You might think that makes me a biased reader, and you’re right. I’m biased in a different way than I was at age 14, when I read everything Stephen King wrote in the course of about an 18-month period. This time, I actually do sort of know the author. In this instance, I can marvel at the humanity behind the story, as opposed to restricting myself to the
So, today, I introduce you to the latest in one of my favorite series: Greater Treasures, a novella in Karina Fabian’s DraonEye, PI, storyline.
In the past, Vern, who’s serving his time by doing good as a private investigator to get his dragon powers back, has always been sort of a comical character. His sidekick is Sister Grace, who’s badass as she is devout and complements Vern’s quirks and personality in a way that I delight in more with every tale I read.
Fabian’s DragonEye books have never failed to make me reread passages and guffaw (invariably leading my kids to ask me to read it aloud). Vern’s tended to slapstick and puns in the past, but in this novella, we see another side of Vern. Sister Grace isn’t as active a part of this storyline—she’s critical to it, don’t get me wrong—and that definitely impacts how Vern reacts.
It’s a side that we had a glimpse of in Live and Let Fly (which I read last year), and I can’t help but wonder if Fabian has more of this style of writing up her sleeve. (She probably doesn’t even know, now that I think about it.) It’s deeper and touching, and it still makes you smile.
Most people associate the DragonEye stories with high humor ranging from puns to slapstick, and in fact, the first stories and the novels have certainly been crazy fun. But the life of a cynical dragon PI isn’t all laughs, and Vern has had a few chilling stories to tell me. Some of these, I’ve sold to anthologies, but some are too long for that. Thus, I’ve decided to start publishing them on my own.
One thing I like to do for DragonEye stories is watch old noir films. Greater Treasures came to me while watching the Maltese Falcon. If you’ve never seen it, I recommend it. (Then, reread the story to see if you catch the in jokes.) I needed something with more “oomph” than a bird statue, and since Vern has some history with the Lance of Longinus, it made a good fit. I enjoyed looking up all the conspiracy theories about the use of the Lance by Hitler, which is where the neo-Nazi angle came in. To say more would be spoilers, so please, enjoy the story.
Overall, I enjoyed Greater Treasures. It’s a quick read and entertaining. Even so, it’s not shallow and there’s just enough other stuff there to make me wonder what other stories are going to come out of it…
Of course, like any demanding fiction addict, I want morrrrrre.
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Want more? Here’s an excerpt.