A Tale of Two Goblins, Dulcie O'Neil Series Book 2

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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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Published: March 21, 2011
Words: 79,340
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476431444
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.

After hitting both lists, I thought life couldn’t really get much better so you can imagine my surprise when Random House (Bantam imprint) signed me to write three books in the Jolie Wilkins series (Witchful Thinking, The Witch is Back and Something Witchy This Way Comes). Now I love the fact that I’m both a traditionally published author as well as a self-published one (with my Dulcie O’Neil series).

And even more cool news? The books in both series are currently being made into audio books! Stay tuned for more information…

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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Reviews

Review by: Beverly S on Aug. 25, 2012 : star star star star
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 long after purchase)

Review by: Beverly S on Aug. 25, 2012 : star star star star
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 long after purchase)

Review by: Alisha S. on July 11, 2011 : star star star star
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 long after purchase)

Review by: Lisa K on June 16, 2011 : star star star star
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 long after purchase)

Review by: Lori (Romancing the Dark Side) on June 03, 2011 : star star star star star
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 long after purchase)

Review by: Christie Ibarra on May 25, 2011 : star star star star
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 long after purchase)

Review by: Moujnir Lewis on May 25, 2011 : star star star star star
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 long after purchase)

Review by: Andrea Guy on May 05, 2011 : star star star star star
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 within a month of purchase)

Review by: Amber Imbrogno on April 26, 2011 : star star star star star
Another awesome book. Its filled with non stop action and some amazing characters. This is just another fun book. Dulcie is definitely one of my favorite leading ladies. She is funny, smart and can kick some ass!! Once you start reading it you won't be able to stop. And helllooo Knight is just dreamy!!

I love HP's books. You always get something unique and fun and action packed!! Her leading ladies are always strong, humorous and have men around them that are just gorgeous. There is just something unique with her characters that you don't see a lot of.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Beverly S on April 21, 2011 : star star star star star
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 within a month of purchase)

Review by: RBtWBC on April 20, 2011 : star star star star
A Tale of Two Goblins was a delightful surprise and a great read!

The spunky, independent fairy is back and better then ever.
There is a Dreamstalker going after people that are connected to Dulcie, causing them to drop into a coma and eventually die, but when Dulcie’s best friend Sam falls victim the stakes are raised even higher. Teaming up with the sexy Knight once again it’s a race against time while things start to heat up in other matters, and not just because he is a Loki.

The first half of the novel moved a bit slow and I was worried that I’d have the same feelings for it as I did To Kill a Warlock. But by the second half of the book, what I found lacking in the first (romance, chemistry, character/relationship development) was more then made up for here, by the end I didn’t want it to stop! And lawd, the way it ended was killer, just when we got to what I’ve been waiting for throughout these two books. Evil, evil author…
Plenty of action, mystery and suspense to keep readers entertained and the continuing sub plot of Dulcie’s writing a new paranormal novel adds a fun aspect to the story. The plot itself was good and really kept me guessing as to whom the villain was.

I still enjoyed the secondary characters more then the main character Dulcie, especially the love interest Knight, but Dulcie’s growing on me and I’m eagerly anticipating the next installment in this series. A fun quick read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Paranormal Opinion on April 15, 2011 : star star star star
Another great book from H.P. Mallory! There is non-stop action and suspense through pretty much the whole book. Dulcie seems to get herself into quite the situations! She definitely proves what a great friend she is in this book by risking her life and doing some crazy things. She has also finally begun to see what a great catch Knight is. I liked him a lot more in this book. He wasn't as cocky, and he showed a caring side to him.

Now, one piece of advice: When reading a book about a Dreamstalker, who can kill their victims in their sleep, you might not want to read this right before going to bed. Just sayin' ... Anyway, this series actually kind of reminds me of Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series. Well, in the early days anyway when they were more about suspense and horror than sex. The heroine in both series are strong, stubborn women who work to solve cases, and both series contain a lot of thriller aspects. However, the Dulcie O'Neill series also incorporates a lot of humor to make them more of a light, fun read.

