The Unseen (Elder Races #9.9) by Thea Harrison

Saying goodbye to their old life in the Wyr demesne in New York may be hard, but Dragos and Pia are determined to create a new life in the Other land of Rhyacia.
At first, everything seems idyllic. Rhyacia is paradisiacal. Accompanied by old friends and new allies, the future looks safe and bright for Dragos, Pia, and baby Niall.
But strange things are happening beneath the picturesque façade. Items move unaccompanied, buildings collapse without justifiable cause, and even the most Powerful residents of Rhyacia can provide no logical explanation for the events transpiring. Whispered rumors point to something called the unseen.
As Dragos and Pia investigate, they uncover a greater mystery than they could have imagined, and they realize the startling truth…
They’re not alone in Rhyacia. The land Dragos had thought was uninhabited hides many secrets, a shocking history that’s not quite ready to be buried, and something more.
Something ancient, evil, and hungry. Something that wants to consume Dragos and take everything he holds dear.
Something that just may be powerful enough to overcome the dragon…

Oh Pia and Dragos… I’m a huge fan of the Elder Races series and have pretty much loved every addition to the series. However, I have to admit, Pia and Dragos will always be my favorite couple. It may be the fact that they were the couple that started the series with Dragon Bound, but I really think it’s because of the dynamic between the two of them. They haven’t been together very long, but their bond is strong. Their relationship isn’t perfect, but they are totally devoted to each other.

Readers have been treated to several novellas centered around the couple. Needless to say, I was thrilled when I found out that there would be more. I can even forgive Thea Harrison for ending each of the new novellas in a cliff hanger – simply because there will be more 😉

And… since The Unseen ends in a HUGE cliffhanger, you’ll have to forgive me for the vagueness of this review. *sigh* Strange things are happening in Rhyacia and Pia seems to have an interesting insight that no one else does, which of course, puts Dragos in protection mode, but Pia may not be the one who needs protecting.

Planet Dragos (Elder Races #9.8) by Thea Harrison

Pia’s latest pregnancy has become a daily challenge, her relationship with Dragos strained with argument. That hasn’t stopped them from achieving a compromise and traveling to Las Vegas to celebrate their friend Rune’s wedding to his mate Carling.
From the moment they arrive, the trip goes awry. Death walks in Vegas, and Pia is kidnapped as an ancient enemy makes a move to destroy the Great Beast once and for all.
But the Great Beast has other plans.
On Planet Dragos everything goes the way he arranges it—unless someone decides to cross him, and God help them then, because he doesn’t know how to back down, and he doesn’t ever, ever let up….

I’ve pretty much loved every book in this series, but I have to admit, I’m just a tad bit partial to the books and novellas that are centered around Pia and Dragos. These two are not easy on each other and even though they haven’t been together long, their relationship is strong – even when they don’t quite see eye to eye. I even love that about them. This is a couple who would do anything for each other and move heaven, earth and all worlds in between to protect each other.

Pia’s kidnapper had no idea what they were in for when they threatened the safety of Pia, her unborn child and another member of his extended family. To say that Planet Dragos was intense would be an understatement, but it still included the same wit and personality that readers have grown to love and expect from this series.

Planet Dragos also marked a change in the series that should prove to be more than a little interesting for more than just Pia and Dragos. I can’t wait to continue the series.

Night’s Honor (Elder Races #7) by Thea Harrison

NightsHOnorOn the run from her former employer, Tess knows that she’s vulnerable on her own amongst the Elder Races. That’s why she decides to audition to become the human attendant of a powerful Vampyre of the Nightkind demesne. But while her position affords her the safety she seeks, her protector turns out to be more than she bargained for.
The right-hand man of the Nightkind King, Xavier del Torro is both terrifying and alluring. While his true nature frightens Tess, she can’t ignore the appeal of his innate sense of integrity and self-restraint. Thrown into Xavier’s world, Tess must quickly learn to navigate the dangers—both to her life and to her heart. But the biggest threat comes from her own past….

I’m a huge fan of the Elder Races, but this is the first book that I’ve read that didn’t include the Wyrs and to be honest, at first I wasn’t sure exactly how I felt about it. The more I got into the politics and dynamics of the Vampyre community though, I stopped worrying. It’s not that I didn’t miss the Wyrs and the characters that drew me into this series. It was more because I found a whole other group of characters that I wanted to get to know better.

