This paranormal tale concludes this subset of tales that explore the Cuelebre family as it grows, both literally and figuratively. It is inevitable that there are going to be challenges as they work out the dynamics of having two male dragons in the same territory, but there is also the strain of events that alter the dynamics of the Wyr who interact with them. The accelerated growth that characterizes Liam’s life thus far makes him unlike any other child and it was enlightening to see how his parents, Pia and Dragos, deal with the angst and challenge of making sure that finds his way.
The advice given by the uncanny stranger that Liam meets reflects why that being has certain totems and reminds us that: “Love is like a lion. It’s fierce and strong. It conquers fear and uncertainties, and it knows how to fight. Love fights to win and keep its mate, to do the right thing, to give to others in service, no matter what the cost.”
A great addition to the series, this story enriches the understanding of the remarkable Cuelebre family, and I think it would be best appreciated by those who are familiar with the overall series, and I think one should at the very least try to read all three of these novellas together, even though each of them has a particular thorny problem that is resolved by the end of the story. There are multiple aspects that remind us how important this particular family is and intriguing foreshadowing of future events and I can’t wait to see what future adventures they get into!
“Liam Takes Manhattan” by Thea Harrison is connected to the ‘Elder Races’ series, is part of a trilogy of novellas that feature the Cuelebre family. This particular novella takes place immediately after the startling events chronicled in the novel, “Shadow’s End” and explores the impact of those events on the youthful Liam, who is searching to find his place in the world of the Wyr. The pressures of being Dragos’ son plus Liam’s rapid physical growth that is not necessarily matched by his emotional development add to the stress and prompts Liam to makes decisions that are going to shape his future, whether his loving parents approve or not.
Warning: this story contains a major spoiler from SHADOW’S END (book #9, released December 1st, 2015). If readers do not want to be spoiled, they should read the stories in order of their release dates. This is a short story (15,000 words or 50 pages) intended for readers of the Elder Races who enjoy Liam Cuelebre as a character.
Reeling from a deep loss, the magical prince of the Wyr, Dragos and Pia’s son Liam Cuelebre, turns inward and withdrawn as he struggles to come to terms with who he is, along with the challenges that lie before him.
Hoping to ease his heartache and offer comfort, a concerned Dragos and Pia offer him a gift, something he has desired for a long time. Liam’s response has a ripple effect across all of New York. Soon miracles of all kinds start arriving just in time for Christmas, along with a visit from a mysterious person who gives Liam hope and a vision of his future.
LIAM TAKES MANHATTAN is the third part of a three-story series about Pia, Dragos, and and their son, Liam. Each story stands alone, but fans might want to read all three: DRAGOS GOES TO WASHINGTON, PIA DOES HOLLYWOOD, and LIAM TAKES MANHATTAN.