“Vendetta” by Gail Z. Martin is an action-filled and imaginative story that features many remarkable creatures who function in a world that the local humans are often oblivious to. The blend of pragmatic and arcane in Charleston, South Carolina provides an eerie backdrop to the struggle that threatens the lives and livelihoods of far more than just the inhabitants of this distinctive town. There are fascinating elements such as the protective ghost dog housed in Cassidy’s bracelet, the woven spells that her friend and assistant Teag is capable of weaving, and the ghosts woven into the history of the city that can be friend or foe.
I enjoyed the way the story got right into the action and introduced multiple mystical elements but somehow it seemed to drag on much too long for me. I love exciting action scenes but it seemed that there were frequent intense fights with beings who got knocked down and then were back again with very little respite, until it was almost an endless loop that was repeating. There were odd elements for me, such as the lack of concern when a protective ward goes down and the lack of verification of the role or importance of various folks who could be friend or foe, something I think would be pretty important to determine before any major battle. Despite this, I was impressed by the creativity and adventure in this story and I think those who like exciting tales with a paranormal twist will enjoy it.
This urban fantasy story is part of the ‘Deadly Curiosities’ series and centers around Cassidy Kincaide, who works in her family store that not only buys and sells antiques and curios but also serves as a clearinghouse for dealing with dangerous magical items. Her talent of psychometry allows her to detect the history of items by touching them, but the dangers that seem to be escalating may have other causes. Consulting with her allies reveals that their vampire patron, Sorren, may have enemies that neither he nor Cassidy’s allies may be able to overcome.
The thrilling follow up to the urban fantasy series set in Charleston, South Carolina.
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.