Series: World of the Lupi #13
Also in this series: Ritual Magic, Unbinding, Mind Magic
Published by Berkley on December 6, 2016
Genres: Shifters, Urban Fantasy
Source: Received from Publisher
The New York Times bestselling author of Mind Magic returns as FBI agent Lily Yu gets some very bad news…
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…
Dragon Spawn by Eileen Wilks is the 13th book in her World of the Lupi series. This series is still going strong and the world building is truly astonishing.
Dragon Spawn is roller coaster ride of a read. This series is one of my favorites and I always start to get nervous when one of my favorite series is pushing over 10 publications. I start worrying about things like (because these things HAVE HAPPENED MANY TIMES):
Q: Will the author lose her way?
A: SHE DIDN’T
Q: Is the story going to start failing to hold the high standards of the prior books?
A: NOPE. STILL AWESOME.
Q: Are characters going to start losing their minds and having personality changes for no freakin’ good reason at all?
A: NOPE. STILL AWESOME.
I am happy to report that this series truly just becomes more amazing. The world building is zenith. I am a huge fan of strong world building in Urban Fantasy, but Wilks is truly paramount in my book.
This installment has all of our favorite characters in an uproar. Rule is being death challenged. Lilly has to return to Hell. Cynna is exploding-heads mad. Everyone is coming together in an attempt to overcome the great evil B#@%&. Just wow. Within all of the amazing dialog and drama, we still are fed more crumbs, and some bit bites, of knowledge about creatures and family that have been a bit mysterious in the past. Wilks is slowing providing us with puzzle pieces to the overall picture.
The evolution and growth of the relationships in this series stands out in a very distinct way. No one is “perfect”, everything is not “wonderful”; yet all of the characters continue to grow, not only individually, but also in their friendships and family or pack dynamics. Wilks creates characters with so much depth and realism, It is hard to believe we are not looking into another world where these are real flawed and fabulous people.
This book is clearly a pretty big arc in the overall story and she leaves us with a cliffhanger. *gasp* Although, I am typically not a huge “fan” of cliffhangers, it fit the book and left my mouth watering for more. Mission accomplished!
If you are a fan of Urban Fantasy and haven’t picked up this series, you are really missing out. READ IT.
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