Trailer Park Trickster (Adam Binder #2) by David R. Slayton | Book Review

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. 

How was it?

As much as I praised White Trash Warlock for its realistic, down-to-earth interpersonal relationships with the Binder family dynamic and secrets. I didn’t exactly connect with the fantasy elements of the novel that seemed to me a hodgepodge of everything fantasy. I guess by book two I got acclimated to the fantasy side of this world so it didn’t seem to stick out like a sore thumb. In fact, I am writing this review after re-reading book one, reading this one, and Deadbeat Druid (Adam Binder #3) in a row.

I am struggling not to make light of what now seem even more superfluous fantasy elements of this book and the whole series. It’s still a bit of a hodgepodge of fantasy that doesn’t quite fit together. It’s like a solid story idea that is leaden with “too many crowd-pleasing urban fantasy aspects” to make it more appealing to readers, down to the cliffhanger at the end to make sure those on the fence are more likely to come back.

The book’s biggest strength is its characters and their interpersonal relationships. As passive as some of them can be, it is what kept me going. Adam and his family are very interesting, and the more we learn about them in this book, the more engaged I was. Vic, Adam’s..I’m not sure what that was but more on that later, is almost propping up part of this fantasy world by himself with a cool side adventure but his approach to his relationship with Adam is still the better part of his arc given his history. This book doesn’t have the space to further Adam and Vic’s budding relationship, it is a bit frustrating and yet it makes sense given the frame of the story.

As for the relationship itself, it feels like an early teen romance, with a lot of thinking about it and doubts that reads to me like gay flavoring. it’s middle-grade level in the romance department but given we’re talking about full-blown adults it is a bit weird. It’s as if it was written not to offend those who are not completely at ease with a full-on gay relationship. Thinking about it, this book is typically one I’d recommend to an Urban Fantasy lover, who wants to dip a toe in an M/M paranormal romance, but whose usually turned off when the queerness gets too real.

Trailer Park Trickster is either a middle-grade book at heart that struggles to be adult, or the book equivalent of trying not to offend anyone, but it remains a good okay read.   

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

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