Review: Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison (Elder Races #1)


Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison // VBC ReviewDragon Bound (Elder Races #1)
Thea Harrison
Published: May 2011 (Berkley Sensation)
Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon

Reviewed by: Chelsea

Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars

Lately I’ve been trying to make time for the highly recommended books on my to-read shelf. The ones I bought on a friend’s recommendation and then got so busy with new review books that I didn’t sit down and, you know, read them.

The list of people who recommended Dragon Bound to me is long. I first purchased it after Kelly from Reading the Paranormal gave it her “you must, you must” push to me. Then associate VBC reviewer Candace said the most recent book had the hottest sex scene she’d ever read. I moved it to the front of the line. Really. My mom devoured the series and looked aghast when I told her I still had then on my Kindle waiting to be read.

Shame. On. Me.


Y’all were right. This is the kind of book I love and I’m not sure anyone can stop me from reading the whole series in rapid succession. I sure as hell loaded up the Kindle with the remaining books when I finished Dragon Bound.

The writing is spry and witty. Even when characters are in peril, there’s the equivalent of a wry smile in the prose. It’s enchanting. The characters are well-developed and refuse to fall into obvious romance tropes. This may be what impressed me most about Dragon Bound.

Here you have characters in the more common problem of we need to stay together to stay safe and the hero is the most alpha of alphas. Dragos only gives orders. Pia knows how to make him say please. His sentinels are floored. However, every time the plot starts to take a traditional course, Thea Harrison lets us get far enough to think she’d actually have her characters do the obvious then flips it on it’s head. Pia is smarter than your average paranormal romance heroine. Dragos is more adaptable than most alpha males, while maintaining the strength and masculinity that attracts us to him.

With such strong main characters it’s not really surprising the sex in Dragon Bound is epic. And plentiful. While it never it used just for sex’s sake, the romantic interludes draw these two closer and force them to drop barriers—magical and otherwise.

Paranormal romance that turns tropes on their heads? Hell yes. Sign me up for more.

Sexual content: Graphic sex

13 Responses to “Review: Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison (Elder Races #1)”

  1. RVASarah says:

    Yay! THIS book got me completely hooked on the series, and up until a few days ago, it was my favorite. Now, it’s in a tie with Lord’s Fall -the most recent in the series and an “update” to Pia and Dragos’s story.
    I just can’t get enough of those two!

  2. Smash Attack says:

    YES!!!!!!! Everything about this series is so well done. The characters leap off the pages. The world-building is intricate and exciting. The romance is tumultuous, endearing and palpable.

    LOVE a thousand times over!

  3. Jo says:

    I really need to get round to reading this one!!

  4. Krista says:

    I loved Dragon Bound, but I haven’t loved any of the other books in the series 🙁 Hopefully Lord’s Fall will be better.

  5. @RVASarah – Ooo! Hopefully I’ll have enough time to binge on books to get to Lord’s Fall soon.

    @Smash – Totally. I’m kicking myself for not getting on this bandwagon sooner.

    @Jo – You do. I feel the shame of waiting so long. THE SHAME!

    @Krista – Really? I’ve heard pretty amazing things about Oracle’s Moon. Did you not enjoy that one? It is just hard to beat the sexy Dragos?

  6. Patricia Annette says:

    These books are well written and never boring. I was wanting a little more character development however. Reminds me of Indie ebook “The Full Moon of Charley Rabbit” as it is entertaining and has many plot twists and turns!

  7. Amanda says:

    I’m with Krista. I read Dragon Bound and thoroughly enjoyed it. Read the second one, liked it as well. The third one refused to hold my attention, and I skipped the fourth because of it.

    I DID try Lord’s Fall. I couldn’t get into it, but I’m wondering if going back and re-reading Dragon Bound would fix that problem…

  8. This and the three after it is staring at me from my bookshelves. LOL

  9. Alison Robinson says:

    I wasn’t sure at first but I’m a sucker for a book with humour and these have it. One of my favourites along with Kresley Cole and G A Aiken

  10. Teresa Kleeman says:

    Well I must say, it sounds like I got another new series to read. I’m amazed at how many series I’m keeping up with. The books sound lovely ladies.


  11. Chelsea, I am so proud of you for taking the plunge! I <3 the Elder Races HARD! This includes the novellas. The entire series makes me flail!

  12. Imago_NYC says:

    I absolutely adore Dragon Bound. It is one of my favorites. I’ve reread it several times and that’s unusual for me. It’s been torture waiting for Thea Harrison to return to Pia and Dragos. Lord’s Fall did not disappoint.

  13. Marcia says:

    Glad to see that you read the first one!

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