Speaking of getting to know someone better, Xavier wasn’t an easy guy to get close to… not that Tess had any intention of trying. She was there keep herself hidden and hopefully protected. Plus, she was totally repulsed by vampyres in general. Not exactly a normal start for a romance, but it was also kind of an interesting twist in the genre, for me anyway.

Even though Xavier was more than a little private and at times withdrawn, it was obvious that there was more to him than what he showed people on the surface. Tess slowly began to notice that he may not be as bad as she once thought, but she still wasn’t willing to give everything she asked for.

There were a lot of characters introduced in Night’s Honor. I loved the dynamic between Xavier and his attendants. Tess tried his patience, but he still respected her. How he treated those who served him and stood beside him was part of the reason why he gained my respect, and eventually Tess’s as well.

I’m kind of hoping that we see more of Xavier and Tess in the books that follow in the Elder Races. That’s entirely possible, since the next book in the series features a couple of my least favorite vampyres from Night’s Honor. I’ve already started reading Midnight’s Kiss and I’m kinda warming up to Julian, but Thea Harrison has her work cut out for her to get me to get me to really care about him. (I have no doubt she’s up to the task 😉 )



Dragos Goes to Washington (Elder Races #8.5) by Thea Harrison

DragosGoesToWashingtonDragos Cuelebre, Lord of the Wyr, needs to throw a party without maiming anyone. That isn’t exactly as easy as it might sound.
After the destructive events of the last eighteen months, the Elder Races are heading to Washington D.C. to foster peace with humankind. Not known for his diplomacy skills, Dragos must rely on his mate Pia to help navigate a battlefield of words and polite smiles rather than claws. With Dragos’s mating instinct riding close to the surface, his temper is more volatile than ever and the threat of violence hovers in the air.
Then the human spouse of a prominent politician winds up murdered and Dragos and Pia must race against time to hunt down those behind it before they are held responsible for the crime.

For fans of DRAGON BOUND and LORD’S FALL, the latest novella in the Elder Races holds passion, peril, political intrigue, and revelations that will change Dragos and Pia’s lives forever.
Dragos Goes to Washington is the first part of a three-story series about Dragos, Pia, and their son Liam. Each story stands alone, but fans might want to read all three in order as they will be released: Dragos Goes to Washington, Pia Does Hollywood, and Liam Takes Manhattan.

I love series that introduce new characters with each installment. It’s a great way to keep a series fresh. I have to admit though, I’m really loving these mini novella series that Thea Harrison has devoted to Pia, Dragos and Liam. I enjoyed the first set a lot (Dragos Takes a Holiday, Pia Saves the Day and Peanut Goes to School) so I was really excited when I found out readers were going to get to spend some more quality time with the couple that started it all and their not so little Peanut 😉

For being a novella, these stories aren’t lacking in mystery, action, tension and plenty of smexiness. As much as I love the rest of the Wyrs and Elder Race, nothing quite compares to the heat between Pia and Dragos. There’s definitely a lot more in store for not just Pia and Dragos, but there’s plenty of tension brewing between all the Wyr and the humans. Plus Pia and Dragos have their own personal drama going on… the rest of this mini series within the series promises to be interesting. The rest of the novellas include Pia Does Hollywood and Liam Takes Manhattan. I can’t wait!

On a side note, I realized that there are two books in the Elder Races series that I missed. *gasp* I need to rectify that immediately! Therefore, Night’s Honor and Midnight’s Kiss are ready and waiting. Time to play catch up!


Peanut Goes to School (Elder Races #6.7) by Thea Harrison

PeanutGoesToSchoolDragos Cuelebre is no longer the only dragon.

Dragos’s son Liam Cuelebre (a.k.a. Peanut) is springing into existence, reminiscent of the first of the Elder Races who were born at the beginning of the world. At just six months of age, he has already grown to the size of a large five-year-old boy. He can read, write in complete sentences, and his math skills are off the chart.

