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[Lisa Shearin] ↠´ The Brimstone Deception (SPI Files, #3) [young-adult-romance PDF] Ebook Epub Download Á 3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum Brimstone Deception is the third installment of Lisa Shearin s paranormal urban fantasy series SPI Files For a while I ve been comparing these books to a jauntier version of the X Files when it suddenly hit me the relationship between the main characters reminds me of Brennan and Booth from Bones, except in this series Makenna is the cheerful half of the partnership while Ian is the down to business one Either way, I love the fact our heroine is a Seer, one of just a handful of people in the world able to see through the glamor of supernatural creatures, and in a city like New York AKA Supernatural Central, Mac s unique talent comes in high demand, meaning she gets pulled in on all kinds of interesting missions.
This time, SPI is investigating a new type of designer drug that has hit the streets, a serious but nonetheless seemingly non supernatural crime, except for one major problem called brimstone , the drug itself may have supernatural origins Like its name implies, its key ingredient is discovered to be a substance only found in Hell, and its effects are equally disturbing Humans who take a hit of brimstone essentially gain Seer abilities while they are under its influence, but lucky for Mac this doesn t mean she is out of a job, since brimstone users are typically 1 freaked out of their minds when all of a sudden they start seeing werewolves, vampires, and other monsters crawling all over the city, and 2 they can t remember a thing after the high wears off Thank goodness.
Unfortunately, this doesn t mean brimstone isn t causing all kinds of other complications for SPI A string of gruesome deaths coinciding with the sudden emergence of this drug have them convinced that it is all related The victims are drug dealers and other criminal underworld types, meaning someone or something might be clearing out the competition in preparation for their next move What that might be is anyone s guess, but with all evidence pointing to SPI s hidden culprit having an all access portal to the magic from Hell, things definitely can t be good.
As with most urban fantasy series, the second or third books is where we often see a shift in direction, and I am getting that feeling from the SPI Files now In the first book The Grendel Affair we had a group of Grendel monsters threatening to wreak havoc in New York on New Year s Eve, while in its sequel The Dragon Conspiracy we had Gorgons making trouble for everyone on Halloween Clearly, I ve been spoiled by the previous novels, because I admit I came into this one expecting another unique type of monster villain While that didn t really turn out to be the case, it s also good to see SPI evolving from literal monster of the week plots to wider, series encompassing story arcs For instance, Mac gets a special boost to her powers in The Brimstone Deception which allows her to see dimensional rifts, and this was a direct result of the events from the last novel.
Speaking of Mac, I m also glad that she got a active role in this book She disappointed me in The Dragon Conspiracy, where she was observer than actual player, and it had struck me as strange that the main character and narrator would have so little to do with the outcome of the story Mac was a much important presence in The Brimstone Deception, so that was great, though now I have to wonder if we ve gone a little too far in the other direction Our protagonist is starting to give me special snowflake vibes, being the darling of the entire SPI office And now having the ultra rare ability to see portals too, she has caught the interest of every supernatural in the country including the wealthy and ridiculously good looking goblin sorcerer Rake Danescu, who now finds her even irresistible This aspect of Mac s character still feels like it needs balance, but I admit it is an improvement over her passivity from the last book.
Ultimately, avid fans of urban fantasy might not find anything too new in the SPI Files, though you ll certainly dig the earlier books if you enjoy seeing unique or underused monsters in action It s also perfect for readers looking for a lighter tone to their UF, since Mac s bubbly personality and her conversations with her co workers go a long way in brightening up the darker moments, especially when SPI is called to deal with some of the violent and brutal aspects of the supernatural underworld It s good, fluffy entertainment and I m still having a fun with this series Recommended if you need a quick escape from the stresses of life, or if you need a break from your heavier reads.
The SPI Files is a delightful series I will be anxiously awaiting book 4 in 2017.
Makenna is a charming main character a seemingly ordinary woman with an extraordinary ability to see through magic glamours but who knows her limitations She knows that she will never be able to kick butt like many of her fellow SPI agents, but allows them to do their thing while she does hers On the theory that one should be a pleasant coworker as well as a useful one, she is always quick with a quip or a smart remark to break the tension.
