Dragon Blood

Dragon Blood

The battle against a vengeful goddess reaches a climactic point as Lily Yu must now face the ultimate challenge in a dangerous new realm—without her husband, Rule...When a mission to rescue five children stolen by an Old One falls apart under the assault of a demon prince, Lily wakes up in a strange reality—and is immediately taken captive by the dragon spawn who rule ther...

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Title:Dragon Blood
Author:Eileen Wilks
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Dragon Blood Reviews

  • Kate Douglas

    When I finished reading Eileen Wilks’ DRAGON SPAWN over two years ago, I remember closing the pages (yes, I always buy Eileen in print!) and going, “Huh?” I felt as if I'd stopped in the middle of one of the best books I’d read in ages. Then, the more I thought about it, the more I realized she had ended it perfectly because the story had so much going on, it needed at least another full-length book.

    It's hard to be patient, but Ms. Wilks is always worth the wait. She has yet to disappoint! I jus

    When I finished reading Eileen Wilks’ DRAGON SPAWN over two years ago, I remember closing the pages (yes, I always buy Eileen in print!) and going, “Huh?” I felt as if I'd stopped in the middle of one of the best books I’d read in ages. Then, the more I thought about it, the more I realized she had ended it perfectly because the story had so much going on, it needed at least another full-length book.

    It's hard to be patient, but Ms. Wilks is always worth the wait. She has yet to disappoint! I just finished DRAGON BLOOD, and it’s an absolutely stunning conclusion to this story arc—Lily Yu is one of my favorite heroines of all time, and Rule, her Lupi mate, is her perfect counterpart. The secondary characters are just as intriguing as the main cast, and the setting was, as it always is in this author's work, beautifully drawn and totally bizarre. I love the way she stages her stories.

    I went back and reread parts of DRAGON SPAWN before starting this newest edition to the Lupi series, though I discovered once I started DRAGON BLOOD, I didn’t really need to have done that. Everything in this book absolutely flowed.

    I thoroughly enjoyed everything about this one, including the teaser for the next book that's in the final chapter.

    Such a conundrum! Desperately wanting to know what happens next, and knowing it’s going to take a while for Ms. Wilks to work her magic. A note to the author--Thank you for a truly wonderful book. Now get back to work!

  • Mitticus

    Remember the Cliffhanger? aka when ppl are dying in Dis and...

    ...suddenly you are in another place?

    Yep. That's the one.

    Well , it goes like this: a little of

    and then we got the impression of having fall into

    with less enfasis in the sacrifice of the

    and more in the lupi children and where Lily is no-game. And Grandmother rocks.

    rtc

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  • Deborah E Kehoe

    Eileen Wilks has been setting up a showdown between Lily, Rule and The Great Bitch for what feels like eons. This is book fourteen after all. The Great Bitch is the supreme villain, although our heroes have been fighting her minions since this series started. She has focused on Lily because she wants to use Lily’s body as an avatar on Earth. Magic does not have an effect on Lily, which makes her the perfect host. As Dragon Blood begins right where Dragon Spawn left off (cliffhanger), Lily has tr

    Eileen Wilks has been setting up a showdown between Lily, Rule and The Great Bitch for what feels like eons. This is book fourteen after all. The Great Bitch is the supreme villain, although our heroes have been fighting her minions since this series started. She has focused on Lily because she wants to use Lily’s body as an avatar on Earth. Magic does not have an effect on Lily, which makes her the perfect host. As Dragon Blood begins right where Dragon Spawn left off (cliffhanger), Lily has traveled through dimensions to Dragonhome where all of the Spawn live. Her friends are still trying to save the children that were kidnapped, and this dimension may be where that standoff actually happens.

    The previous novel seemed to drag a bit, so I was excited at the quicker pace at the beginning of Dragon Blood. Lily is at her best when she is solving riddles, and this novel has a couple of plot twists that kept it interesting. I was disappointed that Lily and Rule were separated for most of the book. Lily’s strengths are her clear thinking and ability to solve mysteries, but Rule is more physical. Those contrasting aspects of their characters make them more interesting together and less interesting when they are apart. Did they save the kids? No spoilers here!

