Dragon Spawn

Dragon Spawn

The New York Times bestselling author of Mind Magic returns as FBI agent Lily Yu gets some very bad news…   Lily learns she was right. Tom Weng—a powerful sorcerer allied with the Old One who keeps trying to take over the world—is still alive. But that's not the worst. Weng is a dragon spawn, the product of a botched hatching given a human form in an attempt to keep him fr...

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Title:Dragon Spawn
Author:Eileen Wilks
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ISBN:0451488032
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages:313 pages

Dragon Spawn Reviews

  • Shelley
    Nov 28, 2016

    *Source* Publisher

    *Genre* Urban Fantasy

    *Rating* 4.0

    *My Thoughts*

    Dragon Spawn, by author Eileen Wilks, is the 13th installment in the World of the Lupi series. This is a story where the hits start from the very beginning, and don't end until the cliffhanger ending, which I believe is the first of its kind in this series. Right from the start, Lily Yu, Unit 12 Special Agency, Chosen, & mate to Rule Tanner, has her job cut out for her. From a surprising visit from someone Cullen has been search

    *Source* Publisher

    *Genre* Urban Fantasy

    *Rating* 4.0

    *My Thoughts*

    Dragon Spawn, by author Eileen Wilks, is the 13th installment in the World of the Lupi series. This is a story where the hits start from the very beginning, and don't end until the cliffhanger ending, which I believe is the first of its kind in this series. Right from the start, Lily Yu, Unit 12 Special Agency, Chosen, & mate to Rule Tanner, has her job cut out for her. From a surprising visit from someone Cullen has been searching for, to the not so shocking fact that her mortal enemy Tom Weng, who works for the Great Bitch, is alive and well after surviving their previous encounter.

    *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews 12/05/2016*

    Expected publication: December 6th 2016 by Berkley

  • Kathy Davie
    Dec 28, 2016

    Thirteenth in the World of the Lupi paranormal fantasy series revolving around FBI Agent Lily Yu and Rule, who holds the mantles of two Clans. It's been two months since

    , 12.

    Wait. Don't get this book until

    comes out in 2017.

    has the most annoying ending. I felt as if Wilks left me hanging in mid-air after jumping off a cliff, much like Wile E Coyote hangs there until he realizes there's nothing beneath him.

    It took forever for Wilks to get to the po

    Thirteenth in the World of the Lupi paranormal fantasy series revolving around FBI Agent Lily Yu and Rule, who holds the mantles of two Clans. It's been two months since

    , 12.

    Wait. Don't get this book until

    comes out in 2017.

    has the most annoying ending. I felt as if Wilks left me hanging in mid-air after jumping off a cliff, much like Wile E Coyote hangs there until he realizes there's nothing beneath him.

    It took forever for Wilks to get to the point, and then there's that bloody ending. I kept trying to flip a page over, as I was so sure the story couldn't possibly have ended…there. WTF?

    I did crack up when Sarah Winstead turns out to be as hypocritical as most men about women's dress, lol.

    Wilks also gets in a jab at bigoted idiots.

    Good point about control. It took me a bit to work it out, but…yeah. Habits are a behavior we don't consciously control. Must be why it's so hard for me to give up swearing.

    I like the point Lily makes about Toby beginning to seek his own answers. He'll need to accept his dad's advice, and Toby experiences a lot of unexpected growth. I did not like how Lily learns the name Dirty Harry has given her, "Beloved". It made me cry and then laugh to think that that rangy cat had such a soft side.

    Now that I'd like to see…Grandmother in biker leathers!

    It's been a weird sort of story and more like a build-up for the start of a war Wilks has been "promising" forever.

    Lily learns she was right. Tom Weng—a powerful sorcerer allied with the Old One who keeps trying to take over the world—is still alive. But that's not the worst. Weng is a dragon spawn, the product of a botched hatching given a human form in an attempt to keep him from going mad. A failed attempt.

    Meanwhile, Lily's husband Rule is facing a Challenge to the death. Then there's the possible reappearance of another sorcerer. But none of that matters when their enemy strikes out of nowhere in the worst way possible.

    Lily must face a nightmare and return to a place she never wanted to see again. The place where she died…

    is a touch-sensitive FBI agent, a Chosen, AND married to

    , a two-mantled Lupi who holds the role of

    , the heir to Nokolai Clan, and

    , the leader for Leidolf Clan. Lily was also

    in

    and must now learn to control and use her new mindsense.

    is Rule's ten-year-old son.

    is Lily's cat who is just fine around lupi.

    is Lily's cousin and a whiz with currency trading.

