“Provides a quick update to Dragos and Pia’s romance as they learn to cope with being a mated pair (with very little angst, thankfully) and reintroduces several older characters as well as some newer ones who will probably be getting their own books in the future. The animosity between Aryal and Quentin is particularly intriguing and there is obviously some backstory to be had here.
The plot revolving around Pia’s diplomatic mission to the Elves has a definite Lord of the Rings vibe and the action scenes are exciting. Nevertheless, other elements, such as the prophecy, the Deus Machinae and the Sentinel Games, are all under-developed and the details provided have a slap-dash feel to them.
Overall, Lord’s Fall leaves a novella-like impression but does serve its purpose as a solid linking book. ”
“Seeking to mend the Wyr's relations with the Elven demesne Pia and her guards head to Charleston, SC. despite Dragos' reluctance to let her go. This is their first separation since their tumultuous courtship and mating dance. But things are not as they should be in the elven woods and soon Pia and Dragos are in a war no one saw coming. Clever characters, witty dialogue and an interesting plot made this a really good book. Well done.”Roxhill wrote this review Wednesday, July 31, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
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“Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales
Quick & Dirty: Dragos and Pia are back and in full force. Politics and ancient machines threaten not only to tear them about, but everything else in their world as well.
Opening Sentence: Even though feeling like a drama queen sucked donkey’s balls, it was still true-leaving Dragos and New York behind was one of the hardest things Pia had ever done.
The original and, in my opinion, coolest Elder Races couple is back! Pia and Dragos are still working out all the kinks in their relationship. I am pretty sure this would be a whole lot easier if they didn’t have to keep dealing with touchy Elven politics, cryptic prophetic messages, and Wyr gladiatorial career advancements. That, and the occasional attack on their lives, leaves Pia and Dragos spread a little thin. The fact that they must separate for a time in order to get everything done leaves them both far more vulnerable than ever before.
The Games, the Wyr solution to deciding who is the best qualified to become a Sentinel, is probably the most unexpected and delightful surprise in the entire book. The loss of two Sentinels in the recent past have left a rare opportunity for the rest of the Wyr Demesne; coveted places at the top of the food chain. When you stop and think about it, the whole thing makes sense. Wyrs value strength and so how better to prove it than in The Games? Though Dragos is not much of a people kind-of-dragon, he does put on his big boy pants and oversees The Games himself. His strength is shown to both Wyr and other races alike, proving that he IS the Alpha Male. Despite this very important task, he is still willing to drop everything and come to Pia’s rescue. That is what makes Dragos such a magnificent character; his love for his wife and unborn child over his station.
Though the main point in the story is about the nefarious plot surrounding mass genocide, I find myself returning to the relationship between Pia and Dragos. It may not be as world altering as a God Machine, but it IS something that rings true. Their love for one another and the lengths for which they will go to for each other’s safety and happiness is heartwarming. I am a sucker for love-conquers-all tales, but this one is special. They may be mythical creatures, but their emotions are all too human. The sun rises and they hug and I fall in love all over again.
This book is the first one in the series to return to a previous couple and I am glad for it. Lord’s Fall is about what is truly important in life. Dragos discovered his one truth and it leaves one feeling hopeful for their own HEA. Truly, this is one of Harrison’s most delicious and addictive books to date. The Elder Races series just keeps getting better and better.
“Stop it.,” she panted. “Stop teasing me.”
“No,” he told her with a cruel smile, until she screamed in his face.
“Just fuck me, dammit!”
This is was as if she had laid a whip across him, he reacted so violently. He reader back and yanked her up and around, until she was on her hands and knees, and she was there ahead of him, as she reached one hand between her legs and ripped her own panties off.
He froze for a moment, then muttered, “That’s got to be one of the hottest things I’ve ever seen you do.”
FTC Advisory: Penguin/Berkley Sensation provided me with a copy of Lord’s Fall. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review. I only get paid in hugs and kisses from my little boys.”
“Wonderful to see Dragos and Pia again! Both characters were as strong as ever and learning how to work together as a mated pair even when they had to be so far apart... Pia was off trying to repair relations with the Elves and Dragos was over-seeing the Sentinel Games in order to fill the sentinel spots left vacant by Tiago and Rune. I would have loved to see the games in more detail and all the drama that went on behind the scenes there.
