Book Review – Tangled Web by Gail Z. Martin


Deadly Curiosities #3
Publisher: SOL Publishing
Pages: 230
Characters: Cassidy/Kell, Teag/Anthony, Sorren
POV: 1st
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Series

Blurb:
Cassidy Kincaide runs Trifles & Folly in modern-day Charleston, an antiques and curios shop with a dangerous secret. Cassidy can read the history of objects by touching them and along with her business partners Teag, who has Weaver magic and Sorren, a 600-year-old vampire, they get rid of cursed objects and keep Charleston and the world safe from supernatural threats.

When zombies rise in Charleston cemeteries, dead men fall from the sky, and the whole city succumbs to the “grouch flu,” Cassidy, Teag, and Sorren suspect a vengeful dark witch who is gunning for Teag and planning to unleash an ancient horror. Cassidy, Teag, and Sorren—and all their supernatural allies—will need magic, cunning, and the help of a Viking demi-goddess to survive the battle with a malicious Weaver-witch and an ancient Norse warlock to keep Charleston—and the whole East Coast—from becoming the prey of the Master of the Hunt.

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Review

I love this series, so buy it in hardcopy as I’m able. The world building is fabulous and detailed. I enjoy the mix of contemporary urban fantasy/paranormal set against the rich supernatural history of Charleston. Sorren brings his own history into the mix too, as do the visions Cassidy has.

The supernatural threats feel very real, and very dangerous, which makes the story a page turner. Although, being a series brings with it character backstories, I never feel as though the author is info dumping for new readers, and this story opens with Cassidy and Teag in the middle of trouble and a fight with a dangerous supernatural.

I like how the characters grow with each new story, and how their friendships and relationships deepen over the series. It’s not only the main characters who come with a full fleshed out background but their expanding group of friends and allies too. I enjoyed seeing more of Kell in this story, and his and Cassidy’s relationship growing. Teag is one of my favourite characters in this series, so I was very happy that his weaver magic played a big part in it. I felt for Anthony in the way he’s been thrown into all of this because of his relationship with Teag. I love them together as a couple.

Archibald Donnelly is an interesting character and I love the idea of the Briggs Society. Father Anne rocks, as do Mrs Teller, Chuck, Alicia, Rowan, Lucinda, and Maggie. I like how they work together, and look out for each other. I liked seeing more of SPOOK, the paranormal investigation group that Kell is head of, in this story too.

I love how well researched and detailed the supernatural foes are, and how the story comes together for the final showdown, with everyone playing their part to bring down the bad guys. I very much like how there are consequences for using magic, and that they don’t come through these fights unscathed.

I’d recommend this story to readers who enjoy urban fantasies set against a rich history of myths and legends with fabulous world building, interesting characters, and a story that 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 https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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