In 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…
(Description from Goodreads)
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Series: Elder Races #5
Does the series need to be read in order? No. I jumped right in without having read the previous books, but as with most series, I think you'll get a little extra if you've read the other installments.
- The world-building is pretty solid. I enjoy the wide variety of magical beings - shapeshifters, vampires, elves - and the interactions between them. The relationships between the groups are not always easy and that gives it a nice realism. I also loved the larger mythology of the God Machines. It's an intriguing concept.
- Pia and Dragos definitely have a passionate relationship, but it's also a maturing one. At this stage they are learning to work together, trust one another's abilities and compromise. It's rare to see this stage of a relationship in romance or even a book with romantic elements. It's refreshing to watch a couple progress beyond the new love glow (and lust).
- Pia and Eva's relationship was fun.
- The plot was well-paced right up until the end (more on that below). Once the craziness got going in the Elven lands, I was completely sucked in.
- Liked Less
- Nothing to do with the writing, but the print in this paperback was tiny. It made it a little difficult to read. Maybe I'm just getting old.
- Sometimes there were so many people involved in a scene that I lost track of who was who. The confusion didn't detract from the overall story arc, but it sometimes pulled me out of the story a bit until I figured out the significance of a particular character. It might be easier for someone who has read the previous books in the series.
- The disposal of the main villain was too easy. (Spoiler-avoiding vagueness follows.) There were explanations as to why that solution was not used earlier but I didn't buy it. Everything could have been settled a lot sooner and with less damage. Also, after all the buildup, the villain's easy defeat was kind of a letdown.
King of Swords
A very enjoyable read that I feel happy recommending to other readers. I will likely read the other books in the series.
Disclosure: I won this book in a contest. A positive review was not required nor was any compensation offered or received for a review.