Kings of the Empire by M.A. Abraham – Review, Giveaway and Exclusive Cover Reveal

Kings of the Empire by M.A. Abraham – Review, Giveaway and Cover Reveal

 

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The Empire is rising to face the enemy. They are not alone, for their allies and neighbors have come to help; some have even come to fight despite the judgment of their own rulers. No one knows the extent of what they will be facing.

The Drazon is free, the Demon Hordes are on the march, and their numbers are staggering. Will the Empire survive this challenge? Or will their enemies prevail? The stakes are high, for in failing to win the upcoming battles, the lives of every Elf in the Empire are in jeopardy.

As the Elves prepare for the fight, the Drazon attacks at will. He challenges the might of the Dragons. He feels invincible. Omnipotent. Immortal. He will show the world who is in charge and the meaning of fear. His hatred knows no boundary.

While King Lothrariel fights to hold his Empire and, the lives of his people together, he is besieged by problems. He turns to Gabriel, to handle the greatest tasks, and to resume his place as Commander in Chief of the Combined Elven Armies of the Empire. Lothrariel answers his Life Mate’s call, and soon finds there is more to her summons than their bond. As an Oracle, she holds the answers in the back of her mind, although she cannot speak them, she can only guide

 

 

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Kings of the Empire by M.A. Abraham is the final book in her wonderful Elven Chronicles series.  I have followed this series and M.A. Abraham from the very beginning, where it all began.   After reading Kings of the Empire, I was sad that this was the end, and at the same time happy with the wonderful conclusion to this series.  M.A. Abraham blows us away with a wild, non-stop, thrilling, exciting finale that wows us with her seamless flow, especially with the many characters, both new and those who have been with us from the start.  This will be a difficult review, as so much happens throughout the book that cannot be described unless you read it.  I will give a brief synopsis and tell you my over all thoughts. 

Almost everyone who has been part of this series makes an appearance.  When we last left off in the last book, we knew war was upon us.   The Drazon is now free to wreak havoc on the Elven empire, and the number of demon hordes is astronomical.  All the Kings come together to fight the Demons, but things are not looking good, as they are sorely outnumbered.   But never underestimate our elves, who have much magical power behind them to fight for their lives, but it will be at cost.  Constantly, throughout the book, and this is a big book, the battles rage all across the kingdoms.  Gabriel, Lothariel, Daroth, the other Kings, all our heroines,  and warriors, both and men and woman; new and old; come together to fight the odds.  The powerful Dragons will also come to try to stop the Drazon. As the casualties build up, on both sides, we are on the edge of our seats worrying who we will lose.

I loved seeing all of our favorites and there was sadness on those we lost. I was totally blown away on how M.A. Abraham was able to continue the flow of the battles, with so many characters.  An amazing feat.   I will say that all those characters, especially some new ones I hardly remember (that is me, not M.A.), became somewhat confusing.  But it did not stop me from understanding and knowing what was happening.  Nearer to the end of the book, I did become nervous about losing one of my favorites. I will not tell too much more, other than to say if you have read this series, you are in for fantastic adventure that had a great conclusion to a wonderful series.   We will miss our Elves.  Thank you M.A. Abraham for bringing us into your world of Elves, and your wonderful characters we have come to love.  Bravo!   Once again, if you have not read the Elven Chronicles series, I suggest you do so.

Reviewed by Barb

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Chania is an Elven Princess in hiding, and content to stay that way.  She has lived most of her life in seclusion. She was placed amongst the humans that had once come to the aid of her ancestors, many millenniums before. She kept secreted by the head priestess, and revered as a Goddess by the people. She knows she is not what they think she is.  She also knows there is war looming in the future for these people, and it is time for her people to return, so they can keep their word.

Daeron is an Elven/Dragon shapeshifter, who has served as second in command of the Guardians of the Elven Empire for a long time. He comes from a long line of Kings, and has proven himself worthy of his position of life. He is a proud, noble, Golden Dragon, when he is not an Elf. He is not so pleased with the sudden match making ambitions of his leader, he is not about to give in without a fight. He will not be used in this manner, not by anyone.

