Title: Shaker of Earth (Spectr Series 2, #5)
Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Publisher: Widdershins Press, LLC
Release Date: September 14, 2018
Page Count: 117
Reviewed by: Kristin F,
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Charleston is reeling beneath the onslaught of demons unleashed by the vampire spirit Drugoy and his human host Yuri. Alone and drained almost to the point of death, Gray and Caleb must make their way across a city gone mad in hopes of putting an end to Yuri and Dru. But the other drakul isn’t the only enemy they have to worry about.
After the death of a rogue agent at Gray’s teeth, John’s faith in his lovers has been badly shaken. But when SPECTR Chief Barillo orders the vampire destroyed by any means possible, John and his allies find themselves in a race to find Gray and Caleb before their fellow SPECTR agents.
Because their only hope of stopping Yuri and Dru is by working together. And if they fail to unite, the streets of Charleston will run red with blood.
Shaker of Earth cannot be read as a standalone and the reader needs to have read the previous books in the series. The WHOLE series – One and Two.
In my review of Breaker of Chairs, I ended with the statement: Dear Ms. Hawk – please don’t make me wait a YEAR to find out what happens!
Ms. Hawk came through in less than a year AND with an installment that was fast paced, engaging, and (in my humble opinion) brought out the best in all our favorite characters.
Shaker of Earth picks up right where Breaker of Chains ends. Caleb/Gray are feeling betrayed by John’s rejection after a Massive Misunderstanding. Now, John did walk in on Gray eating Eriksson, but hey…there was a deamon involved. Still Caleb/Gray know they must take down Drugoy/Yuri before the Earth Drakul destroys everything in his quest for revenge.
John and Zahira continue to stand up for Gray in the face of fear, bigotry and sexism. John – slowly – realizes how much he was trying to put Gray into a proverbial box in an attempt to smooth over poor internal relations with SPECTR. He sincerely regrets his final words to Caleb and Gray, and only hopes he’ll have the time to make amends.
As I noted above, Shaker of Earth moves smartly along. This was almost a “read in one sitting book” for me (alas, it was late, I was tired, I fell asleep and it wasn’t the book’s fault).
Plot-wise, character-wise; everything came together in a most satisfactory manner for me. The antagonists had their proverbial butts kicked, we had reconciliation, we had old favorite characters making a re-appearance (to help with butt-kicking), the humor was back, and we had farewells.
Ooo…I left that one hanging vaguely, didn’t I? Hehehehe.
My two minor complaints are: I would have liked to have seen more from Zahria. I really liked her character, her rapport with Caleb/Gray, and her attitude. I felt she was relegated to the back seat in this one, and I would have preferred to have seen her in a stronger role.
I also felt the intimate moment between John, Caleb and Gray as they were reunited at SPECTR was…off. Everyone stinks of smoke, blood and ichor, Caleb/Gray just came back from the dead, they’re on a cement floor in an exorcism room, everyone is exhausted – and they have sex. I can’t think of a more un-sexy situation or place. The scene just didn’t work for me.
Ultimately I thought this was perhaps the strongest book in Series 2 and I can see myself reading this again in the near future.