A white dragon in his Wyr form, Liam also holds more Power than almost anyone else. In an effort to give him a taste of normality, no matter how fleeting, his parents Pia and Dragos enroll him in first grade.

They hope school will help teach Liam how to relate to others, a vital skill that will help him control his growing Power. But school has a surprising number of pitfalls, and relating to others can be a tricky business.

When a classmate is threatened, Liam must quickly learn self-control, how to rein in his instincts, and govern his temper, because there’s no doubt about it—he is fast becoming one of the most dangerous creatures in all of the Elder Races.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1I love this kid and I have since he was truly a little ‘peanut.’ I also love this little side-track journey that Thea Harrison treated readers to. Dragos Takes a Holiday, Pia Saves the Day and Peanut Goes to School may have been short and sweet but they have been packed full of awesome. 🙂

Liam is not your average little boy. He’s not your average Wyr. No one knows exactly what he’s capable of, especially Liam. I loved his take on the world around him and as usual, being inside this amazing little boy’s head was a treat. I loved getting to know both Dragos and Pia better through him. This is a kid who is surrounded by love and he gives as good as he gets.

This book also brought the ‘momma bear’ out in me. You’ll know why when you read it so I’m not leaving any spoilers. You’ll just have to trust me when I say that I admire both Dragos’ and Pia’s restraint.

One thing that I’m sure of is that there are amazing things in store for these characters. Even though the story arc with these novellas is over, I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of them being front and center. If you haven’t picked up the Elder Races yet, start with Dragon Bound. It’s the beginning of Dragos and Pia’s story. These characters have come a long way since that book and I have a lot of book bullies that I am eternally grateful for introducing me to them. You can thank me later 😉



Pia Saves the Day (Elder Races #6.6) by Thea Harrison

PiaSavesTheDayIn the latest story of the Elder Races, two mates face their deadliest challenge yet—each other…

Pia and Dragos’s magical young son Liam (the Peanut), is growing at an unprecedented rate, and if that isn’t enough, he is also exhibiting new, and unpredictable, magical gifts. To protect him, the concerned parents decide to move to upstate New York.

Both Dragos and Pia relish the idea of leaving behind the city. They finally have the space to indulge their Wyr side, and Liam can grow in safety. It’s a breath of fresh air—literally—but their idyllic situation is shattered when Dragos is injured in a freak accident.

Stripped of his memory and bereft of Pia’s taming influence, there’s nothing holding back Dragos’s darkest side. And in order to restore her family and save her mate, Pia must confront the most powerful menace in Elder Races history.

It’s going to take more than a penny to fix this…

I absolutely love these little side trip novellas that Thea Harrison is treating readers to. They are short, sweet and packed full of all kinds of feels. 😉 Pia Saves the Day is definitely no exception.

The description pretty much says it all, but honestly, you have to read it to get the full picture. Readers have seen Dragos vulnerable before, but not to this extent. Especially since he didn’t even realize it. Pia was beyond strong in Pia Saves the Day and there was just enough story here to set up some future scenarios.

It’s honestly all I can do not so share some quotes here, but the ones that I want to share the most would give too much away. If you are a follower of this series and you’ve previously side-stepped the novellas, I’m giving you some friendly advice. Don’t skip this one. Besides the perspective that you get from Dragos and Pia, there’s also Peanut – who once again stole the show. Needless to say, Peanut Goes to School, the next novella in the Elder Races series, has just been moved way up on my TBR list. 😉


Kinked (Elder Races #6) by Thea Harrison

KinkedTwo opponents must confront the cause of their obsessive fury in the latest Novel of the Elder Races…

As a harpy, Sentinel Aryal is accustomed to dealing with hate, but Sentinel Quentin Caeravorn manages to inspire in her a burning ire unlike anything she’s ever known. Aryal believes the new Sentinel to be a criminal, and vows to take him out as soon as the opportunity arises. But the harpy’s incessant wrath has pushed Quentin to the limit, and forces him to make a deadly vow of his own.

To put an end to the conflict, Dragos, Lord of the Wyr, sends them on a reconnaissance mission to the Elven land of Numenlaur. Forced to work together, Aryal and Quentin’s mutual antagonism escalates. Each fight draws forth more passion—culminating in an explosively sexual confrontation. But when their quest reveals real danger, Aryal and Quentin must resolve their differences in ways beyond the physical, before the entire Wyr is threatened.