Captured by her father’s guardians and forced to his side, Chania, is no happier about her father’s idea than Daeron. They recognize the Life Bond they share, but under the circumstances, they refuse to allow it to dictate their future. Can they fight an attraction that no Elf has ever been able to deny?

 

 

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Earwen’s Song by M.A. Abraham – Review & Giveaway

Earwen’s Song by M.A. Abraham – Review & Giveaway

 

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Earwen’s Song
Elven Chronicles series – Book #10
by M.A. Abraham
Release Date: April 16, 2016

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With one look Eöl knows he has finally found the love of his life, his Life Mate, one he has promised to bind so tightly they will never be parted. He is about to find that it isn’t as easy as he believes it will be, not with a Light Elf mate, who is also an Eagle Claw.

Shocked by the sudden appearance of a Life Mate in her life, when she hadn’t expected one, Eärwen runs. It isn’t that she is against the idea, but this wasn’t supposed to happen to her and, although she fights it, their attraction to one another is too strong.

As a newly bonded couple of power, they are hunted by the Demons and then captured, before being parted. The bond they share, however, is stronger than anyone believes. It connects them in ways few could have foreseen, as heart to heart, mind to mind, soul to soul, they complete their bond in the way of the most ancient of Elves.

 

 

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Earwen’s Song by M.A. Abraham is the 10th book in her wonderful Elven Chronicles series. I have said this before, this series just keeps getting better and better.  After the last book, we knew Earwen and Eol would be our heroes in this one.  Pretty quickly, both Earwen and Eol accidently are shocked to find out that they are lifemates.  Each has their own reactions.  Earwen is not happy, since is having too much fun with her friends and does not want to be bonded to any one, though Eol is one handsome Elf.  Eol is thrilled to finally have found his lifemate, and to be the pretty Earwen, who is a powerful young Tratcher and Eagle Claw.

When Eol kisses Earwen, she begins to feel the strong attraction, but she does not want to do the binding words just yet.  Eol will do a different kind of bonding that he learned during his study of old ancient history.  With them working together to help fight the Demon War, which is escalating, the unthinkable happens.  Eol will be captured, and Earwen injured. The different ancient bonding is so strong, that they will both be tied together feeling each of their pains, as well as able to mind connect with each other. 

All of this happens early on, as all the Kings, Gabriel, and the rest of the elves we have come to love will join in a major fierce battle against the demons and their wizards in a race to stop the onslaught, and to find a way to save Eol. Losing Eol will also cause Gabriel and Eden to lose Earwen,  as her bond to badly injured Eol, is causing her much of the same pain. 

Earwen’s Song is another exciting and tense story in M.A. Abraham’s wonderful Elven Chronicles Series.  It was great to see most of the children we have watched grow up to become such powerful warriors.  Through the intense battle, it was fun to watch what they can do, but at the same time, there was some emotional parts filled with torture and death. M.A. Abraham has written another fantastic story that continues to evolve, with non-stop action and great characters.  Very well done.

Reviewed by Barb

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For the King and Elven Empire by M.A. Abraham – Review & Giveaway

For the King and Elven Empire by M.A. Abraham – Review & Giveaway

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For The King and Elven Empire
Elven Chronicles #8
by M.A.Abraham
Release Date: June 16, 2015
Genre: adult, fantasy, romance

 

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It was supposed to be a simple trip to the High Elven Kingdom. It started out simply enough, with Gabriel, Eden and their children, accompanying King Elrohir and his bride. They were going to spend some time visiting, some time exploring, and doing a little work on the forest. Nothing, however, seems to ever go smoothly with the Eagle Claw clan and what started off as a simple trip, turned into a nightmare as their children disappear while working in the forest. Eden and Gabriel are frantic; they don’t know which way to turn. Who do they blame for the abduction of their family? Where are their children? Why can’t they touch their life forces? They join their talents and go on a search, calling in every resource they can, but get no results. They reach out to to Empire for help, to use force if necessary. That is quickly brought under control as Lothrariel arrives. It is not a popular decision, as far as the grieving parents are concerned.