Anyway... Pia is forced to go into the Elven wood to meet with the Elf king and loses all communication with Dragos, which pretty much drives him insane and has him doing the same thing he did before... he leaves the Sentinel Games and flies down to her. He knows something is just not right and he is correct. By the time he gets to the border, he's contacted by one of the guards sent to protect Pia, but little does the guard know that the circumstances have changed since Pia sent him out of the wood with a message that she was okay. Dragos storms in and arrives just in time to help battle an ancient power that has taken hold of an entire race of Elves.
I loved the story and it was great seeing so many of the characters I had come to love from previous books.”
“ Totally loved it -so glad Thea came back to Dragos and Pia... a great story and I can't wait to see who comes next..... Quentin and Aryal? ”Clisson wrote this review Sunday, November 18, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“At first I was a bit hesitant about this book when I learned that this story revisits Pia and Dragos. After all, this is the First couple, the couple who started the magic of the Elder Races. In my mind it could be great or it could ruin a great series. Within the first two chapters, all my worries were alleviated. How could I possible doubt the writing greatness of Thea Harrison?
This installment was a continuation of Pia and Dragos' love story. Readers are given an intimate look into the life of Pia and Dragos after their mating. We get to see how they handle "normal" relationship issues such as, how do they relate to each other as partners although, there is nothing normal about either of them.
Thea Harrison continues to build on the world of the Wyr. You are introduced to the Elven world, you learn of the Sentinel games and you visit with old characters as well as new ones. I loved watching Pia find her way in the world of Dragos by gaining respect from her bodyguards, aka Psychos, bonding with her "peanut"(expecting son), and falling even more in love with Dragos.
I really loved this book! This was a truly enjoyable read. I will always be a huge fan of the Elder Races.
“Pia Giovanni, Dragos mate, is on her way to South Carolina to meet with the Elves. Dragos broke the treaty between the races in his pursuit of Pia a year ago and she is going to try and repair the broken relationship. Pia is pregnant, having trouble with acceptance in with the Wyr population and is missing Dragos.
Dragos is staying in NY where he can oversee the “Sentinel Games”. He and Pia have an agreement to meet in their dreams. When Pia is invited into the Elves territory (the woods), the contact between Dragos and Pia is severed. Pia sends a messenger out to tell Dragos everything is ok, but then an ominous prophecy starts to come true right before Pia’s eye. Dragos must decide to break face with the Elves once again and find his mate and unborn child or let the negotiations play out.
I really loved this story. Dragos and Pia are fantastic characters that I’ve already grown to love, the continuation of their story is incredible. They are both struggling with the new partnership/relationship, it was brilliant watching them work through growing pains of being newly mated. The ending was superb! Bravo, Thea Harrison another 5 stars!”
Pia's been invited to visit with the Elves and she's decided to go to smooth things over even though she had quite a bit of convincing to do with Dragos. Especially since he is unable to go as The Sentinel Games will be under way. Things become bit dicey when Pia gets there and once Dragos gets a hint of it, there is nothing that will stop him from getting to her.
Oh how I love Dragos and Pia...they are so wonderful together and I just could not get enough. I love that TH treated us to another story about them! And the only reason I knocked it down a half star was because I didn't really care that much about the rest of the story. I just wanted more Dragos and Pia!!
Pia just always makes me laugh. She always comes across so tough but we get to see another side of her in this story and it was fantastic. And we really get to see that with Dragos. It was so heartwarming to see how they both worked on their relationship. Pia just knows him so well. Her Wyr form and her powers are really intriguing and as we get to know more, it seems that there is so much more to find out.
Dragos is his amazing self...those gold eyes make me shiver!! But more amazing was him coming to terms with his feelings and what Pia (& Peanut) mean to him and what they do to him. We also get to see more of his powers and the ingenious things he can do with them. TH has a fantastic imagination! All his references to the "penny" made me laugh and how he acted in the jewelry store? Priceless!