One of the things that I appreciate about the series is that there is very little swearing cuss words are used sparingly and when they are appropriate One of the lessons my mama taught me swearing all the time takes all the magical shock value out of the words If you rarely swear, when you do people sit up and pay attention Save it for when you really need folks to take you seriously It works And Shearin has obviously had similar coaching.
I know that some readers will also be frustrated with the glacial slowness of the romantic subplot of the SPI files too For me, that is another one of its charms Love is in the air Hand me a gasmask Eventually, however, the author will have to fish or cut bait.
It will be difficult to wait a whole year for the next installment.
Source Publisher Genre Urban Fantasy Rating 4.
0 My Thoughts The Brimstone Deception is the third installment in Lisa Shearin s SPI Files series The series features Makenna Foster who is one of only 5 seers world wide She has been apart of an organization called Supernatural Protection and Investigations for about a year now The story actually picks up shortly after the finish of The Dragon Conspiracy Mac and her SPI partner bodyguard Ian Byrne don t get much time off to celebrate defeating yet another dangerous villain when all hell breaks out with the introduction of a drug called Brimstone into the NYC market Full Review Posting Gizmos Reviews 01 28 2016 publication January 26th 2016 by Ace The Brimstone Deception is the weakest in the series so far The case is interesting but not as overwhelmingly pressing as the problems with the grendels or what happened in The Dragon Conspiracy You d think that a rift to Hell would have of an impact Further, neither Makenna nor Ian are in the centre of the action Nobody and nothing is I think this is my main issue with this book All the potential the story had was left unexplored.
The thing I liked the least, to put it mildly, are repetitions Something happens and Makenna proceeds with an explanation of what it is or what she thinks of it It happens than once.
Then the action often stops so you can get yet another explanation For example, in a situation where a person is climbing a vertical wall in a place where climbing would be almost impossible, I think the vertical wall plus that specific place are enough to show why that would be an extraordinary feat Instead, you get a whole explanation Next, it is safe to say I am not a grammar Nazi but there are a couple of things that will take me out of whatever I am reading between he and another person would be one of those pesky issues.
So, why and what did I like Simple Rake Danescu and I am not talking about him as a potential romantic interest either The Brimstone Deception was unfocused, but at least it showed this character in another light Don t worry, they still don t know much about him.
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum Brimstone Deception is the third installment of Lisa Shearin s paranormal urban fantasy series SPI Files For a while I ve been comparing these books to a jauntier version of the X Files when it suddenly hit me the relationship between the main characters reminds me of Brennan and Booth from Bones, except in this series Makenna is the cheerful half of the partnership while Ian is the down to business one Either way, I love the fact our heroine is a Seer, one of just a handful of people in the world able to see through the glamor of supernatural creatures, and in a city like New York AKA Supernatural Central, Mac s unique talent comes in high demand, meaning she gets pulled in on all kinds of interesting missions.
This time, SPI is investigating a new type of designer drug that has hit the streets, a serious but nonetheless seemingly non supernatural crime, except for one major problem called brimstone , the drug itself may have supernatural origins Like its name implies, its key ingredient is discovered to be a substance only found in Hell, and its effects are equally disturbing Humans who take a hit of brimstone essentially gain Seer abilities while they are under its influence, but lucky for Mac this doesn t mean she is out of a job, since brimstone users are typically 1 freaked out of their minds when all of a sudden they start seeing werewolves, vampires, and other monsters crawling all over the city, and 2 they can t remember a thing after the high wears off Thank goodness.
Unfortunately, this doesn t mean brimstone isn t causing all kinds of other complications for SPI A string of gruesome deaths coinciding with the sudden emergence of this drug have them convinced that it is all related The victims are drug dealers and other criminal underworld types, meaning someone or something might be clearing out the competition in preparation for their next move What that might be is anyone s guess, but with all evidence pointing to SPI s hidden culprit having an all access portal to the magic from Hell, things definitely can t be good.
As with most urban fantasy series, the second or third books is where we often see a shift in direction, and I am getting that feeling from the SPI Files now In the first book The Grendel Affair we had a group of Grendel monsters threatening to wreak havoc in New York on New Year s Eve, while in its sequel The Dragon Conspiracy we had Gorgons making trouble for everyone on Halloween Clearly, I ve been spoiled by the previous novels, because I admit I came into this one expecting another unique type of monster villain While that didn t really turn out to be the case, it s also good to see SPI evolving from literal monster of the week plots to wider, series encompassing story arcs For instance, Mac gets a special boost to her powers in The Brimstone Deception which allows her to see dimensional rifts, and this was a direct result of the events from the last novel.
