May 22, 2023

REVIEW The Dragon Conspiracy (SPI Files Book 2) by Lisa Shearin

The Dragon Conspiracy (SPI Files Book 2) by Lisa Shearin
Rating: 4 Stars
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Format: eBook and Audiobook (Personal Library)
Publisher: Ace 

Makenna Fraser’s adventures continue in the second book of the SPI Files series, The Dragon Conspiracy by Lisa Shearin, and narrator Johanna Parker does an excellent job bringing said adventures (more like shenanigans) to life in the audiobook. 

At the start of the book, SPI seer Mac and partner Ian are at the museum showing of ‘The Dragon Eggs’, a cursed collection of diamonds famous for various appearances throughout history. They think their presence is just to keep an eye on the owner, a villainous dragon who’s rumored to be selling the Dragon Eggs, but it turns into a heist investigation after a group of supernaturals makes off with the gems. Things get even more interesting when a young gem appraiser sent to the showing seems to have caught everyone’s eye, and Mac and Ian are once again forced to intervene before the diamonds can be used against every supernatural in the Tri-State area. 

In terms of worldbuilding, the SPI Files series is top-notch. I’ve always been a big fan of mythology and folklore, and Ms. Shearin has a whole host of different species and beings that make an appearance. For example, some of the supernaturals you can expect in this book are mages, gorgons, harpies, and even an ogre serving as backup. I’ve always appreciated how each book in this series builds upon each other, and how readers are introduced to the various supernatural beings mostly through Makenna’s eyes in her capacity as a seer. 

Speaking of Makenna - she’s always been a hilarious character and I enjoy getting to see the world through her eyes. She’s definitely not as well trained as her commando coworkers, but she’s by no means a damsel in distress. While Mac is the undisputed star of the show, there is a full cast of side characters that make the series what it is. SPI is quite a large organization made up of many different moving parts; in many ways, it's reminiscent of a fantasy version of Men in Black. Each character the author introduces has a purpose in the story, and many of them were surprisingly memorable given how little page time they had. Yasha has always been one of my favorites; if and when the series finishes I hope the author crafts some side stories in the same universe that follows him and his adventures.    

Overall, another great book from Lisa Shearin. If you enjoy laugh-out-loud urban fantasy novels with fast-paced action, a dynamic ensemble of characters, and unique worldbuilding, then I suspect you’ll be a fan of this book (and the series overall). Additionally, I want to note that audiobook lovers (or just anyone who wants a good laugh) should check out the audiobook version of The Dragon Conspiracy; Johanna Parker is one of my favorite narrators ever, and she did an excellent job bringing the story ad Makenna’s humor to life with her performance. 

About the Book
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...

About the Author

Lisa is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Raine Benares novels and The SPI Files.

Lisa is a voracious collector of fountain pens, teapots & teacups both vintage and modern. She lives on a small farm in North Carolina with her husband, four spoiled-rotten retired racing greyhounds, and enough deer and woodland creatures to fill a Disney movie.

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