Shannon Stacey

Review & giveaway for Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison

(Contest information after the review!)

Dragon Bound (Elder Races, #1)Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I rarely read shifter books. And by rarely, I mean almost never. And, of the ones I’ve read, almost all were written by friends. I pretty much ignored early mentions of Dragon Bound. The buzz grew, but I still skimmed over it. Shifters don’t really fire my engine and the word-of-mouth I was seeing included words like magic, Fae and such. Really not my thing.

It wasn’t long, however, before the buzz became a roar capable of penetrating even my thick skull and, when a bunch of people whose reading tastes I know and (mostly) trust are saying a book is amazing, I pay attention. But still I waffled. Wyr-dragon? Really? Then a friend gifted it to my Kindle and thus ended the waffling.

You guys, this book is amazing. The rich details created a world so complete and “real”, I fell into it and didn’t want to leave, without bogging down the pacing with long descriptive passages. The author’s voice is sharp and evocative, able to bring me to tears or make me laugh out loud with a just a few lines. Dragon Bound is populated by interesting characters I can’t wait to read more about.

The romance is truly swoon-worthy and the action scenes are so intense I caught myself holding my breath more than once. And did I mention the romance? Happy, happy sighs.

There are many reviews for Dragon Bound out there, written by far more analytical readers than me, if you want to know more about the premise and plot twists and such. But the bottom line: this book is wicked good. (And that’s the New England wicked good, which translates roughly to “astoundingly, astonishingly, unbelievably amazing”.)

Sometimes a book comes along that reminds that, while I might say I like reading contemporary romances or westerns or medieval romances, all I really want is a wicked good story I can lose myself in. Dragon Bound was that book.

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Here comes the fun part: Because this wicked good book came to me as a gift, I’m going to pass it on and give away a copy of Dragon Bound. (Paperback, will ship from Amazon to US and from Book Depository to elsewhere.) How do you enter?

Tell me, if you could be a shapeshifter, which animal would you wish to shift into?

I’ll accept answers wherever I run amok: here in the comments, on my Facebook Page, or you can @reply me on Twitter if you want. (Only one entry per person, though. Going to all three doesn’t count as three entries. I just know different people like different social media platforms, so trying to include everybody.) I’ll be making a master list and I’ll draw a random winner at about noon eastern time on Friday.

So, which animal would you like to shift into?

31 comments to “Review & giveaway for Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison”

  1. Jen
      · May 11th, 2011 at 11:19 am · Link

    Hmm. I’m not a dog person, so wolves are out. Maybe some kind of big cat, like Jane Yellowrock.

    Everyone is talking about how great this book is. So I would love a chance to read it too! Thanks for the giveaway.

  2. allison geary
      · May 11th, 2011 at 11:22 am · Link

    i love shifter books. the were-hunters of sherrilyn kenyons dark hunter series are my favorites. think i would choose to be a wolf although i think ti would be nice to be a bird too.

  3. Jacki
      · May 11th, 2011 at 11:26 am · Link

    If i could be shapeshifter I think a bird..Would love to win this book!

  4. Trish
      · May 11th, 2011 at 11:26 am · Link

    For me it would be a cat as well, long & sleek, black, piercing blue eyed beauty!

    I had read so many reviews about this I put it on my TBR list and want it soooo bad!

    Swoon worthy & wicked good=a must read for me!

    Amazing review!

  5. Carin
      · May 11th, 2011 at 11:29 am · Link

    Dragon. For sure I’d pick a dragon. :) This book is on my TBR list, too. It’s amazing how much buzz there is about it!

  6. Michelle Bledsoe
      · May 11th, 2011 at 11:30 am · Link

    I would like to shift into a tiger. Either a Siberian or White. I have always loved tigers and when Lora Leigh had Tanner and his brother Cabal as Bengal tigers I was in heaven. I really enjoy her Breed series. I am looking forward to reading Thea’s dragon series because there are not a lot of dragon shifter stories out there.

  7. jayhjay
      · May 11th, 2011 at 11:33 am · Link

    Hard question. I think something that can fly b/c that is so different from humans. I have heard such great things about this book!

  8. Jennifer Griffin
      · May 11th, 2011 at 11:35 am · Link

    I think that I would like to change into a wolf. I have always loved wolves, and I love the wolf stories as well.

  9. Rebecca C
      · May 11th, 2011 at 11:37 am · Link

    I think it would be a tiger or dragon..

  10. StacieDM
      · May 11th, 2011 at 12:05 pm · Link

    I was horse crazy when I was little so I suppose I would shift into a horse. Being able to run fast and jump would be fun.

  11. Taylor Z
      · May 11th, 2011 at 12:06 pm · Link

    Wolves, lions, or dragons! Insanely cool!!!

