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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Dragon(e) Baby Gone is a work of fiction in the urban fantasy genre, and serves as the first installment of the Reports from the Department of Intangible Assets series. It is aimed at adult readers and was penned by author Robert Gainey. The book follows FBI agent Diane Morris, of the Department of Intangible Assets, as she is tasked with finding a stolen dragon egg before the beast awakens and unleashes its wrath. The only problem is that the thieves in question have been incinerated by rogue elementals, forcing Agent Morris to ally with a knowledgeable demon to get the job done.
Dragon(e) Baby Gone was an excellent start to what I hope will be a long series of urban fantasy books, masterfully mashing together the formula of a police procedural drama with the trappings and aesthetics of classic fantasy figures and tropes. Robert Gainey is onto a winner with Agent Morris and Archades, their playful and charming dynamic taking a justified center stage. The plot is full of exciting twists and turns that use an edge of familiarity which makes the fantastical situations feel fresh and unique within a crowded genre. The lore building of Dragon(e) Baby Gone is exquisite in its crafting, with real-life locations and situations enhanced with a magical element that breathes fantasy escapism into the everyday world. The book maintains an excellent consistency for its magical elements and it all works to create a memorable backdrop for what was, for me, an unforgettable adventure. I recommend this book strongly to any urban fantasy fans.