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Pub Date 12 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 21 Mar 2022

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They are my harvest, and I will reap them all.

Returning to Guthrie, Oklahoma for the funeral of his mysterious and beloved Aunt Sue, Adam Binder once again finds himself in the path of deadly magic when a dark druid begins to prey on members of Adam’s family. It all seems linked to the death of Adam’s father many years ago—a man who may have somehow survived as a warlock.

Watched by the police, separated from the man who may be the love of his life, compelled to seek the truth about his connection to the druid, Adam learns more about his family and its troubled history than he ever bargained for, and finally comes face to face with the warlock he has vowed to stop.

Meanwhile, beyond the Veil of the mortal world, Argent the Queen of Swords and Vic the Reaper undertake a dangerous journey to a secret meeting of the Council of Races . . . where the sea elves are calling for the destruction of humanity.

They are my harvest, and I will reap them all.

Returning to Guthrie, Oklahoma for the funeral of his mysterious and beloved Aunt Sue, Adam Binder once again finds himself in the path of deadly magic...

Advance Praise

“[A] thrilling, well-crafted sequel…An emotionally rich page-turner.”

-Publishers Weekly

“Slayton crafts a setting rich in grit and grime and Americana kitsch that’s as much a character as gay warlock Adam Binder in this, Trailer Park Trickster, the exciting follow-up in the Adam Binder Novels.”

-C. S. Poe, author of the Magic & Steam series

In Trailer Park Trickster, David R. Slayton doubles down on everything that made his first book great…I can’t wait for more!”

-Gregory Ashe, author of the Hazard and Somerset mysteries

“The complex worldbuilding, well-shaded depictions of poverty, emotional nuance, and thrilling action sequences make this stand out. Slayton is sure to win plenty of fans.”

-Publishers Weekly (starred review) on White Trash Warlock

“White Trash Warlock is wild and weird and way too much fun. Dark, funny, and full of devious twists. Highly recommended!”

-Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Rage and V-Wars

“Slayton’s book gathers up pretty much every modern fantasy trope, turns them upside down, and shakes them…The elves who show up would have Tolkien rolling in his grave, which is my highest endorsement, and the LGBTQIA+ rep is all around outstanding.”

-BookRiot on White Trash Warlock

“[A] thrilling, well-crafted sequel…An emotionally rich page-turner.”

-Publishers Weekly

“Slayton crafts a setting rich in grit and grime and Americana kitsch that’s as much a character as gay warlock...

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I ADORED White Trash Warlock, and Adam Binder is the sweetest most chaotic cinnamon role there is.

And Trailer Park Trickster only delivered more of Adam and the world that David has built. And this extending of the world building is what I love most about TPT. In WTW we see small glimpses of the grand magical world that exist in Adam Binder's life, but in this sequel we dive into. The plot thickens, and we see more of how the magical races live and act.

Adam's core story is close to home. He sit hunting down a druid hell bent on harming his family. And Adam is the only one that can deal with it. But we see the threads of a greater story being told in the background. Of elves and magical worlds that are a wonder to picture. David has a vivid vision of his world, and captures it neatly on the page.

Mysteries abound that are yet undiscovered, and like WTW we are left on a cliffhanger that has left me wanting more more more! What is Adam willing to give to help those he loves? That is always the question of Adam Binder.

If you loved WTW you will be obsessed with TPT. If you, like me, wanted more details about the magical world of Adam Binder, you will get those in this book.

Now, the wait for book three...

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Thank you so so much to the publisher and NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Trailer Park Trickster picks up where White Trash Warlock left us. We follow Adam back to Guthrie in hopes of finding the druid responsible for Mercy as well as the sudden curse of death upon his family. He is joined by Vic and his Brother Bobby and mother as he works to uncover the identity of the druid darkening his doorstep. Will Adam be able to keep his family safe? Or will it be the end of the line for the Binders?

These books, man. I am awestruck at the level of writing the author has poured into these books. Adam is such a lovable kickass character who you just want to be around. Even as a fly on the wall you feel swept up and blessed to be witnessing him and his Sight. He is beautifully flawed, a work in progress, but one you can't help but put full faith in. Vic comes into his own in this novel as well. When relationship turmoil rears its ugly head it is great to see him work through his own "stuff" while still staying true to who he is at his core. The elven brother(as well as ex) and sister are back in full swing, preventing Armageddon-like happenings on the Other Side as well as a brewing civil war between clans. While this seems like alot going on, it is the perfect balance. The pacing keeps you on your toes and reveal after reveal keeps you salivating for just one more chapter. I am trying to hold myself together knowing that it could be a year and two months wait for Deadbeat Druid, so I'll just sit here praying to the ARC Gods that they may smile upon me like they did for the first two in this series.