Speaking of Mac, I m also glad that she got a active role in this book She disappointed me in The Dragon Conspiracy, where she was observer than actual player, and it had struck me as strange that the main character and narrator would have so little to do with the outcome of the story Mac was a much important presence in The Brimstone Deception, so that was great, though now I have to wonder if we ve gone a little too far in the other direction Our protagonist is starting to give me special snowflake vibes, being the darling of the entire SPI office And now having the ultra rare ability to see portals too, she has caught the interest of every supernatural in the country including the wealthy and ridiculously good looking goblin sorcerer Rake Danescu, who now finds her even irresistible This aspect of Mac s character still feels like it needs balance, but I admit it is an improvement over her passivity from the last book.
Ultimately, avid fans of urban fantasy might not find anything too new in the SPI Files, though you ll certainly dig the earlier books if you enjoy seeing unique or underused monsters in action It s also perfect for readers looking for a lighter tone to their UF, since Mac s bubbly personality and her conversations with her co workers go a long way in brightening up the darker moments, especially when SPI is called to deal with some of the violent and brutal aspects of the supernatural underworld It s good, fluffy entertainment and I m still having a fun with this series Recommended if you need a quick escape from the stresses of life, or if you need a break from your heavier reads.
The SPI Files is a delightful series I will be anxiously awaiting book 4 in 2017.
Makenna is a charming main character a seemingly ordinary woman with an extraordinary ability to see through magic glamours but who knows her limitations She knows that she will never be able to kick butt like many of her fellow SPI agents, but allows them to do their thing while she does hers On the theory that one should be a pleasant coworker as well as a useful one, she is always quick with a quip or a smart remark to break the tension.
One of the things that I appreciate about the series is that there is very little swearing cuss words are used sparingly and when they are appropriate One of the lessons my mama taught me swearing all the time takes all the magical shock value out of the words If you rarely swear, when you do people sit up and pay attention Save it for when you really need folks to take you seriously It works And Shearin has obviously had similar coaching.
I know that some readers will also be frustrated with the glacial slowness of the romantic subplot of the SPI files too For me, that is another one of its charms Love is in the air Hand me a gasmask Eventually, however, the author will have to fish or cut bait.
It will be difficult to wait a whole year for the next installment.
Source Publisher Genre Urban Fantasy Rating 4.
0 My Thoughts The Brimstone Deception is the third installment in Lisa Shearin s SPI Files series The series features Makenna Foster who is one of only 5 seers world wide She has been apart of an organization called Supernatural Protection and Investigations for about a year now The story actually picks up shortly after the finish of The Dragon Conspiracy Mac and her SPI partner bodyguard Ian Byrne don t get much time off to celebrate defeating yet another dangerous villain when all hell breaks out with the introduction of a drug called Brimstone into the NYC market Full Review Posting Gizmos Reviews 01 28 2016 publication January 26th 2016 by Ace The Brimstone Deception is the weakest in the series so far The case is interesting but not as overwhelmingly pressing as the problems with the grendels or what happened in The Dragon Conspiracy You d think that a rift to Hell would have of an impact Further, neither Makenna nor Ian are in the centre of the action Nobody and nothing is I think this is my main issue with this book All the potential the story had was left unexplored.
The thing I liked the least, to put it mildly, are repetitions Something happens and Makenna proceeds with an explanation of what it is or what she thinks of it It happens than once.
Then the action often stops so you can get yet another explanation For example, in a situation where a person is climbing a vertical wall in a place where climbing would be almost impossible, I think the vertical wall plus that specific place are enough to show why that would be an extraordinary feat Instead, you get a whole explanation Next, it is safe to say I am not a grammar Nazi but there are a couple of things that will take me out of whatever I am reading between he and another person would be one of those pesky issues.
So, why and what did I like Simple Rake Danescu and I am not talking about him as a potential romantic interest either The Brimstone Deception was unfocused, but at least it showed this character in another light Don t worry, they still don t know much about him.