    ,

    , is formidable and shapeshifts into a Siberian tiger. She's had a relationship with Sam for centuries.

    is Grandmother's companion.

    is Lily's sister.

    Lupi security includes

    , the Leidolf second-in-command (at least until

    finishes regrowing his leg),

    ,

    ,

    ,

    ,

    ,

    ,

    ,

    , and

    .

    is one of the lupi security sent to keep Ackleford safe.

    is what the lupi call their home base.

    is plural for

    , which is essentially a wolf shifter. A

    literally cannot submit to his Rho. The

    strikes a lupus in old age or First Change.

    …Rule's home Clan based outside San Diego. His father,

    , is Rho.

    , a lupus sorcerer, is mated to

    , the Clan's

    (the heart of the Clans, their link to the past and to the Lady), and they have a daughter,

    .

    and

    are Cynna's Lupi bodyguards.

    is Rule's older brother and in charge of security for the Clan.

    , Benedict's pregnant mate, is the fact-loving FBI researcher.

    is Benedict's second. The

    (Triple M) is the device Cullen is inventing.

    has a son,

    , who is Toby's agemate and friend.

    is physician, healer, and shaman for the Clan.

    .

    …led by

    who thrust the mantle onto Rule.

    is Lo Nuncio, but his continuing in that role is in doubt due to his dishonesty.

    , a high dominant, is

    's son and too idealistic and naive to believe.

    …in Minnesota.

    is Lu Nuncio; his son,

    , was kidnapped.

    is the eight-year-old grandson of their Rho.

    is a three-month-old baby and grandson of the former Rho.

    is the Old One respected by the Lupi. The

    , the Holy Challenge, is considered heresy by some.

    , a former demon, is now female and the chancellor of Edge growing a soul. She's also a crosser, one who can travel between realms without a gate.

    is the Special-Agent-in-Charge of the San Diego office and a pain in the posterior. The idiotic

    is the assistant director.

    is brand-new (and a jerk).

    .

    is either a reporter or FBI.

    …part of the FBI's Magical Crimes Division.

    , a precog, had been its leader until events in

    . Deborah is Ruben's wife. Now

    is running Unit.

    is the Unit secretary.

    will become the acting head, and he wants to exterminate lupi.

    .

    ,

    ,

    ,

    ,

    , and

    were in the D.C. office.

    …an undercover, even more secret organization than Unit 12. Ruben is its leader. Rule and Lily are part of it.

    is an unknown quantity.

    was the pilot who fired the missiles. The plane was from

    's command.

    has a tip.

    …masters at opening Gates and sticklers for protocol.

    is half-gnome.

    is the best of the gatemakers;

    and

    are some of the gnomes with gate abilities.

    is a Gnomish language.

    is some kind of rite of passage, I think. I also think a

    means "tribe", three of which are

    (earth's gnomes),

    , and

    .

    are devices the gnomes use to communicate across realms.

    The

    , a.k.a., the Mistress or the Enemy, is the insane enemy Old One of the Lupi. The conspirators from

    included

    ;

    ; the pilot,

    ; a farseer or clairvoyant (no one is sure which),

    ; a Finder,

    ; a Telepath-plus,

    ; and, the levitating

    , a very powerful dragon spawn.

    's Gifts include clairaudience and patterning.

    and

    (

    , Lily's murdered grade school friend, had been Ginger's sister).

    …the Hell realm.

    is a demon trick that allows a demon to go out of phase with the rest of the world.

    , a.k.a., Earth Mover, is a demon prince whose body was used as an avatar by the Enemy.

    had been a chancellor for Xitil.

    is infrared light? A

    is a demon sex toy.

    are among the deadliest of Xitil's foot soldiers.

    are the red-eyed demons.

    …rising throughout the world, and there are only twenty-four dragons to soak up the excess before it blows up the tech. The

    treaty allow dragons to lair where they wish and to not be subject to human law in return for their help.

    is the black dragon covering, or rather, absorbing in California with a lair in San Diego.

    turned female in

    .

    had been a dragon based east of Beijing. "

    ", a.k.a., El Draco, is a green dragon with an orange frill based in Spain.

    is when a dragon turns female. Mind-dark dragons-turned-humans are

    and psychopathic sorcerers capable of reproduction.

    is living mass.

    is one of the girls hitting on Cullen.

    is waiting in line.

    ,

    , and

    , a.k.a., Marvin, are drunken, bigoted idiots.

    had been an NSA bureaucrat gone wrong.

    is possibly the name of the sorcerer who amped up Cullen's powers, and Cullen thinks he has the

    (The Book of All Magic).