Grab a copy for yourself, your best friend, your awkward coworker, your dog, anyone who loves a phenomenal story wrapped in a magical bow. There is something for absolutely everyone in these books, you're.doing yourself an injustice if you don't read them. In the somewhat tweaked words of Matthew Mercer: Is it October 2022 yet?

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AHHHHH! This book series is KILLING ME! It's so good! I loved the first book White Trash Warlock and this follow-up doesn't miss a beat. Adam Binder = My Heart. I find this author's writing style to be both humorous and impactful/meaningful. These characters are so complex and so well-written. Love this series!

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This was a wonderful fast-paced book that started straight after the first one, Adam goes home to Oklahoma to confront his family history and the evil that has been stalking him from the last book.

I felt like I had to take breaks reading this book because my heart was racing so much. There were no dull moments for time to rest. This book developed both Adam and a character and his relationship with Vic. It also expanded our knowledge of the magical world a little more. I wish it had a little more development with his brother since the last book has so much focus on that. The book could have been longer with some downtime to focus on that and give the reader some time to breathe. It ended on a cliffhanger and I am excited to continue this series but hate that I have to wait.

Overall I enjoyed this book a lot and cant wait to read more. If you're a fan of urban fantasy, I definitely recommend this book for you.

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I really loved White Trash Warlock, this first Adam Binder novel by David R. Slayton. The world-building was great and having a queer protagonist was icing on the cake. I had a little moment of worry starting Trailer Park Trickster that I wasn't going to enjoy the second book as much as I had the first book.

I needn't have worried.

Trailer Park Trickster picks up immediately where White Trash Warlock left off. Adam Binder is returning to Oklahoma to learn how and why his beloved aunt has died. What follows is a deep dive into the plots and themes of the series. Adam and his family learn more of their history, discover new power and new allies, and new purpose.

One of the things I loved about this book was the dual narratives. As Adam investigates in Oklahoma, Vic is part of a sweeping story involving the elves and starts to deal with the anture of his relationship with Adam. The two narratives play off one another and give a greater understanding of both the characters and the worlds they live in.

This was a great book and I can't wait until the next book in the series. If you like urban fantasy, definitely read these books!

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White Trash Warlock was one of my favorite books of last year, and Trailer Park Trickster is a favorite of this year. David Slayton has done it again, and I am so impressed! This series is criminally underappreciated. Slayton has created some of the most well developed, interesting characters I have ever read, and a unique and enchanting magic system. LGBTQ+ representation in fantasy is incredibly important, and this is some of the best out there. I am so grateful for the opportunity to read this stunning sequel, and I can't wait to read more from this author!

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I will later be reviewing this book for Geek Girl Authority, but want to get my thoughts out now.

This is a great follow-up to White Trash Warlock, and a great lead-in to what I assume is a third book.

Things I loved:
- Spending time in Vic's head.
- The expanded mythology and lore.
- How climate change and human issues affected the story.
- The growth of the Binder family relationships.

Things I didn't like as much:
- Sometimes the lack of communication between characters seemed forced as a way to create conflict.
- I couldn't always follow Adam's rational. Not in a "I don't agree with what he's doing way," but in a "I don't understand why he's making this choice way"

Still, would 100% recommend.

Trigger warning: violence, blood, gore, homophobia, death, murder, death of parent discussed.

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I loved Slayton's first book, WHITE TRASH WARLOCK and TRAILER PARK TRICKSTER is not just a worthy successor but even tighter, even more well-paced, and more well-characterized. No sophomore slump here. I read the entire book in one sitting which is not something I do often but I couldn't put it down for longer than it took to order dinner and, honestly, I want to go back and read WHITE TRASH WARLOCK again and then do the same with TRAILER PARK TRICKSTER. Yes, it was that good. Yes, everything we learned about our friends from the last book was that interesting and yes, the new members of the cast are that compelling. Yes, the deep dive into Adam's past is that fascinating and our elf friends... well, Tolkien isn't any quieter in his grave than he was after book 1.

Plus, what else am I supposed to do until book 3 comes out?

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This sequel absolutely lived up to the first book.

