Shadow's End by Thea Harrison
Series: Elder Races #9
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), Lord's Fall (Elder Races, #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, 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), Spellbinder
Publisher: Berkley, Penguin
Publication Date: December 1, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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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…
Two hundred years ago Beluviel, consort to the Elven High Lord needed to find her son. He had fallen into a gambling addiction and she was trying to save him before he made a wager so large she couldn’t cover.
Graydon, Wyr sentinel, offers his help out of the goodness of his heart but he has no idea that by the end of the night he would be in love with Beluviel. They wanted nothing more than to be together but when they find Beluviel’s son, Ferion, he already has a lien on his soul put there by the pariah Djinn, Malphas. In order to somehow save her son from Malphas both Graydon and Beluviel makes deals with the Djinn as well and those stand for 200 years.
Now Graydon is done. He wants nothing more than to be with Beluviel – something he was forced to give us when he made the deal with Malphas. He decides to investigate the Djinn and what he finds should be grounds enough to get him killed by the Djinn council. He seeks Bel’s help as well as the help of many of his powerful friends and they go after the pariah.
I thought that this book was very sweet. Yes, Graydon and Beluviel fell in love incredibly quickly – just one night – but then they had 200 years to let that love grow and that helped make the story much more believable to me.
I have to say that I loved Graydon in this story. He was strong, kind, generous, caring, and unselfish and I loved almost everything about him.
I don’t think we got to know Beluviel as well as I would have liked. She was very caring for her family and her people and was also willing to sacrifice for the sake of her son. I wish we could have gotten a deeper view of her but I could see that she loved Graydon and that made up for a lot.
Overall the story was very good. I loved that there was plenty of action blended in with the love story. We also got to hear a little from Drago and Liam and I loved that part of the book. I adore that little boy (who’s not so little any longer). His personality and strength show through in every story he’s in and it always makes it just that much better.
Rating: 4 out of 5