Title: Dragon Consultant
Author: Mell Eight
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Length: 30,000 words
Characters: Dane & dragon kits’ father
Sub-Genre: Alternate World, Family
The FAA has been struggling with dragons attacking their planes, and hire Dane, a supernatural consultant, to look into the matter. What Dane finds in the woods is not quite the problem he expected: a group of dragon kits and their sick father.
When he learns the real reason the family was in the woods, his case only grows more dangerous, and while Dane is plenty experienced at watching his own back, taking care of baby dragons and their handsome, distracting father almost makes danger look easy.
“Dragon Consultant” is a sweet story set in an alternate contemporary setting where the beings of legend (naiads, witches, dragons, sirens, banshees, centaurs, and a whole lot more) are as much a part of the world as humans. Dane, who has set himself up as a Supernatural Consultant, troubleshoots any problem that might have a supernatural component, for a fee.
I think the best part of the story were the dragon kits. I really loved them, although it was Lumie who stole my heart. And I the details the author put into the story, like the different ‘types’ of dragons, were brilliant.
I have read a fair few of Mell Eight’s stories, and find they tend to go from nice but not particularly memorable to enjoyable and sweet. This story is definitely one of the latter, as is “Cleanly Wrong” if you have not yet read it.
If you are looking for a sweet story with a bit of detective work and a wry humor, this one’s for you. “Dragon Consultant” will definitely be staying on my ereader, and I’m sure I’ll re-read it whenever I need a quick pick-me-up.
Reviewed By: Alison
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