    I have been a huge fan of the World of the Lupi books and have loved reading about Lily and Rule’s evolving relationship, but the last few books have been just ho-hum. This series will probably be over when they fight and win (I’m going to assume that they win) against the Great Bitch, so I’m sad that I’m ready for the end of this series. Eileen Wilks has built an amazing world, but lately I feel like the story has taken too long to be concluded and the descriptive writing that I’ve loved previously is now making the story drag. The plot to save these children (including Rule’s son, Toby) may be leading up to Lily’s mental preparation to become a mother herself, and when that happens I believe this series will end. It should. I am ready for this author to start fresh with a new world and new characters and I will be the first in line to read that book! ❤️❤️❤️❣️

    I was given a copy of this book through NetGalley for an honest review and it was honest!

  • Beth

    This book was very detailed! It was difficult to connect to the plot when you are given a description of everything throughout the entire novel. I felt that with some editing to remove the excessive, detailed, descriptions this would be a solid 5 star read, As it stands it's 3.5 stars for me.

    I received this ARC copy of

    from Berkley Publishing Group. This is my honest and voluntary review.

    is set for publication Jan. 2, 2018.

  • RachelW (BamaGal)

    Full disclosure,

    is a book I found difficult to get into, and I skimmed a bit. Parts of the story were interesting, but there was too much skipping around and far too much detailed description of random ‘stuff’. I would have loved for this book and the last one to have been a single book; with a heavy round of editing.

    I didn’t care for the story being set fully in the dragon realm, I much prefer the storylines that stay in the earth realm. Grandmother played a large role, that was n

    Full disclosure,

    is a book I found difficult to get into, and I skimmed a bit. Parts of the story were interesting, but there was too much skipping around and far too much detailed description of random ‘stuff’. I would have loved for this book and the last one to have been a single book; with a heavy round of editing.

    I didn’t care for the story being set fully in the dragon realm, I much prefer the storylines that stay in the earth realm. Grandmother played a large role, that was nice; and the reader learned some of the background behind the dragon culture and the dragon spawn. The dangers to the Lupi children showed promise, but was woefully underused until the very end. There was a fairly simple plotline; but the convoluted elaboration and minute detail sucked all the life and interest for me.

    This series is getting too far ‘out there’ for my tastes; and I honestly don’t know if I’ll read the next book. This puts me in mind of how far off the rails and weirded out Diana Rowland’s “Kara Gillian” series got in the Demon realm before I finally gave it up. As with that series, this is no longer the series that originally drew me in.

    Others may love it; it simply wasn’t for me. Overall, I was disappointed, even more so than with ‘Dragon Spawn’. It just didn’t hold my interest well.

  • Shelley

    *Source* NetGalley

    *Genre* Urban Fantasy

    *Rating* 3.0

    *Thoughts*

    Dragon Blood is the 14th installment in author Eileen Wilks World of the Lupi series. If you are a fan of this series, then you have already read Dragon Spawn. If you've read Dragon Spawn, then you know that that book is one of the very few in this series that ended on a stunning cliffhanger. This is a series that features FBI Special Agent Lily Yu, and her husband Rule Tanner who are fighting to save Earth from the Great Bitch and her

    *Source* NetGalley

    *Genre* Urban Fantasy

    *Rating* 3.0

    *Thoughts*

    Dragon Blood is the 14th installment in author Eileen Wilks World of the Lupi series. If you are a fan of this series, then you have already read Dragon Spawn. If you've read Dragon Spawn, then you know that that book is one of the very few in this series that ended on a stunning cliffhanger. This is a series that features FBI Special Agent Lily Yu, and her husband Rule Tanner who are fighting to save Earth from the Great Bitch and her avatars.

    *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews*

  • Linda

    Dragon Blood takes off from where the previous book, Dragon Spawn, left readers with an annoying cliffhanger. Lily, Rule, and a number of others were in the demon world Dis, trying to retrieve the Lupi children kidnapped by dragon spawn Tom Weng and the avatar of the Great Bitch. Events were going at breakneck speed and the culminating battle was not going well, so Lily and a few others were whisked to another realm. Events from the previous book are summarized at the beginning of this one and t

    Dragon Blood takes off from where the previous book, Dragon Spawn, left readers with an annoying cliffhanger. Lily, Rule, and a number of others were in the demon world Dis, trying to retrieve the Lupi children kidnapped by dragon spawn Tom Weng and the avatar of the Great Bitch. Events were going at breakneck speed and the culminating battle was not going well, so Lily and a few others were whisked to another realm. Events from the previous book are summarized at the beginning of this one and then...very little happens for about 75% of the book.

