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Trifles and Folly: A Deadly Curiosities Supernatural Mystery Adventure Collection Kindle Edition
About the Author
Gail Z. Martin is the author of the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, the Chronicles of the Necromancer series, and the Fallen Kings Cycle. She discovered her passion for science fiction and fantasy in elementary school. The first story she wrote, at age five, was about a vampire. Her favorite TV show as a preschooler was Dark Shadows. At age fourteen she decided to become a writer. She enjoys attending sf-fantasy conventions, Renaissance fairs, and living history sites.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B01M3S430N
- Publisher : SOL Publishing; 2nd edition (October 18, 2016)
- Publication date : October 18, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 3905 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 396 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1939704693
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #347,819 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Each of the adventures was a quick, concise read that gave a little more detail on the powers that the characters have and learn. I am assuming from the way they read that each story appeared elsewhere first and were then collected here. I say that because there is a great deal of repetitiveness in each story introducing the characters, their backgrounds and certain quotes. That got quite old after a while and made me long for the author deciding to make this a much more integrated collection which would involve editing the stories to reduce that redundancy.
You can also tell, if you’ve read other books in the series, that the stories must be spread throughout the catalog. It would have been helpful if at the start of each story it was chronologically placed in the existing catalog. For example, in one story Kell knows nothing of what Cassidy and Teag really do and in another story he refers to himself as an “Alliance apprentice.” Something obviously occurred in one of the books to bring about this change in status so it would helpful to know what and in which book for those who like to read everything in order.
The stories themselves are all interesting and pose unique questions. It was a good read, particularly as I enjoy this universe.
Cassidy and Teag run an antiques shop called Trifles and Folly, a shop that has been in Cassidy’s family for generations. While a six hundred year old vampire may own the shop, Cassidy and her ancestors don’t mind continuing to run things. This shop is not just any shop though, they items that Cassidy and Teag collect are generally either cursed items or hold some type of sentimental value from the past with A LOT of baggage. Cassidy is able to read objects and see the history of an item by touching it while Teag is able to weave magic for things like protection and also hacking into systems easily. With their combined abilities, they assist Sorren with ridding the world—one cursed object at a time. Throughout the various stories, a sequence of life events are thrown into the mix of their many adventures, but each adventure grows darker and darker. Does that mean that Cassidy, Teag, and Sorren are growing stronger or will their time come faster than they think?
Martin seems to have some really great stories among this collection; however, there is so much wasted content where the background information of the characters are reiterated every single time. If these were all separate stories at one point in time, it would have been acceptable in those instance, but now as a collection—it does not make much sense. A book series is kind of like a television show for many readers. There is no rehashing of backgrounds like Martin does within these stories. It would have more than likely been beneficial to share a brief glimpse of previous events to jog the reader’s memory. Some of the word choices did not seem relevant or accurate to the scenes either. Since this review is based on the audiobook, the narration was not a particularly good fit for this book. The accent sounded forced and the pronunciation for many words throughout the stories did not flow well. With that being written, the story did have a general practiced theme and the stories did flow well together. If you are a reader of paranormal mysteries and urban fantasy, you may want to pick up this collection of books. Since this is the first collection, you should be able to jump right in.
An audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a three-star rating for Trifles and Folly by Gail N. Martin.
I read this after the first three main books, though I think it could be read at any time without confusion or spoilers. Some seem to take place before the main books, others between books.
Each of these stories is basically a mini book, as they each use the same format of supernatural things happening and then Cassidy and co. solving the mystery and saving the day. Most of the stories don't really add any extra info to the main series, and you won't be missing anything if you don't read it. But...
There were three stories from Sorren's POV! I enjoyed that because I've been wanting to know more about him. You get to learn how he got started in the Alliance, as well as some other things mentioned in the main books. You also get to see a bit of his jewel-thieving skills.
Overall, this is fairly focused on plot and mystery and is nice if you like these sorts of little mysteries or just want to hang out with these characters some more, especially if you're curious about Sorren.
*Rating: 4 Stars // Read Date: 2021 // Format: Ebook*
Original Review @ Metaphors and Moonlight (link in profile)
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Darker than most UF these days, it is a darn good read that will leave you staring suspiciously at dark corners.