Review: Lionheart by Thea Harrison (Moonshadow #3)


Lionheart by Thea Harrison // VBC ReviewLionheart (Moonshadow #3)
Thea Harrison
Published: Oct. 15, 2018 (Teddy Harrison LLC)
Purchase: Amazon
Review source: library
Reviewed by: Margaret

Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars

Note: While review will be spoiler free, it does make reference to previous books in the series. If you haven’t started yet, check out VBC’s review of Moonshadow.

Dr. Kathryn Shaw launched the Moonshadow series when she informed book one’s heroine Sophie of the property she inherited. Her cottage hides a portal to the lands of the fey. Now, Kathryn closes out the series with her own book in which she travels through that portal to save King Oberon from an assassin’s spell which has left him in a coma for years.

During that time the king’s out-of-control weather magic has ravaged Lyonesse, leaving parts uninhabitable. It’s not just Oberon’s fate that rests in Kathryn’s hands, but that of the entire kingdom.

Kathryn’s presence awakens Oberon and their chemistry is immediately obvious. But he’s still affected by the curse that threatens his life and exhibits some typical alphahole behavior. This makes their relationship somewhat adversarial in addition to the doctor-patient complications. Lionheart is not quite an enemies-to-lovers romance, which is my absolute fave, but it checks a lot of the same boxes. I also like the fact that they’re an older couple. He’s thousands of years old and she’s two hundred, but because they both have established careers and a certain maturity level they feel like they’re in their 40s.

Kathryn and Oberon not only have to navigate the Wyr mating frenzy, but begin rebuilding Lyonesse when the residents start to return home. And of course, they have to finally deal with the series villain Queen Isabeau. I loved meeting more of Oberon’s subjects and watching Kathryn try to find her place in their world. I also liked the way Thea Harrison handled the magical medical aspects of the story, which showcases Kathryn’s skill without being too technical or metaphorical.

Lionheart wraps up the story surrounding the war between the Light and Dark Courts and provides closure for some of the characters featured in the series, but there are so many interesting people that we never got to know well. I wonder if another spinoff arc might be in the works. And I am totally here for that. It also touches on “current events” in the Wyr realm with a chapter set in Dragos’s court. I’ve only read the first few books in the Elder Races series, but this is the first time while reading Moonshadow that I’ve felt like I’d missed something. I may have to get caught up while I wait to see what Harrison does next.

Sexual content: graphic sex

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