November 2012, Paranormal Romance
Berkley, $7.99, 304 pages, Amazon ASIN 0425251063 Part of a series
It is not often that authors revisit the couples from a previous book. With Lord’s Fall, Harrison revisits her couple from the first book of the Elder Races series, Dragon Bound. Fans of that book will want to catch up on Dragos and Pia.
Dragos is the leader of the Wyr demesne and a powerful dragon shifter who was created with the birth of the world. After living for millennia as a very solitary creature, he found his Wyr mate in the half breed Pia. After a rather bumpy road that ended in Dragos losing two of his valued Sentinels, Rune and Tiago, a broken treaty with the Elves, and an unexpected pregnancy, Pia and Dragos are trying to get the Wyr demesne back on track and to discover just how it is they are supposed to coexist and lead their people together.
Pia’s job becomes repairing the relationship between Dragos and the Elven demesne. Because of who her mother was and their affection for her, Pia has a natural connection to them and their interest in her is the best shot for the Elves to forgive Dragos for the rules that he broke while trying to capture Pia. While she works on that in South Carolina, Dragos is running the Sentinel Games in New York as a show of Wyr strength. The games are violent, expensive, and winner-takes-all. At the end of the games, Rune and Tiago will be replaced with two new Wyr. Though the five original Sentinels need to compete to retain their spots, no one doubts they will win. That leaves two spots up for grabs. The two leading contenders are a Pegasus and Pia’s old boss and friend, Quentin.
When Pia’s diplomatic mission takes an unexpected turn, and Dragos’s pregnant mate is put in danger, the games are put on hold. A power that hasn’t been seen in ages is trying to dominate, and possibly annihilate, humanity and the Elder Races. The Wyr, working with the Elves, mobilize to protect not only the Elven demesne, but the world.
First off, I think it is great that Harrison chose to revisit this couple. They are a likeable pair and there was still a lot to work on between the couple once their HEA began. He is still a tyrannical and solitary dragon who is older than dirt, and though Pia is young and inexperienced compared to Dragos she is spunky enough not to be his doormat. So there were still issues with these two even without the added stress that Dragos was handling with the loss of his Sentinels. For that attempt alone, I liked this book. But this is not one of the better books in the Elder Races. For one thing, there seemed to be an awful lot of angst, but it wasn’t meaningful angst. It was more like whining. The things they buzzed about were being apart, Dragos being too domineering, the cost of the games, the loss of Rune. Every time I turned around it seemed that the two of them had something to complain about. It became a little tiresome for me. And what about Tiago? Dragos lost two Sentinels through the series so far. Though it is obvious that the loss of Rune’s friendship was the bigger loss than just as a Sentinel, it still seemed strange that he barely gave the loss of Tiago a second thought and focused only on Rune’s absence.
The ultimate evil that was the big conflict in the book was a little confusing. I wasn’t sure exactly how it tied in with the prophecy from the last book in the series (Oracle’s Moon). Why did it come through an Oracular prophecy in the first place? Did the prophecy come true or was stopping the evil the prophecy? Was it a prophecy or a message? Those questions weren’t answered for me in the end, but the story was engaging. The details might not have been completely pinned down, but this was also more of a character-driven plot so it wasn’t the priority. Yes, there was conflict and adventure going on, but at its heart this was a story of Dragos and Pia and so that was secondary.
I would not recommend this without first reading Dragon Bound, especially if you want to know what type of Wyr Pia is, since I don’t think it was ever said in this installment. Harrison masterfully hinted at it without saying it outright. Even without being the best in the series, the novelty of revisiting a previous couple makes this book a strong addition in my estimation. Harrison remains a solid auto-buy for me.
-- Louise VanderVliet
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