Pretty good paranormal romance series about a Southern seer who works as an agent for Supernatural Protection and Investigation in New York City Her boss is a vampire, his boss is a dragon, and her wanna be boyfriend is a goblin dark mage.
3.
5 stars The Brimstone Deception started only a few days after the event from The Dragon Conspiracy This time Makenna Fraser, his partner Ian Byrne, and the rest of SPI agents are facing another threat to the world when dead supernatural citizens of New York City are found with their hearts ripped out Duly noted that those citizens were crime lords and ladies but the smell of brimstone on the crime scenes might meant one thing that demon is involvedWell, for the most part, I enjoyed this book I like Makenna and the rest of the New Supernatural Protection Investigations agents, like for example Martin DiMatteo, Director of Demonology , who this time had page time due to his expertise I was amused with the progress of Mac s relationship with Rake Danescu, a goblin dark mage, who is mysterious and charming I am not one of the Mac Ian shippers anyway I thought Ian is a good partner and might have a protective attitude of a big brother, but I didn t get the romantic vibe between the two of them.
The last several chapters where Mac, Ian, Rake, Martin, and Fred Ash one of NYPD detectives who knows about supernatural beings, being an elf human hybrid himself must go and face the villain while stopping Hell breaks loose is fast paced, action heavy, and page turning There is one Holy Sh t moment, which you could see clearly from my status So yes, I loved that Having said that, I remember a friend of mine who disliked book 2 because of the info dump It didn t really bother me in that book, and it wasn t in the beginning of this one as well Being a reader who have a bad memory, sometimes I need reminders about what has happened in the previous book However, I thought that the info dump here were starting to feel repetitive after several chapters For example the part with Mac being a Southern girl, the information was laying it too thick Or the event with Dragon Eggs from book 2 Or other things about our characters It was dragging the pace of the book down Besides, this is book 3 I assume that readers who read this one have been around since the beginning so it was a bit frustrating.
Other than that, since only few days have passed since The Dragon Conspiracy , I didn t feel like a lot of character growth have developed too.
I m still going to read the next book of course, but hopefully the repetitiveness feel will not be too prominent.
Men In Black Meets Janet Evanovich S Stephanie Plum In The New Urban Fantasy Novel Starring Seer Makenna Fraser And Her Fellow Agents At Supernatural Protection InvestigationThe Agents Of Supernatural Protection Investigations SPI Know That Fighting Evil Is A Full Time Job, Especially When A New Designer Drug With Mind Blowing Side Effects Hits The Streets It S Called Brimstone And After The First Few Hits, You Ll See Every Supernatural Beast Sharing The Sidewalk, Train, Or Office With You After That, You Ll Start Seeing The Really Scary Stuff I M Makenna Fraser, Seer For The SPI And The Collateral Damage Caused By Brimstone Is Something I D Like To Unsee Dead Drug Dealers Missing Their Hearts And Souls Because Your Local Pusher Doesn T Stand A Chance Against The New Cartel Muscling Its Way Into New York And Since The Drug Can Only Be Produced With Magic And Molten Brimstone Fresh From Hell, That Means A Rift To The Underworld Is Open Somewhere In The City And When Not If The Cartel Loses Control Of It, Well It S Going To Be Hell On Earth From The Paperback Edition Squeeeee I was quoted in this book from my review of The Dragon Conspiracy Ce troisi me tome a vraiment bien march avec moi J ai trouv qu il avait plus d humour que les pr c dents ce qui a compens le fait que l intrigue tait peut tre un peu plus simple suivre.
Alors que Mac et Ian, son partenaire, sont au restaurant, un homme se met hurler qu il voit des monstres partout Mac comprend tout de suite qu en fait il voit travers le glamour, comme elle Mais comment est ce possible Ils sont bien entendu imm diatement mis sur l affaire par le SPI.
Apr s investigation ils se rendent compte qu il s agit en fait d une nouvelle drogue appel e Brimstone et qui est sur le march depuis peu Cette drogue la base n tait pas pr vu pour les humains, mais elle commence se r pandre de partout, causant pas mal de probl mes.
