Greater Treasures: From the Case Files of DragonEye, PI by Karina Fabian

TREASURES
Greater Treasures: From the Case Files of DragonEye, PI by Karina Fabian
 Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (130 pages)
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Cyclamen

Being a private detective in the border town of the Faerie and Mundane worlds isn’t easy, even for a dragon like Vern. Still, finding the wayward brother of a teary damsel in distress shouldn’t have gotten so dangerous. When his partner, Sister Grace, gets poisoned by a dart meant for him, Vern offers to find an artifact in exchange for a cure. However, this is no ordinary trinket—with a little magic power, it could control all of mankind. Can Vern find the artifact, and will he sacrifice the fate of two worlds for the life of his best friend?

Can a dragon work as a private investigator? Well, there is at least one who can, a dragon named Vern, who can walk quietly, pick up his stalker and fly with him, and save the world.

Karina Fabian has crafted a new twist on the old-fashioned noir private eye stories. The story is told by Vern himself, and Fabian does a nice job of getting into the character of a dragon. There is a lot of wit and humor, but this story is also serious as Vern works to save the life of his partner, Sister Grace, and at the same time, save the world from certain destruction.

The premise of this story is quite interesting. An Interdimensional Gap has opened up between the human world and the Faerie world, allowing magical creatures to coexist with humans. Vern and Sister Grace live in the border town of Los Lagos, trying to stop conflicts between the two groups. I found this to be an exciting premise, and certainly the idea of different dimensions is perfectly believable.

Fabian does a good job of crafting Vern into an interesting and well-rounded character. There are good details about how he maneuvers in the human world, showing how he can use a computer, for instance. He obviously cares a lot about Sister Grace, and he is determined to do whatever he can to save her. His relationship with the human police force is pretty much what PI’s usually have, some mutual dislike but relative tolerance and sometimes even cooperation. There are some interesting twists in the plot, but the villains are the standard villains of a noir mystery, a bit flat, but then that is what the hard-boiled crime genre frequently demands.

I enjoyed this novel and I think readers of fantasy will enjoy the thought that the magical world is out there waiting for us to discover if we can open the gap between our worlds.

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