At Gabriel’s command, the Kings and Queens lead their armies into the High Elven Kingdom, but it is not Gabriel who will take the lead; it is Lothrariel, as they find he has finally regained his ancient powers. He searches for answers, but a power as ancient as his has hidden the answers. Who has done this? Why?

While Lothrariel tries to calm the irate parents, he greets the members of the council and their consorts in the High Kingdom, the children work behind the scenes to regain their freedom with the help of their friends. There is only one Elf can reach the children where they are, S’Larea. It is she who will lead Lothrariel to the edge of the land where they are hidden, and it is he who will shatter the shield that holds them prisoner.

As things come together the Eagle Claw children work their magic on those who have taken them, while S’Larea gathers their friends and rides to their rescue. Will the High Elven Kingdom ever be the same after they are through?

 

 

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For the King and Elven Empire by M.A. Abraham is the 8th book in her Elven Chronicles series. For those who may not know about this series, the Elven Chronicles is a fun lighthearted fantasy series about Elves, with a wonderful cast of delightful characters. We look forward to each new book, as it is so much fun to spend time with our favorites, who always play a big part in each new book.  

Gabriel, Eden and all their children visited the High Elven Kingdom, as they escorted King Elrohir and his mate back home. The plan was also for Eden to work her renowned fertility spell so that this kingdom would finally have children, something sorely lacking over the years. While Eden was overseeing her children as they were working to bring the damaged trees back to health, she did not notice that they found some strange vibes closer up the mountain. Not telling their mother, the next day they decided to explore further together. A veil opens and the children are kidnapped, and when Eden rushes to their rescue, they have totally disappeared, and she cannot sense them.

What follows is an exciting adventure that will find Gabriel and Eden beside themselves in grief for their missing children, with Gabriel calling all the Elven forces to come to help find the children. Lothrariel is one of the first to arrive, and takes control, utilizing his increasing powers to find the veil, and keep Gabriel from starting a war. However, first Lothrariel needs find how the veil works and it will take a little time, causing Eden and Gabriel to continue to panic.

Back home, S’Larea gathers the other children, and uses her powers as an Oracle, even if she is only 10, to help communicate with Gabriel and Eden’s children. Together all the children will plan a rescue attempt. While they work on a rescue plan, we all know there is no need to worry, as the Eagle Claw children are a force to reckon with. It was a lot of fun to watch them deal with the other children in the forest behind the veil. The territory has been blocked off for many many years, when Lothrariel was King before the Demon war. These people have not seen civilization in a long long time, and seeing these refreshing and wild children of the Eagle Claw Clan was an eye opener.

This was a fun story, though not so for Eden and Gabriel, but the children were a blast, and I thoroughly enjoyed this adventure. M.A. Abraham has given us another fun story, allowing us to spend more time with the children and seeing things in their perspective. We get to see Lothrariel come fully into his powers, and be the King he was meant to be. A wonderful adventure that will give us a look at the past, answer questions and sneak a peek at what is in store for the future.   For the King and Elven Empire is another fascinating trip in this wonderful world created by M.A. Abraham.

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Luthien’s Song by M.A. Abraham – Review & Giveaway

Luthien’s Song by M.A. Abraham – Review & Giveaway

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Luthien’s Song
The Elven Chronicles series – Book #7
by M.A. Abraham
Release Date: November 2, 2014

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Lúthien is a powerful Elf with a talent that has been hunted to the brink of extinction by the Demons. She is a daughter of the sun, one who is able to lead a soul back through the darkness and into the light. Her talent is to spread light amongst her people and in extreme cases to Elves who have lost their way. With the rescue of Garoldth’s brother, Golradir her powers have never been needed more for his treatment at the hands of the Demons over the millennium have left him scarred both mentally and physically.