This book grew on me the longer I read it. I have to be honest though, Aryal and Quentin were not my favorite couple. Their story needed to be told though and I’m guessing, that given their actions, they were pretty well suited toward each other. After all, who else would put up with them?

Honestly, these two were like the ‘brats’ of the Sentinels. Basically what Dragos did was give them a ‘time-out’ – which was deserved. I don’t think that there was a Sentinel around that didn’t agree. I think Dragos’ reaction to their behavior and the ‘straw that broke the camel’s’ back was one of my favorite parts of this story.

Readers knew that their connection was inevitable. The only people that didn’t know it were Quentin and Aryal. As the old adage goes, it’s not always the destination but the journey, and that’s exactly what Kinked was. These two characters had to get away from everything and everyone that they knew to discover each other. Because they were away from the rest of the Sentinels, there wasn’t much interaction with the rest of the characters. That’s okay though because they made up for it in the end.

There were crazy moments, sweet moments, sad moments and moments of revelation. Some of them I thought would be a little more dramatic than they turned out to be, but I’m not complaining.

Night’s Honor is up next, but there are two novellas on my TBR list that will hold me over until the new book’s release. Pia Saves the Day and Peanut Goes to School are two little gems that I can’t wait to pick up. 😉


Dragos Takes a Holiday (Elder Races #6.5) Thea Harrison

DragosTakesAHolidayThe Bermuda Triangle. Pirates. The Peanut. What could possibly go wrong?

Dragos Cuelebre needs a vacation. So does Pia, his mate. When the First Family of the Wyr head to Bermuda for some much needed R&R, it’s no ordinary undertaking – and no ordinary weekend in the sun. Between hunting for ancient treasure buried beneath the waves and keeping track of their son, Liam—a.k.a. Peanut, whose Wyr abilities are manifesting far ahead of schedule—it’s a miracle that Pia and Dragos can get any time together.

They’re determined to make the most of each moment, no matter who tries to get in their way.

And did we mention pirates?

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1Yes, pirates – but more importantly Pia and Dragos and Peanut. Honestly, I can’t get enough of these characters. Dragos Takes A Holiday is the perfect treat for devoted readers of this series. Not only do we get more of the intense heat that exists between Pia and Dragos, but we also get inside Liam’s (a.k.a. Peanut) head. Honestly, I’m not sure which POV I loved more.

Dragos Takes A Holiday takes the characters on a well deserved vacation. Pia baits Dragos into taking a short vacation with the possibility of a treasure hunt. Their vacation turns into more of an adventure than they expected. To add a little excitement to the trip, Liam becomes more than a handful, but he’s adorable. We get to see a side of Dragos that not many people see and I like that side. I love his devotion to his family and how he lets Pia ‘control’ him, to an extent. I love the tender side of him when he’s with Liam. I also love it when Pia tells him to go for it. You’ll understand when you read Dragos Takes A Holiday and if you’re a Mom – you’ll really understand. 😉

I also felt like Thea Harrison depicted Peanut perfectly. I loved his voice and his naiveness. He was sweet and precocious. His voice was perfect and his reaction to what was going on around him was priceless.

This may have been a short read, but it wasn’t lacking in content. It was the perfect short segue. That doesn’t mean that I can’t wait for the next book or it didn’t leave me wanting more. It just means that it was the perfect short bonus glimpse into the Elder Races world and a perfect diversion while readers anxiously await the next installment.


Lord’s Fall (Elder Races #5) by Thea Harrison

LordsFallIn 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.

Well, some things are worth waiting for and Lord’s Fall definitely falls into that category. I’ve wanted more Pia and Dragos since I read the final page in Dragon Bound. Sure, readers were treated to a glimpse of them every now and then in the other Elder Races books, but those glimpses weren’t nearly enough. Besides that, Dragos is a totally different character when he is dealing with his Wyr than he is when he interacts with Pia. To be honest, he’s a jerk. (He’ll be the first to tell you that Pia makes him a better person, so see, it’s not just me 😉 )

Lord’s Fall had Pia and Dragos separated throughout a good portion of the book. That was OK though because they found ‘creative’ ways to be together. Thea Harrison also helped the illusion along by having them remember special moments that they spent together. Those moments were great because they showed how far they had come as a couple, even though they had only been together for a short amount of time. Switching the POV between the two also worked really well because there was a lot of crazy stuff going on for both of them. Through it all though, they were an integral part of each other. I love this couple!

