Reviewed by Donna
TITLE: Dragon Detective
SERIES: Supernatural Consultant #4
AUTHOR: Mell Eight
PUBLISHER: Less Than Three Press
LENGTH: 82 Pages
RELEASE DATE: October 19, 2016
Nickel might be a water elemental dragon, but even he has limits—and the sudden rain storms, hail, and snow in mid-summer are way over the line. Luckily, he works for Dane’s Supernatural Consulting firm and can use those resources to figure out who keeps mucking with the weather and get them to stop.
It doesn’t take long for Nickel to realize he isn’t the only one searching for the weather worker: the enemy he has been hunting for ten years has finally reappeared, and it’s a race to see which of them will reach the weather worker first. Nickel isn’t certain he’ll win, or even survive, the attempt, but he’ll do whatever it takes to save the dragons.
Firstly, don’t try to read this book as a standalone. It’s number four in the series and should totally be read as such. If you read it as a standalone, you’d probably enjoy the author’s well written words, but you’re not going to care much about the characters. It’s going to seem like more of a snippet from a longer story than anything else. But for those of us who squeal with joy each time we see one of these distinctive covers appear on Less Than Three’s coming soon list, this story is something that has been much anticipated. The dragon kits that we were introduced to way back in the first book of the series are finally growing up. Nickel, that blue haired stubborn little soldier, is now eighteen, and Mell Eight has gifted us with a story from his perspective.
This story does two important things. It ties up a loose end from the earlier books – the missing air dragon who remained in the clutches of the evil scientists – and at the same time that air dragon, aka Platinum, is set up the be the future love interest of Nickel. Well, I assume he will be. As it is the author managed to write this whole story without the two main characters actually meeting. And I guess that’s a great indication of Mell Eight’s skill. Usually if I read what I assumed would be a romance and there’s nary a kiss in sight, I’d be pretty critical of the whole thing. But I was completely sold on this story, and the anticipation of what could be was more than enough to keep me happy.
As always we have plenty of magic and get to visit with the whole dragon family. It continues the battle of good vs. evil and we learn that Lumie (secretly everyone’s favourite, I’m sure) may be even more special than we first thought.
Like I said, you aren’t going to think much of this if you don’t start right back at the beginning with Dragon Consultant. If you enjoy magical cuteness and well written fantasy, then it really is worth checking out this series.