Golradir would have been King instead of Garoldth if he hadn’t been captured by Demons. He has been held captive for over fifteen hundred years, during that time he was tortured mercilessly and now that he is free he only wants to be left alone to die in peace. It is not that simple in the Elven world though, and especially when the one person who can help heal both his body and his soul is his Life Mate. Will he let her? Or will he allow the darkness planted in the deepest recess of his soul swallow them both?

 

 

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Luthien’s Song by M.A. Abraham is the 7th book in her Elven Chronicles series. For those who may not know about this series, it is a fun fantasy storyline about Elves, with some wonderful delightful characters that make you laugh, even in the midst of tense action. Luthien’s Song picks up after King’s Daughter left off. Golradir, is in horrible condition, after being abused for over a thousand years at the hands of the demons. The elves who rescued him bring him to Daroth to put together a team of the top known healers in the Elven lands, to handle the horrific task of trying to rebuild Golradir’s body from head to toes.

Luthien is a daughter of the sun, who has the ability (mostly kept secret) of healing ones soul, in the hope of bringing them back from the deepest dark depths to the light. When Luthien comes at the call from Daroth, she recognizes right away that the man (or whatever is left of him) lying in front of her is her lifemate. Golradir has buried himself deeply in his mind, where he found protection from the horrors done to him by the demons. Though he senses comfort, as Luthien enters his mind, and brings him to a peaceful place, he fears it is another trick by the demons.

I found this to be an amazing story, as M.A Abraham gave us a look at the healing powers of the Elves, many of whom have had their own stories (Eden, Haylo, Tamarak, Eol, Lothariel, etc), and some new healers we meet in this story. We watch at every step the healing done by the team of men and women working together to bring back a former king. What was so amazing was that Abraham made everything so real, detailing all that was done to this poor man and made us feel like we too were participating in the effort by all the Elves.

Luthien gave so much of herself to lessen Golradir’s pain by taking some of it, while she offered him her love in their private place in his mind. After time has passed, when Golradir became conscious, much to Luthien’s dismay, he rebuffed her love, because he feared he was tainted.

The recovery of Golradir will take three years, as we follow it all. The demons are still around and have set their sights on Luthien, who is a powerful elf that they want.

What follows is an exciting adventure to save Luthien, with all of our favorites trekking back to Demon land to find her. Golradir is now able to help; he knows he must save his lifemate from the fate he suffered, and he also wants revenge. Luthien’s Song is also a very nice romance that slowly builds.

Luthien’s Song is a poignant and passionate story of destructive evil, heartbreak, and the healing power of love. This book will pull on your emotions throughout, as M.A. Abraham has outdone herself with this amazing story. Well done!!

Reviewed by Barb

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King’s Daughter by M.A. Abraham – Review & Giveaway

King’s Daughter by M.A. Abraham – Review & Giveaway

 

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King’s Daughter
Elven Chronicales series.- Book #6
by M.A. Abraham
Release Date: September 20, 2014

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A flicker of eye contact is all King Liessen needs to know he has met his Life Mate and he realizes he knows her, not personally but through prior missions they have completed together. The biggest surprise comes with the knowledge that she is Garoldth’s daughter. The second surprise comes when he finds she is waking emotions he thought himself incapable of feeling. In the past, he laughed at the possessiveness of male Life Mates, but he quickly realized they were mild in comparison and how close he wants to keep his.

Aredhel didn’t notice the Dark King Liessen standing beside Daroth. She has always held men in contempt, only willing to acknowledge them if they deserved it. So why is this male different? Why does he make her heart skip a beat whenever he comes near? She doesn’t have time for this. She needs to stay focused. She is on a mission and it doesn’t include an Elf with a bad reputation.

