Dragon Bound (Elder Races #1) by Thea Harrison
Half-human and half-Wyr, Pia Giovanni spent her life keeping a low profile among the Wyrkind and avoiding the continuing conflict between them and their Dark Fae enemies. But after being blackmailed into stealing a coin from the hoard of a dragon, Pia finds herself targeted by one of the most powerful—and passionate—of the Elder Races.
As the most feared and respected of the Wyrkind, Dragos Cuelebre cannot believe someone had the audacity to steal from him, much less succeed. And when he catches the thief, Dragos spares her life, claiming her as his own to further explore the desire they’ve ignited in each other.
Pia knows she must repay Dragos for her trespass, but refuses to become his slave—although she cannot deny wanting him, body and soul.
This was a very interesting book, and I was intrigued by the ideas in it. I can understand why it got so much hype—I just don’t think it did it for me. There was a lot going on, and it was all very well executed.
Let’s start with the positives, because this book really did have a lot of them.
I actually really liked the world building Harrison has set up — it’s not over-explained in the writing, but the rules of the world are very clear and easy to understand. There’s enough complexity to this world that I’m quite impressed with her skill in setting everything up and laying it all out. I understand a fair amount about the Elder Races, and I didn’t get a headache trying to keep up with it. I will lay a caveat down and say it felt like Harrison expected a fair amount of her readers: first-time fantasy-readers might not appreciate the world-building as much as fans of the genre.
The plot was quite creative too—taking a relatively cliche’d high fantasy plot point and taking it into a completely different, modernized world was quite clever. I was concerned when I first read the description that the love affair between Pia and Dragos would feel forced, simply because I wouldn’t expect a dragon lord to fall in love with someone who stole something from his horde if this were real life (yes, I realize this is fantasy and therefore by definition not real life, but things still have to feel real). But Harrison gave a good reason behind the decisions in the book, and that gave it some merit I wasn’t expecting.
So why did I only give this one 3.5?
Honestly, I just wasn’t a big fan of Pia and Dragos. They were well-enough written, but I didn’t like them. I liked Pia well enough for the first half of the book or so, then she started to get on my nerves. And for being the big Alpha Male, which I’m normally a big fan of, Dragos just fell a little weak with me, and I can’t quite put my finger on why. When the focus of your book is on the character/relationship development (more so, even, than on the real plot), your readers have to love your characters, and I just didn’t.
There were also some important parts that seemed very rushed — like the entire ending. I know, endings are hard, and it’s tough to find the right pacing. I don’t think Harrison found it in this book. Not for me, anyway.
Posted on January 8, 2014, in Urban Fantasy/Paranormal and tagged book reviews, dragon bound, dragons, elder races, paranormal romance, thea harrison, urban fantasy. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.