Review: Meghan Maslow – By Fairy Means or Foul (Starfig Investigations #1)

Author: Meghan Maslow
Reviewer: Sandra
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Fantasy

Rating: ★★★½☆ 


The last thing half-dragon, half-fairy private investigator Twig Starfig wants to do is retrieve a stolen enchanted horn from a treacherous fae, but there’s no denying the dazzlingly gorgeous unicorn who asks Twig to do just that. Literally, no denying, because compelling the reluctant detective is all part of a unicorn’s seductive magic.

To add to his woes, Twig is saddled with the unicorn’s cheeky indentured servant, Quinn Broomsparkle. Dragons are supposed to want to eat humans, but Twig’s half-dragon side only wants to gobble up Quinn in a more . . . personal way. Making matters worse, it’s obvious the smokin’ hot but untrustworthy sidekick is hiding something. Something big. And not what’s in his trousers. In the PI business, that means trouble with a capital Q.

Throw in gads of zombies, a creepy ghost pirate ship, a malfunctioning magic carpet, and Twig’s overbearing fairy father’s demands to live up to the illustrious Starfig name. Naturally, an old but abiding enemy chooses this time to resurface, too. Those inconveniences Twig can handle. The realization he’s falling for a human who isn’t free to return his affections and whose life may hang on the success of his latest case?

Not so much.


This was a really fun and light read. A bit of a cross between The Dresden Files and the Beings in Love series by R. Cooper.

There was good world building without it being overwhelming. This is clearly a very complex and intricately woven world between all these realms and magical beings, and we got a sense of that, but we also only learned what we needed to learn. Which kept it from being an info dump.

I loved the odd cross section of mystical magical beings… who use stupid slang and pretty much act like normal everyday people amidst searching for a unicorns missing horn, drinking tea with giants, fighting evil sprites, and befriending ghost pirate parrots.

The story is moved along by their quest for the horn, broken up into different mini adventures. And those were fun or scary or heart wrenching or silly… but really what we’re following through all that is Twig and Quinn’s relationship progression.

I enjoyed their interactions, be it brainstorming, fighting, fucking, what have you. There isn’t much sex, and that fits with the story. The sex that was there was good, but not a main event, just one part of their story.

Even though I predicted the ending resolution, I still teared up during some of the feelz revelations. And the addition of the secondary characters at the end was great for some dynamic comedic relief. I’m definitely interested in keeping up with the series, and seeing where things go.



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