Reviewed by Tori
Liam Cuelebre is experiencing some growing pains. The events of the past few weeks has taken a tole on him and he finds himself drifting along aimlessly as he struggles to understand exactly what happened and his place in the world.
Pia and Dragos are at a loss on how to cheer up their son so they decide on a gift that Liam has wanted forever. His response is worthy of the prince he is and it leads him to make a choice on that will change his life forever.
This is the third novella in a trilogy that focused on the Cuelebre family; each book from one family member’s point of view. I admit to waiting impatiently to finally hear from Liam. This sweet not so little boy anymore stole fans hearts from the moment we learned of his impending birth. Due to his unique genetics and some liberties taken by Harrison, his growth and maturity is fast-tracked by days rather than years as with human children. A condition he battles with his dragon on a daily basis. He feels as though life is passing him by with each minute that passes.
He was growing tired of this constant battle with himself.
Not as action-packed as the first two, also, no smexy times. This is one of the tamest story in this world, more of a reflective coming of age than Harrison’s normal offerings.
The events in Shadow’s Fall affected Liam in multiple ways. His strong narrative explains his discontent and sorrow; and his choice to finally put forth some of his own concerns to his parents. Being the Wyr Prince isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. He is feeling smothered and wants to be able to make some of his own choices in his life. Hard to do when he is the first of his kind and his parents are extremely protective of their only child.
I didn’t know you were having problems with being my son…
Harrison does a fantastic job of showing the emotional upheaval Liam is experiencing. His hormones are all over the place and his is testing the boundaries with Dragos provides some chuckles. Dragos, who tolerates no disention, is suddenly faced with a changeling teenager and must learn to balance his role as the Lord of the Wyrs with being a father. Thankfully they have Pia to smooth the way.
I am not a child anymore. I won’t do everything you tell me to do just because you tell me to do it.
Harrison addresses the clues she left in the first two books in here, expanding on them and further ratcheting up the speculation of the next full-length novel. I also saw a certain tweet that Harrison is considering releasing a trilogy all from Liam’s point of view. I would love to see that. Especially if it relates to the new adventure he is embarking on.
As always, Harrison delivers the goods with her dynamic characters and well-plotted stories. Fans will delight to share in the more private moments on the Cuelebre family as well as seeing possible future storylines.