Shadow's End (Elder Races Series #9)

Shadow's End (Elder Races Series #9)

by Thea Harrison

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Overview

The New York Times bestselling author of the Novels of the Elder Races returns with an enchanting and sizzling new tale about debts that cannot be repaid and hunger that cannot be satisfied…
 
For Beluviel, consort to the Elven High Lord, and Graydon, gryphon and First Sentinel of the Wyr, even the slightest desire for each other is forbidden. But two hundred years ago, after a desperate play to save Beluviel’s stepson left them indebted to the cruel Djinn Malphas, they found their fates inexorably linked together—and the hunger between them growing too strong to ignore…
 
Two centuries later, with their debt to Malphas coming due, Beluviel and Graydon realize that, if they are to stand any chance of saving their souls, they must once again work together—this time more closely than ever before. But every moment they spend with each other brings them nearer to losing something even more vital—their hearts…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425274392
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/01/2015
Series: Elder Races Series , #9
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 529,138
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

A debut author at the age of nineteen, Thea Harrison had sixteen romances published under another name before she took a break to collect a couple of graduate degrees and a grown child. She’s back with the Novels of the Elder Races, a paranormal romance series. Thea lives in California with her family.

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Shadow's End 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sentinel Graydon must find a way to get around a bargain made long ago with the pariah Djinn, Malphas.With more than just his own life the line, and the help of elven Lady Beluviel, Graydon has to use all his cunning if he's going to save that which is most precious to him.Time is short and the stakes are high. Shadows End is emotional and fast paced. I loved this latest installment in the Elder Races saga.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a fantastic read!I highly recommend it but all the Elder Races books are best read in order.
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
Shadow's End is the latest novel in the Elder Races series. Thea Harrison has created a world where Elves, Vampires, Djinn and Wyr's live in territories ruled by Kings, Queens or leaders of their species. This novel is about Graydon, gryphon and First Sentinel to the Wyr and Beluviel, consort to the Elven High Lord. A relationship between the two of them would be forbidden, but 200 years ago they had a dalliance that was discovered and used against them to keep them apart, and make them beholden to an evil Djinn, Malphas. They have remained apart for two centuries, but the time has come for them to escape the hold that Malphas has over them, and Graydon has been gathering evidence to make that happen because he can no longer ignore the allure of his love for Beluviel. I am a fan of this series, and have read every book and novella Thea Harrison has written since the first book, Dragon Bound. Graydon has played a supporting role in many of the previous books, and so didn't require a lot of introduction. I believe we were introduced to Beluviel in the previous book, where she had quite a large role in what was a great battle scene. I was engaged with her character immediately and eager to hear her story. It was about time they each had their own story, and I had wondered how it would play out. The Wyr and Elves have been enemies for centuries, and it would be a rare occurrence that would make a union between the two acceptable. Graydon and Beluviel's story had all the right elements, a forbidden passion, a fight between good and evil, and a love that overcomes all obstacles. My favorite in this series is still the love story between Dragos and Pia, in the first book, Dragon Bound, but this book did not disappoint.
tigerlilly_liz More than 1 year ago
~ 4.5 Shadow’s End Stars ~ Shadow’s End is book nine in the Elder Races series by Thea Harrison. It’s full of lose, heartache, longing, and love.  Each book in the Elder Races series deals with a different couple and can be read as a stand a lone, but they are best in order.  WOW! What an emotional journey. I never expected to learn the things I did about Graydon and I never expected to like Beluviel (not a fan of the Fae in this series) as much as I did. Graydon, First Sentinel of the Wyr and a gryphon. I’ve come to love this quit, strong, steadfast and loyal Sentinel throughout the books and to see his past and learn what we do. wow just wow. Beluviel consort to the Elven High King. She excels at fixing bad situation not only for herself, but for those around her. You see her character grow stronger throughout the book and by the end her voice is fierce. As for the romance. I liked it. It did feel a little rushed at times. I could feel the bond forming between them and sparks do fly off the pages when they are together.  The events that take place in the plot will leave you devastated and delighted. Some major changes happen for all the Wyr not just for our leads. We are also treated to an exceptional flash back that explains what is going on with Graydon and Beluviel and how they got on a path they may not be able to change. The events that happen in Shadow’s End will leave you reeling for their is no shortage of action, adventure, lose, longing and family love. All I can say is you will want a box of tissues handy. Reviewed by Angela @ Angel's Guilty Pleasures
