5bat! Review: The Dragon Conspiracy (SPI Files #2) by Lisa Shearin

January 30, 2015 Review 3

5bat! Review: The Dragon Conspiracy (SPI Files #2) by Lisa ShearinThe Dragon Conspiracy by Lisa Shearin
Series: SPI Files #2
Published by Ace on January 27, 2015
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
Source: Publisher
Excerpt: Excerpt
Sexual Content: Innuendo
Reviewed by: Kate
5 Stars

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...

I’m at a loss for words here, since I have no idea how to fully convey how much I loved THE DRAGON CONSPIRACY. This is a book I read in its entirety in one sitting, and though Shearin has long been on my auto-buy list, if she hadn’t been, this book would have made me add her. It was basically perfect for me, in every way - with sarcastic Makenna, her delicious partner Ian, constant action that starts in the first chapter, and a little unresolved sexual tension to keep everybody on their toes.

First off, I would strongly recommend reading Shearin’s contribution to the NIGHT SHIFT anthology before reading THE DRAGON CONSPIRACY, since it’s a prelude to the whole series, and offers some interesting back-story, but it’s also not crucial. This is a book where a reader could pick it up and not need to know anything about the first book in the series to understand what was going on. Makenna, as a narrator, manages to recap previous events without being annoying about it, and it doesn’t bother a reader who is familiar with the series.

Plotwise, THE DRAGON CONSPIRACY was a little like THE GRENDEL AFFAIR, but better, in my opinion. They felt similar in that they both had the big bad dragons coming into the SPI territory, and in both books, there was a time limit to solve the case, which gives the storyline a breathless quality that makes you keep flipping pages to see what’s next. However, in THE DRAGON CONSPIRACY, the potential fallout of them not solving the case had a much more personal feel to it - this time, I actually cared what would happen to the characters, whereas in THE GRENDEL AFFAIR it didn’t seem as dire.

With Makenna’s typical sarcastic narration, nearly non-stop action, and plot twists which completely surprised me, THE DRAGON CONSPIRACY left me aching for more. I know I am going to have the hardest time waiting for the next book in the SPI Files series, THE BRIMSTONE DECEPTION, coming out later this year.


Series Titles:
  1. The Grendel Affair - 4/5
  2. The Dragon Conspiracy
  3. The Brimstone Deception
More Reviews: Similar Titles:
  • For another series by the same author, try the Raine Benares series by Lisa Shearin.
  • For another series with magical law enforcement agents, try Cursed (Fallen Siren #1) by S. J. Harper.

3 Responses to “5bat! Review: The Dragon Conspiracy (SPI Files #2) by Lisa Shearin”

  1. Melanie Simmons (@mlsimmons)

    I listened to the prequel of this as part of Night Shift and really enjoyed it. I’ve bought book one from Audible to listen to, but just haven’t had a chance yet. I’m hoping that this one will be available on audio soon too.