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Deadly Curiosities (1) Mass Market Paperback – June 24, 2014
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- Publisher : Solaris; First Edition (June 24, 2014)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 464 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1781082332
- ISBN-13 : 978-1781082331
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 1.1 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,154,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Deadly Curiosities takes place in modern day Charleston, with the focus of activity at Trifles and Follies, an antique/curiosity shop with an ulterior motive. The proprietor, Cassidy, knows that some objects hold resonance of the past and can relive events associated with them. Unfortunately, that experience often leaves her debilitated as she learns how to use it. Her assistant, Teag, has his own weaver magic, one aspect of which helps him to follow trails of information on the internet (a nice update to traditional magic forms).
And the shop has a "silent partner," a vampire named Sorren who has been in business with Cassidy's family for generations.
The plot has a nice blend of following the bread crumbs to a solution and fast-paced, gory fights. Cassidy and Teag try to understand their magic while thrust in the middle of crisis, sometimes with pushes from Sorren and his more-experience friends and others by experimentation and intuition. It's trial and error, but isn't that true of most real-life skills?
One of the best touches to the book is the setting. Yes, there's a disclaimer that specific locations are fictional, but the more general descriptions left me wanting to visit that city.
Overall I'd recommend this as a good read that left me wanting more in the series.
Cassidy owns and antiques store that has been passed down for generations in her family. She is also a psychometric, someone who can read objects and know their histories and the emotions they inspire. As a result of her gift she and her assistant at the store, Teag, who has his own magical talents, work with Sorren a 600 year old vampire to find dangerous magical artifacts and get them away from those who would use them to do harm.
There’s a lot of background and world building in this book and at times it seemed to drag. It seemed like there were parts that could have been more concisely written, or even eliminated as they bogged the story down. But once the action got moving, man did it move. The climatic fight scene at the end is breath taking...like, literally! I think I held my breath through the whole thing!
I look forward to reading more in this series and seeing more of these characters as well as the crossovers I know exist with the author’s other universes.
If you are a fan of the urban fantasy genre, I highly recommend you read this book. Gail Z Martin is a master at creating likeable characters and increasing the tension with every page until you realize that you have devoured a book in a single sitting. She has several books in this set and there are links to many other series as well, once you start reading. Deadly Curiosities crosses over with books by the likes of John Hartness and others. Look up Spells Salt and Steel and Bubba the Monster Hunter.
I like the three main characters. They make a good team and I look forward to book 2, if there is a book 2.
My only issue with it as someone who is lived in Charleston for a number of years was figuring out the placement of places and how some of the wording choices felt odd for Charleston. I had a real hard time trying to figure out where everything was suppose to be in Charleston, which mildly threw me out of the story. If you don't live in Charleston, it's not noticeable at all. But as someone who has lived here for a while, it feels odd to talk about the Old Navy Yard, when I've typically heard it called the Shipyard, Also rather distracting to try to figure out where the fictional places are located. It would have been nice if there were some nods to real places like say Black Market Minerals on Market Street.
Also mild pet peeve, but Cassidy and Teag go to a number of local (completely made up) food restaurants and the owners of all of the restaurants know them and they always order "their regular" thing, but we rarely find out what that regular thing is. Felt a little odd. Yes Charleston has a small town feel in a big city, but people do come and go in Charleston and it's not likely that the owner of an antique place knows the owner of every restaurant they frequent. Plus use of regular was a little annoying.
Over all, the unique story and characters and the great lack of guy inserted for random romance plot device made the book very enjoyable. I'd definitely read the next.
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It is a gripping story and there is plenty of plot, action, fantasy world building, mystery, adventure, supernatural talents, etc etc.
However the characters were not fleshed out enough for me, I kept expecting emotional content, but it wasn't there. Whilst that is not necessarily a bad thing, even preferable for some, it isn't a 4 star for me.