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REVIEW: Lord’s Fall by Thea Harrison

Dear Ms. Harrison:

I am a huge fan of your Elder Races series. The fact that your fifth installment revisits Pia and Dragos, easily my favorite couple in the series (I’ve re-read Dragon Bound more than 10 times), made requesting the book a no brainer. Our visit with Pia and Dragos comes at a delicate time in their relationship. Even though he is the unquestioned leader of the Wyr race, Dragos’ Sentinels (his closest advisors and protectors) keep falling in love and leaving him. He’s also got to find time to smooth over the tensions between the Elves and himself – a situation of his own making. On top of that, his beloved mate, Pia is pregnant. Given that Pia’s Wyr form is extremely rare, as is Dragos’, not a lot is known about Pia’s pregnancy – how long she’ll be pregnant, what her labor will be like, what exactly their child will look like. All of these situations have Dragos’ protective instincts in overdrive.

Dragos has agreed (reluctantly) to send Pia, who is about seven months pregnant, to visit the Elves. Her mother was beloved by the Elves and enjoyed a very close relationship with them. His hope is that Pia might be able to smooth the tensions with the Elves over and make that particular situation go away. Dragos must stay in New York to oversee the competition amongst other Wyr to become part of his core Sentinels group. The Games are the largest and most expensive event that Dragos has hosted in a long time, and it’s important that he be there to oversee and judge the competition. But he is loathe to have Pia out of his sight, and knows that he’ll miss her desperately.

When Pia arrives in Elven demesne, she finds herself navigating a sticky situation. She senses tension between the Lord and Lady of the Elves, and quickly discovers that a powerful object is being used to manipulate the tide of power. Dragos must rush to Pia (breaking treaties again) so that they may bind their powers together to overcome a deep and pervasive evil that is threatening the world and all they hold dear.

I’ll be honest; I blew through this book in about a day and half, reading it to the exclusion of almost everything else. Your writing style is smooth, and your comfort level with the world you’ve built is readily apparent to the reader. As I said, Dragos and Pia are easily my favorite couple, mostly because Dragos is the most powerful being in the world, but he is constantly challenged and confounded by Pia, who isn’t remotely intimidated by him. Even so, their deep and abiding love for each other is readily apparent and truly lovely to read. We also have the opportunity to revisit subsequent couples to Dragos and Pia and for a few loose ends to be tied up. The book ends with new mysteries to conquer and big developments for several of the couples.

If I had any complaint about the book it’s that I felt that you missed an opportunity to wholly focus on the Games. As I was reading the beginning of the book, I was far more interested in the Games, and the dynamics being built and the new and intriguing characters being introduced than I was with the Elves. I think you could have focused an entire book on the Games and made it just as entertaining a read. That being said, I’m always satisfied with a visit with Dragos and Pia and hope that you’ll continue to focus books on them when appropriate – they’re just so much fun to read. Overall this is a worthy entry in your superb Elder Races series, and one that I enjoyed reading thoroughly. The series remains one of the best in paranormal romance, but I’m not sure how well this book stands alone – readers would be better served to start at the beginning and enjoy the ride.  That being said, I’m already looking forward to the next entry. Lord’s Fall gets a B+ from me.

Kind regards,



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I've been reading romance for more than 30 years and reviewing regularly for the last five. My first romance was Irish Thoroughbred by Nora Roberts, and once I read it, I was a goner. I read most subgenres of romance (except inspirational and steampunk) but focus mostly on contemporary and paranormal, with a sprinkling of historical thrown in for flavor. I am an avid sports fan, so I have a special place in my heart for sports themed romances. I'm a sucker for old skool romance, which is probably most evident in the fact that The Windflower is my favorite romance of all time.


  1. Jane
    Nov 15, 2012 @ 09:26:07

    I found this book to be frustrating. I’m not a huge fan of mystical dream sex and found those scenes to be lackluster. Mostly, though, I felt there were two good stories here – the mortal combat for power and the fey mystery – and neither were given full treatment.

    Dragos reign is in peril and if there were an easier time to strike, it would be now. Rather than play that up, we are taken from one plot to an entirely different one. It would have been one thing if the two instances were better blended, but they weren’t. It should have been two different stories.

    And the birth of the dragon? I felt like that was low hanging fruit to increase the suspense and it wasn’t even believably used.

    While I enjoyed revisiting Pia and Dragos, I definitely came away from the story disappointed, feeling flat.

