A straight-laced policeman. A lighthearted thief. A murdered millionaire.
Fox shifter Malachi steals for one of the biggest crime rings in New York City. But when he witnesses the murder of a millionaire, the only person who can keep him safe is Dr. Owen Yates, forensic hexman for the Metropolitan Witch Police—and Malachi’s witch.
Owen is horrified to discover his familiar is an uneducated thief. Even worse, Malachi threatens to unleash Owen’s deepest desires…desires Owen can’t act upon, as he’s destined for an arranged marriage to secure the Yates family fortune
Their agreement: Malachi will be Owen’s lover as well as his partner, until the day of the wedding. But as their hunt for the murderer carries them from teeming slums to Fifth Avenue mansions, Owens begins to realize Malachi commands his heart as well as his body.
With dark forces drawing ever closer around them, Owen must decide whether to bow to the demands of duty, or to risk everything for the man he loves.
Hexmaker is the second book in Jordan L. Hawk’s Hexworld series, following the adventures of witch policemen and the familiars they bond with. Download today to enter a world of magic, romance, and intrigue.
I loved the other books in the Hexworld I’ve read. And I loved this one too. However, it felt like this story lacked the depth of Hexbreaker.
Owen Yates, who we met in Hexbreaker, is a forensic hexman at the MWP (That’s Metropolitan Witch Police, for those not in the know *wink*). He’s from a very wealthy family and is expected to take his place as the head of the family now that his elder brother has been incapacitated. In his position as heir to the Yates fortune, he’s to marry a socialite in one week’s time. One has to feel sorry for both him and Edith as their stories unfold as if neither wants the marriage, it being foisted upon them for family reasons makes you go “noooooo!”
Of course, fate has other plans when on the way home from a society party, he happens upon a robbing gone wrong and offers his service as a member of the MWP to help. In so doing, he meets Malachi, feral familiar, who was caught running away from the house with a stolen item in his pockets and a dead man on the floor. He doesn’t think much of the flirty familiar, but uses his hexing ability to prove that Malachi was innocent.
Malachi recognizes that Owen is his witch. And doesn’t that sod up his life nicely? He eschews the rich. In fact, the only thing ‘nobs’ are good for is to rob in his opinion. But when the real murderer tries to kill him, he does the only thing that makes sense to him – he runs to Owen and tells him he’s his witch. After all, that gives him protection… or so he hopes.
This story has a few twists and turns that are unexpected in a Hawk novel – kink being one. But their need for D/s in bed fit Mal and Owen to a T. A couple other characters were a wonderful addition: Nathan, the trans character. I loved the way his situation was dealt with in a hex world. And how supportive Owen was of him. And Peter. Oh Peter. He’s a sad case and for me, I felt like we didn’t hear everything. And that now he can communicate, they need to get out of him exactly what happened the night he was shot. (Because if you’ve read the book, you have to be thinking what I’m thinking about who was involved.) This is a dream of course, but it would be nice if some sort of medical hex could help him in some way. Even if he couldn’t be brought all the way back, at least give him some added life.
And I’m once again filled with hope for Isaac. He needs to find a witch who will help him.
Unfortunately, the story for as good as it is – and it is good – was missing the depth created in Hexbreaker. I think this might be one of those cases where the 1st book was so exceptional that it’s hard for any other book in the series to live up to it. Hexmaker was good, but I didn’t feel as embroiled in 1898 New York as I did in Hexbreaker.
The audio version isn’t out yet, but I’ll snatch it up when it comes out. Tristan did such an amazing job with the voices in Hexbreaker that I look forward to hearing him read Hexmaker.
Still a worthy 5 stars, even if not as immersive as Hexbreaker.