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Review: The Dragon Conspiracy – Lisa Shearin (2015, urban fantasy, SPI Files 2)

Review: The Dragon Conspiracy – Lisa Shearin (2015, urban fantasy, SPI Files 2)Author: Lisa Shearin
Title: The Dragon Conspiracy
Series: SPI Files #2
Publisher: ACE
Pages: 292
Release Date: January 27, 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy

After solving The Grendel Affair, the agents have another SPI File to investigate...

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...
Format: Paperback
Also by this author: The Grendel Affair, The Brimstone Deception, The Ghoul Vendetta
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*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

THE DRAGON CONSPIRACY is the second book in the SPI Files series by Lisa Shearin.

Mac has another case to solve in THE DRAGON CONSPIRACY. She and Ian have to find out who stole the “Dragon Eggs,” diamonds that were being displayed at the Met.

I liked how this book was a supernatural twist on a crime that many authors have written about before. I have seen lots of books about jewel thieves, but none involving dragons, goblins, harpies, etc. THE DRAGON CONSPIRACY was a lot of fun to read.

There is also a murder investigation, which always adds to my enjoyment of a book. Mac and Ian have to deal with a lot to figure out who stole the diamonds, committed the murder, and what they plan to do with the diamonds, which have magical powers. The author also added in the start of a romance between Mac and Rake (a gorgeous goblin).

The story moves along very quickly, almost too quickly at times. I liked that the author included the ticking time clock (not literally) to add pressure on the characters and to make the reader want to keep turning pages to see if they will succeed in time. However, at the very end of the book, the passage of time seemed a little off. It seemed like the events that transpired could not have happened as quickly as the author said.

Other than that, my main complaint was regarding the way the author explained what the dragon eggs could do. I was confused. Even what it says about it in the blurb didn’t make sense to me. What’s funny, though, is as I’m writing this, I finally figured out what the author was saying. It just didn’t come across clearly in the book, because sometimes she was talking about the eggs killing supernaturals and sometimes she was talking about the eggs striping away their glamours. But, I get it now. Hopefully, if you haven’t read this book yet, you’ll get it sooner than I did, and I’m not going to explain it because I want you to experience it on your own.

Despite a few complaints, I really enjoyed reading THE DRAGON CONSPIRACY. I was glued to the pages from start to finish. I strongly recommend it to readers who like urban fantasy with a non-badass female lead. Mac can’t fight to save her life, but she tries. Oh, how she tries! And it’s so much fun to watch, especially because she usually has a sarcastic comment to go along with it. I give THE DRAGON CONSPIRACY five stars for great suspense, thrilling action, and fun characters. I’m looking forward to reading more by Lisa Shearin.

About Lisa Shearin

Lisa Shearin is the New York Times bestselling author of the Raine Benares novels, a comedic fantasy adventure series, as well as the SPI Files novels (The Brimstone Deception, The Dragon Conspiracy, The

Grendel Affair), an urban fantasy series best described as Men in Black with supernaturals instead of aliens. Lisa is a voracious collector of fountain pens, teapots, and teacups, both vintage and modern. She lives on a small farm in North Carolina with her husband, three spoiled-rotten retired racing greyhounds, and enough deer and woodland creatures to fill a Disney movie.

(photo from Goodreads)


Jen Schaper
I am a mom of three kids, a wife, and a wannabe author. For Books That Hook, I review books, create features and discussions, design the website, and do all the administrative stuff.

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