5 of 5 stars
I was first drawn to this book by the cover especially the dragon overlay. The story follows Missy Masters, a vigilante hero who assumes the guise of Mr. Mystic which was her grandfather's legacy. She roams the city correcting wrongs when she can, but there's more to Missy than her control of Shadows. To truly come into her powers, Missy travels to China, falls in love with her teacher Lung Haung, and becomes embroiled in politics of the nine dragon guardians of creation.
Ms. Helms tells the story in the "now" and "then" to let the reader understand what events have shaped Missy and how because of her very existence, the dragon guardians are warring. I thoroughly enjoyed the "then" chapters. They were steeped in Chinese dragon guardian lore and the story moved along with intrigue and suspense. The "now" China is in trouble and it's up to Missy to walk the minefield that is dragon guardian territory if she has any hopes of saving the world. Will she be able to match wits with creatures older than creation itself? Fans of fantasy will thoroughly enjoy this tale. Highly Recommended.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.