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
I am not sure if it’s the story, or if it’s just me, but once again I am losing interest in the story thread. I love when the series has anything to do with Pia, Dragos or Liam; but when it’s any other character, it’s just ok. It wasn’t like that in the beginning, and since Shadow’s End didn’t revolve around vampires, it was already a win in my book. Graydon is one of the Gryphons, and we’ve had interactions with him through most of the stories, so it was nice that he finally gets a book of his own. He is one of the Characters that you can help but like; he is funny and charming. Honestly, all the Gryphons in this series are extremely likeable. I enjoyed the backstory with him and Bel, and how much they sacrificed. It showed how incredibly strong Graydon was to stay away from her for so long; two hundred years is an extremely long time to stay away from your potential mate! I never really engaged with Bel; I liked her fine, but she never truly won my heart over the way Pia has, it may just be because I like Graydon too much. Shadow’s End gets incredibly exciting at certain points where I clung to the pages; but at other times, it was a struggle to get through the book. I put it down twice, and read two other books. Again, I think it’s more because I’m losing interest with PNR as a whole. and moving on to other genera, at this point in my reading game. There is NOTHING wrong with the work. I love Thea Harrison. That said, I give Shadow’s End 3.5; it was really good and I enjoyed it. I’m sure that a year ago, when I was way into PNR, I would have deemed it a higher rating....Sara
CoffeeBreakandaGoodBook More than 1 year ago
Since Shadow’s End is the ninth book in a series, it was probably not a good idea to read it as a stand-alone. But, that I did and I have to say that while I was a little lost, the beginning flashback and backstory throughout the book helped me a lot. Shadow’s End is very well written. The world created by the author is fun and creative, filled with action and adventure. The love story is a sweet one. Graydon has searched for his one true love for hundreds of years. It has been impossible for Graydon and Beluviel to be together because of a curse, but Graydon finds a way to get around it and be with the woman he loves. Not being as invested in this story as someone who has read the entire series, I found it to be sweet, but that’s about it. Some parts were sad, some were action packed, and others were full of twists and turns that made my head spin. I, probably, would have enjoyed it more had I read the rest of the series, but for being so far into it, Shadow’s End doesn’t read well as a stand-alone. That doesn’t make it a bad book, just not the book for me. *Copy provided for review.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
2.5 Stars Reviewed by Angela and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog Seems like forever since I last read from this series but when I looked, the last full length was released just May of this year. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t very excited for this release. I wasn’t sure I wanted to read this book because there has been several novellas released which I did not have the pleasure of reading. I’ve heard it was essential to read them but really, I didn’t feel like I missed anything. But then again, I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I wanted to. The pace was a bit slow for me and it didn’t pick up pass half way through the story. The beginning showed Bel and Graydon’s back story of their budding romance but it was a forbidden one. Present circumstances giving them a second chance was a good story plot. Gray was sexy of course there was some good action in the end. However, I could not get into their romance, and honestly, I’ve started to lose interest in this series about two installments back. Yes, I’ve ended up liking the books but only because of Ms. Harrison’s talent for a strong finish. I think the romance and quality of her recent books are just not as strong compared to the beginning of this series. I can chuck it to the novellas I’ve missed but IMO, that should not be the case. I did however enjoyed the update on the first family. Dragos, Pia and their son are always fun to read about. Peanut is not so little anymore and I predict there will be more novellas about them. Got to write what the fans crave right? As a whole, Shadow’s end was okay. Will I continue to read this series? Maybe, maybe not. I’ll have to see. But if and when Ms. Harrison has a new series, I would still totally check it out.
