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Darkest Wings by Helena Maeve at Less Than Three Press

Genre Gay / Bisexual / Paranormal / Alternate Reality / Officers of the Law / Shifters / Interspecies / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 03-March-2018

Book Blurb

Since washing out of the LAPD, PI Creighton has made a name for himself as a bounty hunter. For a price, he'll recover any missing artifact or person, solve any crime—provided it involves the supernatural. When his latest case forces him to face the man who destroyed his career and very nearly took his mind, Creighton soon finds himself in over his head. 

Dragons are not vampires, to be distracted by a pulsing vein, nor as easily tempted as leprechauns. Rumors of their greed and vicious tempers abound, and becoming their prisoner was never Creighton's aim. Now trapped in the dragon netherworld known as the Sanctum, Creighton has little choice but to join forces with the very creature that holds him captive in hopes of defeating a larger threat and, in so doing, solving his missing persons case.

Book Review

Dragons! I know I have said it before (and I will say it again) - offer me a dragon story and I will jump on it. ‘Darkest Wings’ is the second story of the ‘For the Hoard’ collection I have read, and it is entirely different from the first. This tale takes dragons into an alternate contemporary world full of old mysteries, sinister plans, and dark secrets. Oh, and supernaturals from leprechauns and vampires to witches and dragons are well known to exist; some people even specialize in dealing with them or catering to their wishes. The main character, a former LAPD detective turned PI, has an ax to grind with what he thinks are evil creatures, only to fall into a trap he has no clue how to get out of.

Creighton is a specialist in solving crimes that involve the supernatural. And while I would not exactly call his past seedy, there are some dark secrets there that only slowly emerge. His agenda of taking revenge on the dragon that caused it all is pretty clear – but the things he will have to do to get there are not initially obvious. Creighton’s determination to do anything to get to his goal is what gets him in trouble – mostly – but so is his willingness to “compromise” anything from his principles to his safety.

Pendreth, a dragon who goes by Pen in the human world, is about as enigmatic as they come. He is also as possessive as, well, a dragon, and he has decided that Creighton is his. Between this and an attempt on Pen’s life that Creighton manages to stop, Pen’s curiosity is piqued, so he takes Creighton to the dragons’ realm, a different plane of existence. Different from other dragon lore that I have seen, this “netherworld” or Sanctum gives the story a fantastical dimension that I really loved.

The focus of this story is the mystery of the initial missing person’s case Creighton takes on, the issue of what is going on in the dragon world, and Creighton’s and Pen’s efforts to survive their enemies’ machinations. It’s about as fascinating as they come, and despite the relative shortness of the novella, the story line and characters are quite fleshed-out and more satisfying than I expected.

If you like alternative worlds, if dragons of all types are your thing, and if you’re looking for a creative setting for a fairly dark mystery full of plotting, power struggles, and intrigue, then you will probably like this imaginative novella.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 24000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 28-February-2018
Price $2.99 ebook
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