    Taylor Z

  12. Rhonda Smith
      · May 11th, 2011 at 12:06 pm · Link

    I would like to be able to shift into any of the big cats or a dragon like creature (like something out of avatar)…

    Happy reading… good luck to all wishing to win the book

  13. Wendy Mitchell
      · May 11th, 2011 at 12:24 pm · Link

    I would shift into a bat. The mobility and echo radar would be invaluable to a shifter.

  14. Julie
      · May 11th, 2011 at 12:39 pm · Link

    I would love to shift into a cat, as long as i am in a loving home.

    I would love to win this book. I keep hearing great things about this book.

  15. Michelle McMichael
      · May 11th, 2011 at 1:12 pm · Link

    I’ve been hearing good things about this book too.

    If I could shift into anything it would be a big cat most likely a tiger, I’d stand out in the streets of Glasgow but what’s the point of being able to shift and becoming something run of the mill? :)

  16. Danielle West
      · May 11th, 2011 at 1:29 pm · Link

    Ever since I read Gena Showalter’s Atlantis series, I have been in love with the dragon shapeshifting concept, so I would love to be able to turn into a dragon :)
    Would loveto win this book!

  17. E.D. Walker
      · May 11th, 2011 at 2:30 pm · Link

    It’s a cliche, but probably a bird so I could fly.

  18. Lindsey Hutchison
      · May 11th, 2011 at 2:30 pm · Link

    i would love to shift into a wolve or a leopard those are the two that call to me the most. and i can see doing those two the most. they each have awesome qualities.

    i would love to read this book i hear nothing but good things.

  19. donnas
      · May 11th, 2011 at 3:10 pm · Link

    A cat. Tiger or panther type would be cool.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  20. Kaetrin
      · May 11th, 2011 at 9:20 pm · Link

    I think one of the big cats – a lion or a panther or a tiger – I just love the way they move and really, hardly anyone messes with them!

  21. Natasha A.
      · May 11th, 2011 at 9:32 pm · Link

    First – very awesome of you, I’ve been dying for this book!!

    Second – Wolf or large cat, I’ve always loved them :D

  22. Laura Hunsaker
      · May 11th, 2011 at 9:38 pm · Link

    I loved your review :) I too have seen this one all around lately, and it is definitely on my tbr list

    I’d be a large cat. I’m a leo, can’t help it :)

  23. frinda florentine
      · May 11th, 2011 at 9:46 pm · Link

    I just think about a unicorn-white unicorn- i dont’ know why, but I love that creature..

    thanks for Giveaway and making it internationally too..

  24. Glossaria
      · May 11th, 2011 at 10:05 pm · Link

    Love wolves, but I long to fly… I’d be a werehawk.

  25. wont
      · May 11th, 2011 at 10:10 pm · Link

    I have heard more raves on this book than almost any other. I think it must have been mentioned on Twitter about every third tweet!

    I would choose a panther or wolf if a shifter. Both seem to turn out well in the stories I’ve read.

  26. Krissy
      · May 11th, 2011 at 10:30 pm · Link

    I love shifter books. I think I would like to be a wolf.

  27. Ren Puspita
      · May 12th, 2011 at 11:02 am · Link

    Hear so many good things about this book, and I want to read it. Thanks for the giveaway

    For shapeshifter, a dragon would be my pick, but dragon is more a mythical creature, so I will take eagle shifter. It will be wonderful if I can fly in the sky ^_^

  28. Melanie Berthier
      · May 12th, 2011 at 1:55 pm · Link

    Hmm, that’s tough. I’d either be a were-cat of some sort or some weird creature. A dragon would be cool but ooh a chimera! lol Just think of all the fun you could have if you were a shifter… you’d just have to make sure you’re not captured to be studied by scientists. That would NOT be fun.

  29. Kai
      · May 12th, 2011 at 2:04 pm · Link

    I’d shift into a dragon! I’ve loved dragons for as long as I could remember and I wrote a novella about dragons when I was 12. Any creature that can fly would be fantastic.

  30. Cindi
      · May 12th, 2011 at 10:14 pm · Link

    I hope I win this book, as I also have heard so much about it but am currently on a book “diet” (meaning library only until I get my finances together better)! I love shifter books!

    I would love to be a Tairen,the great panther-like flying cats from the CL Wilson saga. The best of both worlds.

  31. Pia
      · January 4th, 2012 at 10:19 am · Link

    I can really not understand why Pia shifts into such a small unicorn… Size of a little Shetland Pony! Hello? This reminds me of my little nieces ” Filly Pony” toys and not of a beatiful magical creature.

    In my opinion she has to be like an Arabian horse…

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