A Tale of Two Goblins

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Rated 4.53/5 based on 17 reviews
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. More

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About HP Mallory

I started my writing career as a self-published author and was lucky enough to hit both the Amazon and the Barnes and Noble bestseller’s lists with my two series, the Jolie Wilkins series and the Dulcie O’Neil series.

When people ask me what I’m like, it’s sort of hard to answer but here goes… I’m a huge fan of anything paranormal and I always have been. I get super excited whenever they have those Twilight Zone Marathon days and anything ghost or vampire related will always attract my attention.

My interests are varied but aside from writing, I’m most excited about traveling. Uncovering new places and learning about different cultures is pretty incredible. I feel extremely fortunate to have been able to live abroad in England and Scotland, both places really having a profound effect on my books.

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About the Series: The Dulcie O'Neil Series (An Urban Fantasy Series)
I’m a fairy. But not the type to frolic in gardens. I’m a Regulator—a law-enforcement agent who monitors the creatures of the Netherworld to keep them from wreaking havoc in the mortal world.

When a dark-arts warlock is murdered and I was the last person to see him alive, I’ve got one choice. Figure out whodunnit before I become the next victim.

Enter Knight Vander, a cocky investigator sent from the Netherworld to work the case with me. Knight is what’s called a Loki and he’s the first of his kind I’ve ever come across. Yeah, Knight is the sexiest guy I’ve ever seen but he’s also bossy, demanding, and way too convinced of his own self-importance.

As the body count increases, I find myself having to keep a sex-crazed, sadistic demon in check all the while fending off the advances of a super powerful vampire, Bram. And dealing with Knight isn’t exactly a walk in the park.

Sometimes working law enforcement for the Netherworld is a real bitch...

Also in Series: The Dulcie O'Neil Series (An Urban Fantasy Series)

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Reviews

Laurie reviewed on on June 10, 2014

I am now on my 2nd book of the series, and just downloaded the # 3 and #4. It has it all. Romance, without 20 pages of bah bah sex filler, mystery, heros, fantastic writing. You do not move once you start reading, as you do not know what is going to happen. Truly, truly enjoyable Sorry, must get back to reading
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Beverly S reviewed on on Aug. 25, 2012

My thoughts:
Spunky Dulcie is back for round two! Entertaining! Well-written! Great characters!


Although this is book 2 in the Dulcie series, it could stand alone. The author does a great job of catching the reader up so it isn't necessary to read book one first. I would however suggest reading book 1: How to Kill a Warlock though because it's such a great read! With that said...


Once again the characters are wonderfully created and I was thrilled to see so many of the same faces! It was exciting to see the roles each of the characters portrayed in this second volume. Some of the minor characters in book one get to be so much more in book two.
The plot keeps the reader turning the pages hoping to figure out the mystery.
Dulcie is forced to do some soul-searching and has the opportunity to see herself and others in a different light.


Mallory has successfully created a wonderful story - combining great characters, an intriguing plot, a lot of emotions, and just the right amount of humor! Be sure to check it out!
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Beverly S reviewed on on Aug. 25, 2012

My thoughts:
Spunky Dulcie is back for round two! Entertaining! Well-written! Great characters!


Although this is book 2 in the Dulcie series, it could stand alone. The author does a great job of catching the reader up so it isn't necessary to read book one first. I would however suggest reading book 1: How to Kill a Warlock though because it's such a great read! With that said...


Once again the characters are wonderfully created and I was thrilled to see so many of the same faces! It was exciting to see the roles each of the characters portrayed in this second volume. Some of the minor characters in book one get to be so much more in book two.
The plot keeps the reader turning the pages hoping to figure out the mystery.
Dulcie is forced to do some soul-searching and has the opportunity to see herself and others in a different light.


Mallory has successfully created a wonderful story - combining great characters, an intriguing plot, a lot of emotions, and just the right amount of humor! Be sure to check it out!
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Alisha S. reviewed on on July 11, 2011

Dulcie does it again! This installment delivered on every promise made by its predecessor; it was above all fun, engaging, and charming.

