Series: World of the Lupi #14
Also in this series: Ritual Magic, Unbinding, Mind Magic, Dragon Spawn
Published by Berkley on January 2, 2018
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: Received from Publisher via NetGalley
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The battle against a vengeful goddess reaches a climactic point as Lily Yu must now face the ultimate challenge in a dangerous new realm—without her husband, Rule …
When a mission to rescue five children stolen by an Old One falls apart under the assault of a demon prince, Lily wakes up in a strange reality—and is immediately taken captive by the dragon spawn who rule there. Jumping worlds has fractured her party, and Cynna is her only companion.
Although the clock is ticking, time works differently, and Lily has miraculously gained a week. That means seven days to free herself, find Rule and the others, rescue the children, and make it home alive. All before the dragon spawn holding her hostage trade her to the Old One. It would almost be doable if this weren’t Lóng Jia—also known as Dragonhome: the birthplace of dragons.
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Dragon Blood is Eileen Wilks’ 14th book in her Wold of the Lupi series. The World of the Lupi still remains one of my long-standing favorite urban fantasy series and its depth continues to dive and grow.
Dragon Blood had a slightly different feel from previous books. Not in a bad way, but the pace was different. Action rode shotgun as we were taken to completely new location and faced a new conflict, within the ongoing conflict. Dragonhome required a lot of thought and the author did an amazing job with the high world building in this new dimension.
Lily and Rule manage to find themselves torn apart and this allowed other characters some extra page time. My favorite character to interact with was certainly Madam Yu, Lily’s grandmother. Her wit, personality and nature made her journey in Dragonhome gave amazing depth to this book.
Additional edit after thoughts on some of the other reviews about the book being too descriptive: Everyone is entitled to their opinions and I am not saying that they don’t have a right to their opinions. However; the delicate and detained descriptions in certain areas tend to be what bring characters to life. A great example of this is body language and mannerisms. There were a few situations where mannerisms were described in vivid detail and It completely transformed an otherwise normal situation into a work of art. These isolated blasts of extra detail made the feeling so real, I could close my eyes and see what the author was describing and smell the tea brewing. I thought the detail was beautiful and awe-inspiring.
Dragon Blood is not a light read in any way. The detail and depth added to my enjoyment while I was transported with the characters into Dragonhome. It is one of my favorite things about urban fantasy. It isn’t quick. It isn’t easy. My imagination enjoyed the time to frolic and play with the details provided by the author. Although this isn’t my favorite book in the series, it was a great read and I am ready for more!