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Hoarfrost mostly is business as usual, but in a good way.
It spins on the threads of plot delivered before, it adds some new, it gives more hints and explores further...
If you liked the previous books, you will also like this, I would say.
I can really only lay my finger on three things I did feel could have been better (or more to my liking) but none of it is really something missing, it is actually more what I would like for the next ones.
1. No direct appearance of Whyborne senior, I always liked how the father son relationship was worked since it always managed to subtly show that it was more complicated than just the usual "terrible father".
2. Griffin mostly on the receiving end.I just think that he makes the better dominant partner all in all, or it might be that it is that the dynamic in the first two books was more easy to relate to me personally as a gay man.
3. A bit less horror. Continuing the trend of book five in particular, it is more conciliatory towards the "eldritch horrors", which is not bad, but I do hope we get something really alien and scary again.
Other than that, it had good new characters and a very nice building of suspense, since it kept me guessing to what exactly was going on, making it both logical and vague enough to make the guessing fun.
It also elaborated more on magic in a sensible way, I especially liked that it managed to give Whyborne a difficult opponent while still staying true to characterizing him as especially powerful, that was something I really liked since it is easy to mess that up.
I hope we will hear a lot more from Whyborne and Griffin in the future as well!
The narrator also kept up his good work, I do really hope I may hear him in other books too, I like his style and voice for gay fiction and supernatural stories both.
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I've enjoyed the series until this installment. Far too much time was spent in the first half explaining the previous books. This was pointless since the dense plots defy easy explanation and sound ludicrous as presented in brief. The supernatural story here was boring. Finally, not enough sex. Lol. A fan could skip this book and not miss a thing of interest. New listeners please start from the beginning, not here. Overall, a definite miss.
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