Pros: Plenty of action and surprises; good chemistry; stands alone well
Rating: 4 out of 5
It’s going to take me a long time to catch up on old review books since that time when I was so unproductive! I’m glad I plucked Thea Harrison’s Lord’s Fall off of the shelf yesterday. Even though it’s book five of her “Elder Races” series, I had no difficulty at all following what was happening–that’s tough to pull off, especially so well.
In Lord’s Fall Pia is the mate of Dragos, a dragon. They’re still feeling their way around this relationship. Dragos is used to being obeyed, but Pia insists that as his mate, she is also his partner. Pia is pregnant now, which makes Dragos even more protective of her. A group of Wyr are told to guard her; Pia likes to refer to them as her psychos. Eva, who’s in charge of the group, doesn’t make life any easier on Pia and the two of them often find themselves at odds. Pia has traveled to speak with the Elves in the hopes of repairing some of the rift between them and the Wyr, but the Elves are caught up in their own disaster.
I like Pia as a character. She’s no shrinking violet and doesn’t hesitate to speak her mind. Of course, neither does Eva, and the two of them have quite a few clashes together. It’s handled well so it’s fun rather than frustrating. Eva is also close enough to Pia to start noticing that there are some odd details about her that don’t add up right. The bitchiness between them gradually evolves to fun snark, which I enjoyed.
The Elves interested me, especially since one of them was familiar with Pia’s mother. They didn’t get as much screen time as one might think given that the plot starts out being about Pia negotiating with them. Only a couple of them had interesting personalities, and we didn’t see them often.
Really this book is about how Pia and Dragos handle being apart, and handle a threat when they’re not together. It’s about the two of them learning to be a team in addition to their romantic entanglement. It’s also about Dragos learning to not simply wade in and kill everything when events go pear-shaped, and it’s about Pia developing her own relationships among the Wyr. I enjoyed this tale enough that I look forward to reading more of Ms. Harrison’s work!
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