I have just recently finished Dragonbound which is the first in Thea’s Elder Races series. I’ve heard interesting tidbits for quite some time and finally was able to read the start of this fascinating series.
Pia is a young woman who has been prepared by her mother from the time she was a little girl to run should the need arise. She’s stashed away ID’s and money at various locations, taken a variety of self defense classes, glamoured herself to not show part of her heritage and tried not to get close to anyone just in case she has to run for it. Pia is actually half Wyr from her mother’s side and half human. When her mother died not long after Pia turned nineteen, she no longer had anyone to rely on. Then she walked into a bar in New York run by Quentin who is an Elf with powerful connections and she felt a sense of belonging. When her ex-boyfriend blackmails her into stealing from a Dragon, she has no idea what she’s getting into nor how much it will change her life. With the help of Quentin, she is able to escape to South Carolina, or so she thinks.
Dragos has been a dragon alive since the forming of the Earth and despite being a millionare, is still every inch the barbarian. He runs a tight ship in New York with trusted shapeshifting Gryphons and a harpy along with all sorts of Wyr kind that he’s allowed into his domain and offered protection. His demeanor often makes people wary though he’s smart, very handsome and for sure not someone you’d want to anger. When he learns that someone has stolen from his horde, he is beyond furious which later causes him to do damage control from roaring and damaging some buildings. To his surprise, he finds that woman has broken through his defenses and rather than kill her as he probably would have a man, he has a charm made that leads him to the shores of South Carolina.
From the moment they meet face to face, it’s equal parts amusing and compelling. Pia is very surprised when she learns that Dragos isn’t going to kill her but does think that she needs to pay for what she stole. She’s reluctant at first but upon realizing that she’s lucky to still be alive, decides to go along with it for the time being. That is until she calls for help from Elven friends who seem to know about Pia’s parentage and thought highly of her Mother. One of them proceeds to shoot Dragos with a dart gun that keeps him from temporarily shifting. This later causes issues when they are both captured and taken to the Other World by some very stinky Goblins where magic rules and most technology can’t survive.
With some quick thinking, they manage to escape though are nearly captured again when Dragos realizes he can’t shift quite yet. Pia manages to give his system a boost and she gets to see how magnificent he is in full dragon form which is about the size of a plane and has beautiful copper scales. He proceeds to do what dragons are known for which is eating and then flies Pia to safety back into the modern world.
She gets a glimpse into Dragos’ world which is quite the shock to her learning about some of the variety of Wyr’s in the world, the richness of the place he calls home and Drago’s in general. Part of her wants to run but another part of her wonders what it would be like to have a life with the man who she was once afraid of and now finds herself falling for.
She makes friends with some of the people working for Drago’s particularly Tricks who has secrets of her own, and Graydon the Gryphon who jokingly calls her cupcake. She also eventually finds herself having an alliance with the very Elves that revered her mother.
When Pia learns of something she thinks may be a trap from Dragos, she’s desperate to break free for a little bit and her two bodyguards reluctantly allow her though follow closely. After Pia learns the truth, she is able to calm down but is then kidnapped which sends Dragos on the warpath. Despite the circumstances Pia finds herself in, she’s determined to survive and hopes that Dragos will find a way to save her.
She manages to escape her captors for a while though gets injured when stepping into a rabbit hole. Telepathically she is able to communicate with Dragos though doesn’t know exactly where he is and worries that she may be captured again. He comes to the rescue just in time though nearly loses Pia when she’s hit with an arrow to the chest. She survives though with the help of modern medicine, magic and love. Now as to weather she decides to accept being Drago’s mate, that’s something I won’t spoil.
This was my first experience reading one of Thea’s books and I very much enjoyed it. There was a fascinating mix of laughter, adventure, passion, romance and magic. I loved the concept of bringing a variety of different mythical creatures together and having some of them able to coincide in the modern human world.
Pia is one of my favorite characters as she’s not afraid to speak her mind, can handle herself in a fight and is full of surprises. She can go toe to toe with Drago’s, thinks quickly on her feet and can get herself out of any locked space. I was really curious what kind of Wyr she is and was very surprised when it was revealed. Certainly wasn’t a creature that I had thought of but made sense once I put the clues together. I was laughing while reading about her getting drunk with Trick’s and how silly they were together. I also laughed at how she kicked some Gryphon butt in the gym and managed to turn it into a contest. Pia is small but she’s mighty and can more than hold her own.
I also enjoyed learning about Dragos who turns out to be an ancient Wyr and can generally shape shift at will. He can be very domineering but also has a soft side which is rare to see unless he’s in close quarters with Pia. I like the fact that he doesn’t look down on people in general and takes very good care of those that work for him and he’s fiercely protective. He surprised me in a variety of ways and I would love to be able to see what his true form looks like.
Overall, I was very impressed with this book and I look forward to reading the rest of the series. I’m hoping that Graydon will eventually get his own special mate and can’t wait to read what else Thea has up her sleeve for the Elder Races series.
In other bookish news, I haven’t had much chance to read further on the Fellowship. I am anxious to see how Frodo and his companions are doing. I will say that Strider is a very smart and resilient guy. He understands a lot about the world around him and has helped get Frodo out of several different difficult spots. Looking forward to seeing him grow as a person and eventually become a man of legend.
The second book, I haven’t been able to get very far either. I am curious as to how things will go between Ash and Janvier. If it wasn’t for him, she would have bled to death in their last fight against evil and he watched over her while she was healing. They both seem like such strong characters and I’m hoping that these two will eventually get together. It should be interesting for sure as to how things go.
The third book that I am currently reading has taken up most of my attention. It’s been hard to put down with the Celtic aspects and some of the history as to how these particular wolves came to be. There’s been several twists that I didn’t see coming and I have a feeling more are on the way. I am nearly finished with it actually and it seems to be at a very critical point. I can’t wait to see what next will happen.
Books Mentioned In This Post:
Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison- http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9637479-dragon-bound
Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien- http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34.The_Fellowship_of_the_Ring
Archangel’s Shadows by Nalini Singh- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17409835-archangel-s-shadows
Celtic Moon by Jan DeLima- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17347646-celtic-moon
Well that wraps up my bookish ramblings for the time being. I couldn’t seem to talk about Dragon Bound as it really is quite the fascinating book. I have a neverending list of books to read and I will soon have another review posted and an idea of what next I plan to read. Thank you so much for tuning into my review and please feel free to drop by again.