Format: Paperback, 292 pages
Release Date: January 27, 2015
Genre: Urban Fantasy
We’re Supernatural Protection & Investigations, known as SPI. We battle the real monsters of myth and legend, but this Halloween, we’re searching for diamonds…
A gala opening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has attracted the upper crust of Manhattan—and thieves. A trio of vile harpies attacks the crowd and steals the stars of the exhibition: a colorful cluster of seven cursed diamonds known as the Dragon Eggs.
In the right mage’s hands, each stone can pack a magical wallop. Together they have the power to “cure” the supernaturals of the tristate area—but for many of those vampires and werewolves, that means turning into dust.
I’m Makenna Fraser, a seer for SPI. With the help of my partner, Ian, and the other agents, I have twenty-four hours to prevent total global panic, find the diamonds, and save the supernatural community. No biggie.
The Dragon Conspiracy is the second novel in the SPI Files series. This story actually moves ahead almost a year from where The Grendel Affair left off. It is now Halloween in NYC, and SPI once again finds itself trying to protect the supernatural community from yet another megalomaniac out to change the course of history. After defeating Vivienne Sagadraco's sister in the previous installment and sending the Grendel's back to the hell from which they came from, yet another dragon named Viktor Kain shows up with (7) valuable eggs that haven't been seen in recent history.
Naturally, Kain also has a bit of an issue with Vivienne that goes back to the early 20th century. I am thinking that it will be a rare book when Vivienne's enemies don't appear and want to take their revenge on her, or those who work for SPI like Makenna Fraser and her partner Ian Byrne. However, I digress. This story really is about the eggs, a evil Gorgon who wants to enlighten the world to the presence of supernatural in the NYC area, a newbie gem mage who has no clue how powerful he really is, and why Viktor would pick now, to reveal all (7) eggs in a very public exhibition.
I dare say that while Dragons do appear and are an important part of the story, it is the Gorgon and his Harpies that should have been in the title of the book. By using the eggs, the evil Gorgon can "CURE" all the supernaturals in the area surrounding NYC. It is up to Mac and Ian and their fellow SPI agents to find the villain and take him down before midnight strikes. Otherwise, those supernatural agents that have become like family to Mac, will be forever altered. Once again, I loved me some Kenji and Yasha. Were anything to happen to either of these characters, I would be totally shattered.
MaKenna has been an agent for the Supernatural Protection and Investigations unit for nearly a year now. As the only SEER in the entire organization, Mac has kept busier than a Fox in a hen house. Which is good since Mac still needs a bit of backbone, and some training on how to kick ass and take names. Mac does grow a bit in this story, and she gets a nifty new ability that might come in handy one day. She also reconnects with a character who appeared in the novella called Lucky Charms. Goblin Rake Donescu knows how to push Mac's buttons. He's probably not all that trustworthy or honest, but the way he makes Mac squirm, should be fun to read about.
Speaking of romance, I honestly thought Shearin was pushing Ian and Mac together. Then I picked up this book and Shearin apparently has both characters tied up with other characters like the above mentioned Rake. Not sure if this was to throw off readers and give them temper tantrums, or if she will eventually get back to them as a couple. Either way, the next book should be an interesting read.
The Dragon Conspiracy is a story steep in mystery, suspense, betrayal, and plenty of action to go around. Seems to me that there are a whole lot of arch villains just waiting in the wings waiting to appear and causing havoc for the SPI gang. Some of those arch villains, like Vivienne's sister, haven't been property disposed of yet, so I dare say that Shearin has along way to go before this series can wrap up. Was curious to see Shearin mention Rake and the new Goblin King in this story. It appeared as though she was trying to tie her Raine Benares series with this one. Curiosity has me peaked.