Title: Lord’s Fall
Author: Thea Harrison
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: The Elder Races Series (Book 5)
Publication Date: November 6, 2012
Format: Paperback, 281 Pages
ISBN-10: 0425251063 (Penguin / Berkley)
ISBN-13: 978-0425251065 (Penguin / Berkley)
Reviewed by: Sheila
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…
Quick & Dirty: Dragos and Pia are back and in full force. Politics and ancient machines threaten not only to tear them about, but everything else in their world as well.
Opening Sentence: Even though feeling like a drama queen sucked donkey’s balls, it was still true-leaving Dragos and New York behind was one of the hardest things Pia had ever done.
The original and, in my opinion, coolest Elder Races couple is back! Pia and Dragos are still working out all the kinks in their relationship. I am pretty sure this would be a whole lot easier if they didn’t have to keep dealing with touchy Elven politics, cryptic prophetic messages, and Wyr gladiatorial career advancements. That, and the occasional attack on their lives, leaves Pia and Dragos spread a little thin. The fact that they must separate for a time in order to get everything done leaves them both far more vulnerable than ever before.
The Games, the Wyr solution to deciding who is the best qualified to become a Sentinel, is probably the most unexpected and delightful surprise in the entire book. The loss of two Sentinels in the recent past have left a rare opportunity for the rest of the Wyr Demesne; coveted places at the top of the food chain. When you stop and think about it, the whole thing makes sense. Wyrs value strength and so how better to prove it than in The Games? Though Dragos is not much of a people kind-of-dragon, he does put on his big boy pants and oversees The Games himself. His strength is shown to both Wyr and other races alike, proving that he IS the Alpha Male. Despite this very important task, he is still willing to drop everything and come to Pia’s rescue. That is what makes Dragos such a magnificent character; his love for his wife and unborn child over his station.
Though the main point in the story is about the nefarious plot surrounding mass genocide, I find myself returning to the relationship between Pia and Dragos. It may not be as world altering as a God Machine, but it IS something that rings true. Their love for one another and the lengths for which they will go to for each other’s safety and happiness is heartwarming. I am a sucker for love-conquers-all tales, but this one is special. They may be mythical creatures, but their emotions are all too human. The sun rises and they hug and I fall in love all over again.
This book is the first one in the series to return to a previous couple and I am glad for it. Lord’s Fall is about what is truly important in life. Dragos discovered his one truth and it leaves one feeling hopeful for their own HEA. Truly, this is one of Harrison’s most delicious and addictive books to date. The Elder Races series just keeps getting better and better.
“Stop it.,” she panted. “Stop teasing me.”
“No,” he told her with a cruel smile, until she screamed in his face.
“Just fuck me, dammit!”
This is was as if she had laid a whip across him, he reacted so violently. He reader back and yanked her up and around, until she was on her hands and knees, and she was there ahead of him, as she reached one hand between her legs and ripped her own panties off.
He froze for a moment, then muttered, “That’s got to be one of the hottest things I’ve ever seen you do.”
The Elder Races Series:
1. Dragon Bound
3.5 True Colors
4.5 Natural Evil
4.6 Devil’s Gate
4.7 Hunters Season
5. Lord’s Fall
FTC Advisory: Penguin/Berkley Sensation provided me with a copy of Lord’s Fall. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review. I only get paid in hugs and kisses from my little boys.
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