Dominic Kopecky dreamed of becoming a member of New York’s Metropolitan Witch Police—a dream dashed when he failed the test for magical aptitude. Now he spends his days drawing the hexes the MWP relies on for their investigations.
But when a murder by patent hex brings crow familiar Rook to his desk, Dominic can’t resist the chance to experience magic. And as the heat grows between Dominic and Rook, so does the danger. Because the case has been declared closed—and someone is willing to kill to keep it that way.
The 13th Hex is the prequel short story to the all-new Hexworld series. If you like shifters, magic, and romance, you’ll love Jordan L. Hawk’s world of witch policemen and the familiars they bond with.
NOTE: This is a previously published work. The title, author, and/or publisher may have changed.
The 13th Hex was originally published as part of the Charmed & Dangerous anthology. Only minor details have been altered for this reissue.
I’m a Hawk fan. I love the author’s Whyborne & Griffin and SPECTR series. So when this story came out as part of an anthology last year, I was going to get it, but the e-store I tried to buy it from had issues and I ended up not. Then Hawk brought it out as an individual short story and I snatched it up.
First off, let me say that the story rating is with full knowledge this is a SHORT STORY. If I was judging it against novellas or full-length novels, it would have received a much different rating. But for a short story, it had a very good arc.
For W&G fans, at first you might be like me and think…. “Hmm, this is sounding an awful lot like Whyborne and Griffin.” At the beginning anyway. Dominic has that shy, awkward Whyborne personality going on and Rook is definitely the Griffin in the story trying to bring Dominic into places he would rather not go. However, that’s where the similarity ends.
There are Hexmen in historical New York. There is even a police force that employs them. There are witches and familiars – and these familiars aren’t just animals. They are men that change into their familiar animal form.
This short story sets us up for HexWorld, the first full novel in Hawk’s new HexWorld series. And what a set up it is. There is so much I can’t tell you because it would give things away. But if you enjoy Hawk or if you enjoy historical M/M with dashes of paranormal oddities, you’re going to enjoy The 13th Hex and be anxiously awaiting HexWorld.
4 out of 5 stars because it was missing the kind of detail I am used to from Jordan L. Hawk. While it was intriguing, it missed the in-depth detail that usually helps me ‘live’ within her stories. However, it did make me excited for the coming book HexWorld.