I absolutely loved everything about this novel – it was just as good, if not better, than my favorite book in the series, Dragon Bound. Featuring the two characters that started it all – half-human and half-Wyr Pia Giovanni and Dragos Cuelebre, a terrifyingly powerful Wyr dragon shifter – this storyline was so strong and so meticulously constructed and richly described that it essentially transcended genre categorization.
Harrison’s offbeat sense of humor and laugh-out-loud irreverence make this a novel that urban fantasy aficionados would surely cherish. Just read the novel’s very first line:
“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 sardonic narrative added a little levity to the storyline. When Pia has trouble sleeping, for example, Harrison describes the thoughts running through her heroine's head as "rabid bunnies on crack" and at one point, Pia considers Dragos, and thinks "I am mated to the biggest psycho of them all."
Aside from the witty narrative, relentless pacing, strongly developed and memorable characters, nonstop action, brilliant world building, and a deftly plotted storyline make this novel a truly exceptional read.
And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the intense and incendiary relationship between Pia and Dragos – the sex scenes were incredible but so too were the romantic moments between the two. Here are two of my favorite sequences:
• “You’re with me everywhere I go, but I miss you when we’re apart. I’ve already shown that I will kill for you. I would also die for you. You make me laugh. You make me happy. You’re my miracle and my home. If you as much as twitch, I get a hard-on. I will always come for you, always want you and always need you.”
All I can say is “wow.” If this novel were a chocolate cheesecake, well, all that would be left would be a few crumbs…
Perhaps one of the most underappreciated paranormal romance series on the shelves, hopefully Lord's Fall will finally give Harrison the respect – and mainstream commercial success – she so richly deserves.
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