 

 

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King’s Daughter by M.A. Abraham is the 6th book in her wonderful Elven Chronicles series. We knew from the last book that the rescue mission was on for King Garoldth’s brother being held a prisoner by Demons for over a thousand years. Garoldth’s daughter, Aredhel has already begun her own rescue, before Lothrariel, Rotheil and Eol, with the Elven warriors on their way. It is the Dark King Liessen who has been secretly following Aredhel from a distance, to protect her, as she is his Life Mate.

These demons are very powerful, wizards, who have captured and tortured the prisoner all these years. Just when Aredhel makes a rare mistake, and gets herself captured, Liessen has to reveal himself to save her. By then, Lothrariel and the others have come to help rescue both of them

What follows is an exciting adventure, with a lot of humor to lessen the tension. Aredhel has no interest in men, especially a lifemate. Liessen, at first forces his attentions on her, and despite her determination not to get involved, she finds herself attracted to him. Before we go to the exciting adventure, I do have to say I was not a fan of Liessen early on. They were in the midst of a dangerous war, and all he could think of was bedding his lifemate, forcing his attention on her. That did change a bit later, when Aredhel recognized that she is bonded to him. But early on he kind of annoyed me. Aredhel is a warrior, one Gabriel’s female elites, and though Liessen admired her, he wanted Aredhel to become his Queen, and not be the warrior she was. Another somewhat annoying macho attitude

The rescue attempt was very exciting, with lives on the line often. Besides Aredhel, Liessen being in danger, the other elven warriors, including  Lothrariell, Eol were also in deep in those dark caves. What the demons did to the prisoners was horrific. It will take all the power and magic of these Elves to hope to rescue the prisoner and survive.

During those tense moments, it was Eol who always made us laugh and lighten the moment. M.A. Abraham gives us a wonderful exciting and tense storyline that will require the survival of the fittest. This was a somewhat different type of story, and very well done. M.A. Abraham has an uncanny ability to blend humor in her stories that will make you laugh, even when you are in the midst of extreme intense situations. If you are reading the Elven Chronicles, you must read King’s Daughter, as it is one of the best, though a bit darker.

Reviewed by Barb

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Novels of the Elder Races: The Tarot Card Novellas by Thea Harrison-a review

NOVELS OF THE ELDER RACES: The Tarot Card Novellas by Thea Harrison-a review

True Colors – an Elder Races novella by Thea Harrison

“True Colors” is a novella by Thea Harrison based on her Elder Races series. This short story focuses on Gideon Riehl and Alice Clark, whom are both Wyr’s. Gideon, who is a wolf shifter, is now one of Dragos’s top men, replacing Tiago, who left to be with Tricks. He is a detective with the Wyr police force and is currently involved looking for a serial killer. Receiving a clue, Gideon rushes to stop another murder, but is too late. As he surveys the scene, he scents someone hiding.

Alice, who is Wyr chameleon, is on the scene, as she just found her best friend murdered. She is devastated, but she hides as she hears someone rushing up the steps. When Gideon leaves, Alice shortly follows, only to see that Gideon was waiting for her. Immediately the two of them realize they are mates. But Alice is scared, and she runs away. As a chameleon she is very fast, but Gideon convinces her to meet him at the police force.

Though this is mystery, the romance between the two of them begins full force, as Gideon makes himself her protector. He questions her, as he is trying to find the murderer, and they end up helping each other. All three of the previous recent murders were Alice’s friends, and unbeknownst to her…she is the next intended victim. Gideon will not let anyone harm Alice. It doesn’t take long for them to have hot steamy sex, as they discover each other, confirming that they were destined as mates.

Gideon, for a tough guy, was so sweet with Alice. He never thought of himself finding someone, and being in love. Alice herself was shy, sweet, and never really cared to find someone to love. Being a Wry Chameleon was dangerous, as most of her kind were killed many years ago. So she and her friends kept to themselves. The story is fast, continual, and not a dull moment. We really do not get to see too many of our other favorites from the Elder Races. If you have not read any of the Elder Races, this book could be a standalone. However, Thea Harrison does a good job with this novella, and it is well worth it for you to read the entire series…it is that much fun.

