Title: Breaker of Chains (SPECTR Series 2, #4)
Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: March 16, 2018
Page Count: 163
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Caught between the worlds of human and drakul, Caleb and Gray must make a fateful choice.
Big changes are afoot at SPECTR. John Starkweather, once a hotshot field agent, is now benched. Instead of chasing down demons during Charleston’s biggest outbreak, he’s stuck interviewing exorcists about a previous case. But what at first seems like a busywork assignment takes a darker turn, as John begins to suspect the increase in possessions might not be coincidence, but part of an unseen conspiracy.
The vampire spirit Gray was made to hunt demons and drink their blood. He and his human host, Caleb Jansen, ought to be at the forefront of SPECTR’s field team. But their new partners refuse to let Gray use any of his abilities, let alone actually hunt and fight.
Fortunately, Caleb and Gray have allies outside of SPECTR: the only other living drakul, Drugoy and his host Yuri Azarov. Yuri and Dru live by no mortal’s rules, and they can show Caleb and Gray how to do the same…depending on how far they’re willing to go.
Because breaking the rules comes with a cost, and the price of Caleb and Gray’s freedom may be the life of the man they love.
Breaker of Chains cannot be read as a standalone and the reader needs to have read the previous books in the series. The WHOLE series.
One word: Cliffhanger.
Premise of the book is John has been assigned to doing interviews. Zahira is on desk duty, and Calab is stuck with two arrogant asshats who are determined to put Calab in his place and in a suit. Gray is not happy, but is willing to cope with the indignities and insults so long as they don’t hurt John and Zahira.
Meanwhile, Calab befriends Yuri and Drugoy, another human/drakul who speaks of hunting together and of friendship based on their unique situation. John feels Calab slipping away, lured by the icy haired Russian like the Sirens lured the cruise ship in Charleston Bay.
And then everything goes pear-shaped, sideways, and just generally implodes.
Which is where the reader is left HANGING.
So now I am a tich annoyed. In this latest installment I felt the characters lost their quirky sense of humor, we continue to have the over the top animosity from fellow SPECTR agents, and the paranormal manifestation rather than being “oh, that’s kinda interesting…” turned into some kind of horror feast. Literally. I didn’t spell that wrong.
Then, lordy oh lordy, we have the world’s biggest Misunderstanding yet between Calab, Gray and John. Not merely a “Oh blessed Sekhmet, what have you done? but a full blown rejection of everything they’ve built to date.
I’ll maintain I still (mostly) enjoy this series because the books aren’t overly complicated, I like the characters, there is enough tension to keep me interested, and the premise is interesting. But I feel like everything has hopped on the crazy train and all the carefully constructed relationships and quirkiness is flying off the tracks. Which I’m not so thrilled about.
For those of you who have been following this series, I’m honestly not sure what you’re are going to think of this latest installment. I’m still not sure what I think of this installment!
Dear Ms. Hawk – please don’t make me wait a YEAR to find out what happens!