First of all, the plot picked up exactly where it left off which I loved. Aunt Sue's death was heartbreaking and I felt so bad for Adam. He deserves the world and his reconciliation with Bobby and his mom was really sweet. Obviously the anger won't all go away, but I'm glad that they're making up and growing closer.

Adam's character development is my favorite thing. He matured so much over the past two books and I can't wait to see his progression in the next book. Even just the way he deals with the druid problem is so different than his behavior in the first book. Honestly, all of the characters are having really good arcs, even the immortal unchanging beings are shifting slightly in their roles and ways of thinking.

The supernatural aspects of this story were way more intense. I really enjoyed the worldbuilding around the Council of Races and the feud between the Elves. The Sea Elves calling for a complete geocide of humanity was unexpected, but it's such good drama. The chapters about Vic and Argent travelling and dealing with the possibility of war were amazing.

After the first book I couldn't decide who I wanted Adam to end up with, but now I can firmly say that I'm Team Vic. (I only wavered once, when Silver called Adam "my love" and Adam called Silver "Parek"). I really hope that Vic and Adam end up okay, they deserve only the best and Death should stop trying to ruin their lives.

I genuinely cannot recommend this book enough, I'm in love with this series and these characters.

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What a great follow up to a great series. I find that Slayton has a way with creating such gripping worlds and characters.. and his way of including LGBTQIA+ rep is some of the best in the industry.

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Growing up in Guthrie, Oklahoma, wasn’t easy for Adam Lee Binder. He was a kid who heard and saw and spoke to things not of this world and because of it, his mother and brother had him committed to a mental institution, ostensibly for his own good, but it was a hellish place only Adam could see the truth of. His time there left its share of resentments and scars, nearly as many scars as his father had left on Adam’s soul when Robert Binder Sr. took any opportunity to beat his youngest son; so routinely and so mercilessly, in fact, that one day Adam’s older brother, Bobby, murdered their dad with a hammer blow to the skull and then, with his mother’s help, buried Robert under a pile of rocks out back behind their trailer. That brand of justice very well may have come with a hefty price tag and deadly payback plan.

Adam checked himself out of the facility when he turned eighteen, and hitchhiked to the one place he hoped he’d be welcomed, his aunt Sue’s place, where he stayed until he was called to Denver to help his by-then-estranged brother with a problem only Adam had the potential to handle. Dysfunctional doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of this family’s dynamic, but all these things combined have not only made Adam who he is today, they’ve also served to bring him to the place David R. Slayton leaves him at the end of Trailer Park Trickster.

And oh my, what a cliffhanger it is too.

Lest you think the accumulation of all these experiences might have left Adam callous, hard, disaffected, let me assure you he is not. Cautious? Yes. Unobtrusive? He’s tried. Earnest? Always. Secretive? Without a doubt. Soft-hearted? Unquestionably. Adam is as kind and gentle a man as he could be, far kinder and gentler than the worlds he exists in, around, and between, that’s for sure, and I adore him to bits. The weight of his family’s dysfunction has left its share of burdens on Adam’s shoulders now, which adds stress and tension to his already broken heart when Sue dies unexpectedly. But she’s not the only family member whose life comes to an abrupt end, and unless Adam can put a stop to a dark and murderous druid—a dark and murderous druid who might or might not be his dead father, and one who is hell-bent on pruning the Binder family tree—said dark and murderous druid will only continue to grow stronger.

That Adam has been keeping secrets from his brand-new boyfriend, Vic, figures into the story and works out just about how you’d expect it to, given the nature of those secrets. They’re BIG ones, and all I can say is Slayton came after me and my emotions with a vengeance and absolutely crushed it in this continuation of the Adam Binder series. But, as if one spectacular storyline weren’t enough, readers are treated two, two spectacular storylines in Trailer Park Trickster, when Vic, who also happens to be a Reaper—yes, Death herself is the boss of him—inadvertently gets caught up in elf politics as well as a none too insignificant family drama when Argent the Queen of Swords takes Vic on a detour to the Other Side and they, along with Argent’s brother Silver the Knight of Swords just, you know, happen to save the planet and all its human garbage from complete and total annihilation.

Much to the benefit of this installment, and the series overall, we get chapters told from both Adam’s and Vic’s points of view, which kept the pace running full speed ahead into all sorts of gruesomeness and danger and mayhem and intrigue, and this also gives us the opportunity to get to know Vic much better since we didn’t get much of a chance to in White Trash Warlock (let’s just say there were extenuating circumstances). The contrasts between him and Adam and their respective families couldn’t be more blatant, and I loved the way Vic’s family played a part in the story right when he needed them the most.

