Series: Elder Races #9
Published by Penguin Publishing Group on December 1st 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Urban
Sexual Content: Several explicit sex scenes.
Reviewed by: Kim
For Beluviel, consort to the Elven High Lord, and Graydon, gryphon and First Sentinel of the Wyr, even the slightest desire for each other is forbidden. But two hundred years ago, after a desperate play to save Beluviel's stepson left them indebted to the cruel Djinn Malphas, they found their fates inexorably linked together--and the hunger between them growing too strong to ignore...
Two centuries later, with their debt to Malphas coming due, Beluviel and Graydon realize that, if they are to stand any chance of saving their souls, they must once again work together--this time more closely than ever before. But every moment they spend with each other brings them nearer to losing something even more vital--their hearts...
Thea Harrison always manages to write big characters; it's not just that her characters are hundreds and thousands of years old, but they have such a depth of emotion that you fall in love with them all. I'm not sure how she manages to do it every time, but every book in the Elder Races series is a gem, even the novellas.
SHADOW'S END stars Grayson, one of the griffin wyr (shifters) who guards Dragos and the wyr demesne as one of the Sentinel. He has been the quiet, level-headed one in the series so far, but that all goes out the window when Beluviel, the mother of the current elven king, comes into the picture. He's been calm and collected on the outside, but he's been suffering in silence for two hundred years waiting for a chance to be with her. She has been recently widowed from her estranged husband, and with their son becoming king, Grayson and Bel need to come together and solve the major problem that has been stewing for the last two hundred years.
Nearly half the book tells the story of what happened two hundred years ago, and although I was a bit confused when the flashback was much longer than I thought it would be, it ended up being an absolute pleasure to read. There is just enough foreshawdowing in the previous books about the elven king Ferion and the evil djinn pariah Malphas to give you an idea of what happens next, but it still broke my heart to read it when it did.
The rest of the book snaps back to the present, and I was thrilled to bits to get to see where Luis and Claudia, the characters of the novella NATURAL EVIL, ended up. As a side note, the novellas are important in this series. Most advance the plot nearly as much as the books, and they almost always update readers on what the main characters from previous books are doing. The earlier ones, about the Divine Tarot, are also especially entertaining as paranormal romance bites. I recommend all of them. We don't usually include the novellas in the "Other Titles In This Series" tab, but this time I will add them in in case someone needs to catch up.
The stakes in this book are huge, but they are difficult to discuss without spoiling the story and there are so many revelations in this book that I don't want to risk it. My best recommendation for anyone who has not read this series yet is to start at DRAGON BOUND and set aside some time to devour the whole series. You might have to cash in a sick day or two with work to get through it. They're that good.Series Titles:
- Dragon Bound - 4/5
- Storm's Heart - 4/5
- Serpent's Kiss - 4/5
- Novella - True Colors 4/5
- Oracle's Moon - 5/5
- Novella - Natural Evil
- Novella - Devil's Gate
- Novella - Hunter's Season
- Lord's Fall - 4/5
- Novella - The Wicked
- Kinked - 4/5
- Novella - Dragos Takes A Holiday 4/5
- Novella - Pia Saves The Day 4/5
- Novella - Peanut Goes To School 4/5
- Night's Honor - 4/5
- Midnight's Kiss - 4/5