Book Review – Vendetta by Gail Z. Martin

Deadly Curiosities #2
Publisher: Solaris
Pages: 370
Characters: Cassidy, Sorren, Teag/Anthony
POV: 1st
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Series


Someone very powerful is trying to destroy Sorren and everyone he cares about. That puts Cassidy, Teag and Trifles and Folly in the cross-hairs, against an unknown enemy with strong magic and significant resources.

Sorren has spent centuries shutting down the plans of powerful immortals, dark warlocks and supernatural creatures, and now he’s got to figure out which of those many enemies is out to get him before they pick off his friends one by one and come after him to finish an immortal vendetta.

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Wow. Another edge-of-seat story that had me turning pages. I love the characters in the Deadly Curiosities series, and the way they feel like an extended family. I enjoyed the bit more of an insight into Sorren’s past with this one, although the glimpse of his past relationship was very bitter sweet. I also love Teag and Anthony’s relationship, and Anthony’s reaction as he discovers more about what his boyfriend’s role in his work with Cassidy and Sorren against paranormal nasties. I also loved the others they called upon to help with this fight, and how even Maggie played her part. I loved how Cassidy and Teag are growing in their abilities, and the introduction of a hunter in this story. The series feels as though it’s finding its place in the other stories in this universe and I’m looking forward to a proper crossover.

The showdowns with the ‘bad guys’ were very intense. I liked how there were consequence for Cassidy and her friends, and that they didn’t come away unscathed. I thought there was a very real sense of escalating threat with each encounter.

As with the first book, Charleston is a character in its own right. I loved the descriptions of the places. They were very easy to visualize and I felt as thought I was there with the characters.

I’d recommend Vendetta to readers who enjoy urban fantasy/paranormal stories with fabulous settings, well rounded out characters who are part of a bigger universe, and a story which keeps you turning pages. 5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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