Series: Elder Races #6.6
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Published by Self Published on June 23, 2014
Source: Author, Publisher
Reviewed by: Julia
In the latest story of the Elder Races, two mates face their deadliest challenge yet—each other…
Pia and Dragos’s magical young son Liam (the Peanut), is growing at an unprecedented rate, and if that isn’t enough, he is also exhibiting new, and unpredictable, magical gifts. To protect him, the concerned parents decide to move to upstate New York.
Both Dragos and Pia relish the idea of leaving behind the city. They finally have the space to indulge their Wyr side, and Liam can grow in safety. It’s a breath of fresh air—literally—but their idyllic situation is shattered when Dragos is injured in a freak accident.
Stripped of his memory and bereft of Pia’s taming influence, there’s nothing holding back Dragos’s darkest side. And in order to restore her family and save her mate, Pia must confront the most powerful menace in Elder Races history.
It’s going to take more than a penny to fix this…
An interesting character vignette, in PIA SAVES THE DAY our favorite couple face each other again, back at square one. The first time these two fell in love, Pia was the hunted. This time, she must use all her cunning to get close to a cranky, injured, amnesiac dragon... or lose the man of her dreams.
While part of me prefers DRAGOS TAKES A HOLIDAY, which shows Pia and Dragos amidst their happily ever after, balancing parenthood and politics and marriage as they grow closer together, PIA SAVES THE DAY addresses another key aspect to their relationship. While both Pia and Dragos have powerful shifter natures, Dragos's earliest memory is surfing the solar waves at the birth of the universe. His present day personality is the culmination of eons of development, and in a power struggle, age-old, cunning, bloodthirsty dragon often could trump gentle, magical herbivore without breaking a sweat. It was very interesting to see how these two interacted with a few layers of Dragos's civilization peeled back, and to experience their chemistry from a different starting point.
Don't be fooled into thinking PIA SAVES THE DAY is a "what if" out-take that begins and resolves itself without casting ripples into the greater Elder Races world. While delving into these characters, Harrison allows events to have real and surprising implications for the future. A win-win for both romance and world building, PIA SAVES THE DAY is yet another excellent Elder Races novella to enjoy.