Dragon Spawn by Eileen Wilks
Series: World of the Lupi #13
Published by Berkley
Published on: December 6, 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Werewolves
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Lily learns she was right. Tom Weng—a powerful sorcerer allied with the Old One who keeps trying to take over the world—is still alive. But that's not the worst. Weng is a dragon spawn, the product of a botched hatching given a human form in an attempt to keep him from going mad. A failed attempt.
Meanwhile, Lily’s husband Rule is facing a Challenge to the death. Then there’s the possible reappearance of another sorcerer. But none of that matters when their enemy strikes out of nowhere in the worst way possible. Lily must face a nightmare and return to a place she never wanted to see again. The place where she died…
I discovered this series on my own a few years ago. I loved the world, the characters, and just about everything about it, and I ended up reading the first three. Then I got involved in too many other series and just never went back until Mind Magic, the book just previous to this one. Of course I wanted to jump in and read this one as soon as I saw it offered on Net Galley. And while it was good, it just didn’t live up to how good Mind Magic was-at least for me anyway.
Lily, FBI special agent, and her Alpha wolf husband, Rule, are back for this installment, along with magical couple, Cynna and Cullen. I love all these characters and always enjoy catching up with them and seeing what new plight has befallen them each time. And this time, there’s two problems going on. First, Rule is being challenged to the death by a dominant newcomer that has just enough blood in him from one of the two packs that Rule leads/is heir to. The dominance in him demands that he challenge Rule. On Rule’s part, he understands, but really doesn’t want to kill the young man. Second, all hell is breaking out in different places in the country. Attacks, and that is all I am saying due to spoilers. Suffice it to say that the characters end up in the middle of all the problems when it hits close to home for them.
Mind Magic. I couldn’t put it down, and it more than earned 5 stars from me. Dragon Spawn. It took me entirely too long to read it, since I kept putting it down and reading other things, and that has never really happened to me while reading anything else by this author. Way too much description, way too much time spent by the characters waiting to do things that needed doing, and although things do happen, there was not enough going on to keep me fully engaged, at times. I kept waiting for it to take off and get some non-stop action as in Mind Magic, and that didn’t exactly happen. And when it does start to get interesting, there was a horrible cliffhanger. And by horrible I mean, that none of the story line threads really got wrapped up. And it also stopped at a very crucial point. One good thing is that there is an excerpt of the next book included, and I was able to get a bit of closure from that. Thankfully!
Now, all that being said, I loved the characters as usual. The villains were truly evil and there was even some new types of demons introduced. And speaking of demons, little demon Gan is back as well, and I enjoyed her character a lot.She’s the demon that was male and is now female. So funny when she starts trying to female bond with Lily. The story threads were exciting to a point, but as I mentioned, I expected at least one of them to be wrapped up. There’s another visit to Dis(hell) on tap for most of the group as well. Not my favorite place for the action, but it was very necessary to the plot. And I do have to mention that there are DRAGONS! And not the shapeshifter kind. These dragons are arrogant, intelligent, and know things that humans couldn’t even fathom. And they mind speak! So all in all, this was not a bad addition to this series whatsoever. Fans of this series will probably not be disappointed and hopefully will not have the same experience I had with trying to finish the book in a timely manner.
Recommended to adult UF fans. I would start with book one as the stories do go in order.
World of the Lupi Series