    Lily and Cynna are captured in the new realm, separated from Rule, Grandmother, and Gan. They spend long periods of time waiting to reunite, thinking about magic, philosophizing about magic, waiting some more, all interspersed with exposition reviewing history and the major players in the conflict. The exposition is a bit dry, if helpful in putting the pieces of the overarching storyline together, but it slows the already slow narrative to a crawl.

    The last part of the book picks up the pace, and the plotline of the kidnapped children is wrapped up. There are some interesting secrets revealed almost in passing

    and there’s an interesting twist at the end that will complicate the larger Great Bitch storyline. But overall, the book was difficult to get through because of the pacing/lack of action. I also have enjoyed more the books in the series that centered on the Lupi/pack issues rather than magic/different realms, and this book was almost entirely the latter.

    I do enjoy the world and characters in the series and hope it will return to more of the storylines I prefer. The hints of continuation of the Great Bitch plotline at the end of the book do not give me much hope, though.

  • Cathy (cathepsut)

    Best read back to back with the previous book. Avoids frustration at the end of that one, due to the massive cliffhanger, aka it stopped practically in the middle of a chapter. Some heavy editing of this one here with some massive cuts and publishing those two books in one might have been the way to go...

    The book starts with immediate action (middle of the chapter, remember?), followed by a veeery looong info dump. 70 pages in, I starting skimming just a teeny-weeny bit. 100 pages later I was st

    Best read back to back with the previous book. Avoids frustration at the end of that one, due to the massive cliffhanger, aka it stopped practically in the middle of a chapter. Some heavy editing of this one here with some massive cuts and publishing those two books in one might have been the way to go...

    The book starts with immediate action (middle of the chapter, remember?), followed by a veeery looong info dump. 70 pages in, I starting skimming just a teeny-weeny bit. 100 pages later I was still knee-deep in explanations, more explanations, details upon details, portals, gates, Dis, Hell, magical philosophy, snore, skim skim skim.... And more skimming. Oh boy, this really did not do it for me. Large parts of the plot just felt like boring attempts to rack up the page count. Jumping here, jumping there, more detailed explanations, pages after pages of... I don’t even know, because I was skimming so much! The only highlight was Grandmother.

    What the heck was that? Possibly the end of me reading this series. 2 catatonic stars, whimpering away, possibly through a gate into another dimension, that might or might not have a congruent timeline. I wish I had a gate to go through, back to the time before I started this book!

  • Shari Kay

    2.5 ✭

    It took me 4 nights to read Dragon Blood. 4! I've read a 1000 page Sanderson's book in less time. Explanation upon explanation of magical theory and philosophical discussions literally were putting me to sleep. I kept reading the same paragraphs over and over and they still didn't make sense.

    We were left on a cliffhanger in the last book and it took until 98% of

    to get back to where we started...time continuum and all that rot(whose explanation was also snooze worthy). It took so

    2.5 ✭

    It took me 4 nights to read Dragon Blood. 4! I've read a 1000 page Sanderson's book in less time. Explanation upon explanation of magical theory and philosophical discussions literally were putting me to sleep. I kept reading the same paragraphs over and over and they still didn't make sense.

    We were left on a cliffhanger in the last book and it took until 98% of

    to get back to where we started...time continuum and all that rot(whose explanation was also snooze worthy). It took so long that I anticipated another cliffy...instead she wrapped it up in an unsatisfying 2 quick chapters.

    Most of Dragon Blood has Lily and Rule, once again, separated. Lily and Cynna are being held captive by one of the spawn, and a dragonkin known as Alice. As I mentioned above, time is all out of whack and on Earth our group hasn't even left for Dis yet to rescue the children.

    Grandmother, Rule and Gan are making there way to Lily and planning how to save everyone. We don't know if Cullen and Benedict are even alive at this point. During this grand scheme...Rule has to flirt with a 17 year old girl. Okay...I get that...but when the 'deception' is uncovered...OMG. I wanted to absolutely puke. I will spoiler tag it although I'm sure 99.9% of readers won't care about this, but it bugged the everloving crap out of me.

    Is that just not odd to anyone else but me?

    Whatever.

    Moving on...

    A large portion of Dragon Blood bored the stew out of me. There's multiple pov's. We go back in time. We get the pov of someone we don't even know...yet. We get pages of explanations that I still don't understand and could give a flying flip about. We get some battles. We get some Toby time--which I loved. Grandmother is really smart and sneaky. She's also arrogant and annoying. We get Dragon's and dragon spawn. We get an unsatisfying, quick conclusion that still doesn't get our guys home.

    Will I continue the series anyway? Well, hell...I'm so far in...yeah, I will.

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