Review: A Tale of Two Goblins by HP Mallory

Posted 22 June, 2011 by Amanda / 4 Comments

A Tale of Two Goblins by HP Mallory (Dulcie O’Neil, #2) [A-]
Genre: Urban Fantasy
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Finished Reading:  5/30/2011
In six words: I had trouble putting it down.

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Book Order:

1) To Kill a Warlock
2) A Tale of Two Goblins

Why I Started This Series and General Thoughts

I started this series because I missed HP Mallory’s other series, Jolie Wilkins, and decided to drown my sorrows with Dulcie.  While that was all great and fine for the first book, now that I just finished the last book in this series, too, well, I’m kind of exactly where I started.

Contains Slight Spoilers for the Previous Book


A Dreamstalker— a creature that stalks and kills its victims in sleep.
A fairy in law enforcement determined to stop him.
A potions smuggler who possesses something she wants.
A vampire with his own agenda.
And a partner who couldn’t possibly be sexier or more frustrating.
Dulcie O’Neil is a fairy working in law enforcement for the Netherworld.
When Knight Vander approaches her with a case regarding comatose victims, she agrees to help him, imagining the most difficult part will be combating her attraction to him.
But, what Dulcie isn’t betting on is the fact that the case becomes personal when she learns all the victims are somehow linked to her.
When her best friend falls victim to the Dreamstalker, Dulcie must do everything in her power to ensure her friend’s survival, including associating with criminals and accepting the fact that desperate times do definitely call for desperate measures.
-from Goodreads

My Thoughts on Book 2

Dulcie is back, but she is no longer a regulator; instead, she is more of a consultant – Knight Vander does not want to let her go.  I am not fully understanding why Dulcie quit the force.  Okay, logically, I understand, because it is spelled out in the book.  But I do not feel like I am emotionally connected to that decision.  I disagree with it.  I suppose in some ways that not being a regulator allows Dulcie to do certain – important – things in this book that she would not have been able to do, had she been a regulator.  In that sense, I can see where this decision is important to the plot.

The mystery and plot line itself were well-written and fascinating.  I found myself reading until I could barely keep my eyes open, and then again when I couldn’t sleep the next day.  The perpetrator is unknown to us until Dulcie actually confronts him, and who it was seemed less important than how he was doing it and how Dulcie would apprehend him.  How Dulcie fights him is a subject that I’ve only seen used in books once or twice before, and I would really like to know how to do it.

The biggest annoyance for me (there were others, but looking back, I think they were necessary to drive the plot and character relationships forward, so I’m going to ignore them) was the ending.  It wasn’t exactly a true cliffhanger, but it did leave me wondering, and I just want to know now.


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4 Responses to “Review: A Tale of Two Goblins by HP Mallory”

  1. Felicia

    I haven’t read the 2nd one yet but I did buy it! I think it might be an August Read!

  2. I love her other series, so it’s great to read a review for this one! I’m still not sure if I’ll be reading this series. It sounds good, so I’m not sure what’s stopping me!

    Great review! I think you did a great job of explaining how you felt without giving anything away!

    • Of HP Mallory’s two series, I definitely think that Jolie is my favorite. This series is still good, though, just maybe a little more light-hearted and not so heavy on the romance.