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…
“Lord’s Fall” by Thea Harrison isn’t really a romance. It is a book that revisits Dragos and Pia, the couple featured in the first book of Harrison’s Elder Races series, “Dragon Bound.” Pregnant Pia travels to the Elven demense for peace talks in order to repair damaged caused by her mate. Meanwhile, Dragos is at home in New York presiding over the Sentinel Games. These games are designed to allow Wyrs to battle to win a position as one of Dragos’ trusted sentinels after the loss of both Tiago and Rune.
So, we have an established couple. Granted, they are apart for much of the book and are dealing with relationship growing pains, especially given that there is much uncertainty about the upcoming birth of their child. I was a bit disappointed that Dragos and Pia spent so much time apart, even though this did make sense. And of course, Pia gets into trouble when an attack is made on the elves while she is visiting. Fortunately, she has her team of bodyguards with her.
And honestly, Pia’s relationship with her team, in particular Eva, was one of my favorite parts of the book. Eva wasn’t keen on the assignment or on Pia. There was no way Eva believed Pia to be a fit mate for the most powerful Wyr in the world. Yet, Pia deals very well with the situation – and eventually takes Eva in hand and earns her loyalty.
While Pia is busy dealing with the Elves, Dragos is preparing for the games, a brutal challenge designed to test the strength of the current sentinels and find two more Wyrs who are worthy to serve. Pia’s good friend Quentin, who is in “Dragon Bound,” is one of the participants. I was fascinated by the contentious relationship between Quentin and Aryal, the harpy who is already one of the sentinels. The sparks radiated off this couple, giving me hope that Quentin is Aryal’s hero (Harrison has already stated that Aryal’s book is next).
I will agree with others (those who I’ve talked to about this book on twitter and those who have commented in reviews) that the Sentinel Games were one of the most dynamic parts of “Lord’s Fall” and that I wanted to read more about them. This is a critical (and rare) event for the Wyrs and would have been a great way to see more of their internal politics. Much of the games happen off-page, disappointingly.
However, “Lord’s Fall” advances the Elder Races series and gives readers more of Pia and Dragos. Pia gets a chance to help the Elves. Dragos gets two new sentinels, and we learn much more about Peanut, Dragos and Pia’s unborn baby. Peanut is a fascinating character who has such incredible power even in the womb. I’m rather mesmerized by Peanut.
Fans of the Elder Races should not skip “Lord’s Fall.” It is critical to the development of the series arc – and is a very entertaining read. I don’t suggest that readers start with “Lord’s Fall.” This is a series that should be read in order.
Rather than a traditional romance, “Lord’s Fall” is a book that rounds out it characters, advances the series arc and hints at what is to come. The relationship between Pia and Dragos does mature. And Harrison does bring Rune and Dragos back together. The relationship between Dragos and his former number two had been left unresolved after Rune mated Carly.
While “Lord’s Fall” might not be my favorite Elder Races book, I enjoyed it tremendously. I am seriously addicted to the Elder Races and all of it characters. It is one of my favorite paranormal worlds.
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