Mac et Ian vont avoir fort faire pour trouver la source du trafic Comme dit plus haut, ce qui a distingu ce tome pour moi a clairement t l humour D s la toute premi re sc ne j ai clat de rire devant le comique de situation des deux couples qui se retrouvent par hasard dans le m me restaurant et qui s espionnent mutuellement en essayant de ne pas se faire remarquer pour savoir ce que fait l autre Le tome entier est r guli rement maill de ces sc nes qui sont la pour all ger l atmosph re J ai trouv l ensemble vraiment r ussi.
L enqu te sur le trafic de drogue tait finalement tr s proche d une enqu te polici re classique, avec plein de pistes remonter, des petits dealer interroger en essayant de leur faire peur pour qu ils parlent videmment emp cher la vrai police de faire des d couvertes fait aussi parti de leur boulot Et j ai bien aim parce que a fait un peu comme une partie de cache cache, ou ils doivent jongler entre les deux.
C est vrai que cette enqu te au final tait moins surprenante dans l ensemble que les pr c dentes car on savait d s le d but vers quoi on courait Il n y a pas vraiment eu de gros retournements de situations ou de pistes qui ne menaient rien Mais a ne m a pas emp ch de l appr cier du d but la fin.
Mais en plus de tout a ce qui fait vraiment l attrait de cette s rie sur le long terme ce sont clairement les personnages Mac volue de plus en plus De bleue sans exp rience qui se raccrochait toujours Ian dans le premier tome, elle devient confirm e et arrive prendre ses d cisions seules m me en situation critique En gros elle prend vraiment sa place et n est plus la timide jeune femme qui se met toujours en arri re au moment difficile qu elle tait au d but volution aussi du cot de Ian, au d but il tait le mentor, le protecteur Il d cidait quasiment de tout les faits et gestes de Mac Mais avec le temps il s adoucit et comment lui faire confiance comme membre part enti re de leur quipe, et pas juste fardeau qu il doit maintenir en vie malgr elle.
J appr cie aussi le fait qu il n y a pas vraiment de romance dans cette s rie Alors certes des pistes sont ouvertes, je suis sure que beaucoup de monde pensait qu il y aurait une romance entre Mac et Ian dans les premiers tomes, mais en fait pas du tout, ils sont plus comme fr re et s urs et partent chacun de leur cot trouver des relations ailleurs C est vraiment une petite touche en plus qui arrondit l ensemble sans prendre une place en trop.
Au final j ai bien appr ci ce tome, j esp re que les suivants arriveront aussi trouver le bon quilibre entre action, humour et intrigue pour continuer me faire passer un excellent moment 16.
5 20 Finally caught up on this series, thanks to the magic of ordering stuff online and reading these relatively short novels back to back The Brimstone Deception starts the day after The Dragon Conspiracy concludes With such tight timing, it s no coincidence that emotions and tensions continue to run high Lisa Shearin advances Mac s storyline even as she drops some bombshells about the world of The SPI Files in general.
Already the plot of this book feels fresher than the previous two Because of course if you have a direct line to Hell the first thing you re going to do is synthesize a street drug from brimstone I love the nuance that this plot brings to the book Shearin brings in new characters with unique abilities and positions, such as Bert the necromancer, Marty the demonologist, and Fred the half elf half human NYPD officer And we get to learn a lot about Rake Danescu, the sexy goblin who is, at the moment, the top contender on the short list of Mac s love interests.
As I mentioned in the previous review, I m happy with the way that Mac and Ian s relationship has become platonic, allowing each to pursue their own romances on the side Romance takes a backseat in general here, however, and that s fine too While Mac acknowledges her attraction to Rake, and her discomfort with the opaqueness of her motives, she has far bigger problems at the moment That s a healthy stance to take I m hoping to see emphasis on Mac s work life balance as the series progresses.
In place of romance, Shearin serves up a healthy dose of supernatural politics We get a much richer glimpse into how SPI fits into the wider supernatural scene SPI is clearly Vivienne Sagadraco s show, and while it has international reach, I m curious to find out if there are any competing outfits It s clear that as powerful as Sagadraco might be, the goblins, elves, et al have influence that make them formidable if crossed Urban fantasy often features some of the best political intrigue I ve come across in my fiction, with allegiances and loyalties falling across species and supernatural lines.
Also, The Brimstone Deception confirms, fairly blatantly, something that The Dragon Conspiracy hinted at The SPI Files and Raine Benares series take place in the same universe I tried googling about this for information, but maybe I just don t know the right fan sites But this is a a huge deal for me, because it opens up the possibility of a Mac Raine team up I am totally down for that.
