Review: Lord’s Fall by Thea Harrison (Elder Races #5)
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In the latest Novel of the Elder Races, two mates find themselves on different paths, torn between their duty to the Wyr and the passion that binds them…
Before she met Dragos, half-human/half-Wyr Pia Giovanni was alone and on the run. Now she’s mated, pregnant and heading south to repair the Wyrs’ frayed relationship with the Elves. Being separated from Dragos is painful, but for the good of the Wyr demesne they need to figure out how to be partners—in more places than just the bedroom. In New York to preside over the Sentinel Games, Dragos is worried about his mate, but knows that finding two replacement sentinels is essential to show the rest of the Elder Races just how strong and brutal the Wyr demesne can be. But as the Games heat up, Pia’s negotiations with the Elves take a turn for the dangerous, straining her bond with Dragos and threatening everything they hold dear…
Lord’s Fall is the fifth book in Thea Harrison’s Elder Races series. I love this series. I love that Thea doesn’t only focus on your ‘usual’ paranormal creatures but also includes many characters that you don’t normally see in a paranormal romance series. Not only that but Thea’s voice really works for the genre and her characters are fabulous.
Lord’s Fall not only contains beings that are unique but it also does something not often seen in the paranormal genre: it goes back to the couple featured in the very first book of the series, Dragos and Pia. I love this idea. How many times do you read a long-running paranormal series and wish you came across a past featured couple in the storyline? Sure you catch a glimpse of the heroes and heroines from past books here and there but often that’s all you get – a glimpse. I mean, the author pulls us into their story, makes us love them and root for them only to stick them in the background of future installments. With Lord’s Fall, Thea has written an entire book about the first couple. Do I see this working with every couple in the series so far? Not really. Some couples work well with just one book and background info in the next books. But some couples deserve their story to continue and I found Dragos and Pia are one such couple.
Dragos is still his über –alpha self but Pia has definitely changed him. He’s trying so darned hard to be a good partner to her and I find he’s succeeding. Thea may have written him as understanding he needs to mellow out a bit but she did not make him change to the point where it wouldn’t make sense. I loved his growth and seeing the ‘new’ Dragos but I did giggle quite a bit when his ‘old’ self emerged. And I still love him with Pia.
Pia has an important role in this book – she is off to visit the Elves to try to salvage the relationship between them and the Wyr. When things don’t quite go as planned she feels insecure and a little overwhelmed and I like seeing her human side show through so much. It makes me even prouder of her when she overcomes her insecurities and kicks ass. (I love the scene where Pia decides do comfront her entourage, reminding them of who is boss. And I really liked the relationship that formed between Pia and Eva as a result. I hope to see more of Eva in future books because she is a fun character.) I also liked how, even though she is on a very important mission, Thea didn’t change Pia too much either. There is definite growth but she, like Dragos, isn’t changed to the point where we lose the essence of the character. And we are following Pia’s pregnancy in this book too and that was a very nice touch. It doesn’t take over the story but what is there was sweet. I enjoyed how the baby is already protecting mom and reassuring her that things are okay. As I said, sweet.
Dragos can’t go with Pia on her trip because a) he’s the reason the relationship between the Wyr and the Elves is strained and b) he must stay behind to watch over the Games. Since losing two of his Sentinels, he needs them replaced. So he’s holding Games to find the eight strongest and best Wyr. So the book begins with Pia going on her journey and Dragos staying behind. The fact that they were separated made me realize just how much I enjoy those two together. Alone, they are good, but their strength is together and that’s when they shine. Thea did come up with something clever in how she made Pia and Dragos visit each other in dreams so we are not completely without ‘together time’ in the beginning of the book, but the book really got stronger for me once Pia and Dragos were together-in person.
I found the first 35% of the book a little harder to fully get into. Not too sure why because it’s not that there was a lack of action or storyline but it just didn’t grab me the same way the last 65%. But that last bit is amazing! The action, the characters, the story…all amazing. I even got teary eyed at the very end. Really, it’s a good ending.
There are a few scenes that were stand out for me but one more than others. During a battle, Dragos is injured quite severely. To watch his sentinels and other Wyr come to his aid was great. I got chills – I really did. And Pia’s part in that scene made me giggle out loud. I just found it so touching how everyone banded together like that.
The next book will be Aryal’s and boy I can’t wait for that one! She is one tough chick and even though her hero hasn’t been named, I am assuming I know who it is just from watching her interact with one particular man in this book. At least I hope it’s him because that will make an interesting relationship to watch grow. And the heat they would set off! We’ll have to wait a bit though because the as of yet untitled book six is only due to come out November 2013.
Overall, I was quite pleased with Lord’s Fall. I liked how issues between Rune and Dragos were revisited, how the world was expanded once again with us learning so much about the Elves (even though some of it sort of confused me here and there) and I liked how we also got to meet new characters that will no doubt play an important role in future books. The first books from this series live on my favorites shelf and this book is going right alongside them.
Giggle worthy quotes
“’Why her?’ Dragos had asked.
‘Because not only is Talia qualified, she’s freaking adorable,’ Pia had told him. ‘Have you noticed her? People fall over themselves to do things for her. They open doors for her and shit – and she never says shit. And Dragos, as much as I love you I have to say, you need someone who is really adorable in that position.’
‘You’re adorable,’ he said.
‘Really? Aw.’ Pleasure sleeked her down. She gave him a creamy smile. ‘I’m not, you know. But, aw.’”
“A sharp rap sounded at the door, and he snarled as he lifted his head.
Pia grabbed him by the ears. It startled him enough to make him pause.
Their eyes met.
She said, ‘Count to ten.’
Hm, he had heard of that technique before. One, two, three…
She called out, ‘Yes, what is it?’
Eva’s voice sounded through the door panel. ‘The High Lord requests that Dragos attend him downstairs. I guess those Elves that were spelled aren’t doing so well.’
He expelled a breath between his teeth. It sounded like steam hissing in a kettle. ‘I got to ten,’ he told her. ‘It didn’t help.’”
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