The other thing I really enjoyed was getting to know other characters and Wyrs. It would have been interesting to get more time at the Sentinel Games but I liked all the different Wyrs. Pia's boss from the bar, Quentin, participates as does a new character, Alexander, who is a pegasus which I hope to find out more about. We also got some parts with one of my favorite Wyrs, Graydon. His and Pia's relationship is wonderful! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we get his story. And of course, Rune shows up and that makes things quite interesting with Dragos.
Pia also gets a group of bodyguards, aka "psychos" as Pia calls them, when she travels to the Elven demesne and I enjoyed getting to know them. Eva was hilarious and she fits so well with Pia. I'm glad that she will be hanging around and Hugh is pretty interesting too but I'm sad that Miguel and Johnny won't be staying.
I'm a big fan of Elves and Fae so I really liked finding out more about the Elves and the Wood but unfortunately we didn't get to know many of them because of the big battle. I'm hoping that we get more of Linwe and maybe even Beluviel and Ferion and even though TH did a good job updating us with what happened immediately after the battle, I really hope we get to know more down the line.
The battle was okay...what was going on with the Numenlaurians was a bit hard to take. But I enjoyed Dragos fighting and then Pia using some of her powers. It was really interesting to see how all the Wyrs responded when Dragos got hurt...I would love to see an actual picture of that!
Like I said, my favorite parts are with Dragos and Pia but also with peanut! All his scenes were so fascinating and how he was able to interact with Pia was sooo sweet! The dream scene was riveting...and the ending was beautiful. Again, I love how Pia and Dragos were able to come together and work things out. I love Liam!!
So I definitely think the next story will be about Quentin and Aryal. I saw that it will be Aryal and there is no question who her mate will be! Too bad we have to wait till November 5, 2013.
♥ I never stop thinking about you. You’re with me everywhere I go, but I miss you when we’re apart.
♥ Then the entire conversation became blah blah blah as the only thing that mattered in the world happened.
Dragos growled in her head, Pia.
♥ “My worst mistake ever. We should not talk about that penny any more, la la la.”
He pulled her hands down. “We’re never going to stop talking about it. That penny is one of my favorite memories.”
Her mouth dropped open. “Liar! You only liked what came afterward. You hated having your penny stolen.”
“True,” he admitted. “But I loved the note you left me.
Reviewed by ANGELA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog
LORD'S FALL is a great love story with a hint of Hunger Games element with some Civil War action. As usual, Thea Harrison did not disappoint. She has given her readers a chance to peak beyond Pia and Dragos’ Happy-Ever-After (HEA) and a glance at what’s up and up with the Wyr Demesne.
It has been 7 months since Pia and Dragos have mated. If you have been following the Elder Races series, you know that Pia and Dragos are expecting Peanut and she is now taking on the role of Dragos’ mate. Her first mission is to repair the Wyr and Elves demesne’s relationship. Turns out that she’ll be doing more than just fixing a demesne quarrels, she’ll also be in the middle of a civil war between the Elves and their Ancients. Unfortunately, she will be doing this mission on her own and away from her mate. It's something both she and Dragos must overcome.
Meanwhile, at The Callubre Towers, Dragos’ Seven Sentinels are down to five. His top two, Tiago has mated with the Dark Fae Queen, Nininane aka Trix and Rune has mated with Carling, the Vampyre Queen. The need to replace them was inevitable so Dragos held the Sentinel Games. That’s right boys and girls, there will be new characters to look forward to. The Sentinel Games are pretty awesome and watching Dragos do his public appearance without Pia was pretty cute. I like that Thea keeps his character at a constant. He’s still very powerful, rich, sexy, overprotective but very sweet to his mate. He is the reason I am addicted to this series.
It was brilliant how Ms. Harrison brought Dragos and Pia back even after their HEA in Dragon Bound. This just shows you, even in our fantasy world, an HEA still needs a lot of work to keep going. There are also a few new relationships that are rekindled, few that are obviously brewing to be something more and new friendships were formed. This hopefully ensures us more of this world. If you have not read Dragon Bound, I highly suggest you do so. Pia and Dragos' characters and relationship building started there and it’s a shame to miss their courtship.
*ARC provided by publisher