Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5
Dane doesn’t get along with his parents. He hasn’t spoken with his mother in years and he’s never met his father. Somehow his mother finds out about Mercury and the kits anyway, and it’s difficult to throw one’s mother out when she happens to be a powerful, dangerous witch.
She isn’t the only uninvited guest either, and these ones are even less likely to take no for an answer—and much more likely to leave everyone dead if they don’t get what they want.
Mell Eight’s Dragon family and its growing pains and mysteries is back in Dragon Dilemma, the third in the Supernatural Consultant series. Half god/half..well we aren’t exactly sure Dane (Dragon Consultant), his spouse Mercury, an investigative agent and their adopted group of dragon kits have had another year of relative peace but that comes to an end when a letter from Dane’s mother arrives, the powerful Isle Crone. She’s come to make the acquaintance of her “grand kids” and her son in law and Dane is filled with trepidation.
But also arriving fast behind her is another mystery, one that will be another thread in the long running underplot, that of who has been kidnapping and experimenting on dragons and their kits?
I have always loved how Mell Eight has contrasted the family element here with the horrific scientific experimental one. One light-hearted and full of love, the other dark and full of nightmares. In Dragon Dilemma, the story is more heavily family oriented and I’m just fine with that. I love the family dynamics here. The children’s powers and personalities continue to grow and manifest themselves in various ways, whether its through daily chores or confronting evil at its worst. So does Dane’ and Mercury’s happy partnership/marriage. It strengthens, surviving even the appearance of Dane’s imperious and powerful mother.
With each new story, the author adds to her world building, the circle of associates and friends that surround Dane, Mercury and their kits, and the bigger mystery of the evil behind the abduction and experimentation on the dragon children. Eight both satisfies our needs to rediscover and enjoy meeting this family again but prods us towards the next in the series with a curiosity born a little out of fear for some of our favorite characters. Its a perfect balancing act and one she accomplishes in a fairly quick read.
Love dragons? Wizards, magic, and a big old mystery, romance and more? Grab up the Supernatural Consultant series by Mell Eight. Start at the beginning and work your way through. I’m on my way to book four, Dragon Detective (Supernatural Consultant #4). Watch for that review shortly. I highly recommend them all.
Cover art by Alisha Akeju has elements from the story on it and matches with the others from the series.