ReadingInPajamas More than 1 year ago
✦Review & Giveaway: Shadow's End: A Novel of the Elder Races, Book 9 by Thea Harrison http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-3sP Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Cori Rated: 4.5 Stars REVIEW: I love this series and I have adored Graydon since the beginning of the series. Thea Harrison delivered an epic love story with Shadow's End. It was full of action, danger, hot romance and had all the feels. My emotions were all over the place with this one. I won't give details and spoil anything, but there is an event that completely ripped my heart out. I'm still upset and thinking about it weeks later. I'm not sure why it was done, but I'm trusting that there is a reason and that Thea Harrison will make it clear for us later. If you're a fan of the series you'll love this new addition. Beluviel is completely perfect for our Graydon. If you're new to the series I would recommend you start at the beginning. Each book is a standalone, but I think they should be read in order. The Elder Races series is an addictive and unique paranormal romance series that includes gryphons, weres, vampires, fae, witches, other paranormal creatures and the ultimate alpha dragon. Shadow's End is the 9th book in the series and it's still has me hooked. It's one of my favorite paranormal series and I can't wait to read the next book. *Review copy provided by Penguin in exchange for an honest review. ~*~*~ ✦THE ELDER RACES BY THEA HARRISON ~ READING ORDER✦ Series Buy Links: Amazon http://amzn.to/1Ees2uY | B&N http://bit.ly/19eckG2 | Kobo http://bit.ly/1Bziaeq ✦#1: DRAGON BOUND http://amzn.to/17OAJsX ✦#2: STORM’S HEART http://amzn.to/1fGeSNo ✦#3: SERPENT’S KISS http://amzn.to/1fGeE8Y ✦ TRUE COLORS (Novella) http://amzn.to/17OA9vi ✦#4: ORACLE’S MOON http://amzn.to/17OAuhw ✦ NATURAL EVIL (Novella) http://amzn.to/1bCUsjm ✦ DEVIL’S GATE (Novella) http://amzn.to/H0mewH ✦ HUNTER’S SEASON (Novella) http://amzn.to/1fGdMRF ✦#5: LORD’S FALL http://amzn.to/1hZVCXV ✦ THE WICKED (Novella) http://amzn.to/17id5XD ✦#6: KINKED Review http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-NU | http://amzn.to/1bCTGmw ✦ DRAGOS TAKES A HOLIDAY http://amzn.to/IcMCmT ✦ PIA SAVES THE DAY http://amzn.to/1MgRXTI ✦ PEANUT GOES TO SCHOOL (Short Story) http://amzn.to/1xTjQQU ✦#7: NIGHT’S HONOR Review http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-1Au | http://amzn.to/1HJIoNr ✦#8: Midnight’s Kiss Review http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-2ma | http://amzn.to/1Mubm4M ✦Dragons Goes to Washington (Novella) http://amzn.to/1jjzW1e ✦Pia Does Hollywood (Novella) http://amzn.to/1MgqhC2 ✦#9: Shadow’s End (December 1, 2015) http://amzn.to/1L7MAcn
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
Shadow’s End by Thea Harrison is the 9th book in her wonderful Elder Races series. I love this series, and Thea Harrison never fails to deliver a terrific story with a great couple. We have all been waiting a long time for Graydon’s story, and to watch this fierce loyal warrior show us his heart and passion was wonderful. I always liked Graydon, being Dragos 1st Sentinel, but now he has become one of my favorites. Beluviel is our heroine, and we knew her from previous books. I think I need to go back to Lord’s Fall to look for the clues that would show Graydon and Beluviel as a couple. Beluviel is considered forbidden to Graydon, as she is the Elven High Lord’s stepmother and he is a Gryphon. But what we learn early on is that two hundred years ago, a strong love began for Graydon and Bel ,but she was married to the then Elven High Lord. Graydon came to her rescue to help save her stepson, Ferion, and during this adventure, they fell in love. But a villain, Malphas, a Djinn, had already controlled her son’s soul to do his bidding. Malpas forced an agreement that he wouldn’t kill the son, as long as Graydon & Bel never have anything to do with each other. Two hundreds later, things have changed, especially with the death of the Elven High Lord, and Ferion, now the new High Lord, being controlled by Malpas. Graydon goes to Beluviel and together they must devise a plan to stop Malpas. This is covered early on, and what follows is an exciting and wild adventure that will bring back so many of our favorites from previous books. I loved seeing them all work together to find a way to break the ultra powerful Malpas. During the planning, Graydon and Bel’s love grew and they were so great together. The big question was will they and the others survive the battle that puts all their lives in extreme danger. The last half of the book was not only action packed with us on the edge of our seat, as well as being an emotional ride straight to the end. The ending was so well done, spending more time with our favorites; enjoying Graydon & Bel, and watching the start of future possibilities. Thea Harrison has another winner in Shadow’s End.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would recommend first time readers of the Elder Races series to start either at the beginning or at Oracle's Moon. This book is not a good one to start with since there are too many past characters that a beginning reader will find confusing. As for the book: oh my goodness! I knew there was something between Gray and Bella after reading Lord's Fall. Tissues are definitely needed towards the end. Read this book before Liam's short story at the end of December. Really liked this book.
