True Colors is a Novella within Thea Harrison’s Elders Series, it comes after Serpent’s Kiss. I don’t know why, but I was really excited about reading this one. Don’t get me wrong, the series is still good and I’m looking forward for what is yet to come, but for me the series had lost some of its initial charm. That said, I’m happy to tell you that True Colors lived up to my expectations. In my opinion it was almost as good as Dragon Bound and a great come back for the series.
If you read the blurb you’ll know what is going on in the novel. It’s pretty short but the pacing is good. In this story we meet two characters that are going to give us a sneak peek into how everyday life in the Wyr World is. Alice Clark is a school teacher and a wyr, I won’t spoil the surprise of what kind of shifter she is, but it’s pretty cool. She has an apartment and she is basically an average woman. On the other hand we have Gideon Riehl, a wolf wyr that used to be part of Drago’s Army but is now part of the WDVC – the Wyr Division of Violent Crimes-. Gideon is in a place in his life where he is ready to settle down, hence his more sedentary work.
Alice and Gideon find each other in particular circumstances: Alice just discovered the mutilated body of one of her friends, the third one in three days, and Gideon is investigating the murders. Once they see each other they realize that there is a sexual attraction between them and they are actually mates. I’m sure that some of you will think that the romance was a little rushed, but if we take into consideration the setting that Thea Harrison has crafted for the Series, their romance makes perfect sense.
I found the plot very appealing, perhaps because Romantic Suspense is my favorite genre and the story is definitely that. More than that, we got an interesting glance at the everyday, average wyr, no sentinels, queens or kings, but a mortal wyr with needs and hopes that we can easily relate to. The suspense part was fine, there was Alice’s anxiety because she is the next in line to be murdered but she has a big, strong wolf with her all the time so you know that nothing bad will happen to her. On the down side, the killer is not so puzzling, is not so hard to figure out who it is.
The things that makes this novella a marvelous addition to the series are the stories within the story. There are a couple of legends about the wyrs that are amazing; moreover, there are lots of details about wyr society, their belief system and holydays, which definitely help us to gain a better understanding of Thea Harrison’s World and we get to see how complex and interesting it is.
True Colors is a wonderful story and perfect appendix to the series. I recommend you to read the firsts books before reading this novella because of the complexity of the world. But this is definitely a must read that will help you bear the wait for Oracle’s Moon. Way to go Ms. Harrison, you absolutely brought back the charm!
Review by Marie
Synopsis:Meeting your soulmate? Great. Preventing your possible murder? Even better.Alice Clark, a Wyr and schoolteacher, has had two friends murdered in as many days, and she's just found the body of a third. She arrives at the scene only minutes before Gideon Riehl, a wolf Wyr and current detective in the Wyr Division of Violent Crime—and, as Alice oh-so-inconveniently recognizes at first sight, her mate.But the sudden connection Riehl and Alice feel is complicated when the murders are linked to a serial killer who last struck seven years ago, killing seven people in seven days. They have just one night before the killer strikes again. And every sign points to Alice as the next victim.Product Warnings:This book contains a hot police detective, a violent murderer on the hunt, and a heroine that can blend in anywhere...
Samhain Publishing, Ltd. December 13, 2011