Reviewed by Barb

NATURAL EVIL by Thea Harrison

NATURAL EVIL is the March 2012 release in Thea Harrison’s Elder Race TAROT CARD novella series. Like True Colors, Natural Evil departs from Thea’s Elder Race- Wyr storylines to focus on Luis, a 27 year old shapeshifter and Claudia a 40 year old woman with some telekinetic powers and the mysterious Tarot cards. Although Thea never does reveal the source of the heroine’s powers, it appears that she may have some psychic ability as well.

Claudia is a retired major in the Specials Forces, on her way to Vegas. Although she really had no destination in mind, driving along she finds a rather larger animal wounded and dying along the highway. With her telekinetic powers, Claudia lifts the injured animal into her car and drives forward, in search of help. But the help that is offered is not what she had expected. It becomes rather obvious, that more than one person is looking for the ‘wounded animal’ and the local law enforcement is more than willing to euthanize the animal ASAP. Claudia is soon suspicious about the real intent of the Nevada sheriff. And there are others who are not willing to relinquish the controls on the investigation surrounding the tortured animal.

Luis is a shapeshifter, who was sent by the Wyr to investigate the rumors of missing people and the Power of the silver being mined. But a miscalculation by Luis results in his capture, drugging and inability to shift back to human. Tortured and left for dead, Luis is rescued by Claudia and nursed by to health by a friendly retired veterinarian. Seeing intelligence in the animal’s eyes, Claudia soon recognizes the animal as a member of the ‘Wyr’ species and attempts to communicate telepathically. But it is with the information obtained from the doc that drives Claudia forward in an effort to save Luis life. Hoping to trap those responsible, Luis and Claudia return to the silver mine, in an effort to destroy the people involved in the discovery of the mine and its portal to the other side.

Once again, the Tarot Cards make an appearance, as they did in True Colors. When Luis questions the origins of the deck, Claudia remembers that a woman gave her the cards saying the ‘cards’ communicate and choose their owner. They have a Power of their own. And at the end of the storyline, the Tarot Cards will once again find themselves with a new owner.

The relationship between Luis and Claudia is slow to build. Luis remains in his shifted form throughout the first ½ of the storyline, therefore the romance is negligent, but there is a connection between the couple. Claudia is concerned, as their sexual relationship develops because of the age difference between she and Luis, and she will make an attempt to dissuade any physical contact, although both are highly aware of the attraction.

Natural Evil is not one of Thea’s best storylines. It was a quick read, like all novellas. The story was interesting until Luis and Claudia went to investigate the mine and its’ missing people. Here is where the writing changes. It becomes jumpy and the flow is not smooth. I found myself going back-wondering if I had missed some information. 

Reviewed by Sandy

DEVIL’S GATE (Elder Races novella #3 (4.6)) by Thea Harrison

DEVIL’S GATE is the 3rd novella in Thea Harrison’s Novel of the Elder Races TAROT CARD series. Unlike the previous two novellas, Devil’s Gate stayed true to the Elder Race characters. Natural Evil and True Colors ventured down a different path, and one that was not as enticing or exciting, but with Devil’s Gate Thea has, once again, found her style. There is little reference to the ‘magical Tarot cards’ until the final couple of chapters and only then, with reference to their mystical powers.

Seremela Telemar is the heroine. We were first introduced to the medusa/medical examiner in Storm’s Heart and Serpent’s Kiss, but in Devil’s Gate Seremela has her own story to tell. With her niece Vetta missing and held captive in the magical encampment of Devil’s Gate, Seremela makes it her mission to, once again, set about rescuing her troubled niece. But her new position with Carling and Rune has yet to begin and she is already asking for a leave, knowing that this will probably not be the last time.

