Pia Giovanni has spent all of her life in hiding. By doing so she’s managed to avoid the continuing conflict between wyrkind and their dark Fae enemies. Having been blackmailed - by an ex-boyfriend she made the mistake of trusting - into stealing a coin from Dragos, the world’s oldest wyr, was not part of her plans. Neither was being hunted by one of the most powerful and passionate of the Elder races.
Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison is one of the best shapeshifter books I’ve read this year. From the moment I opened this book, I was mesmerized by the characters and the world Ms. Harrison created. Pia and Dragos have great physical and verbal chemistry, which made it a lot of fun to read their story.
Forced to hide what she is from birth, Pia has spent her whole life in hiding. Looking for love and acceptance, she made the mistake of trusting a man she really didn’t know very well, only to discover that he’d told others of her special “talents.” When he threatens to expose who she is to his “partners” if she doesn’t steal something for him, Pia finds herself having to break into highly secured hoard of Dragos, the world’s most famous dragon and the man at the top of one of the seven “Elder” demesnes (domains). Successfully completing her task puts Pia on the run and trying to cover her tracks. Realizing how alone she is in the world, she knows her days are numbered.
Around since the formation of the world, Dragos can’t believe someone has dared to steal from him, especially since his hoard is heavily secured, its whereabouts a highly guarded secret that only Dragos and his most trusted lieutenants know. Intrigued by the apology note left behind by the thief, Dragos finds himself somewhat amused, a feeling he hasn’t felt in quite some time. Determined to track down the thief and find out what game is really afoot, Dragos assigns his most trusted lieutenant to track down the thief but is very specific about who will deal out justice. Will this shapeshifter who’s been worshiped by some as a God and who is used to acting like a feudal lord be able to resist the temptation his prey turns out to be?
When Dragos tracks down his thief, he can’t help but be attracted to her both because of her physical beauty and her quirky sense of humor. She amuses him. While Pia realizes how deadly Dragos can be, she can’t help but be attracted to his strength and strong sexuality. Forced together while Dragos discovers who targeted his hoard and what their ultimate end game really is, Dragos and Pia can’t fight the physical attraction they feel for each other. All of Dragos’s lieutenants are surprised by his emotional reaction but are charmed as well by Pia’s personality and natural warmth.
The world Ms. Harrison has created is simply fascinating. While the seven “Elder” demesnes are operated under feudal structure and law, the time and place is modern day America. With a dragon for a leader, the Wyrkind (shapeshifters) is just one of the different kinds of paranormal characters that occupy this world. There are Elves, Faeries, Vampyres, and Witches, and they’ve been out and about living alongside humans for the last 1500 years or so. I really enjoyed the contrast brought by the different kinds to this story. Of course not everyone in this world plays fair, and not all have the same moral code, which has led to power struggles between the strongest kinds and pitted the Dark Fae against the Elves and Wyr, their strongest opponents. When Dragos discovers who was behind the theft, it’s no real surprise.
Will Dragos’s attraction to Pia be a strength or a downside in the war that is brewing among the Elders? Will Pia be able to accept and embrace the true predator Dragos must be to continue being at the top? Read Dragon Bound to find out. I think, as I did, you’ll enjoy the experience. I’ve already ordered my copies of the upcoming books in the series, Storm’s Heart, which comes out in August 2011, and Serpent’s Kiss, which will release in October 2011.