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Trifles and Folly 2: 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 : B078P53N88
- Publisher : SOL Publishing (December 28, 2017)
- Publication date : December 28, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 3999 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 568 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1939704642
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #576,900 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Other problems as a whole: I didn't like Cassidy a whole lot. I thought she treated Sorren like she was constantly afraid of him, although he never harmed her and, in fact, saved her life several times. She seemed to have zero affection for him, unlike with Teag and others of her acquaintance. To my way of thinking, she treated him like a piece of furniture and was always irritated when he wasn't available. Would it have killed her to have hugged him occasionally and act like she was actually glad to see him? I'm sure the author did not intend this result but that is how it appeared to me. Also, I hated how she treated Baxter, her little dog. She was always out having dinner or checking hauntings without going home first to see to his needs. Fiction or not, if the author is going to introduce a character, and Baxter was, definitely, another character, at least have that character realistically taken care of. I began to wonder what her carpets would look like because it seemed Baxter was rarely taken out to potty. The author was so good at the details of the evil encounters, it seemed remiss of her not to follow through with the dog. Even if it is fiction, I still don't like to read about animals being mistreated.
Lastly, everybody has somebody but Sorren. Geez, give the poor guy someone to keep him warm at night! He seems too much alone. He supposedly is, after all, a sentient being and capable of love.
I read this after the first three main books, though I think it could be read at any time without confusion or spoilers. I'm not sure when in relation to the main books these stories take place.
This is another collection of short stories, and once again, each one is basically a mini book in the sense that each is a complete supernatural mystery solved by Cassidy, Teag, Sorren, and their allies. It was a bit repetitive since there's no over-arching plot in the series, and it didn't give a whole lot of extra insight into the characters.
That being said, I liked some of Cassidy's stories in this one more than her stories in the previous collection. I liked learning about the shifters in the story that involved them, and I liked the character who played a big part. A couple stories ended up being a bit personal for the characters, which upped the stakes. There were also three stories from the POV of one of Cassidy's ancestors, about his work for Sorren and the Alliance, which involved more trickery and thieving than Cassidy's work.
Overall, this was an enjoyable collection of supernaturals mysteries. It's kind of mostly a chill read (if you consider the occasional ghost or demon fight chill) about characters you already know and like if you've read the other books, or simply about some quick supernatural mysteries and butt-kicking if you haven't.
*Rating: 3.5 Stars // Read Date: 2021 // Format: Ebook*
Original Review @ Metaphors and Moonlight (link in profile)
If I ever had any doubts about whether or not I should start the Deadly Curiosities series, they were squelched after reading Trifles and Folly 1 and obliterated by the time I finished this collection.
You know that you’re hooked when you can’t even pick a favorite character between the cast of friends. Even the supporting characters are amazing. From one story to the next, I couldn’t wait to see what happened next. This series seems to have everything I love about a good urban fantasy. Strong main characters whose abilities grow as the series progresses. Lots of suspense, a hint of romance, danger, great supporting characters who add to the story and so much more. I say “seem” because I have yet to pick up a full length book from this series, but I need to remedy that soon. The shorts have been great, but it’s obvious that a lot happened in between each story. Plus, I haven’t spent nearly enough quality time with Sorren, Cassie and Teag. 😉
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of Trifles and Folly 2. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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The main characters are well fleshed out and have a lot of personality with depth without the angst I find in a lot of today’s heroes.
The Author has lots of spirited chatter and action to keep me thoroughly entertained.
She incorporates interesting characters, good and evil from mystical/religious beliefs from traditions from near and far.
I liked that not everything works out perfect all the time. The team works very hard to fight the bad guys but, by the nature of their job, not all outcomes can be happy for everyone.
Trifles and Folly 2 contains the modern stories up to #20 but also numbers 4 to 6 of the “oldies”. I loved reading about Sorren when he was “young”.
You can read all the stories out of order but if you can it does flow better.
Short Stories: “Deadly Curiosities Adventures” They are on her website.
Collections: “Trifles and Folly: A Deadly Curiosities Collection 1” & “2” (between them these two collections contain Deadly Curiosity Adventures # 4 to 20.)
Novels: Deadly Curiosities and Vendetta
Darker than most UF these days, it is a darn good read that will leave you staring suspiciously at dark corners.