Dragon Spawn by Eileen Wilks

Dragon Spawn by Eileen WilksDragon Spawn by Eileen Wilks

Series: #13 World of the Lupi
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Berkley on December 6, 2016
Pages: 331
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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If Lily and Rule thought things were intense during their last adventure, the old enemies step up the game and push them to desperation when Rule’s son and other Lupi children are taken.  Attacks on multiple fronts and a complex plan still in the works has everyone scrambling to meet the new threat.

The World of the Lupi series is thirteen books strong and still leaving me groaning with frustration (in a good way) for the release of the next book.  Again, I’ve said it in previous reviews, but this series must be read in order.

In the midst of learning from Sam the black dragon about a dark secret of dragon lore- the existence of dragon spawn- and Rule getting challenged to the death for his place as Rho for his pack, Rule, Lily, Cullen and Cyenna are dealt a hard blow.  Not only is dragon spawn Tom Weng alive, but he has taken their Toby and little Ryder.  A team comes together for the rescue.  Lily swore she’d never go back to Dis (a hell realm), but now they must.  In the meantime, their enemies are forming alliances under the guidance of their most powerful enemy who is determined to wreck havoc on earth.

Lily and Rule are still learning to work as a team and both discover that the more deep their love and commitment, the deeper their fear of losing each other, too.  They must trust in each other’s skills and strengths if they are to succeed.

This one was so intense and exciting that I nearly devoured it in one sitting.  There were a few surprises and this one ended on a bit of a cliffie with things still very much in the air.  I will restrict my observations so I don’t spoiler for anyone though fans of the series are seriously in for an exciting time of it.

As usual, there is a mission and in this case it’s personal, but there is also some inner conflicts.  I mentioned Lily and Rule’s new level of vulnerability toward each other, but there is also their first moment of figuring out how Lily’s step-mom status to Toby is regarded by both since Lupi don’t have a designation for what she is (as Lupi don’t marry) and Lily herself never thought much about it.  I found it an interesting dynamic.

So, definitely this was a fantastic installment of the series and I can’t push this series enough toward Urban Fantasy fans.

My thanks to Penguin Group for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • Oh deym! Another book added to my TBR eh?
    Awesome review as always Sophia Rose 🙂

    • Haha, sorry Vanessa. Your poor TBR is getting high.

      Thanks!

  • I am glad you enjoyed this installment! I guess it will be another year before we get another one. Love Lily and Rule! And the grandmother of course 🙂

    • I did enjoy it a lot, but I am dying to know what happens next. I had to read that preview chapter for the next book just so I could survive a whole year.
      Grandmother is one of my favorite characters.

  • oh man I love the sound of Lily in this one and dragons 😀 this series sound exciting more and more with each review

    • Yes, the last few with the dragons taking more center stage than the fae or wolves has been fun. It does keep exciting no matter how far into the series it gets.

  • I love it when a book is so good I read it in one sitting. Sounds like a good read.

    • Yeah, I was so into it that I didn’t realize how long I was at it. I love it when I can get lost in a book, too.

  • Every time you talk about these I decide I need to read them. lol They do sound fantastic!

    • Haha! Then I’ve done my job well. 🙂 I feel the same way when I slip in on your reviews for a series I skipped for time and then wish I had been able to cram it in.

  • I really need to try more in this series, the one I did read was really nice

    • I love the blend of the paranormal with suspense, Melliane. Hope you get the chance to pick them up again.

  • Debbie Haupt

    Oh this looks good, there can never be too many dragons 🙂
    Thanks Sophia Rose

  • Holy crap! 13 books? I’ve never tapped into the fantasy genre yet but I know they are good for having super long series! This one seems to be pretty good too! I always love reading your excitement with books you’ve loved! It gives me hope that I’ll find a – star book one day soon! Teehee,

    • Yes, they do seem to be longer series though I’m following a few mystery series that are up there in number, too. Thanks, Keionda. I try to show what I feel about a book, but try not to be too gushy. LOL

  • This is a new series to me but it looks and sounds action packed and awesome! It’s always great to see a series still doing so well 13 books in, glad you enjoyed this one! Awesome review, Sophia Rose!

    • Oh hey, love it when I can introduce a new to me book to a reader, Cyn. 🙂

      This series is a long standing one and pretty solid. It just doesn’t seem to get the raving that other bestselling urban fantasy series get. I love it.

  • I love that you mention that you devoured this one! I’m very curious about the mission. Great review!

    • I couldn’t spill the good stuff. haha so I had to be cryptic. 🙂

  • Wait? This is #13 in a series? OH GOD. THIS IS SUCH A LOOOOOOOONG READ. <3

    • Yeah, it’s an oldie, but goodie series, Yani. 🙂 Worth it though.

  • I haven’t read this series (yet another on my never-ending TBR pile,) but I am excited to get to it. I’m thrilled to know that 13 books in, the author is still able to hook you. Great review. 🙂

    • Another good one to look forward to, Angie. 🙂 I actually just got caught up on the series this year for our Series challenge, but now I have the curse of being caught up- waiting for the next book. LOL

  • Glad to hear this series keeps going strong, i know some series that get too long get boring, so it’s good to hear of one where that isn’t the case. Seems like it was a very intense read! I like the sound of how there is both some sort of mission and more personal conflict in this book. Great review and I hope this series keeps being so good!

    • Yes, it’s great that it hasn’t been fizzling out as it gets longer. She knows how to write the bad guy side of the plot where they work slowly, but still cause tough situations plus she made her bad guys just as smart and gifted as her good guys. Though, I do hope at some point Lily and her team win. 🙂

  • Nice, urban fantasy! It’s great when a book leaves you dying for the next book, though that wait is painful. I haven’t read a good UF in a while. I’m not sure about this one since you mentioned stepparents, and I’m just not a fan of kids in books in general. 😀 Great review, Sophia!

    Happy holidays. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • This has been an entertaining and exciting series. The stepparents thing is minor and Toby’s role in the books only comes here and there instead of constant.

      Merry Christmas, Alyssa!

  • I keep getting further and further behind on this series. I really loved this series, but I haven’t picked it up in a few years. I don’t even remember which one I left off with and what happened in the book. Glad to see you really enjoyed it.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • I had this series as my series for the challenge this year and I timed it well. Finished my last catch-up book just in time for this release. But now I wait. 🙁

  • Sounds like a peetty interesting read. 2017 isn’t here yet but I’m already fully book lol

    • I’ve had a good time with this series, Vanessa. Oh me too on being all full up with books to read in the new year. 🙂