Published by Solaris on 2014-06-25
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, General, Mystery & Detective, Paranormal, Urban
Cassidy Kincaide owns Trifles & Folly, an antique/curio store and high-end pawn shop in Charleston, South Carolina that is more than what it seems. Dangerous magical and supernatural items sometimes find their way into mortal hands or onto the market, and Cassidy is part of a shadowy Alliance of mortals and mages whose job it is to take those deadly curiosities out of circulation.Welcome to Trifles & Folly, an antique and curio shop with a dark secret. Proprietor Cassidy Kincaide continues a family tradition begun in 1670—acquiring and neutralizing dangerous supernatural items. It’s the perfect job for Cassidy, whose psychic gift lets her touch an object and know its history. Together with her business partner Sorren, a 500 year-old vampire and former jewel thief, Cassidy makes it her business to get infernal objects off the market. When mundane antiques suddenly become magically malicious, it’s time for Cassidy and Sorren to get rid of these Deadly Curiosities before the bodies start piling up.
Ok this book had one of my favorite elements in being that it was based in my hometown of Charleston, SC. In case you don’t know by now I tend to read anything based there because I love being able to try to recognize the places in the story and this book didn’t disappoint with it. The author did a great job of creating the perfect atmosphere for her book because what better place to have a book about ghosts, demons and the likes than the historic town of Charleston. Charleston for those that don’t know has plenty tales of ghosts and lots of history here. I think the author had a unique concept in having the main character Cassidy Kane be able to read the history of objects with her physic gift. Cassidy was a really cool character and I loved to see her in her element in her awesome antique shop and her partner in crime Teag was really cool also. I think another thing I loved is how the author interwove all the old founding families of the town and how they were actual names that I had heard of. As we got further into the story we learn that Cassidy works for the Alliance and it is something that had been a family tradition. Teh Alliance finds magical objects especially the dangerous ones and makes sure they are destroyed or neutralized so that they can’t cause a problem for anyone. I think my favorite thing about this book was the way that Cassidy is able to find out more about an object. It was really cool to see her magic work and she weas more powerful than I think she realized she was. The author really developed her character and the others in the book. We also got to meet Sorren and Lucinda who were a vampire and vodoo priestess in their own rights. The group have to work together once they uncover some serious evil in the town and I loved seeing them all work together and seeing their different abilities interact with each other. Overall this was a really fun read. The author created characters that I loved and made me want to continue to read about. The book was fast paced so I flew through it with ease and was fully invested in it. The writing style was well thought out and I loved how much detail she put into the book and how she really wove an intricate tale of mystery with tons of supernatural elements and creatures mixed in. I loved the setting and would love for there to be a book two as there are many different directions the author can take these characters in. I highly recommend this one to others just for the lush world the author created.