White Trash Warlock was amongst a select few of the very best books I read in 2020. Trailer Park Trickster was on a short list of my most anticipated books in 2021 and is now on my Best Of list for the year. And I mentioned that cliffhanger? It only means book three in the Adam Binder series has jumped to the top of my Must Read list in whatever year David R. Slayton releases it.

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This follow up to White Trash Warlock was everything that I could have hoped for and more! Adam is back in his hometown of Guthrie, Oklahoma, and on the hunt for answers about the fate of his Aunt Sue. This novel digs deep into the Binder family history, introducing new characters and old secrets. It also visits places steeped in memories, both good and bad, for Adam, like his aunt's trailer and the home where he grew up. Adam's past is riddled with trauma and betrayal and I liked that in this book we get more communication and reconciliation between Adam, Bobby, and their mom. Vic also gets a chance to see the place that Adam hails from, though his journey there, at the side of Argent, elf and Queen of Swords, is plagued by misadventure. While Adam is dealing with problems close to home, Vic is learning more about the magical world he's now a part of and his role as a Reaper. I enjoyed getting more in depth with Vic's character and I also liked seeing more of his family. He and Adam are total opposites and this book definitely gets into those differences.

This book has it all: family drama, plot twists, dark magic, action, revelations, and two men trying to find their way to each other through a mess of lies, differing views, and inherent differences. I loved book two of the Adam Binder series and I'm anxious to know what happens next!

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I was looking forward to this book after reading the second, so I dived in. Adam is on better terms with his family, but when his great aunt Sue dies, he hurries to where she lived. What follows is a discovery of who he is, who his family is, and what his place in it is. Not only that, I think that Vic goes through some of the same things. I loved this book in that not only did it have a great mystery, a voyage of discovery, and great writing, it left me feeling like I knew the characters so well that they felt like old friends. There were upheavals, secrets revealed, and new threads to discover in more books. I am really looking forward to seeing my friends again in the next book! Highly recommend. I was provided a complimentary copy which I voluntarily reviewed.

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Thank you so much, NetGalley and Blackstone Publishing, for the chance to read and review this book in exchange of an honest review.

I LOVED White Trash Warlock and I was over the moon when the publisher accepted my request to read the sequel!

Forced to come back to Guthrie for the funeral of his beloved Aunt Sue, Adam finds himself, again, involed in a fight against the dark druid, who decide to prey on his family. Everything seems to be linked to Adam's father's death, years ago. Who is the deadly and mysterious druid and what is his plan?
Grieving his family's losses, watched by the police, apart from the man he loves, Adam decides to learn more about his family, their magic and himself
Meanwhile, Vic and Argent the Queen of Swords are beyond the Veil of the mortal world, trying to protect the whole humanity from deadly elves.

Trailer Park Trickster is the brilliant and heartwrenching sequel of White Trash Warlock and I loved every single page. The story is told by Adam's and Vic's POVs, that intertwine and the reader is able to follow their different path, Adam in his investigation in the mortal world, Vic with Argent in the Immortal one, their feelings, actions and thoughts. I really loved reading their POVs, it was intense and amazing being able to know how they felt for each other, their fears, dreams and hopes, while facing deaths, losses, mysteries and past traumas.

Adam is such a complex character, weighed down by his past traumas, resentement and anger towards his family, but in the second book it was nice to see him trying to connect more with his mother and brother, to move on and forgive them. They, mostly Bobby, help him in his investigation and fight against the dark druid and the mystery surrounding him. Adam struggles with his memories, powers and with his feeling for Vic, his fears, not used to such a strong bond between him and someone else, not used to relationships, to be surrounded by new people who love him. It was painful, relatable and heartwrenching seeing him and Vic struggling with their own feelings, loving one other, but needing to talk and be open with each other.
Vic is another brilliant character, who finds himself involved in a world he doesn't know, meeting elves and gnomes, struggling to understand who he is, what are his powers as Reaper, his bisexuality and his first relationship with a man.
I liked to follow Adam in his investigation, with computers and libraries and family history, while Vic was in a wolrd full of magic, dealing with immortals and powers and danger. The characterization is amazing, the relationship between characters very realistic. I love Adam and Vic together, it's clear they love one other and thet fear, hope and dream like a normal couple, but with magic and elves and Reapers!
The plot follows two stories and it's full of twists, secrets, mysteries, such a wild rollercoaster!

