Rating: 4 stars out of 5
A life full of children and mysteries to solve doesn’t leave much time for relaxation or each other, something Lumie wants to help fix for Dane and Mercury by way of arranging a picnic. But good intentions and life rarely cooperate, and Dane knows it’s only a matter of time before all hell breaks loose.
Hell turns out to be someone using Quicksilver’s name to destroy buildings, but there’s no way to tell whether the enemy is an impostor or a trap—and only way to find out. Hopefully it won’t mean missing the picnic.
Dragon Deception is the 2nd in the Supernatural Consultant series but it flows so smoothly from Dragon Consultant‘s events and timeline that it hard to realize that it takes place five years later. Mercury and the dragon kits are now at home with Dane, making them quite the family. Mercury has a new job as an agent with the SupFeds, also known as the Federal Bureau of Supernatural Investigations,and a new abrasive partner whose on everyone’s bad list. Their first case? A new investigation of arson with someone using the name of Quicksilver, a name with huge ramifications for Mercury, the kids and Dane.
Meanwhile, brilliant kit Lumie wants his “dads” to go on a special picnic for some alone time, something Lumie thinks they need and never gets with their jobs and kits always under foot. I loved the interplay between growing dragon children and the way that their needs are being met by Dane and Mercury under one roof. Mell Eight creates a wonderfully traditional dragon culture and then devises creative methods in which Dane actively works to meet those need in a modern world. Her own version of setting them up and knocking them down and it working perfectly. The family interactions and relationships are so strong and remain among my favorite parts of this story.
But there’s still that heinous organization to be tracked down that’s still kidnapping young dragons and they continue to play a huge part here. I’ll say no more, but these mysterious scientists and the conspiracy around them is a thread that runs from book to book, that with each revelation sees deeper, more serious consequences for Mercury, the dragons kits and in fact all dragon kind if not stopped. Its this element that makes me wish the books were longer. There just isn’t enough room to explore all the events that happen so quickly here to the full extent I would like to see happen.
Mell Eight packs her stories full of excitement, imaginative elements, gripping storylines and characters you need to know more about. This is especially true of the dragon kits that have come about due to the nefarious government experiments like Lumie and Alloy, just a few to make mention of. As they grow, so do their strange powers, and there are dragons we have just to meet.
When the book ends, I think some readers unused to Mell Eight’s stories will be perplexed as to the lack of any traditional ending. Its one of the reasons I think this series would work more as a serial than as a series. A mission comes to an end but not everything is wrapped up. Pretty much status quo for this author. Those of us familiar with her style know to just sit back and wait for the next one to arrive. If you find this frustrating, you might want to wait until the series is done and then binge read through. But if this doesn’t bother you, than powered by a love of dragons, mystery, and terrific characters, grab up this series and get started right away. So far its only two short books, it’ll be a breeze to catch up before the third arrives.
I can’t wait.
Cover art by Aisha Akeju. I love the artist but her covers for this series are still something of a disconnect. They are too bright and happy for some of the very serious themes encountered inside the books, including dragon kit experimentation, kidnapping, and more. Its cute with the dragon prints and its a part of the plot, still…
ebook, 111 pages
Expected publication: February 10th 2016 by Less Than Three Press
Series Supernatural Consultant :