That being said, Shearin does a great job balancing longtime fans like me with new readers ignorant of the backstory of the Seven Kingdoms So while there are nice little references and a character crossover that s rewarding for Raine Benares readers, if you re literally just picking up this book and have never read any of Shearin s other novels, you won t in any way be lost.
And on a serious note, while I m happy about the potential for crossovers, I hope Shearin continues to exhibit the restraint she has thus far shown in keeping the two series mostly separate Sitting down to write these reviews over the past week, I realize that I keep comparing these books to the Raine books and these ones keep coming up short Which isn t their fault I think that urge will continue to diminish as the series comes into its own.
Speaking of which, the intimations of bigger and better story arcs continue here Once again we have a direct reference to the face shifting ghoul terrorizing Ian According to the Goodreads series list, the next book is The Ghoul Vendetta, so I m guessing we ll soon get some pay off on that arc And as Mac s powers continue to grow, it s being implied that she is catching the attention of beings that normally don t bat an eye in Earth s direction I wonder what else is going to come out of the woodwork over the next couple of books Mac continues to get better as a protagonist with each book I m starting to feel comfortable with her now However, the exposition overload that front loaded The Grendel Affair creeps back in here It s a case, sometimes, of wanting to show the research but then, I m reminded that Mac is a journalist by training, so maybe all this showing off is Shearin making Mac s voice authentic narrows eyes You win this one, Shearin The Brimstone Deception is a lovely addition to The SPI Files I wouldn t recommend reading it first, just because it happens so soon after the previous book, but if you did happen to pick this up at the bookstore, you wouldn t be too lost Hopefully you ll enjoy the way Shearin balances action sequences and literal visits to Hell well, pocket dimensions and anterooms thereof with questions of trust among the main characters, investigations into drug lords and kingpins, and concerns over whether Mac will have any wardrobe left by the end of this series.
The SPI Files is slowly but surely carving out a place for itself in urban fantasy with its acerbic but decidedly upbeat approach to magic and monsters Against the larger, grittier backdrop of the genre, this series is a nice change of pace.
I was going to criticize the covers and complain about how they re all different poses of Mac and Ian waving weapons around but then again, The Dresden Files books have monotonously featured Harry Dresden on the cover for at least the last nine books so I guess I won t throw any stones Plus, it s nice that the covers acknowledge Mac and Ian s partnership Ian has Mac s back in this book hopefully in The Ghoul Vendetta we ll see a little vulnerability in him and Mac will really have a chance to shine.
My reviews of The SPI Files The Dragon Conspiracy The Ghoul Vendetta

3.
5 stars The Brimstone Deception started only a few days after the event from The Dragon Conspiracy This time Makenna Fraser, his partner Ian Byrne, and the rest of SPI agents are facing another threat to the world when dead supernatural citizens of New York City are found with their hearts ripped out Duly noted that those citizens were crime lords and ladies but the smell of brimstone on the crime scenes might meant one thing that demon is involvedWell, for the most part, I enjoyed this book I like Makenna and the rest of the New Supernatural Protection Investigations agents, like for example Martin DiMatteo, Director of Demonology , who this time had page time due to his expertise I was amused with the progress of Mac s relationship with Rake Danescu, a goblin dark mage, who is mysterious and charming I am not one of the Mac Ian shippers anyway I thought Ian is a good partner and might have a protective attitude of a big brother, but I didn t get the romantic vibe between the two of them.
The last several chapters where Mac, Ian, Rake, Martin, and Fred Ash one of NYPD detectives who knows about supernatural beings, being an elf human hybrid himself must go and face the villain while stopping Hell breaks loose is fast paced, action heavy, and page turning There is one Holy Sh t moment, which you could see clearly from my status So yes, I loved that Having said that, I remember a friend of mine who disliked book 2 because of the info dump It didn t really bother me in that book, and it wasn t in the beginning of this one as well Being a reader who have a bad memory, sometimes I need reminders about what has happened in the previous book However, I thought that the info dump here were starting to feel repetitive after several chapters For example the part with Mac being a Southern girl, the information was laying it too thick Or the event with Dragon Eggs from book 2 Or other things about our characters It was dragging the pace of the book down Besides, this is book 3 I assume that readers who read this one have been around since the beginning so it was a bit frustrating.
