A big welcome to Gail Z. Martin as part of her blog tour with Gay Book Promotions for Inheritance from Sol Publishing.
I’m already a huge fan of this series, and this new story didn’t disappoint. I love how the author’s series are all part of one universe, so there are cameos and crossovers between the different series. This book made me very happy in that regard, especially when two characters from one of my favourite series by her alter ego Morgan Brice turn up to help out Cassidy and her friends. Their reaction when they find out about Soren was brilliant.
I love the supporting cast, and the family feeling between them. I loved the development in Teag and Anthony’s relationship, and how Cassidy and Kell are getting closer too. Father Anne totally rocks. I liked the new edition to their ‘family’ with Robert who is Chuck’s great-uncle and the former owner of Trinkets, which features in the Treasure Trail series.
This story starts out right in the thick of it with loads of action, and doesn’t let up until the final pages. I couldn’t put it down so for me it was a fast read, despite it being a decent sized book. I enjoyed the plot, and the mystery behind it, and how all the deaths they’re investigating tie together. I always appreciate that they have to do a good sized chunk of detailed research in order to defeat the supernatural threat, and calling in help from other familiar characters made me very happy. I liked the idea of a descendant stuck with a deal with something nasty they don’t want, and that’s it not that easy to get out of.
I also like that the threat is very real, and that they’re in very real danger, and that there are consequences for the battles they fight. I think it’s a cool idea having ghosts helping with the fight against the big bad, and that they are a mix of good and bad guys too. I really liked that they needed help from further afield and that it was a joint effort and that everyone had their part to play in taking down the demon.
As a side note, I’d love to read the conversation between Anthony and Vic, and would love to see Anthony and Teag have an adventure with Vic and Simon at some point. I’d like to see more of the Briggs Society too, and like that they’re starting to become more of a presence in these stories.
I also liked that, as well as the supernatural fight going on, Anthony works with Brent on the legal side of things. I enjoy seeing supernatural and the day to day side of our world, including technology, working side by side. It gives the story even more of a sense of realism and depth.
The final showdown was exciting and edge-of-seat stuff, and I had to keep reading until I knew everyone was safe. Another fabulous read from one of my favourite authors.
I’d recommend this story to readers who enjoy urban fantasy with a good serving of crossover with their series, fabulous world building, and a cast of characters who feel like family—and in this story some are family. 5 out of 5 stars.
Book Title: Inheritance
Author: Gail Z. Martin
Cover Artist: Lou Harper
Release Date: October 22, 2019
Genre/s: Urban fantasy with romantic elements.
(Note—Characters from my Morgan Brice (MM paranormal romance) books make several key appearances in this book.
Also, a long-time committed MM couple figure prominently in the plot).
Themes: Friendship and established relationships
Heat Rating: 0 – 1 flame (No sex, kissing/hugging for MF and MM characters)
Length: 66 000 words/ 222 pages
It is the fourth book in the series but can be read as a standalone.
Can Cassidy and her friends find the demon box, stop the killer ghosts, and break the Pendlewood curse before Beckford’s murderous cousins and the vengeful demon destroy them all?
Cassidy Kincaide runs Trifles & Folly in modern-day Charleston, an antiques and curio shop with a dangerous secret. Cassidy can read the history of objects by touching them, and she teams up with friends and allies who use magic and paranormal abilities to get rid of cursed objects and keep Charleston and the world safe from supernatural threats.
Caribbean ghosts terrorize Charleston and start racking up a body count. Then Beckford Pendlewood, the heir to a powerful family of dark warlocks, shows up raving about a bound demon locked in a lost box and begs sanctuary. Can Cassidy and her friends find the demon box, stop the killer ghosts, and break the Pendlewood curse before Beckford’s murderous cousins and the vengeful demon destroy them all?
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“I have a problem antique I’d like you to take a look at.” The man on the other end of the call sounded rattled. I recognized his name—Alfred Stone, from Stone Auctions—but I didn’t think we had ever spoken, let alone met.
“What kind of ‘problem’ does it present?” I asked. A number of possibilities came to mind. “Questionable provenance? Not sure how to authenticate?”
“I think it’s trying to kill me.”
Well, damn. That kind of problem. “All right, Mr. Stone. Try to stay calm.”
“I just told you, it’s trying to kill me. I heard you…know…about these things. Please, help me.”
Across the store, Teag Logan glanced up to make sure everything was all right. I nodded, and he went back to helping a customer.
“I can come now. Are you at the showroom?”
“Yes. Thank you. And…please…hurry.”
I ended the call and sighed. This might be the first time Alfred Stone had an antique try to kill him, but that made it just another day here at Trifles and Folly.
I’m Cassidy Kincaide, and I own Trifles and Folly, an antique and curio shop in historic, haunted Charleston, South Carolina. The shop has been in my family for more than three hundred years. While we’re known as a great place to buy high-quality antiques, the shop is also a cover for the Alliance, a coalition of mortals and immortals who save Charleston—and the world—from supernatural threats. I’m a psychometric, which means I can read the history and magic of objects by touching them. Teag is my assistant store manager, best friend, and sometimes bodyguard—and he’s also a talented Weaver witch. Sorren, my business partner, is a nearly six-hundred-year-old vampire. Together with some other friends with very specialized abilities, we do our best to keep the world safe from dark magic and things that go bump in the night.
“Problem?” Teag asked when the customer left.
“I’m not sure,” I replied. “Alfred Stone just called—from the auction house. He says he’s got an item that’s trying to kill him.”
“You want me to go with you?” Teag pushed a lock of dark hair out of his eyes. His skater-boy haircut and skinny jeans made him look younger than his late twenties. “Maggie can handle the store.”
On cue, Maggie—our lifesaver of a part-time associate—waved to agree from the other side of the store. She was sporting a new bright pink streak in her short gray hair, and it matched her sweater, a reminder—as if I needed one—that she believed in taking risks and living large.
I reached up to slick my humidity-frizzy strawberry blond hair back into a ponytail and shook my head. “Let me go see what the problem is, and I’ll figure out what to do from there. It’s not far away, in case I need to give a shout.”
About the Author
Gail Z. Martin writes epic fantasy, urban fantasy and steampunk for Solaris Books, Orbit Books, SOL Publishing, Darkwind Press, Worldbuilders Press and Falstaff Books. Recent books include Convicts and Exiles, Sellsword’s Oath, Inheritance, and Night Moves. With Larry N. Martin, she is the co-author of the Spells Salt & Steel, Wasteland Marshals, Joe Mack and Jake Desmet series. As Morgan Brice, she writes urban fantasy MM paranormal romance including the Witchbane, Badlands and Treasure Trail series. Recent books include The Rising, Flame and Ash.
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