Owen Yates, forensic hexman for the Metropolitan Witch Police.

Well, I loved this! I might even -- dare I say it -- at the moment loving this world better than Widdershins. I know, blasphemy!

The thing is, I found Hexworld to fit more with my taste of paranormal/fantasy/mystery books. It has police department (I'm such a sucker for cops or detectives)! It has tons of familiars (animals sightings!). Plus it features different couple in each book.

Don't get me wrong, I love Whyborne and Griffin, but sometimes all those weird fantasy creatures just went over my head. Plus I was annoyed with Whyborne in the last book.

Despite the timeline being relatively short, but I felt that Owen and Malachi truly had the chemistry and connection. Never for once I felt that this one was rushed or the love came instantly. I loved that they worked together well, despite the difference of class and occupation. I even enjoyed the touch of D/s between the two.

I also loved the villains better here compared to Widdershins' series -- why? Because

I felt that the villains have a very compelling reason for doing what they do. Familiars are considered second class. They can be abused by their witches, and no rules will stop it. So I can somehow understand if the familiars are wanting revenge. It's an unfair treatment to familiars

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. I like that it's not simply a black and white / bad guys vs. good guys situation.

The only thing that I wasn't sure about was the fact that

Owen was practically engaged with another woman, while he pursued his sexual encounters with Malachi. I guess I have never been 100% comfortable with this kind of situation

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Verdict: Shiny new series which falls right into my taste ^^. Can't wait to see who's next. I hope it's Isaac.