Audiobook Tour ~ Inheritance by Gail Z. Martin (Review)

AUDIOBOOK TOUR

Book Title: Inheritance (Deadly Curiosities 4)

Author: Gail Z. Martin

Publisher: SOL Publishing

Narrator: Courtney Patterson

Release Date: October 20, 2020

Genre: Urban fantasy with minor romantic elements

Tropes: Ghosts, witches, supernatural creatures, found family, hurt/comfort

Themes: Starting over, creating found family, old secrets coming to light

Heat Rating: 1 flame

Length: 7 hours and 14 minutes

It can be read as a standalone story. It is the fourth Deadly Curiosities novel and the series crosses over with a number of Morgan Brice series. Other books do not need to be read in order to enjoy the plot.

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Find the demon box. Stop the killer ghosts. Break the curse.

 

Blurb

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?

 

NoteThis is primarily an urban fantasy/supernatural adventure with a secondary romance, but there are two different evolving MM romances that play an important role in the book.

It is the ‘tent pole’ series from which all the others spin off. Cassidy Kincaide is Simon Kincaide’s cousin (Badlands), and Teag Logan, her best friend, shows up in all the rest of the Morgan Brice books as a helpful hacker. Simon and Vic (Badlands) come to Charleston in this book and play a big role in fighting the big bad, as does Dante the pirate ghost from The Rising and Loose Ends (Badlands). Teag is in a long-term relationship with Anthony, Beck and Logan (new characters in Inheritance) fall in love, and Simon and Vic are badasses–so there are three MM couples who play major roles with the plot even though the MC (Cassidy) isn’t gay. (She has a boyfriend but there’s no MF sex on page beyond very minor kisses and cuddles.)

Inheritance falls between Flame and Ash and Unholy in the in-book timeline (and slightly before Loose Ends, oddly enough). Also, Unholy takes Seth and Evan to Charleston where Cassidy and her crew play an essential role in defeating that book’s witch disciple.

4.75 Stars

Narrator: Courtney Patterson

Ms. Patterson is a new narrator to me and I enjoyed her work immensely. I loved the easy-going southern accent, and distinct voice of our brave heroine Cassidy. The narrator handled a multitude of different characters with professional flair. Perfect pacing and easily recognizable voice changes added to this top-notch production. The tone of some of the men did not sound very masculine but overall that did not detract from the audio. I must confess – I was mesmerized when Simon was overtaken by the spirit of their long-dead ancestor. The audio was action-packed with lightning-quick fight scenes. Humans, vampires, and paranormal visitors were all present and quite entertaining. I highly recommend this exciting, listening experience, and hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Author: Gail Z. Martin

Storyline:

This heart-pounding paranormal features Cassidy Kincaid the shop owner of Trifles and Folly, an antique and curio shop. Her store is not only a successful business but a cover-up for the “Alliance”, a coalition of mortals and non-mortals that protect Charleston, which seems to be one of the most heavily haunted areas ever. Cassidy is blessed or perhaps cursed with a very unique supernatural gift. She can read and sense the history of objects she touches, and tell if there is any dangerous magic contained within. Cassidy teams up with a slew of paranormal avengers to safeguard her beloved town. Cassidy’s best friend and assistant Teag is a talented weaver that can infuse wards and powerful protective magic into his artwork. To complicate things a tad further, Cassidy’s business partner is a 600-year-old vampire named Sorren.

All this being said, I would recommend you read/listen to some of her other books in her series. Having some background on this crew, I did not feel lost but be mindful, there are so many characters in this tale, it is nice to have a little history of them. There were times I felt a little confused and needed to revisit sections due to the lightning pace of some of the battles, and the large crucial cast of fighters both good and evil. It did not take away any enjoyment for me personally and I was totally immersed in this riveting tale.

Really bad magic has wormed its ugly way into Charleston as Caribbean ghosts are restless and begin to terrorize and murder the locals. Cassidy and her crew frantically chase down the “Dark Objects” that are alluring the innocent and then killing them off. Bodies start to pile up and the causes of death are bizarre and cannot be rationally explained. Worst of all, a sugar chest that has immense black magic has the capability of destroying a large portion of the population. Talk about pressure for the coalition. Be prepared for a fast whirlwind climax that at times had my head spinning as the intrepid group of supernatural fighters deals with a frenzied attack of everything nightmarish.

 

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, Treasure Trail and Fox Hollow series.

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