Other than that, since only few days have passed since The Dragon Conspiracy , I didn t feel like a lot of character growth have developed too.
I m still going to read the next book of course, but hopefully the repetitiveness feel will not be too prominent.
Pretty good paranormal romance series about a Southern seer who works as an agent for Supernatural Protection and Investigation in New York City Her boss is a vampire, his boss is a dragon, and her wanna be boyfriend is a goblin dark mage.
Squeeeee I was quoted in this book from my review of The Dragon Conspiracy Ce troisi me tome a vraiment bien march avec moi J ai trouv qu il avait plus d humour que les pr c dents ce qui a compens le fait que l intrigue tait peut tre un peu plus simple suivre.
Alors que Mac et Ian, son partenaire, sont au restaurant, un homme se met hurler qu il voit des monstres partout Mac comprend tout de suite qu en fait il voit travers le glamour, comme elle Mais comment est ce possible Ils sont bien entendu imm diatement mis sur l affaire par le SPI.
Apr s investigation ils se rendent compte qu il s agit en fait d une nouvelle drogue appel e Brimstone et qui est sur le march depuis peu Cette drogue la base n tait pas pr vu pour les humains, mais elle commence se r pandre de partout, causant pas mal de probl mes.
Mac et Ian vont avoir fort faire pour trouver la source du trafic Comme dit plus haut, ce qui a distingu ce tome pour moi a clairement t l humour D s la toute premi re sc ne j ai clat de rire devant le comique de situation des deux couples qui se retrouvent par hasard dans le m me restaurant et qui s espionnent mutuellement en essayant de ne pas se faire remarquer pour savoir ce que fait l autre Le tome entier est r guli rement maill de ces sc nes qui sont la pour all ger l atmosph re J ai trouv l ensemble vraiment r ussi.
L enqu te sur le trafic de drogue tait finalement tr s proche d une enqu te polici re classique, avec plein de pistes remonter, des petits dealer interroger en essayant de leur faire peur pour qu ils parlent videmment emp cher la vrai police de faire des d couvertes fait aussi parti de leur boulot Et j ai bien aim parce que a fait un peu comme une partie de cache cache, ou ils doivent jongler entre les deux.
C est vrai que cette enqu te au final tait moins surprenante dans l ensemble que les pr c dentes car on savait d s le d but vers quoi on courait Il n y a pas vraiment eu de gros retournements de situations ou de pistes qui ne menaient rien Mais a ne m a pas emp ch de l appr cier du d but la fin.
Mais en plus de tout a ce qui fait vraiment l attrait de cette s rie sur le long terme ce sont clairement les personnages Mac volue de plus en plus De bleue sans exp rience qui se raccrochait toujours Ian dans le premier tome, elle devient confirm e et arrive prendre ses d cisions seules m me en situation critique En gros elle prend vraiment sa place et n est plus la timide jeune femme qui se met toujours en arri re au moment difficile qu elle tait au d but volution aussi du cot de Ian, au d but il tait le mentor, le protecteur Il d cidait quasiment de tout les faits et gestes de Mac Mais avec le temps il s adoucit et comment lui faire confiance comme membre part enti re de leur quipe, et pas juste fardeau qu il doit maintenir en vie malgr elle.
J appr cie aussi le fait qu il n y a pas vraiment de romance dans cette s rie Alors certes des pistes sont ouvertes, je suis sure que beaucoup de monde pensait qu il y aurait une romance entre Mac et Ian dans les premiers tomes, mais en fait pas du tout, ils sont plus comme fr re et s urs et partent chacun de leur cot trouver des relations ailleurs C est vraiment une petite touche en plus qui arrondit l ensemble sans prendre une place en trop.
Au final j ai bien appr ci ce tome, j esp re que les suivants arriveront aussi trouver le bon quilibre entre action, humour et intrigue pour continuer me faire passer un excellent moment 16.
5 20 Finally caught up on this series, thanks to the magic of ordering stuff online and reading these relatively short novels back to back The Brimstone Deception starts the day after The Dragon Conspiracy concludes With such tight timing, it s no coincidence that emotions and tensions continue to run high Lisa Shearin advances Mac s storyline even as she drops some bombshells about the world of The SPI Files in general.
