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…
What I liked: When you wait for almost a year or more for an installment in a favorite series, you hope it’s worth the wait; Dragon Spawn WAS worth the wait and yet, not. First things first….
I love this series when Lily and Rule are the stars as that is how I fell in love with it oh, so many years ago. I mean think about it, magic, dragons, Lupi, shifters, demons, The Lady and The Bi*ch. Mix them all together and you’ve got a heck of a lot of storylines the author could follow. Ms Wilks does include a book here and there in the World of the Lupi series about others beside Lily and Rule, but Lily and Rule are the nucleus. This is the 13th book of the series and yet I still wait impatiently for each release.
Each book usually picks up right where or near to where the previous book ended; so a lot has happened over 13 books but in a pretty short timeframe. In Dragon Spawn, a new problem is introduced. Let me be clear here, this series and each book in it are not quick, easy reads. There are a multitude of characters and plots for each one, there are more worlds than just Earth and new information is usually introduced in each installment of the series. Ms Wilks also has “rules” that each species is bound to follow. Sam, The Black Dragon, is breaking a rule in telling Lily, Rule and Lily’s grandmother, Li Lei Yu or Madam Yu (I love this character so much and wonder if she will get her own book somewhere in the future) how and why Dragon Spawn happen. More often than not, dragon spawn are the Earth’s equivalent of psychopaths. And guess who the Great Bi*ch has on her side now.
Ms Wilks does not make it easy on her characters. Just because they are fighting for the greater good doesn’t mean they don’t have obstacles to overcome or some they can’t win. What would a parent do for their child?, just about anything and that’s all I can say without spoilers. The Great Bi*ch knows her enemy well and will stop at nothing to enter the Earth dimension so she can conquer the world.
What I didn’t like: When I said Dragon Spawn was worth the wait, I meant it. HOWEVER, a cliffhanger was not what I expected at all. I was pretty upset and Ms Wilks does give a glimpse into the next book to help calm the reader down but, I hate cliffhangers especially given how long between each new release in this series.
If you're not an avid reader of this series, you might think the beginning is a bit slow but if you're familiar with Ms Wilks' writing, she pays a attention to detail and lays the groundwork well. Our heroines/heroes are playing defense in the beginning of Dragon Spawn and trying to regroup, so it feels a little slow.
Overall, I loved Dragon Spawn, Ms Wilks is a heck of an author to keep me coming back after 13 books. I always recommend the World of the Lupi series to friends and those in need of something just a bit different from all the other paranormal books available.
Surprisingly, the pricing is $7.99 which considering some of the books out there that are selling at $9.99 or more, you more than get your money’s worth. The paperback edition is a few pennies cheaper at $7.43.
I highly recommend Dragon Spawn but please, please, start at the beginning of the series and read all the shorts and novellas that are available too.