Duncan Turner vampire/lawyer will not let Seremela attempt a rescue of Vetta by herself. Working for Carling and Rune, he is aware of Seremela’s predicament and has asked that he be kept abreast of Seremela’s actions. His attraction to the beautiful medical examiner is known to Carling and it is with her permission that Duncan will aid Seremela in her search and rescue at Devil’s Gate. And when Vetta is safe, Duncan will make sure that Seremela knows that she will be his to claim.

Vetta has been charged with murdering one of the Powers at Devil’s Gate. But without a body to examine, there is no proof that Vetta’s medusa snakes poisoned the Dark Fae. And the Djinn running the illegal operations at the camp was willing to execute Vetta for the sins of another just to prove his position. But the appearance of Duncan and Seremela will change the stakes and force Malphas to bow to a higher authority. Duncan knows that Malphas’s past will not save him from the wrath of the Elders and it is with regret that Malphas must assume a position he did not want to take.

Thea brings back some of her previous characters, even if by way of a mention, including Rune/Carling, Tiago/Niniane, Julian, and the Djinn Soren and Khalil. With the inclusion of these characters, Devil’s Gate felt more connected to the Elder Race Novels than the previous two e-novellas. And her introduction of Malphas (a pariah Djinn) and the Dark Fae Xanthe (who takes possession of the magical Tarot cards) we will be seeing more of these characters in Thea’s next e-novella-Hunting Season.

Devil’s Gate is by far, the better of Thea’s 3 e-novellas. With the inclusion and mention of many of her Elder Race hero/heroines the novella felt like it belonged. A wonderful story, a great premise and another well-written chapter in the Novels of the Elder Races.

Reviewed by Sandy

HUNTER’S SEASON (Elder Races #4.7 or Tarot Card #4) by Thea Harrison

HUNTER’S SEASON is the 4th storyline (September 2012 release)  in Thea Harrison’s Elder Races Tarot Card series of novellas. The powerful Tarot Cards have made their way through a series of mishaps and adventures, and in each storyline, the cards have either hindered or helped the immortal in question. Hunter’s Season will find the Dark Fae and assassin warrior Xanthe as she returns home to the Fae colony outside of Chicago. Having completed her most recent assignment at Devil’s Gate, Xanthe will come into possession of the Tarot deck and in each shuffle, the Major Arcana destines that she will find someone to care (for) and Xanthe thinks the kitten she has found is the one- only the someone in question is another Dark Fae with whom she has had feelings for a very long time.

Chancellor Aubrey Riordan’s life changed the day his wife tried to assassinate the new Queen of the Dark Fae –Niniane aka Tricks. And now a year has passed and the conspiracy and his wife’s betrayal continue to follow him like a shadow. When Niniane and her consort Tiago hire the assassin Xanthe as the Queen’s guardian, Aubrey is both concerned and delighted that the mysterious Dark Fae will continue to grace their lives. But an assassination attempt on Aubrey will find Xanthe as his new protector and a relationship developing between two people who never considered the possibilities.

Hunter’s Season is more of a romance storyline than action and adventure. We get a glimpse into Tiago’s friendship with Aubrey and his duties as the Dark Queen’s consort. Aubrey and Xanthe’s relationship begins as nurse and patient, and slowly develops into a friendship that will quickly turn to passion and love. As Aubrey’s wounds and ego begin to heal, we will discover that the investigation into the attempted murder of the Chancellor has long been over, and that the Queen had ulterior motives to keep her guardian and friend together.

HUNTER’S SEASON is a romantic storyline that concentrates on the growing relationship between two people. I enjoyed this particular novella more than the others. Perhaps I needed to cleanse my reading palette of some of the blood and war that so many of the recent paranormal storylines have focused. With the return of Tiago and Niniane, the storyline felt complete and part of the original Elder Race series. Sometimes a novella will introduce a new character(s) or side-story that is so disconnected from the original series, that they are best read as stand alones, but Hunter’s Season felt very connected and that was a major plus for Thea’s storyline.

Reviewed by Sandy

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