Book Review – Dragon Consultant by Mell Eight

Supernatural Consultant #1
Publisher: NineStar Press
Pages: 90
Characters: Dane/Mercury
POV: 3rd
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Series

Dane, a supernatural consultant, is hired by the FAA to look into a series of reported dragon attacks on their planes. What Dane finds in the wooded area where the attacks took place is not quite the problem he expected: a group of dragon kits and their sick father hiding from the authorities.

When he learns the real reason the family was in the woods, his case grows more dangerous, and though Dane is experienced at both crime solving and watching his own back, taking care of baby dragons and their ill father makes everything else look easy.

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I loved this feel good story about found family, and dragons. I’ve read this story before in its first edition, but it was definitely worth another read, and it’s one I’d read again.

The world building is great, and I loved the details, especially about the types of dragons. The dragon kits are cute, even Nickel, who would totally deny that description, and I’m intrigued to see what happens further on in the series, particularly with Lumie and Alloy.

I liked the chemistry between Dane and Mercury, and how, although their mutual attraction and romance is a part of the story, it’s not centre stage because of the kits and the race to find dragons in trouble. This story has a real family vibe about it, which I loved.

Dane’s an interesting character, and I’d love to know more about his background, and suspect we’ve only seen the glimmer of what he’s capable of. Ditto with Mercury as he spends a lot of the story recovering from his illness. I loved the scene where he tries to protect the kits, despite barely being able to stand. The kits, although young, all have very individual personalities and abilities. I liked the way the magic is described, and the threat of stolen magic and those behind the kidnapping of dragons is far from over and feels very real.

The supporting cast round out the story and their world nicely. I particularly liked Becky, Dane’s secretary.

I’m looking forward to the rest of the series. 5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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