    The cover is the mountainous browns and oranges of Dis with Reno flying in its sky. A hip-cocked Lily, her long hair blowing in the breeze and wearing black jeans and a black tank top, is toting a machine gun as she stares off to the side. There are three lines of blurb at the very top with the author's name large and in white just below it. The title is a gradation of cream to yellow at the bottom with the series info below it in the same yellow.

    The title refers to the

    , the

    .

  • AH
    Oct 04, 2016

    The good news - there's another book planned for this series.

    The bad news - hell of a cliffhanger ending.

    Full review to come closer to release date.

    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a review copy of this book.

  • Cathy (cathepsut)
    Dec 18, 2016

    After the ending of the last book, I expected this book to have a certain focus. That did not happen. Instead the book took off in a completely different direction. I wasn't sure at first, if I would like the plot, but I did.

    Some of the characters remained a little flat at first, but others took an interesting step forward. Lily Yu changed so much from the first books! A lot more badass! And Rule turned into a much softer guy.

    There was a lot of info dumping shortly after the middle of the book,

    After the ending of the last book, I expected this book to have a certain focus. That did not happen. Instead the book took off in a completely different direction. I wasn't sure at first, if I would like the plot, but I did.

    Some of the characters remained a little flat at first, but others took an interesting step forward. Lily Yu changed so much from the first books! A lot more badass! And Rule turned into a much softer guy.

    There was a lot of info dumping shortly after the middle of the book, which got a bit tiresome after a while. But it led up to plenty of good action, which did not stop until the end. Which turned out not to be an ending at all, but an extremely infuriating cliffhanger. I consoled myself by reading the included peak of the next book.

    If you haven't read this yet, I would suggest waiting for the next book, so you can read them back-to-back! Good stuff...

  • Mitticus
    Feb 02, 2017

    Primero que nada: El libro termina en CLIFFHANGER, sólo para que lo sepan.

    Perdí la mitad de mis notas al borrarlas por error, pero recuerdo perfectamente esto: PRIMERA ESCENA - CULLEN SEABORN EN ZUNGA.

    Cullen siendo fantabuloso en zunga.

    Wow.

    Yo quiero video en camara lenta de eso.

    Primero que nada: El libro termina en CLIFFHANGER, sólo para que lo sepan.

    Perdí la mitad de mis notas al borrarlas por error, pero recuerdo perfectamente esto: PRIMERA ESCENA - CULLEN SEABORN EN ZUNGA.

    Cullen siendo fantabuloso en zunga.

    Wow.

    Yo quiero video en camara lenta de eso.

    Bueno, después de eso ¿a que más podria aspirar una obra? XD

    Supongo que siguiendo con la trama, vemos que la GB -aka la que no debe ser nombrada- que decide subir las apuestas y desencadena un fuerte ataque destinado a causar el mayor caos posible. Mientras esto sucede Sam le pide ayuda a Lily con un problema de los dragones, sorpresa, revelando más secretos fuertemente relacionados con el libro anterior.

    Nos encontramos con que:

    *Hay más dramarama dragonil.

    *Luchas internas politicas con los mandos de la policia (lo cual vengo viendo desde el inicio de los libros).

    *Muchos poderes extraños que parecen evolucionar y cambiar de acuerdo a la trama.

    *La abuela Lu la lleva. Repitiendo mis comentarios, habria que hacer una serie de la abuela sola, a Lily siempre la he encontrado tremendamente aburrida con su apego a las reglas y la autoridad. Pero la abuela ... tigresa ... 'amiga' cof de dragones ... badass in leather. Go granma!

    *Este libro en realidad es un gran intervalo entre el anterior y el próximo, ganando velocidad para una nueva gran confrontación entre los heroes y su enemiga. Porque Cliffhanger, ¿recuerdan?

    Me gusta que Cynna y Cullen esten aqui. Encuentro que son una pareja bastante fuerte.

    (lol)

    Además me molesta que Arjenie no parezca más que una repetidora de datos.

    Nota :

  • RachelW (BamaGal)
    Oct 02, 2016

    is a good, if unfinished read. There are two storylines going on here. In one, Rule is challenged as Leidolf Rho by high dominant lupus. Apparently, high dominants are completely unable to submit to the Rho. The other storyline is the one that takes up most of the page time.

    The botched dragon hatching Tom Weng survived the helicopter crash, and he is back with the Great Bitch, who has taken over the body of Ginger Harris. Together they cause several disasters that occ

    is a good, if unfinished read. There are two storylines going on here. In one, Rule is challenged as Leidolf Rho by high dominant lupus. Apparently, high dominants are completely unable to submit to the Rho. The other storyline is the one that takes up most of the page time.

