When Alexa from Pages of Forbidden Love approached me about offering a giveaway for my Blogoversary, and after I picked myself up off the floor and thanked her profusely, we began to plan what to do. My love for the Elder Races series is pretty well documented. I have bullied people into reading this series. I have actually squealed over this series, and I am not a squealer. That alone should tell you how much I love it. So when Alexa let me choose what I wanted to do for the giveaway, I said: let’s make it about the Elder Races series. How could I resist?
In case you’re new to On a Book Bender, and you’re not aware of my rabid fan girling over this series, below is an excerpt of what I wrote for Ruby’s Reads’ Book Bully Week back in January.
Thea Harrison writes love stories that make your chest constrict and your breath escape you. These are the kind of stories that force you stay up late at night reading because you simply cannot put the book down. But the Elder Races series is far more than a collection of love stories. The Elder Races world is masterfully built and expanded upon with each successive book, with intricate details that weave the normal and paranormal together so tightly, it is impossible not to be sucked in.
The Wyrkind, Light and Dark Fae, the Demonkind, the Nightkind, Elves, and human witches make up the Elder Races. Dragon Bound, the first in the series, starts us off with an introduction to the Wyr… and Dragos. You will want to meet Dragos. I’m not given to staking claim on delicious male characters, but I have to admit that Dragos tempts me.
Storm’s Heart expands on our knowledge of the Wyr with Tiago and introduces us more fully to the Dark Fae. Serpent’s Kiss has more Wyr (really, they are all quite appetizing) and the Nightkind. Oracle’s Moon, which will release in March, will feature the Demonkind and human witches. Though it may sound complex and confusing, Thea Harrison makes the Elder Races world real and accessible to the reader. Not just accessible, but addictive and compelling. I’m not sure it is ever possible to get enough.
If this is not enough to convince you to pick up this series, then allow me to add that Dragon Bound was one of the first paranormal romances that convinced me to continue picking up books within the paranormal romance genre. And, perhaps more importantly, reading Dragon Bound — and this entire series — reminds me why I so love a good romance story. Without realizing it, I had lost interest in romance novels. Dragon Bound revived it, and the rest of the series continues to keep it alive.
But what makes this series even better (as if it were possible) is that each story is unique to itself. Some have said that the latter two books cannot live up the first; I say that the characters in each book are distinct individuals with stories written solely for them. The strength of Thea Harrison’s writing is that you get the same breathtaking love story, but with characters that are a force unto themselves. They are unforgettable. This, I find, is perhaps one of my favorite aspects about the series, and how other series fall flat in comparison. These characters will worm their way into your heart and stay there long after you close the pages.
And now I want to turn the blog over to Alexa:
After reading how much Amanda loves this series how could you not want to dive right in!?
Of course I had heard from several bloggers over the past half a year how amazing the Elder Races series really is and I kept putting it off. I simply refused to purchase this one because I thought it would be too perfect of a romance if so many people liked it. I guess a combination of other bloggers and Amanda even giving paranormal romance a shot for this series lead me to purchasing the first two books recently. Although I have yet to read them I do think Amanda helped to Book Bully me into at the very least buying the books to put them on my TBR Pile. After seeing how much passion she has for this series it is going to move up to closer to the top of my pile.
Now I am giving you a chance to be Book Bullied as well! I’m offering up the winner’s choice of any one book in the Elder Races series. This way whether you are new to the series and want to try it out or you are just waiting for the newest book you can win it here.
This giveaway is international as long as The Book Depository ships to your country!
Don’t forget to wish Amanda a Happy One Year Blogoversary!
Thank you Amanda for including me in your celebration!
(thank you for being awesome, Alexa!)