I can't wait to read the next book after this cliffhanger!

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Thank you to Blackstone Publishing and David Slayton for the ARC of this book!
What a wild ride the second book to Adam Binders story was! Slayton has always entangled magic within his words and this book is no different. Vic and Adam’s story, though told separately, was held together with a bond that just radiates off the page. I loved the mystery of it all, and though Adam was doing less magic in this book, we still were able to see the Other Side and all its wonder. I felt this was important because it allowed the reader to get that connection Adam so desperately needed with his own family instead of finding it elsewhere (like he had so many time’s when he was younger). It created that much needed family development and care that Adam deserves. Slayton leaves us on another cliffhanger that parallels so similarity to how the first book left off that, in a way, it feels like it was always meant to end there. An Ouroboros— constantly eating itself to be reborn.

Trailer Park Trickster is out THIS Tuesday, October 12th!

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They are my harvest and I will reap them all

Returning to Guthrie, Oklahoma, Adam binder once again finds himself in the path of deadly magic when a dark druid begins to prey on members of Adam’s family. it all seems linked to the death of Adam’s father many years ago- a man who may have somehow survived as a warlock. Watched by the police, separated from the man who may be the love of his life, compelled to seek the truth about his connection to the druid, Adam learns more about his family and its troubled history than he ever bargained for, and finally comes face to face with the warlock he has vowed to stop.

Meanwhile, beyond the veil of the mortal world, Argent the queen of swords and Vic Martinez undertake a dangerous journey to a secret meeting of the council of races… where the sea elves are calling for the destruction of humanity.

well well, there are so many thoughts when it comes to this book? I finished it long ago but wanted some time to think about why exactly I liked this book. what about these characters and the setting makes me want to read them again and again and just keeps me waiting for more. Honestly, there is no one reason, it could be the writing style, how relatable the characters are, the setting, the elements, the plot or the pacing. Now that I think back to it, the experience I had while I read the books was the most intriguing part about the book.

Trailer Park Trickster explores a lot of areas, just like its predecessor, but makes it even better. the first book was a total 5 stars for me, and the second book is even better, so you know that the 5 stars cant suffice the beauty of it. We begin with action, and are literally thrown into the story without any waste of time. Adam is more fleshed out in this book, his motives and intentions and decisions are all more profound and even more relatable. We do explore a lot of Vic in this book, his point of view is not as relatable to me as Adam’s is, but it was definitely good to know about him.

For me, the stars of the book were Argent and Silver, the two elves who have an unusual relationship with Adam and Vic. Their characters really stood out this time, they had their own story, their own motives and their own individual personalities that shone out pretty well! I am personally interested to know more about their adventures post this book, because I am pretty sure its going to be amazing!

the writing style of this book is very similar to the first book and it did keep me hooked up from beginning till the end, no ifs and buts. This book is plain and simple my comfort book. actually, both are. The first and the second. As I said, this book deals with a lot of elements all together. it should be hectic, complex and hard to consume, but it is the exact opposite of that. The experience is warm, cosy and very welcoming. I would actually like to come back to this book more often, I think it keeps me grounded.

coming to the plot of the book, its totally what I want from an urban fantasy. There is a perfect mix of everything you can put into a book without making it normal and conventional. The plot begins where the first book ended, the loose ends are almost all solved in this book. there is so much more magic happening in this book, we also explore more of the spirit realm and the lives of the elves. Tilla, Adam’s mother and Bobby, Adam’s brother are both more present this time, they are more loving and more real, partly because of what happened in the end of the first book, and partly because of their shared past.

A little information about the conflicts of the elves are hinting at a lot of things, possibly a war. The worldbuilding is quite fascinating, with elf lands and the spirit realm and a lot of other places. I was on a break from fantasy for quite a while now, because it was all getting very repetitive, but these books made me realise that fantasy is a unique and versatile genre and can be molded into a lot of different shapes. I’m glad I’m back to reading fantasy now! There a new take on literally every fantasy element in this book and it keeps getting better.

There is something about the way the author writes the narrative, it all blends together at one point creating something extraordinary that one might not have thought or predicted. The descriptions in the books are one of the most interesting parts because they feel very real and make you a part of the narrative. As a writer, I myself know how hard it is to capture a reader’s attention with little descriptions, and these books totally excel in that part.