    The botched dragon hatching Tom Weng survived the helicopter crash, and he is back with the Great Bitch, who has taken over the body of Ginger Harris. Together they cause several disasters that occupy everyone's time, then kidnap a number of high-profile clan children, including Toby and Ryder.

    Lots of fun and excitement here; the dragons feature prominently in the book, as does Lily 's grandmother. Gan makes an appearance to add some levity to the situation, and there are a number of dangerous, highly described demons.

    Now for the not so good, at least for me. The book starts well, and ends well; but there is a draggy portion through the middle where entirely too much time is spent hashing and rehashing what to do to handle the kidnappings. And for the really bad - the book is a dreaded cliffhanger. Not even really a ch so much as it felt like a long book cut in half. Not only does one storyline not wrap up, the other one barely gets touched on in this book.

    Hopefully 'Drago N Blood' (that's what it says for the title, could be a typo) will be released reasonably quickly to tie all the loose ends up.

  • edge of bubble
    Dec 19, 2016

    I bloody hate cliffhangers! This one ends with a huge one. It is like a full length novel cut right in the middle. Nothing is resolved, no clue what's going on. Not like Wilks at all.

    I remember reading a comment from Wilks saying something about if we ever see Michael and Molly again, it means that shit hits the fan in an apocalyptic sense. As you can guess, we have our first glimpse of him here. This is the start of the last leg of war and I think we are getting close to the end of the series.

    I bloody hate cliffhangers! This one ends with a huge one. It is like a full length novel cut right in the middle. Nothing is resolved, no clue what's going on. Not like Wilks at all.

    I remember reading a comment from Wilks saying something about if we ever see Michael and Molly again, it means that shit hits the fan in an apocalyptic sense. As you can guess, we have our first glimpse of him here. This is the start of the last leg of war and I think we are getting close to the end of the series.

    I am giving this 3 stars for now but I'll reconsider my rating after I read the next book. Because as it is, it feels like reading only first half of a book and then judging it.

  • Sheyla ✎
    Dec 05, 2016

    World of the Lupi is an excellent example of an Urban Fantasy. Mrs. Wilks has created a fantastic universe with some pretty memorable characters!

    I get excited whenever a new book comes out because I can't wait to see what new adventure Lily, Rule, Cullen, and Cynna are about to embark on together.

    Dragon Spawn is good from the very beginning. It has an excellent prologue, not because Cullen is wearing a speedo (which doesn't hurt) but because it gives you a taste of his commitment towards his f

    World of the Lupi is an excellent example of an Urban Fantasy. Mrs. Wilks has created a fantastic universe with some pretty memorable characters!

    I get excited whenever a new book comes out because I can't wait to see what new adventure Lily, Rule, Cullen, and Cynna are about to embark on together.

    Dragon Spawn is good from the very beginning. It has an excellent prologue, not because Cullen is wearing a speedo (which doesn't hurt) but because it gives you a taste of his commitment towards his family and also has some needed humor because once the action begins, there is not a lot of it left.

    If you are familiar with the series you know that there has been a fight for centuries between the Lady (who the Lupi support/follow) and the Great Bitch (who is like Voldemort....you don't say her name because you give her power). The GB is powerful and she has tried directly or indirectly to kill them at different times.

    Dragon Spawn has three storylines that I think are relevant.

    First, a dominant is challenging Rule for the Leidolf mantle. A dominant is a Lupi who does not submit.

    Second, chaos ensues when a bomb goes off in the FBI offices and missiles are sent to attack dragons including Sam.

    Third, and the one that occupies most of the book, Tom Weng is alive and he, with the help of Ginger, is kidnapping the heirs of the different packs. This includes Toby, Rule's son. It also includes Ryder, the only female Lupi. Of course, their disappearance puts everyone on edge. Bringing the kids home becomes their only priority.

    Dragon Spawn is novel with a great plot, action-packed and with a well-developed dynamic between the main characters.

    My one objection to this story is the end. Talk about frustrating! It ends in a cliffhanger!!!

    4/5 Fangs

    A complimentary copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Katie Michaels
    Dec 17, 2016

    Review to come.

  • Jilly
    Dec 19, 2016

    Yes, the book was good. However, it was incomplete, so I am giving an incomplete amount of stars. It's only fair.

    It's like when you are watching your favorite television show and it's coming to the end of the allotted time when you realize: "Oh crap! They aren't going to be able to wrap this up in time!". It's one of the dreaded to-be-continued episodes. That's annoying!

    So, we have half of an otherwise exciting story. I might reconsider my stars once the full story is out.