by Victoria Laurie
Book #1 in the Spellbound series, published 2021
In the first novel of NYT’s bestselling author Victoria Laurie’s Spellbound series, Esmé Bellerose’s search for a magical trinket in the mean streets near D.C. might be the difference between getting hired or actually set on fire
As a professional thief, Esmé Bellerose’s daylong job interview was going well: She’d come through most of it with only a black eye, bloody lip, broken wrist, a few cracked ribs, and talon marks from a ruby-throated dragon—but at least she wasn’t missing any pieces. And if she could only survive until the five o’clock hour, she’d land the job that was every mystic thief’s dream: employment at SPL Inc.
But the head of SPL, Elric Ostergaard, has other plans, and he’s put one additional task on Esmé’s job application, which must be completed before he’ll hire her. Namely, Elric wants the famed Fabergé egg, created for the last tsarina but stolen away by Russian mystic Grigori Rasputin. The magically infused egg has lifesaving properties, and it’s worth a king’s ransom.
For Esmé, accepting the task is easy; finding the egg after Grigori has been brutally murdered while also being forced to mentor a bullheaded mystic detective in the middle of a family squabble is the trickier part. And things just seem to get more complicated from there. But Esmé has little choice. Either she brings Elric the egg or she’ll end up as dragon kibble