It’s no secret that RT loves Thea Harrison’s Elder Races series. The first book, Dragon Bound, won RT’s May 2011 Seal of Excellence Award and is a contender for both a 2011 RT Reviewers’ Choice Shapeshifter Romance Award and the RT BOOK REVIEWS Editors' Pick for Best Book of 2011. And ever since this series beginner, Harrison has been delivering consistently fantastic tales set in her paranormal world populated by Wyr creatures (or — as you may know them if you haven’t already jumped aboard the S.S. Thea Harrison Is Excellent — shifters). We've got news (and the cover) for the fifth full-length book in the series, Lord’s Fall, which is scheduled to release this November.
Fact One: Fans can expect to be swept back to the beginning, with this read. Lord’s Fall will feature Pia and Dragos, the hero and heroine of Dragon Bound.
You better believe we can’t wait for the next chapter of this fabulous couple’s story! RT’s Morgan says, "I am ridiculously excited to get more Dragos and Pia time. They started from such different places and levels of power — him, the older-than-time billionaire dragon shifter, and her, the haunted and hunted heroine who is being blackmailed. There’s no way that one book could include this couple’s entire story." Morgan went on to say that the direction the series is taking in Lord’s Fall reminds her of another popular set of books. “It’s very reminiscent of Nalini Singh's Archangels series where all powerful archangel Raphael is matched up with vampire hunter Elena Deveraux. Their story took three books to tell, and over the course of their adventure, Elena transformed into a heroine powerful enough to match her mate. So I’m in love with the idea that Harrison’s series seems to be following a similar path.”
Fact Two: Pia is pregnant!
In book one Dragos and Pia dated, mated and procreated! Well, by the end of Dragon Bound Pia had a tiny (potentially winged and fire-breathing) bun in the proverbial oven. However, the book’s back cover blurb told us that in this installment, despite having a “baby on board” the resourceful heroine will be “heading south to repair the Wyr's frayed relationship with the Elves. Being separated from Dragos is painful, but [it’s] for the good of the Wyr demesne ...”
We’re glad that Pia, as a representative of pregnant ladies everywhere, half-Wyr or not, is not being cosseted and stuck up in a tower somewhere to grow her baby out of sight and out of mind. Instead she will be managing challenging political situations, and doing it without her husband by her side. She’s being an independent lady in all the best of ways — while still having a partner who can support her and be supported by her.
(And Dragos might just need her support because he’s at home in New York City, overseeing the Sentinel Games, and it’s not going very smoothly. He’s got to hunt for two replacement sentinels — having just lost them to love in Storm’s Heart and Serpent’s Kiss, respectively — if the Wyrs are going to have any chance at winning the games and cementing their place as the most brutal and powerful faction.)
Fact Three: Today we get the first look at the cover of Lord’s Fall
We weren’t surprised to see that Harrison (and team) opted to change things up for this series outing. It’s an unexpected cover for an unexpected story.
RT’s Whitney has this to say about the new book look, “I love it. I think that the bars on the cover call to mind the old-world power that Dragos wields, and with him standing just beyond them, it’s very ‘come into my world, little chickadee.’ This story has a much more urban fantasy/steampunk look, one that I think is fitting because this isn’t a typical paranormal romance, Adding the classic Harrison title font to her name, it’s genius. I really feel that it’s a very ‘present’ cover. Like, ‘Hello World, I’m Thea Harrison’s writing and I’ve arrived.”
And what about that handsome image of Dragos on the stepback cover? He may look a little bit different from the hero we saw on the cover of the first book, but that’s not a bad thing, especially because now he’s at the foreground of the paranormal universe, and don’t you just feel that there are more adventures than you could dream of hiding in that dark and mysterious background?
So we want to know, what do you think of the latest Elder Races cover? Are you dying to get your hands on a copy when Lord's Fall hits shelves on November 6th? Tell us in the comments below. And for more genre coverage be sure to check out RT's Everything Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Page!