Several weeks ago Thea Harrison’s first book in the Elder Races series, Dragon Bound was suggested to me.  I plowed through that book in one day and have been impatiently waiting for the next book in the series ever since.  Luckily for me I didn’t have to wait long. Luckier even yet is that we only have to wait till October for book three.


This book revolves around Tricks, the cute little faerie PR rep we met in the last book.  She’s my kind of gal.  When faced with the problem assassination attempts she hops in her car (or a stolen one) and high tails it to a hotel to pound back a bottle vodka and chain smoke her worries away.  I really question her wallowing liquor choices.  Who would willingly choose bubblegum vodka?  Not me, that is for sure.  That is just gross.


The first half of this book is pretty much a gigantic game of cat and mouse between our heroine and hero.  He finds her, insists on saving her, she takes off again, rinse, lather, repeat.  Then we add some conditioner and rinse again.  When I say half of the book I am really not kidding.


The next quarter of the book is really made up of Tricks going on an emotional speedway weaving through all the reasons her relationship with the hero could and probably would fail.  “I love him I don’t care!” “He’s going to leave me anyway.” “I love him I don’t care!” “I need to put being queen above all else.” Flip. Flop.


Then we have a lovely scene where two of the Wyr Sentinals that we have seen before and are apparently BFF with both Tricks and Tiago decide that they are actually really, really, racist.  It made zero sense to me, and seemed to come out of nowhere.  It was gone almost as fast as it appeared as well.  They all fought for a good five minutes then they decided that mixed races was okay after all.  Honestly, after some of the things that were said there would be no way I could possibly forgive that in a hour, or a day, or most likely even a month.


The last bit of the book is actually reserved for the plot.  We watch Tricks go into faerie, dissolve some political nefarious plots, and then take her rightful place as queen.  This is rather cliché as we have the typical fae political nonsense interfere.  It seemed that when we entered the Other Worlds, we also entered pretty much every single book about faeries I have ever read.


That makes it sound like I didn’t enjoy the book right?  Well, I did.  This installment of the Elder Races, much like the previous has a lot of similarities to some other book series.  I happen to love those series, so I enjoyed this as well.  Once we got past the first 50 pages or so the next 100 pages just became redundant.  I would have liked to have seen more of the plot earlier in the story, or at least some more steam.