Joint review with E originally posted here: http://thebookpushers.com/2012/03/05/joint-review-oracles-moon-by-thea-harrison/
MinnChica: Thea Harrison has quickly become one of my favorite paranormal romance authors with the Elder Races series, and I’ve quickly fallen head over heels in love with this series. After the third book in the series, I was alternatively looking forward to and apprehensive of this book. I loved and adored Rune in the last book, and Khalil is nothing like him. I was a little worried that the move from the pop-culture, easy-go-lucky Rune to the stuffy and uber-formal Khalil would be too big of a transition for me to follow. While it took me awhile to get on the Khalil train, once I was fully in his corner, this story ended up rocking my world.
E: Like MinnChica mentioned, Ms Harrison is one of my auto-buy, pre-order authors that I also have to notify my family when she has a new release. The Elder Races series is one I go back and re-read without any loss of enjoyment. I was really looking forward to seeing what Khalil was going to do and how he was going to deal with Grace. I wasn’t sure what to think of him as he was fulfilling Carling’s requests so it was great to watch grace and the children break through his shell. I have placed Khalil up on the same level as Dragos. *grin*
MinnChica: I loved the moments between Khalil and the kids. So often in romance novels, when there are children involved, the kids tend to take a VERY backseat role in the story. But here, they seemed to play an integral role in softening Khalil, providing common ground for him and Grace to agree on and fight for. It was so sweet to see their little family change and morph as the story went on. I absolutely loved that. I also really liked the romance between these two. Although Khalil is very old school and set in his Djinn ways, he was also capable of letting Grace take the reigns when she proved to be the more capable. They have phenomenal chemistry between them that gave way for sexy moments and lots of sexual tension.
E: Chemistry oh my goodness. I had to open the doors, windows, and turn on the fan! I really enjoyed seeing the growth in all of the central characters. From Grace learning how to deal with her powers, the changes in her life, and how she can actually run her life instead of letting someone else run it for her. Khalil and dealing with feelings, sensations that mortals have that djinn don’t, and a different type of politics. Then you have the children dealing with their grief, the doggy-cat, and just trying to be children. That entire combination just tugged at my heart strings and I found myself cheering as their bonds grew tighter.
MinnChica: One of the other things I absolutely love about this series as a whole is how quickly it moves. There is always a million things going on and the overall story arc involving ALL the players is constantly chugging along and changing as alliances are made and broken. I loved seeing more of Dragos and Pia, Rune and Carling, and getting introduced to more of the Djinn. I can’t wait to see where Harrison takes this series, as the potential for greatness seems to grow exponentially with each book. I would have loved to see more of the inner workings of the witches covens, and can only hope we can see more of it in the future.
E: Those glimpses of previous couples were a lot of fun. I really liked seeing Dragos uncertain in more ways then just dealing with Pia although that uncertainly I think will lead to some potentially world changing events. With each installment Ms Harrison provides us with a glimpse into a very complex world. The politics between groups not to mention their own internal conflicts keep me on the edge of my seat. Whoever said that politics can be deadly certainly wasn’t joking and the chance for collateral damage is incredibly high.
MinnChica: All in all I was pleasantly surprised by how much I ended up enjoying Oracle’s Moon. Although Rune still had my heart, I enjoyed the hell out of Khalil and Grace. These two bonded on an emotional level that had me so wrapped up I couldn’t put the book down until I finished it. The series continues to amaze me and I can’t wait for more and more Elder Races books. Any paranormal romance fan who has yet to pick up Thea Harrison needs to head to the nearest bookstore pronto!
I give Oracle’s Moon a B+
E: Like I said earlier Khalil is up with Dragos for me as one of my favorite heroes of this series. I loved Oracle’s Moon and couldn’t resist teasing my family when I finished reading the ARC. I second MinnChica’s recommendation that all paranormal romance fans rush to the store and start this series. It fills all of my requirements!
I give Oracle’s Moon an A.