Shadow's End

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Shadow's End

A Novel of the Elder Races, #9

This compelling addition to a stellar paranormal series provides both a deeply romantic love story and a wonderful glimpse of the remarkable world that contains creatures of mythology such as dragons, gryphons, and harpies along with elves, vampires and djinn. I fell in love with this well-constructed world with my first glimpse of the self-effacing Pia and the OCD dragon she captivated and I always delight in getting updates on their family and those around them. I enjoy the complexity of the relationship between the various factions and it was intriguing to watch the antipathy between Bel and the being she despises as the ‘Beast’ and reconcile that with the deep family ties that Graydon has for his ‘boss’ Dragos and the rest of the Cuelebre family.

This was a book that ties together many of the disparate tales that comprise the series of stories about all of these fantastical beings and I loved being able to get an update on many of them. The connection that formed a couple of centuries before highlights the long-lived nature of these beings and the unrequited love theme that permeates this story combined with the willing ultimate sacrifice that marks the final battle makes this a story that is sigh-worthy for me and one that I will read over and over.

I love that there are also moments of levity and bewilderment (e.g. the plaintive cry by a gryphon who is trying desperately to avert a major confrontation between an arrogant and extremely powerful Djinn and a Wyr in the throes of mating frenzy, or a harpy who is trying to avoid being blamed for the irrational actions of a new father-to-be) but I also enjoy the whimsical twists that tweak traditional lore about all of these fantastical creatures. Liam is one of my favorite beings in this series, and seeing him becoming a power in his own right in such a compressed amount of time is a fantastic element that adds to the mystique of these stories. For me, this story combines all that I love best about paranormal romances and I can’t wait to read more adventures featuring more of these beings who have become delightfully familiar and beloved.

“Shadow’s End” by Thea Harrison is part of the ‘Elder Races’ series and tells the story of the relationship that forms between the Elven consort, Beluviel (Bel), and the Wyr Sentinel, Graydon, who is one of the gryphons that protects Dragos and the rest of the Cuelebre family. Family ties and obligations enmesh the two of them in an unholy bargain that has horrific implications for the balance of power among the various factions and the gradual shift over the years only increases the danger to all concerned. The struggle to counteract the insidious evil that threatens the delicate balance becomes critical and may require the ultimate sacrifice, but it is a price that is willingly paid in the name of love.


Book Blurb for Shadow's End

The author of Lord’s Fall and Midnight’s Kiss returns with an enchanting and sizzling new tale about debts that cannot be repaid and hunger that cannot be satisfied…

For Beluviel, consort to the Elven High Lord, and Graydon, gryphon and First Sentinel of the Wyr, even the slightest desire for each other is forbidden. But two hundred years ago, after a desperate play to save Beluviel’s stepson left them indebted to the cruel Djinn Malphas, they found their fates inexorably linked together—and the hunger between them growing too strong to ignore…

Two centuries later, with their debt to Malphas coming due, Beluviel and Graydon realize that, if they are to stand any chance of saving their souls, they must once again work together—this time more closely than ever before. But every moment they spend with each other brings them nearer to losing something even more vital—their hearts…


Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2015 5.00