I was so excited to pick up and read the second book in the Dulcie O'Neil series by H.P. Mallory, having enjoyed the first one so much. As with book one, the cast is the big draw. Technically, there aren't that many figures to keep track of--which is fine by me. It means more face time for the fab five (Dulcie, Knight, Trey, Sam, and Dia). ^_^ Dulcie in particular is in fine form: she's a magnetic character, with different facets to her personality that provide plausible and engaging expression in scenes both light hearted and somber.

I get the sense that the author is deliberately keeping a steady pace in revealing her fictional world and in progressing the broader story arcs. I like that! I can see the series continuing to thrill with new elements and twists, even several books down the road (and geez, I HOPE there will be a "several books down the road" to speak of!).

This book deals with a creature that stalks and terrorizes people's dreams. As such, there are a few dream sequences, some of which are meant to be ambiguously identified ("Is this someone's dream?") and others which are very clearly nocturnal reveries. In one, the dreamer is even consciously observing her own dream. The devices used for these sequences could've been confusing as flip, but instead worked out wonderfully and intriguingly.

Honestly, the third book cannot come soon enough ("soon enough" is August 2011, by the way...but still so far off!!!); I simply must know how the cast of characters develop and fare in their respective conundrums. A Tale of Two Goblins more than proved that the Dulcie O'Neil series will be one to look out for in the future. Moreover, it's put Ms. Mallory on my auto-buy list, for sure!
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
Lisa K reviewed on on June 16, 2011

Having set up the world and introducing her fantastic group of characters in To Kill A Warlock, H.P. Mallory jumped straight in to another adventure in A Tale of Two Goblins. I loved that the relationship between Duclie and Knight gets to be explored a little bit more, something I felt was missing from the first book. We had lots of pre-sexy time but now the relationship itself, not just the physical connection, gets to grow. I also appreciated the chance to get to know more about Sam, Dulcie’s best friend and the latest victim of the Dreamstalker and I really hope that in the next book some of my favorite characters get their chance to shine. There is so much I want to know about everyone!

I loved the concept of the Dreamstalker. Mallory is so amazingly good at balancing magic and suspense and then smushing it into the perfect bad guy role leaving us with a creepy otherworld villain. The writing was, once again, perfectly paced to build up the suspense to the max and the development made in this second installment was amazing. While the first book occasionally needed a bit more to really feel a relationship to the characters, this one let our (still awesome) protagonist and her sidekicks grow into their own. I can’t wait for the next book!

This review was originally posted at baffledbooks.com
(reviewed 79 days after purchase)
Lori (Romancing the Dark Side) reviewed on on June 3, 2011

Just when you think her books can't possibly get any better...H.P. Mallory proves you wrong!

Dulcie is back and sassier than ever the second time around! When we left Dulcie in To Kill A Warlock, she had handed in her letter of resignation to the A.N.C. (Association of Netherworld Creatures), giving up being a law enforcement agent and off to pursue her career as a romance writer. Things are coming along just fine until the sexy Loki, Knight Vander, shows up to ask Dulcie for help in a new case involving a Dreamstalker where victims end up in a comatose state. Dulcie agrees to work with Knight putting aside her intense attraction to him and soon learns that all of the victims have one thing in common...her. The case takes a more personal turn when her best friend, Sam, becomes the Dreamstalker's latest victim. To save her friend, Dulcie will have to venture into dark and sinister places, risking her own life along the way.

This was a non-stop thrill ride! The story is full of action from page one and keeps you engaged until the very last word. Dulcie has undoubtedly grown as a character from the first time I met her and I truly love seeing a softer side of her in this book. She's still the confident and feisty heroine but with a little less attitude and a lot more heart. Her devotion to her friend is admirable, any girl would be lucky to call her a friend.