Dragos and Pia weren’t the only characters that I loved in Lord’s Fall. A few new characters as well as those that readers have already been introduced to fill the pages with plenty of humor, action and tension. I loved the interactions between these characters. They are like a bunch of misbehaved kids at times, including Pia and Dragos, but they have their priorities where they need to be and are ready to go when danger strikes. On a side note, one of my favorite characters in this one totally took me by surprise. I never would have thought in the beginning that she would be my favorite.

Along with Pia’s mission to work out an alliance with the Elves, Dragos was hosting a contest to replace his lost sentinels. The crew that came out on top of that competition is going to prove to be an interesting mix. I can’t wait to see how well they work together – yes, there was a tad bit of sarcasm there. Just a tad. 😉

The final battle was brutal, the romance was as hot as ever and the dialogue was perfect. Severed alliances were strengthened (through gritted teeth and a lot of coaxing from their perspective mates – but it happened.) There were also some adorable and at times intense scenes with ‘Peanut.’ There just isn’t anything not to love about this series. Honestly.

I might have to start this series over soon. After I finished this one I didn’t want it to be over. the final chapter ended on a perfect note, but I want more – now! The wait for the next book is just too long. I know, I’m a greedy reader, but if you have been following this series I’m sure you understand. If you haven’t started the Elder Races yet, go find a copy of Dragon Bound now… you can thank me later 😉


Oracle’s Moon by Thea Harrison

When Grace Andreas’s sister, Petra, and her husband are both killed, Grace inherits the Power and responsibilities of the Oracle of Louisville, as well as her sister’s two young children–neither of which she is prepared for. Then Khalil, Demonkind and Djinn Prince of House Marid, decides to make himself a part of the household both as guardian and counterpoint to Grace’s impudence towards the Elder Races.

Readers were first introduced to Khalil in Storm’s Heart. It was a brief meeting, but enough to make you really not like or trust Khalil at all. Because of that encounter, I really never saw this one coming. I love it when an author can totally change your attitude toward a character. That’s exactly what happened in Oracle’s Moon.

Grace’s relationship with the Elder Races was forced upon her. She didn’t ask for it, but she couldn’t walk away from her responsibility as the Oracle. It chose her. Her new responsibility as guardian to her young niece and nephew made her new power even harder to shoulder, but she did it. It made her a character worthy of respect and sympathy. She was strong, determined and stubborn. I really liked Grace.

Khalil thought he had a handle on the situation. He was there because of the children. He had his reasons to want to be close to them and protect them. He didn’t like or respect Grace at all. Then he started to pay attention. Watching both of these characters transform is what made this a great read for me. I really wasn’t sure how Harrison was going to turn my attitude about Kahlil around. At the end of The Serpent’s Kiss, I started to no longer hate Kahlil, but I never expected him to turn into one of my favorite characters. Who knew? All it took was a chance to get to know him and find out where all the pent up pain was coming from.

The emotion and love shared between these characters was powerful and raw. Especially from Khalil. Grace’s snarky attitude toward him as ‘Bane of her Existence’ was perfect. They fought as easily as they loved and Grace not backing down on her principles where the children were concerned and torturing him with ‘thank you’s’ was fun. It was a great love story for so many reasons.

Readers got to spend some more time with Dragos, Carling and Rune in Oracle’s Moon. Not a lot, but just enough. I loved the interaction between Carling, Rune and Khalil. It was playful, unexpected and showed you even more of all their personalities.

I can’t wait until we get to spend some more time with Pia and Dragos. I’m beginning to feel sorry for Dragos. He hasn’t gotten much respect in the last couple of books. I’m sure things are going to get worse before they get any better, but it’s still going to be great to get more of the couple that started it all. If you haven’t started reading this series yet, what are you waiting for? Picking up Dragon Bound was all it took to get me hooked. 😉