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Reviewed by Shirley Starke originally for Fanstay Novels
An earlier, shorter version of this book appeared as a serial in The Prairie Dawg, newsletter of North Dakota Mensa, and won the Owl, national Mensa’s highest award, for fiction. As editor of The Prairie Dawg, I could hardly wait to read the full novel. I found it even better than the version that won the Owl.
Vern, the dragon private investigator, and his partner, Sister Grace, really grow on you. I’ve found myself wishing they were real – and on my side. You will also meet Coyote, the traditional Native American “Trickster,” in a hilarious form that will leave you wanting more, the Greek Muse Euterpe in a form that will remind us all of someone we’ve met (and hopefully forgotten), and Brunhilde, the Valkyrie of legend, as a bodybuilder and designer of Valkyrie’s Whisper lingerie.
Karina is able to write of dragons, both in this humorous vein and in a serious vein as creatures “created from God’s greatest imaginings,” without the darkness that mars many writers’ images of them. In short, her plot and her characters are simply perfect.
Rating: 5 / 5
Karina Fabian writes award-winning science fiction and fantasy that twist clichés and combines the heavy with the lighthearted. Find all her books at http://fabianspace.com