Elven Doom (Death Before Dragons #4)
by Lindsay Buroker
narrated by Vivienne Leheny
My Rating: 4 stars
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Age Category: Adult
Type of romance: MF
Dragons make life complicated. Extremely complicated.
After returning from Idaho, I was hoping to have time to figure things out with Zav—also known as Lord Zavryd, the dragon who claimed me as his mate without asking—but the dark elves are up to their old tricks again.
Actually, they’re up to far more deadly tricks, using more powerful magic than I knew existed. I have no idea how I’m going to stop them, but if I can’t, my entire city and everybody I care about could be obliterated.
To make matters worse, Zav’s sister has shown up and is rooting around in my life. His family doesn’t approve of me, and she plans to put an end to our relationship… one way or another.
Just like with the first three books in the series I listened to this one. Vivienne Leheny’s voice fits these books so well and they’re a joy to listen to. Elven Doom follows half elf Val on another mission. This book her focus is on catching the dark elves that caused trouble in book 1. She’s following leads, but has trouble figuring out where they went till some clues line up and things fall into place and it’s time to stop the dark elves from executing their plan. Then there is Zav’s sister who is causing trouble and doesn’t approve of her relationship with Zav.
I am slowly making my way through this series and am really enjoying it The plot is straightforward enough that I can easily remember where I left off even if I don’t listen for a few days. There’s plenty of action and adventure and I liked seeing the plot unfold and how they figure out what the dark elves are up to. The story kept me interesting and engaged as I followed Val and see how she deals with everything.
I like Val as a main character she’s capable and can handle things, but she also has her struggles and can use help sometimes. I thought she handled things well, but she also messes up a few times and says or does things she regrets, which makes her feel real. I like seeing how she handled her relationship with Zav, I like their banter and there are some great scenes with them together. Although I am still not fully warmed up to Zav, but I feel like Zav is becoming more likable and more understanding of humans. It is slow going though and most of the other dragons aren’t likable at all. The epilogue wraps up the plot line of this book pretty well and gives a nice set up for the next book.
To summarize: I really enjoy this series. The plot is easy to follow and there’s plenty of action, adventure and things going on to keep my attention. I liked how they come back to the dark elf plot line that was introduced in an earlier book and continue that now with Val trying to find where they are and what there up to. I like Val as main character with how she’s capable, but also has her struggles. I like Val and Zav’s banter and while I am still not fully warmed up to Zav I thought there were some great scenes with them together in this book. All in all another solid listen and I look forward to the next book.
Great review. I liked this one too. I still need to finish the series.
I always enjoy reading your reviews for these books on Goodreads once I finish another book. I am listening to the next one now, though it’s slow going.
it’s great that you are really liking this series. It’s new to me.
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It’s been fun listening to this series.