I’m also honestly very clueless as to how I am going to express what I feel about this book, its a feeling that I don’t really know if it can be articulated into words. So I’ll just say, its a special book, the characters are special, the setting and the story is special. Please make sure to read it at least once!!

Also, that climax. Trust me when I say it, you are not expecting what is going to happen. Its a totally unexpected and unpredictable end.

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It takes a lot to have a second great book in a series - and this one hit most of the mark! It's always difficult when you have a really phenomenal first book (which the first of this series was) but this one is a really wonderful follow-up. Slayton's talent is clear in his ability to create worlds and characters that seem so real - he creates really clear and full characters full of flaws and humanity. I would do this book a disservice if I didn't say one of my favorite parts of it is how it handles homophobia. The book doesn't dance around it and how it's handled is reads as very real -insidious in a way that very few authors can successfully write, and the representation offered in this book of LGBTQIA characters is so so well done. I really enjoyed how Slayton created a magic system and used tarot hierarchy, and everything about how it's written reads as sincere without being cloying. I notoriously hate cliffhangers, and this is one, but I'm really excited for the third installment.

I really really loved this book - the dual narratives, the characters, and a great second installment to a new urban fantasy series.

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This second book in the series was just as much fun as the first. No sophomore slump here. The world building and character development continues to be well done, and the story keeps you entertained to the last page!

Adam continues to be such a great character to spend time with. He is getting used to being a warlock and learning about what that means. He is also learning more about his family and his ancestors, which leads to learning more about who the dark druid is and what he wants. I loved all of the turmoil and doubts that Adam goes through in this book, it just makes him feel all the more like a real person.

Finally, we are seeing things through Vic’s point of view! I really liked him and enjoyed his journey in learning a little bit more about what being a reaper might mean. He spends most of his time with Argent and Silver in the Fae plane trying to avert a war, but he doesn’t completely understand what is going on and that gets him into a bit of a tight spot. I also liked his angst and eventually coming to terms with Adam and their connection, and their relationship and what he learned about Adam’s brother and mother in the first book. Vic certainly went on a major journey in this book, both emotionally and physically.

The world building is just as wonderful in this book as it was the first. I loved the sea elves and their sphere of water in the middle of the desert. The politics of the fae was messed up and very complicated, but still kept you wanting to know more.

The story was pretty complicated, and there were actually two stories going on here. Vic and Adam spend almost the entire book separated and when they were together they usually argued. The ending of course was a cliffhanger, and makes me want to pick up the next book right now! I can’t wait to see what happens to this couple and to this world.

A really well done second book that picks up right where the first one ended and continues the journey of some great characters. If you enjoyed the first book, you will not be disappointed by this one.

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Trailer Park Trickster by David Slayton

Trailer Park Trickster by David Slayton is a phenomenal sequel about Adam Binder, a young gay man who has some magic who delves deep into a secondary world that he’s been going back and forth between for years. This book is in the aftermath of taking down the spirit they call Mercy, that was inhabiting the city of Denver. He and his love interest Vic are slowly settling into a tenuous and budding relationship, when suddenly Adam receives bad news and runs back to his hometown. The story splits off at that point into two story arcs; Adam’s and Vic’s. Adam is dealing with a harrowing family history while Vic becomes more acquainted with the other world in his way to help Adam
Throughout the story you are pulled back and forth between the two, always hoping and routing for them and their relationship. Slayton does a fantastic job at describing the other world that you can practically see it with your own eyes. His characters are perfectly flawed and so very human that you can’t help but relate to them and their journey. This book is a fantastic representation of LGBT and POC, showing Vic’s journey to accepting himself as a Hispanic bisexual man and Adam’s journey to accepting that there is more to life for him as a gay man who grow up in a rural homophobic area.
This book also delves into how family isn’t always perfect but growth is always achievable.
I would rate this book 4.5/5 stars, for its imaginative plot line and realistic characters!

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I loved every anxiety inducing second of it. Yeah, it made me anxious, angry, made me gasp and just stare into nothingness for a while. And the ending? Cliffhanger, seriously? I can't wait a whole year!! I just can't!!
We have two POVs, two different journeys. Two boyfriends who really need to sit down and have a conversation. A real one. Everything happened, one thing after the other, and they barely had time to breath before being thrown into another really wild ride! Action and magic packed, this series is amazing and it takes you to different worlds, quite literally.

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