Review: Peanut Goest to School (Elder Races #6.7) by Thea Harrison

July 14, 2014 Review 1

Review: Peanut Goest to School (Elder Races #6.7) by Thea HarrisonPeanut Goes to School by Thea Harrison
Series: Elder Races #6.7
Published by Self Published on June 30, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: eBook
Pages: 55
Source: Author, Publisher
Sexual Content: None.
Reviewed by: Julia
4 Stars

This is a short story (15,100 words or 55 pages) intended for readers of the Elder Races who enjoy Liam Cuelebre, aka Peanut, as a character.

Dragos Cuelebre is no longer the only dragon.

Dragos’s son Liam Cuelebre (a.k.a. Peanut) is springing into existence, reminiscent of the first of the Elder Races who were born at the beginning of the world. At just six months of age, he has already grown to the size of a large five-year-old boy. He can read, write in complete sentences, and his math skills are off the chart.

A white dragon in his Wyr form, Liam also holds more Power than almost anyone else. In an effort to give him a taste of normality, no matter how fleeting, his parents Pia and Dragos enroll him in first grade.

They hope school will help teach Liam how to relate to others, a vital skill that will help him control his growing Power. But school has a surprising number of pitfalls, and relating to others can be a tricky business.

When a classmate is threatened, Liam must quickly learn self-control, how to rein in his instincts, and govern his temper, because there’s no doubt about it—he is fast becoming one of the most dangerous creatures in all of the Elder Races.

The love story between Dragos and Pia Cuelebre extends far past the initial meet-cute and sexual chemistry.  Through marriage, child birth, and public scrutiny, these two newly weds are as fun to read about now as when they were coming to terms with their mutual attraction.  The addition of their son Liam, a.k.a. "Peanut", to the narrative has been a new an entertaining challenge, as Liam has all the characteristic curiosity and mischief of a toddler mixed with a magical heritage that requires taking "baby proofing" to a whole new level.

As mentioned in the blurb for PEANUT GOES TO SCHOOL, this short story is different than the other Elder Races novellas.  Rather than featuring a long, stand alone love story, PEANUT GOES TO SCHOOL gives readers a short, sweet glimpse of life with Dragos and Pia from Liam's perspective.  Given Peanut's unusual nature, I enjoyed having this glimpse of his thoughts and potential future. Liam is growing and changing at a magical rate, making a story like this invaluable to understanding what milestones his development has reached.  The events in Harrison's shorts always have an impact, too, even if the ripples seem small.  Through Liam's perspective, we see Pia and Dragos still dealing with the events of PIA SAVES THE DAY, offering hints of potential issues for future books.

That being said, the central plot-line of PEANUT GOES TO SCHOOL is essentially a classic grade school tale, with the added fillip of Peanut's potential to flip out and cause grievous bodily harm.  A sweet little story that offers tantalizing hints for what is in store with Wyr's first family, PEANUT GOES TO SCHOOL will thrill fans of the series, but anyone new to this world should probably start at the delicious beginning of it all with DRAGON BOUND.

Series Titles:
  1. Dragon Bound - 4/5
  2. Storm's Heart - 4/5
  3. Serpent's Kiss - 4/5
  4. Oracle's Moon - 5/5
  5. Lord's Fall - 4/5
  6. Kinked - 4/5
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