Lord's Fall (Elder Races, #5) by Thea Harrison
Series: Elder Races #5
Also in this series: Dragon Bound (Elder Races, #1), Storm's Heart (Elder Races, #2), Serpent's Kiss (Elder Races, #3), Oracle's Moon (Elder Races, #4), Oracle's Moon (Elder Races, #4), True Colors (Elder Races, #3.5), Kinked, Lord's Fall, Kinked (Elder Races, #6), Pia Saves the Day & Peanut Goes to School, Dragos Takes a Holiday, Night's Honor, Night's Honor, Dragon Bound, Midnight's Kiss, Midnight's Kiss, Dragos Goes to Washington, Shadow's End, Pia Does Hollywood, Liam Takes Manhattan, Pia Does Hollywood, The Chosen: A Novella of the Elder Races, Planet Dragos (Elder Races, #9.8), Planet Dragos (Elder Races, #9.8), Lionheart (Moonshadow, #3)
Publication Date: November 6, 2012
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
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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…
Seven months ago when Pia was on the run from Dragos after invading and stealing from his hoard she was in Elven territory. When Dragos followed her there he broke several treaties and has since been told that if he returns it will be an act of war. Pia, however, is welcome and was actually invited by the Elven High Lord, Calondir. Now Pia is on her way to South Carolina to meet with the Calondir and try and fix the treaties along with the border conflict and trade emargo’s that resulted from the break. She’s been assigned 6 bodyguards that Pia refers to as The Psycho’s that aren’t real thrilled with their assignment. Pia really doesn’t give a shit though and just wants to get to Charleston, get ‘er done, and get back to Dragos.
Dragos is in New York hosting the Sentinel Games. After losing two of his sentinels he needed to find 2 more so put out word and the applications flew in. The contestants were narrowed down to 448, including his 5 remaining sentinels who had to work to keep their positions, and eventually there will be the winning 7. Dragos isn’t thrilled with Pia being gone but they connect via a dream spell. Though it’s not perfect at least they get to see each other. Pia is thrilled with being pregnant and being Dragos’s mate but she’s not about to stop being who she is just to have Dragos coddle her
When Pia is invited into The Wood by Calondir’s consort to meet with him she accepts despite Dragos’s raging at her to not go. When she arrives she learns that emissaries from an Other Land, Numenlaur, have arrived and her meeting with Caldonir is put off. Pia wakes one night in The Wood to find all of her psycho’s asleep, the wood on fire and screaming in agony and the Elves fighting each other. It seems that the emissaries from Numenlaur had an evil plot in mind and the Elves and the Wyr team up to fight not only people but a the power of a God.
When I saw that this book was about Pia and Dragos who got their HEA in Dragon Bound I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Would it be as good as the first one? I can definitely give a resounding yes to that question. Though this book is very different from the first in the series it’s just as well written and captivated me from the first few paragraphs.
The book follows both Pia and Dragos in their different stories but always has them intertwined in one way or another. Eventually the story lines cross and become one. For me while I found Dragos’s part of the story less fun it was still interesting to read about the Games.
I love Pia. That girl just cracks me right up and I love the sense of humor and dry sarcastic wit that’s so deeply instilled in this character. She deals with her psycho bodyguards so well and eventually they start to show her a little more respect. Though we didn’t get to know them all that well the psychos showed themselves to be strong and steadfast.
Then there was Pia’s pregnancy. Because of the paranormal aspect of the books Harrison gave us a bonus with “the Peanut” as Pia referred to the baby. Pia could feel the baby’s love, protection and affection in different ways throughout the book and near the end of the story quite a bit more. I loved these parts of the book because they just added a lovely emotional touch to it without being too over the top and ridiculous.
I also loved Dragos. As he’s described as one mean son of a bitch you know he’s not screwing around when it comes to fanatics taking over or anyone threatening his demesne or his people. He also is incredibly protective of Pia, of course, but he still lets her have her own mind. A partnership. I loved it. They’re so very good for each other I couldn’t help but love them both.
The story was fun, funny, sad, heartbreaking and exciting all at the same time. I loved almost everything about it and hope that we’ll get more Pia and Dragos in the future.
Rating: 5 out of 5