Book Reviews

Unseen (Rath & Rune 2) by Jordan L. Hawk

Genre Gay / Historical / Urban Fantasy / 19th Century / Magic / Psychic Powers / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 29-December-2021

Book Blurb

Librarian Sebastian Rath and his lover Vesper Rune are tasked with seeking and containing the evil Books of the Bound. But one of the Books has been freed from its prison—and is in the hands of a killer.

As more bodies turn up, Sebastian finds himself tempted to use forbidden magic to locate the Book and stop the murderer. And when an unexpected connection to the necromancers who created the Books is revealed, Sebastian must choose just how far he’ll go to right the wrongs of the past—even if it means endangering his own future.


Book Review

“When you walk away from a toxic family, you begin the journey of finding your true people.” ~ anonymous


Vesper (Ves) Rune and his brother, Nocturne (Noct), of ‘Unseen” by Jordan L. Hawk, escaped from their evil dysfunctional family. At the time, they had no idea how they would make it, but Ves was determined to find a way. When they came to Widdershins, Ves met Sebastian Rath and gained a coworker, friend, lover, and extended family in Sebastian’s sister and her children. Now, their hard-earned balance is threatened by the arrival of Ves and Noct’s grandfather and mother because where they are, trouble isn’t far behind. When Ves tells Noct they are there, he panics. But instead of running, Ves and Noct stay with Sebastian and his family. However, Noct is determined to use his magic to protect them.


Sebastian and Ves become involved in an investigation in Widdershins involving murders in which the murderer mutilates the bodies. While searching for a connection, it becomes clear that the victims are all related to one family - the Waites. Mortimer Waite is Ves and Sebastian’s coworker. When Sebastian and Ves ask him for his help in contacting the Waite family, Mortimer hesitantly agrees. Since one of Mortimer’s relatives is the latest victim, they begin with the “poor side” of the Waite family. Armed with their accumulated information, they proceed to Mortimer’s granduncle Lafayette Waite’s house to discuss the matter. Instead of helping, Lafayette becomes angry and tells them the occurrences are a family matter, and they will handle it. His reaction is suspicious and confusing. Disappointed but not deterred, Sebastian and Ves vow to continue their search without his help.


Their search for the truth leads them down some unexpected paths and to some connections that involve Noct and Ves’s mother and grandfather. They are engaged in a sinister and self-serving way and are attempting to use Noct and Ves to accomplish their goals. In addition to the confusion Ves and Noct’s family adds to the mix, they face the possibility that whoever is perpetrating the atrocities possesses a book written by a necromancer that gives the person holding it evil, destructive powers. But who is in control of the book, and how are they connected to the murders?


‘Unseen’ is a brilliant addition to the ‘Rath and Rune’ series. It’s good to be in Widdershins again, even though many familiar characters are only mentioned in passing. It’s still a mysterious and often scary place where events are anything but ordinary. Sebastian and Ves’s love affair is undoubtedly strong, if not a bit odd, but the important thing is their unconditional love and undying loyalty. Thank you, Jordan. I look forward to the next book in the series.




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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 234 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 12-November-2021
Price $4.99 ebook, $11.99 paperback
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