Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
The FAA has been struggling with dragons attacking their planes, and hire Dane, a supernatural consultant, to look into the matter. What Dane finds in the woods is not quite the problem he expected: a group of dragon kits and their sick father.
When he learns the real reason the family was in the woods, his case only grows more dangerous, and while Dane is plenty experienced at watching his own back, taking care of baby dragons and their handsome, distracting father almost makes danger look easy.
I love Mell Eight. This author’s imagination never fails to take me places guaranteed to hold my attention and make me wonder about the boundless possibilities that could exist if magic were let loose. And of course, there would be dragons. All sorts of dragons and in this case dragon kits.
Dragon Consultant is really one set of mysteries after another. A mystery of identities, a mystery of espionage and government coverup plus so much more. Unbelievably so, it all takes place in 101 pages. This story is crammed full of things that cry out of fuller explanations and more details. But what the author delivers is so wonderful, so compelling, that all I can do is beg for a prequel to go along with the sequel that I know is coming.
Most of that has to do with the character of Dane, the supernatural consultant hired to deal with the dragons attacking the planes at the airport. Of course, he is much more than that, as are the dragons attacking the airport and the situation they are in. Nothing is as it seems, including Dane. It takes a while for some of who he is to come out and then it only makes him more intriguing because of the gaps its leaves. Oh, the layers Mell Eight has in store for the readers here. Peal one back, and there are five more waiting to be discovered.
I think I feel that way about the characters. There is a mystery about them that we are still waiting to uncover, their backstories are missing and I think the author has done that purposely so. The father? His background still spotty. The kits? They too have histories waiting to be filled in and I am hoping that means that this will be a long and satisfying series. I am so eager to settle in for the long haul to find out what each kit and/or new egg will mean to the story and universe the author is building.
There is action, suspense, and plenty of drama. Some of those scenes towards the end? White knuckle indeed. But I can’t give out details because its such a short book it will go into spoiler territory. The tale moves so quickly, you will fall in love with the individual dragon kits with a swiftness that will make you blink, and then the you are moving towards an alarming conclusion, then its over…for now.
That one of those layers I was talking about. You see from the cover, its seem like this might be a goofy, sort of humorous tale of dragon children and their foster father. Not really. That aspect is there, of course. But things are chillingly scary, there are evil loose ends flapping about at the end of the story (why else would you need sequels), so remember those layers when opening these pages and be prepared for a darned wonderful story!
Its one I definitely recommend, along with its author. Now I just have to wait for the next book to arrive. Grab this one up, catch up with me and lets see what the next one has in store for us, the dragon kits and…oh that would be telling.
Cover art by Aisha Akeju is unexpected. Cute, whimsical but lacking just that touch of dragon magic I have come to expect from this artist.
ebook, 101 pages
Published December 9th 2015 by Less Than Three Press
Series: Supernatural Consultant
- Dragon Consultant (Supernatural Consultant #1)
- Dragon Deception (Supernatural Consultant #2)