Already the plot of this book feels fresher than the previous two Because of course if you have a direct line to Hell the first thing you re going to do is synthesize a street drug from brimstone I love the nuance that this plot brings to the book Shearin brings in new characters with unique abilities and positions, such as Bert the necromancer, Marty the demonologist, and Fred the half elf half human NYPD officer And we get to learn a lot about Rake Danescu, the sexy goblin who is, at the moment, the top contender on the short list of Mac s love interests.
As I mentioned in the previous review, I m happy with the way that Mac and Ian s relationship has become platonic, allowing each to pursue their own romances on the side Romance takes a backseat in general here, however, and that s fine too While Mac acknowledges her attraction to Rake, and her discomfort with the opaqueness of her motives, she has far bigger problems at the moment That s a healthy stance to take I m hoping to see emphasis on Mac s work life balance as the series progresses.
In place of romance, Shearin serves up a healthy dose of supernatural politics We get a much richer glimpse into how SPI fits into the wider supernatural scene SPI is clearly Vivienne Sagadraco s show, and while it has international reach, I m curious to find out if there are any competing outfits It s clear that as powerful as Sagadraco might be, the goblins, elves, et al have influence that make them formidable if crossed Urban fantasy often features some of the best political intrigue I ve come across in my fiction, with allegiances and loyalties falling across species and supernatural lines.
Also, The Brimstone Deception confirms, fairly blatantly, something that The Dragon Conspiracy hinted at The SPI Files and Raine Benares series take place in the same universe I tried googling about this for information, but maybe I just don t know the right fan sites But this is a a huge deal for me, because it opens up the possibility of a Mac Raine team up I am totally down for that.
That being said, Shearin does a great job balancing longtime fans like me with new readers ignorant of the backstory of the Seven Kingdoms So while there are nice little references and a character crossover that s rewarding for Raine Benares readers, if you re literally just picking up this book and have never read any of Shearin s other novels, you won t in any way be lost.
And on a serious note, while I m happy about the potential for crossovers, I hope Shearin continues to exhibit the restraint she has thus far shown in keeping the two series mostly separate Sitting down to write these reviews over the past week, I realize that I keep comparing these books to the Raine books and these ones keep coming up short Which isn t their fault I think that urge will continue to diminish as the series comes into its own.
Speaking of which, the intimations of bigger and better story arcs continue here Once again we have a direct reference to the face shifting ghoul terrorizing Ian According to the Goodreads series list, the next book is The Ghoul Vendetta, so I m guessing we ll soon get some pay off on that arc And as Mac s powers continue to grow, it s being implied that she is catching the attention of beings that normally don t bat an eye in Earth s direction I wonder what else is going to come out of the woodwork over the next couple of books Mac continues to get better as a protagonist with each book I m starting to feel comfortable with her now However, the exposition overload that front loaded The Grendel Affair creeps back in here It s a case, sometimes, of wanting to show the research but then, I m reminded that Mac is a journalist by training, so maybe all this showing off is Shearin making Mac s voice authentic narrows eyes You win this one, Shearin The Brimstone Deception is a lovely addition to The SPI Files I wouldn t recommend reading it first, just because it happens so soon after the previous book, but if you did happen to pick this up at the bookstore, you wouldn t be too lost Hopefully you ll enjoy the way Shearin balances action sequences and literal visits to Hell well, pocket dimensions and anterooms thereof with questions of trust among the main characters, investigations into drug lords and kingpins, and concerns over whether Mac will have any wardrobe left by the end of this series.
The SPI Files is slowly but surely carving out a place for itself in urban fantasy with its acerbic but decidedly upbeat approach to magic and monsters Against the larger, grittier backdrop of the genre, this series is a nice change of pace.
I was going to criticize the covers and complain about how they re all different poses of Mac and Ian waving weapons around but then again, The Dresden Files books have monotonously featured Harry Dresden on the cover for at least the last nine books so I guess I won t throw any stones Plus, it s nice that the covers acknowledge Mac and Ian s partnership Ian has Mac s back in this book hopefully in The Ghoul Vendetta we ll see a little vulnerability in him and Mac will really have a chance to shine.
My reviews of The SPI Files The Dragon Conspiracy The Ghoul Vendetta