Here is a paragraph that just struck me as funny, and shows you the way that Dulcie thinks:


"Hydras were water serpents and they were known for their foul tempers, as well as their
multiple heads. Luckily, this nurse just had one—I’d never been comfortable making
conversation with more than one head—I never knew which one to focus on. And Hydras with
two or more heads—they could argue with themselves for hours. Trying to interview one
about a case wasn’t easy, much less, fun."


Just when the book was going in the direction I wanted, it ended! Authors are just cruel, huh? They either leave you with a cliffhanger, or end it once it gets really good. What am I supposed to do until the next book comes out??? Read her other series, I suppose :)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Laura Elizabeth on April 12, 2011 : star star star star star
If you are looking for something great to read then you have found it in "A Tale of Two Goblins". It is the second book in the Dulcie O'Neil series and it was fantastic. Our favorite fairy is back and keeps you on the edge of your seat for the entire book. I was looking forward to this book after reading "To Kill A Warlock" and I must say it was worth the wait! HP Mallory is a fabulous writer and storyteller. She definately has a talent for making you lose yourself in her books!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Karissa's Reading Review on April 08, 2011 : star star star star
I got a copy of this book through Bookish Snob Promotions as part of A Tale of Two Goblins blog tour. I read the first book in this series, To Kill a Warlock, and really enjoyed it. I have also read Mallory's Jolie Wilkins series and enjoyed that as well. This book was another fun read; it is focused around a mystery and Dulcie's snarky sense of humor really keeps things moving.

Dulcie has finally finished the romance novel she was writing and is working on writing her second book. She is no longer part of the ANC, but has offered to do consulting work for them. Then one morning she goes out jogging and is accosted by...Knight. Knight wants Dulcie to consult on a case and he won't take no for an answer. People loosely connected to Dulcie are falling into comas and Knight needs Dulcie's help to sort it before these people go from coma to a more permanent state of repose. They think a Dreamwalker may be involved, but of course nothing is ever that straight forward.

I actually liked this book a lot better than the first book in this series (and I liked that one too). This book is very heavy on the mystery end of things and Dulcie spends a lot of time trying to solve the complex mystery surrounding these magical comas. There's is some play between Dulcie and the three men in her life (Quillian, Brom, and Knight). Mallory does an excellent job of keeping things steamy between Dulcie and Knight without getting too explicit.

I enjoyed the inclusion of some new faerie types, there are some great new characters as well. I was a bit sad that Dulcie's girlfriend, Sam, was out of the picture most of the book. The book is fast-paced, has a decent plot, and is engaging. Mallory's writing style is highly readable; making the book a fun and quick read. There is a lot of humor in here; Dulcie continues to show a lot of attitude and toughness throughout.

The books wraps up nicely; leaving a couple threads dangle for the next book. I have really enjoyed this series overall; it is light-hearted, fun, and creative.

Overall an excellent addition to this series. I really enjoyed reading this book; it was fun and very engaging. A perfect escape read. Dulcie still reminds me a bit of Rachel Morgan from Kim Harrison's the Hollows series. The major difference being there is more humor in this series; if you like light-hearted urban fantasy you should give this series a try.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Donna McDonald on March 25, 2011 : star star star star star
I downloaded the first book just as a way to read something in a genre that was new to me, but ended up falling in love with the story and the characters. You can't help but admire Mallory's fairy cop. These novels are addictive and lots of fun. I'm hooked and will be definitely be buying future releases. Thanks for a very enjoyable read!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Trudy Dowling on March 23, 2011 : star star star star star
HP Mallory did it again! What an awesome book. I couldn't put it down, and the ending left me wanting more. If you liked the first book, you will absolutely love this one. Dulcie is so lucky to have her Knight.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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