The battle against a vengeful goddess reaches a climactic point as Lily Yu must now face the ultimate challenge in a dangerous new realm—without her husband, Rule...
When a mission to rescue five children stolen by an Old One falls apart under the assault of a demon prince, Lily wakes up in a strange reality—and is immediately taken captive by the dragon spawn who rule there. Jumping worlds has fractured her party, and Cynna is her only companion.
Although the clock is ticking, time works differently, and Lily has miraculously gained a week. That means seven days to free herself, find Rule and the others, rescue the children, and make it home alive. All before the dragon spawn holding her hostage trade her to the Old One. It would almost be doable if this weren’t Lóng Jia—also known as Dragonhome: the birthplace of dragons.
The last book in the series, Dragon Spawn, left things in a dire, precarious position for Lily and the others. I have been impatient to get my hands on Dragon Blood to learn their fate. The author has a gift for digging deep into the motives, background, and true emotions of her plots and characters while delivering a suspenseful and action-laced story line.
Dragon Blood is the fourteenth installment in the World of the Lupi series. This strongly developed urban fantasy series that feels more like traditional fantasy series in flavor really must be read in order- particularly at this point in the series.
Lily Lu survived the venture into the parallel realm of Dis- just barely. She is now alive and recuperating in captivity in the startling realm of Dragonhome. Gan has brought her, Cynna, and later Rule and Grandmother here where time moves differently so that they are a few weeks ahead of the events they just lived through in earth and Dis- a chance to recover the kidnapped kids and stop their great enemies’ latest plans.
The story shifts between Lily and Rule’s separate stories as they navigate the dangerous situation in Dragonhome with Cynna, Grandmother, and Gan getting narration time, too. There are even side stories introduced into the plot for Rule’s prodigal brother and another pair.
I found this one took a long while building to the point and it was obvious that its both finishing a story arc while continuing on with a series arc. There is a lot of explanation for the new parallel world everyone finds themselves in and it has its own separate story within a story with the history of Dragonhome and more dragon secrets. I found it fascinating on one level, but also felt the need to get on with the story line carrying in from the previous book.
There were some good reveals and it is a strong story in and of itself, but it also felt like an interlude in the middle of an existing story- which it was. I always love when Grandmother Lu plays a bigger role and she did in this one, but it was delightfully unique because it was Grandmother, her granddaughter’s husband,Rule, and Gan the former demon stuck together intent on the rescue of Lily and Cynna who are being held by a new group and then the rescue of the kidnapped children.
On a side note, a pair, Molly and Michael, who got their story in one of the earlier novellas that perhaps people would have skipped are now brought into the main stream of the story so I’m going to suggest that readers have not only read the series in order, but also try to get Originally Human read before this one so their entry into the Dragon Blood story makes more sense.
So, it ends in an exciting place in the story once again leaving me eager for what is to come next. A little slow build, but as fascinating as ever with its deep thoughtful prose and twisting plot threads in the unique and fascinating World of the Lupi urban fantasy series of werewolves, dragons, demons, fae, sorcerers, and more.
My thanks to Penguin Group for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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