  2. MrsJoseph
    Nov 15, 2012 @ 09:37:03

    I loved, loved, loved Dragon Bound…but I was not impressed with book 2 and all the reviews I read for book 3 put me off the series. When I heard Harrison was focusing on Pia and Dragos again…I was concerned. Not sure if I’ll pick this up, either. :-(

  3. Kati
    Nov 15, 2012 @ 09:47:48

    @Jane: I think you make so many good points, Jane. I think my deep investment in Pia and Dragos probably influenced my grade. I was disappointed in particular that the Games were not played up more. I could just see one of the Sentinels in the middle of the stadium bellowing, “ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?” a la Maximus from Gladiator.

    This is one of my favorite series and I think she’s left the door open for some very interesting possibilities. It will be up to her to capitalize on them though.

  4. Brie
    Nov 15, 2012 @ 11:55:46

    I liked this book more than I was expecting, probably because I wasn’t expecting much. But it was fun. I did think that it was a bit unnecessary. The overall plot developments that take place here could have been dealt with in different books that didn’t focus on Pia and Dragos; maybe a book about elves and their particular war, and another about shifters and the games. In that I agree with Jane that those plot elements were poorly developed, and it felt like missing opportunities that were sacrificed in order to give Pia and Dragos more exposure. And revisiting a couple that already had their book when the series has always focused on different couples always breaks the flow of the series. But as I said, it was a fun book.

    There’s one thing that bothered me a lot, though, and I would love to know how you feel about it. Dragos is so powerful that I never feel like he’s in jeopardy of anything. I know this book is about the possibility of him losing everything, but I never felt like he was in danger, so that lessens the reading experience, because there was no real angst. And near the end of the book another character hints at some things that make me even less worried about him, because it makes him virtually impossible to defeat, so I find it hard to be threatened by the villains (or at least by those who want to hurt him or the people close to him), and to see other heroes as a match for him. This is an issue that was handled better in the first book, he was more vulnerable there.

    I’m excited about the next book (if the main couple is who I think it is), that one is going to have an interesting dynamic.

  5. Kati
    Nov 15, 2012 @ 12:16:07

    @Brie: What entertains me about Dragos is how constantly befuddled he is by Pia. And I think that the birth of Peanut will bring that out even more. I do agree, he’s definitely invincible, but I think that’s why his emotional vulnerability entertains me so much.

  6. leslie
    Nov 15, 2012 @ 15:04:41

    @Brie: Yes, Dragos seems invincible, but his love for Pia makes him vulnerable in a way that is completely foreign to his being. In a sense, he is immortal, but he can also be killed. There is also the threat of losing Pia and baby due to their physical vulnerabilities and I think that uncertainty scares the crap out of him. To me he was more vulnerable in this book than in Dragon Bound.
    I love that he is such a grumpapotamus. He’s terribly funny, I love the repartee between he and Pia.
    @Kati: I agree with many things in your review, but I have to say I totally concur with everything Jane said in her comment.
    I felt like Thea Harrison used the Stephanie Laurens style of romance writing, more sex than content. The games would have been a good first book for obvious reasons and the second book Pia’s journey to North Carolina and it’s consequences. I felt a little cheated. I wanted to know the whys and the how comes and the book seemed to just skim the surface of the games, the Elves and their Deus Machinea. In one sense it felt like a bit of a cliff hanger and in another the end of the series. I did not like the epilogue.
    And what’s up with the harpy?! That whole bit was just WTF!
    @Mrs Joseph: Dragon Bound is a favorite of mine, but I hated the second book. The story in the third book was interesting, but the romance between Rune and Carling left me flat, it was too unbelievable, the vampire and the gryphon. Now, Oracle Moon was really terrific, it’s my favorite so far, Harrison at her best. OH that Djinn!

  7. Shelley
    Nov 15, 2012 @ 18:06:04

    Dragon Bound remains my most favorite of all these books. I haven’t liked the rest as much as I would have liked. I don’t know if I just didn’t like the characters as much as Pia and Dragos or what. One concern I have with this books is that in a review I read, apparently Dragos and Pia are not together through a large portion of the book. To me that would probably ruin the story and if they are together through just “dream sex” I won’t go for it.

  8. Brie
    Nov 15, 2012 @ 20:19:23

    @Kati: @leslie: You guys are right about Pia being his Achilles’ heel, but I still think she’s in no danger because she has him… Now I need an excuse to use the word grumpapotamus, LOL!

  9. MrsJoseph
    Nov 16, 2012 @ 10:21:52

    @leslie: Oooh, sounds like I need to pick up a copy of Oracle Moon!

    I read the excerpt for Carlin and Rune…and it totally depressed the crap out of me. I couldn’t imagine reading a whole book like that.

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