Early Review: Lord’s Fall (Elder Races #5) by Thea Harrison

November 3, 2012 Review 3 ★★★★


*This title will be released on November 6, 2012*

Lord’s Fall

(Elder Races, #5)
by Thea Harrison

Genre: Paranormal Romance |
Excerpt: Yes | Book Trailer: No
Reviewed by: Julia | Source: Publisher

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; November 6, 2012
  • ISBN-10: 0425251063
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425251065

Rating

Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.

Sexual Content

Sex scenes.

Description

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…

Review

With LORD’S FALL Harrison proves that chemistry can get even hotter in life after Happily Ever After.  The Elder Races series is so much more than your average Paranormal Romance, and with this fifth  installment Harrison takes me back to my all time favorite couple, Dragos and Pia.

This next installment of the relationship between Pia and Dragos explores how they rub off on each other. Dragos is surprised by new emotional complications he’d never experienced before and Pia gets in touch with her own autocratic side. And as much as I adored the opportunity to see more of their romance, my curiosity about their unborn son just about overshadowed the central romance.  Harrison’s mythology means Pia can’t just slide into Dragos’s world without a hitch.  There are secrets to be kept, egos to overcome, and with each of these conflicts I grew to love these characters more and more.  

Dipping back into the world of Dragos and Pia was just as funny, sexy, and fascinating as I could have hoped and cemented my belief that Harrison’s Elder Races share more of a pedigree with Ilona Andrews’s Kate Daniels series or Patricia Briggs’s Mooncalled than any Paranormal Romance.  Don’t get me wrong, Harrison’s sex scenes are scorching hot, but the romance in these books grows organically alongside action and magic.  Whether you characterize the Elder Races as extra racy Urban Fantasy (or extra fantastic Paranormal Romance), LORD’S FALL is another example of interwoven mythology, relationship challenges, and friendships that create a wonderfully rich and satisfying story. In this book both Wyr and Elven society are highlighted, and the realistic rivalries, grudges, and reconciliations give the characters a depth that most Paranormal Romances gloss over.  With so many layers to the interactions, Harrison keeps me guessing about future romances and conflicts.  I can’t wait to see where this series goes next.

With Quentin, a Pegasus, and even abrasive Aryal, there are plenty of characters I’m eager to see again. LORD’S FALL proves that Harrison’s nuanced characters can more than handle encore appearances, and I’d love to see any of her past happy couples back in the spotlight.  While each book manages to be a satisfying stand alone, events rumbling in the background promise big changes and conflicts on the horizon.  

Years ago I rated DRAGON BOUND 4 bats, and time has proved it to be one of my favorite books (and a retroactive 5 bats in my estimation).  With such solid characterization and plotting, I enjoy it more and more each time I reread it.  While LORD’S FALL isn’t quite “buy a copy for everyone I know” 5 bats, past experience promises that I’ll be reading it again and again and loving every page of it.

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3 Responses to “Early Review: Lord’s Fall (Elder Races #5) by Thea Harrison”

    • Julia

      I highly recommend it, Harrison does a killer job combining the world development of urban fantasy with incredibly well written romance.