The story wouldn't be complete without the hunky men of this series and H.P. Mallory does not disappoint. Bram, Knight and Quillan are hotter than ever, making it so hard to choose a favorite! Although they each have their charms, the chemistry between Knight and Dulcie is incomparable. There are a few steamy scenes between the two that are great but still not enough to satisfy me...stop teasing us H.P.!

A Tale of Two Goblins has an extra pinch of fairy dust that makes it that more special than the first book! There's more action, mystery and romance, along with the side-splitting humor that is H.P. Mallory's trademark. We learn a little more about our beloved characters while welcoming some interesting new ones. Was I expecting a cliffhanger? No...but I am anxiously looking forward to Dulcie's next adventure. If you're a lover of the paranormal and want a lighter and fun read without stepping away from the genre, look no further and definitely check out this series!

{Courtesy of author for review}
(reviewed 65 days after purchase)
Christie Ibarra reviewed on on May 25, 2011

SPOILERS for To Kill A Warlock (Dulcie O’Neil #1):

A Tale of Two Goblins gets us back in the action with the much-loved fairy Dulcie O’Neil. At the end of To Kill A Warlock she left A.N.S (Association for Netherworld Creatures) because of the outcome of the last case she was working on. (Quill: Shame on you!) She agreed to the role of consultant when A.N.S. needs her. Hopefully this will give her time to deal with the emotional backlash triggered by the events of book 1. It also means more time to work on her novel.

Acting Chief of Headquarters (& super hot Loki) ,Knight, approaches Dulcie about a case involving a possible Dreamstalker who has rendered several victims unconscious and trapped between a state of life and death. When Dulcie realizes she has a connection to almost all of the victims she becomes concerned it might be personal, and she quickly agrees to help. Over the course of the case Dulcie finds she has to make some tough choices to stay one step ahead of the Dreamstalker.

The sophomore novel in this UF series is just as full of action and suspense as its predecessor. It also has the snark and wit I’ve come to associate with the sassy fairy, Dulcie. Events do take a darker turn when Dulcie makes some hard choices in order to save the victims of the Dreamstalker. It fit and gave the plot a nice amount of depth. No fluff here!

She is still being pursued by some seriously hot guys and hasn’t dealt with her commitment issues (who can blame her!). I was thrilled that we got to know the men in Dulcie’s life a little better including the fascinating Bram. If you dig vampires, you will fall madly in love with him no doubt. Even after two books I still can’t decide who I think she should be with. I can’t even pick a favorite! They all have qualities that I need the romantic interest in books I read to possess. What a lucky fairy!

Not only does this series contain great characters, but the author also offers up a solid plot with multiple twists and turns. This is a series that is going places! If you are a fan of Urban Fantasy I recommend giving Dulcie O’Neil’s world a try.
(reviewed 34 days after purchase)
Moujnir Lewis reviewed on on May 25, 2011

All five stars to A Tale of Two Goblins. Mallory has created a stunning sequel and a beautifully crafted story that makes me want to read this book again and again. With a breathtaking ending, and a sublime plot, A Tale of Two Goblins is a must read.
(reviewed 31 days after purchase)
Andrea Guy reviewed on on May 5, 2011

It isn't often the case that the second book in a series is so much better than the first, but in this case, it is true. It is just a shame that A Tale Of Two Goblins is much shorter than the first book. This story could have really gone on for another hundred pages and I would have been happy.

Why?

We got to know Dulcie better, and we found out...she is likable, even though she's a bit of a curmudgeoun! This book really shows us that Dulcie has a heart. Sure she's gorgeous. Sure she'll kick some ass when it is called for, but in A Tale Of Two Goblins we see she really has feelings for most of thecharacters that were introduced in To Kill A Warlock.

That's why this book is so much better. Dulcie's crankiness has a focus. She isn't just taking out all her frustrations on all the gorgeous men that want in her pants this time. She's taking out her frustrations on the Dreamstalker that is trying to get to her friends and maybe even her!

Here's hoping H.P. Mallory has another installment coming soon, because if the books get better as the series goes on, Dulcie O'Neil is going to be my new favorite heroine!
(reviewed 27 days after purchase)
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