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...
Graydon’s book was what I had hoped for. The sacrifice and enduring love theme worked for me. It was action packed, dramatic, sad, happy and most of all, it had the HEA Graydon had been denied for 200 years. Gryphon took over as Frist Sentinel as well as my favorite when Rune left to mate with Carling.
The narrator Sophie Eastlake just delivered the story with a flair that was completely riveting. I love her voice and how she tells this series. I read the first two, but the audio is so much more powerful because of the narration.
Graydon and Beluviel (Consort to the Elven High Lord) had one incredible moment together before a cruel Djinn Malphas blackmailed them into an agreement to separate. Bel’s son Ferion was indebted to Malphas for a huge gambling debt and the djinn took a lien on Ferion’s soul. Gray and Bel agreed to stay away from each other as long as Malphas didn’t kill Ferion and force him to do illegal activities. So for 200 years, Gray and Bel kept to their promise while gathering evidence that Malphas was violating their agreement.
Armed with their evidence, Gray and Bel come to their friends for aid to be free from this Djinn’s control and the friends didn’t disappoint.
There was such angst and anticipation due to the separation of the two, which made the story much more enjoyable for me. The pace was steady and exciting throughout. The chemistry between Gray and Bel was so palpable that my heart was beating fast. This book is definitely one of my favorites in the series. The author made sure to engage the prior couples in the story and the storytelling was engrossing. This series is definitely one of the best series in PNR.
Special thanks to Tantor Audio for the audiobook, which was given in exchange for an honest review
Two opponents must confront the cause of their obsessive fury in the latest Novel of the Elder Races…
As a harpy, Sentinel Aryal is accustomed to dealing with hate, but Sentinel Quentin Caeravorn manages to inspire in her a burning ire unlike anything she’s ever known. Aryal believes the new Sentinel to be a criminal, and vows to take him out as soon as the opportunity arises. But the harpy’s incessant wrath has pushed Quentin to the limit, and forces him to make a deadly vow of his own.
To put an end to the conflict, Dragos, Lord of the Wyr, sends them on a reconnaissance mission to the Elven land of Numenlaur. Forced to work together, Aryal and Quentin’s mutual antagonism escalates. Each fight draws forth more passion—culminating in an explosively sexual confrontation. But when their quest reveals real danger, Aryal and Quentin must resolve their differences in ways beyond the physical, before the entire Wyr is threatened.
I loved this one. I had been so hesistant since Aryal had been a grumpy ass harpie! But Thea Harrison made her interesting to read along with Quentin Caeravorn.
Ever since Dragos held the games where the sentinels were chosen, Aryal has had in for Quentin. She just knew it in her bones that he was sketchy. She tried and tried to find concrete evidence of his crimes, but couldn’t find proof of Quentin’s offenses. That anger and frustration led Aryal and Quentin to constantly fight, both verbally and physically. After a fight which had the potential to harm Liam, Dragos’ son, Dragon banished Aryal and Quentin for 2 weeks to a month.
He sent them on a mission to the Elven land of Numenlaur to find and help the remaining Elves that survived the war against Garvarel.
Being forced to work together made them confront their attraction to each other. They pushed each other to the limit and it was because they had the same kind of inner drive. Once that aggression was channeled properly, some serious fireworks exploded between the Aryal & Quentin. They made a great team both in and out of bed.
When the witch who was scavenging the Elven land broke Aryal’s wings, Quentin and Aryal and the elves banded together to fight of the Witch and the shadow wolves. This final stand cemented their bond and trust, allowing Quentin & Aryal to claim each other as mates.
this one was definitely tied with Tiago & Ninianne’s book as my favorite. A lot of action and great plot. Thea Harrison wrote such an entertaining story. I found myself laughing a lot in this book. My interest in this series has been rejuvenated.