Series: SPI Files #5
Published by NLA Digital LLC on January 16, 2018
Genres: Adult, Romantic, Urban Fantasy
Sexual Content: Implied sex
Reviewed by: Kate
The agents of Supernatural Protection & Investigations (SPI) protect people from predatory supernaturals. This time, we’re the ones who need protection.
New York is one of the most popular convention destinations in the world—for humans and supernaturals. Every hundred years, rulers of the world’s supernatural races come together to negotiate and renew a peace treaty. Meeting in the same hotel are the governors of our world’s goblin and elf colonies. SPI is saddled with the security nightmare of keeping the living delegates alive and the undead delegates from becoming permanently deceased. We’ve got our work cut out for us.
I’m Makenna Fraser, seer for SPI. Our security nightmare becomes real when monsters from the delegates’ mythologies begin mysteriously appearing in the flesh to hunt delegates from every side of the debate. And when the hotel gets sucked into another dimension, there’s no escape.
We discover that we’re all pieces in an elaborate and deadly game. A game about to spill out into the real world. Failing to escape is game over and not an option. We have to save the world—but first, we have to save ourselves.
THE MYTH MANIFESTATION is exactly what one would expect from Lisa Shearin and the SPI Files series. It's got our sassy-as-ever Mac, action packed scenes with creepy creatures, and general all around humor and fun. Plus, this book opens the door for even more crossover between Shearin's SPI Files and Raine Benares series.
As a lover of all things Shearin, having read the original six books in the Raine Benares series while they were still being published (I like to think of them as my first foray into urban fantasy!), the crossover between the two series is something I gleefully welcome! However, it might be annoying to some readers if they aren't familiar with the Raine Benares world. To those readers, I say: do yourself a favor and go read the Raine books. They're good, and while somewhat "traditional" fantasy (in that they don't take place in our world) if you like Mac, you'll like Raine. Shearin's writing is predictable in a good way, and the sass, action, and humor are very similar in both series.
The thing that bothered me the most about THE MYTH MANIFESTATION was Mac's internal dialogue. It doesn't always sound super real, and it sometimes gets repetitive. The repetition is a complaint I had with previous books, and definitely something that eventually you get used to, as a reader, but this is the narrator we're talking about here, so it's a bit frustrating.
But THE MYTH MANIFESTATION has plenty of good. One of my complaints about the previous book was that Mac felt a little coddled. While I still see elements of overprotectiveness in Ian and Rake, she definitely strikes out on her own more in this book, and it feels like her skills are growing and she's getting more confident. The pacing of the plot was good, and there was enough explanation about elven and goblin politics that readers not familiar with Shearin's books would totally get the idea. In fact, I can easily see somebody picking up this book, not having read any of the others, and being able to slip right into the world. (I don't recommend it, because the other books are SO GOOD but, eh, whatever floats your boat!) And the cast of characters who surround Mac continue to delight and entertain.
All in all, I really enjoyed THE MYTH MANIFESTATION. I am overjoyed to see that Shearin has four more books planned for this series and cannot wait to see where they go. This might even merit a reread of all of Shearin's books!Series Titles:
- The Grendel Affair - 4/5
- The Dragon Conspiracy - 5/5
- The Brimstone Deception - 5/5
- The Ghoul Vendetta - 4/5
- The Myth Manifestation
- The Phoenix Illusion
- The Solstice Countdown
- The Pandora Predicament
- The Demon Directive
- 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.