ehaney578 More than 1 year ago
Wow! Just…WOW! Thea Harrison knocks SHADOW’S END right out of the park! This is one of the best reads of 2015 and one of the best books I’ve read in my whole life! No words could adequately describe how incredible this story really is. And it is an incredible story. A story of love and hate, sacrifice and selflessness, of grief and joy. It absolutely blew me away. Graydon is an honorable and stand-up guy. His and Bel’s romance spans centuries and is full of so much love. The story is not just about their love though. This is a major turning point in the series and is fueled with great change. Even recounting every mind-blowing event as I write this review, I’m filled with a mixture of joy, anxiety and sadness. SHADOW’S END needs to be at the top of everyone’s to-read list. Just make sure you have plenty of time and tissues when you start because you will not be able to put it down! ***I was gifted an eBook copy from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own***
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
SHADOW’S END is the ninth full length installment in Thea Harrison’s contemporary, adult ELDER RACES paranormal, romance series. This is gryphon and First Sentinel of the Wyr demesne Graydon, and consort to the Elven High Lord, Beluviel’s (Bel) storyline. SHADOW’S END should not be read as a stand alone; for backstory and cohesion I recommend reading the series in order; for fans of the Novels of the Elder Races, a quick re-read of Lord’s Fall may be advisable to bring you up to date on what happened before. Several of the characters and couples from previous storylines, including Dragos, Pia and Liam, Sentinel Constantine, Djinns Soren and Khalil play secondary and supporting roles. Told from dual third person perspectives, using present day and a prologue from the past, SHADOW’S END focuses on second chances for Graydon and Bel, and freeing Beluviel’s stepson Ferion, from a two hundred year old debt to the evil Djinn Malphas. Bel’s stepson was a notorious gambler and found himself owing more than he could ever repay. Enter Graydon and Bel, who sold their souls to the devil in return for sparing Ferion’s life. Fast forward to present day where Bel and Graydon reunite in the hopes of destroying the first generation Djinn pariah Malphas, and ending a two hundred year old strangle hold over their souls. Another potential war is on the horizon, and Gray’s second sight shows that blood will be spilled, and lives will be lost. The relationship between Bel and Gray is one of second chances. Two hundred years earlier, at the annual gala celebration known as the Masque of the Gods, Gray believed he had found his mate- the consort to the Elven High Lord-and a woman trapped in a loveless marriage to a philandering Elf. Agreeing to aid Bel in her attempts to free her stepson from eternal servitude, Bel and Gray found themselves making a pact with the devil himself. The $ex scenes are intimate and provocative; limited in number, although not as erotic in nature as the relationship and storylines involving Pia and Dragos. SHADOW’S END has a large ensemble cast of familiar secondary and supporting characters including former Wyr sentinel Rune and his mate the ancient vampyre Carling, harpy Aryal and her mate Quentin, Djinn Khalil and Oracle Grace Andreas, Wyr sentinel Constantine, Djinn Soren, vampire Julian and his mate Melly, as well as wolf shifter Luis and Claudia whom we met in one of the earlier Elder Races ‘Tarot Card’ novellas. It was a pleasure getting reacquainted with many of the characters we have grown to love. Thea’s world building is a flight into the fantastic as each storyline focuses on the supernatural; the paranormal; and the different species whose lives intersect between worlds and demesne. There is action and suspense; romance and love; heartbreak and loss. Lives will be lost; the next generation continues to grow; and the proclamation of love and a happily ever after is never far behind. SHADOW’S END feels like the end of a relationship. There is a party to say good bye; a hint at what’s next for the younger generation; and the potential for the series to set off in another direction. SHADOW’S END is the culmination of several storylines, premises and plots that focus on power, control and survival of the fittest. The Wyr Demesne and Lord Dragos continue to reign strong, but there is always someone or something else vying for position.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent addition to the series