REVIEW: THEA HARRISON – THE ADVERSARY

REVIEW: THEA HARRISON – THE ADVERSARYThe Adversary by Thea Harrison
Also by this author: Liam Takes Manhattan, Planet Dragos
Also in this series: Liam Takes Manhattan, Planet Dragos
Series: Elder Races #9.95, Chronicles of Rhyacia #2
Published by Indie on July 26, 2021
Genres: PNR
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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Cliffhanger: No

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When Dragos and Pia move to the Other land of Rhyacia, they hope starting a new life will bring safety and freedom to their family, especially their young baby, Niall. And at first their new home seems perfect… but looks are deceiving.

Beneath Rhyacia’s idyllic façade an ancient, malevolent force lurks, waiting for the right opportunity to break free of its cage. When that opportunity comes, it strikes with devastating accuracy.

While Dragos has never backed down from a fight, he’s also never encountered an enemy like this one before. How can he fight a foe who doesn’t have a body? A foe who can invade and turn his own mind against him?

How can Dragos protect his family, when at any moment one of them may become the enemy?

As Dragos and Pia race against time to fight this unseen menace, they must also acknowledge a terrifying truth—when anyone can become the enemy, no one can be trusted.

An adversary who can trap the dragon poses a threat to everyone in Rhyacia, and that means no one is safe…

It’s been a minute since the last time I got to spend time with Pia and Dragos. Let me bring you up to speed. A year ago, Thea released the first part of a four parts serial, THE UNSEEN. A couple of weeks ago the author let us know that this will release as a duet. This was me when I read about it:

Because Pia and Dragos. I can’t get enough of them. But then I held THE ADVERSARY in my hands and let me tell you, it couldn’t be more awesome. It has the fabulous Elder Races feel, a lot of Pia and Dragos goodness, lots of Liam, some of our most beloved characters from the series and a lot of magic, action and tension. I was glued to the pages, the adversary is one of the nastiest enemies our heroes (the whole bunch of them) have had to fight. That thing is a piece of work and Pia’s snark brought comic relief from the tension.

The thing possessing Dragos had walked his evil cooties through the house. As soon as she had her mate back, she was going to turn on the complaining wife faucet and let that sucker run.

Dragos had to make a horrible, horrible call that affects his son for years to come, I suppose and I think we’ll read about this in future Liam books. Which, btw., alludes the epilogue to. It sounds like we’ll get a couple of those and I couldn’t be happier. This young man has grown into a proud dragon, who still has a lot to learn but has Pia’s level-headedness and Dragos’s fierceness. So this will be interesting.

Being so desperately in love with someone and mating with them—it came with a heavy price. And he paid it gladly, and he would keep paying it again and again…

I loved to see how far Dragos has come. From the dragon who was ruthless to someone…OK OK, still as ruthless but now he has a conscience and almost seems…human. Dragos and Pia’s love is going strong and while they have moved into the phase where you are more aware of the flaws of your partner, they don’t mind. Pia is so wise and yet so snarky about it. The love for one another is in every word.

“I never knew what loneliness was until you came into my life and taught me what it was like to love someone.”

This concludes this novella duet and I honestly can’t see how Thea could have made it more than two parts. Oh OK, of course she could have but what I mean is that she packed so much in these two shorties and wrapped it up with a bow. If you’re not familiar with this series I urge you to start at the beginning. These books need to be read in order. But I promise you won’t regret it.

THE ADVERSARY officially releases on July 26, but you can already grab your copy on the author’s page.

About Thea Harrison

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Thea Harrison resides in Colorado.  She wrote her first book, a romance, when she was nineteen, and had sixteen romances published under the name Amanda Carpenter.  She took a break from writing to collect a couple of graduate degrees and a grown child.

Thea writes in a variety of genres, including the award-winning paranormal Elder Races series and the Game of Shadows novels, and is currently at work on various new projects in sci-fi fantasy, paranormal and contemporary romance.

She adores animals and currently resides with two small dogs that have very large personalities.

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