Author: Lisa Shearin
Series: SPI Files (Book 2)
Publication: Ace (January 27, 2015)
Description: 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...
My Thoughts: Things get very dangerous for all the supernaturals in the area of New York when seven magical diamonds are stolen. If they are activated at midnight on Halloween, it will strip the magic from all supernaturals. Humans who were turned into vampires and werewolves would be back to being humans and many would immediately die of old age. Those supernaturals who were using magic to hide their differences would be immediately exposed. SPI agents, both human and supernatural, are determined to stop this from happening.
Makenna Fraser and her partner Ian are on the case but they have to fight harpies, gorgons, and a dragon who is bent on getting revenge on their boss. They have to accept the help of a goblin lord that Ian and Mac don't trust but that Mac finds really intriguing.
I like the relationships in this story. Ian and Mac have decided to just be friends rather than dating and Mac is encouraging him to date another woman. Mac dating life has hit a dry spell which is why goblin lord Rake Danescu is looking so good to her.
I like the way Mac interacts with the variety of supernaturals in the agency and I really like Mac's Southern lady point of view. The story is filled with adventure and the tension amps up nicely as the agents try to find the villains before midnight.
Fans of urban fantasy will enjoy this fast-paced story.
Ian kept going toward the Dragon Eggs; I made a quick pit stop at the closest table.This one is from my TBR mountain. You can buy your copy here.
Back home in the North Carolina mountains, raw fish was called bait. I'd tried to learn to like sushi, but I'd always come away with the feeling that it'd taste a lot better breaded and deep-fried.