Moonshadow Audiobook by Thea Harrison (REVIEW)

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Review of: Moonshadow Audiobook
Thea Harrison

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On February 8, 2017
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Moonshadow Audiobook

By: Thea Harrison

Narrated by: Sophie Eastlake

Published by: Teddy Harrison LLC 12/16/16

Moonshadow Adiobook by Thea Harrison

4 Hearts rating image Hot Listens

Moonshadow #1

11 hrs and 12 mins

genre: paranormal romance

Moonshadow Audiobook Sample

Moonshadow Audiobook

4 Hearts

As a fan of Thea Harrison’s Elder Races series, I was excited to see what this spinoff series would entail. Truthfully, when I first saw reviews popping up for this book, I thought it was the next Elder Races book. It wasn’t until I read the first review that I realized it was just a spinoff. This story follows Sophie and Nikolas in Great Britain.

Sophie was adopted as a child. She has some magical abilities, but doesn’t really understand them. She doesn’t know where they came from. When she learns about her past, she also learns that she has the ability to inherit an estate in England, but only if she’s able to get into it. Seeing as she was currently not working (she’s a PI who is recovering from a gunshot), she decided to see what would happen.

A lot of strange things happen before she even makes it to the estate. Her car stops working before she makes it to town. She stumbles upon a mangy dog-like creature that she decides to take in.

Then she meets Nik and she is able to learn more about herself, since he knows what she is. They also have an interesting relationship at the beginning. They aren’t what you call friends, but there is an attraction between the two. There’s also some really great banter between these two. It only gets better as they get closer to each other.

I enjoyed this story. It’s not as good as the Elder Races, mainly because I miss so many of those characters. The story has several minor characters, but mostly it is Sophie, Nik, Gawain, Robin (the Puck), the villain, Morgan le Fae. Yes, there are some of the people in the town. There are also the other Daoine Sidhe that are trapped with Nik and Gawain, but their parts are very minor.

As per my usual, my favorite character in this story is not one of the main characters, but Robin, the Puck. He’s the dog-like creature that she finds walking down the road. He’s a shapeshifter (not like shifters you think of in most shifter books, but more can change into many different creatures). When she finds him, he has little of his power. He’s also very traumatized and doesn’t want to speak, out loud or telepathically. I loved watching him get stronger and braver throughout the book.

Overall, it’s a pretty good story. I wish there were more characters included in the story. If you looked at this book as the start of an entirely new series, I would say that it was a pretty good start. With this being a spinoff, I feel like there is a lot of world building that still needed. There isn’t a single character in this from the original series. The Wyr are mentioned, but only in passing. I will say that I enjoyed the story and plan to continue listening. I’m really hoping that I get more about Robin’s adventures.

She stuck the screen of her phone into his face. “Here. This is me.”
He watched the clip of an octopus running away along the ocean floor. The words, ‘NOPE. NOPE. NOPE’ appeared at the bottom of the screen.
“What the hell am I looking at?” he barked.
“It’s a nope GIF. You’ve never seen a nope GIF? There are hundreds on the Internet.” She smiled. “We literally never have to have this conversation again. You’ll bring it up again, and I’ll just send you a GIF. Subject closed.”

Moonshadow Audiobook Narration

4 Hearts

I’m a huge fan of Sophie Eastlakes. I think she did a great job with the narration of this book. I’m really glad that she was able to do this spinoff series. I think it helps with the cohesion with The Elder Races series. She did a great job with the English accents that she had to tackle for this story, though there weren’t as many as you would expect for a story set in Great Britain.

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Thea Harrison resides in Colorado.  She wrote her first book, a romance, when she was nineteen, and had sixteen romances published under the name Amanda Carpenter.  She took a break from writing to collect a couple of graduate degrees and a grown child.

Thea writes in a variety of genres, including the award-winning paranormal Elder Races series and the Game of Shadows novels, and is currently at work on various new projects in sci-fi fantasy, paranormal and contemporary romance.

She adores animals and currently resides with two small dogs that have very large personalities.

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Sophie Easlake - Audiobook Narrator- Hot Listens

An avid reader her whole life, Sophie Eastlake happily extends her love of books to her passion for narrating. She lives in New York, where she survives the subway grind with a book in her hand and drops in on every literary reading she can find, while on a never-ending quest for the perfect cup of coffee.

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Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.


  1. This sounds really good Melanie, would a new to Harrison reader enjoy this or would it be best to go back to the other series first.

    • Yes, I think you would be fine starting with this series. She goes into the worldbuilding that is needed for this story. I think it would give you a good introduction to Thea Harrison’s writing.

  2. Oh yay I actually have this one loaded on my kindle waiting for me to finish my current read 😀 Can’t wait now hehe

    • I think you’ll enjoy this one. It was exactly what you would expect from a Thea Harrison novel. I liked the snark and the magic.

  3. I have the first book in this series on my audio tbr and really need to get to it. Love that the spinoff series is good as well. Love it when you have a good worldbuilding and can introduce new main characters to it.

    • The first book in the Elder Races is so much fun. Dragon hero and a the heroine is a shifter that I’ve not seen before in any of the PNR or UF that I’ve read (can’t revel because it would be a spoiler. She doesn’t know what she is at the beginning of the book).

  4. Not read this author but this book sounds interesting so maybe I should check out that other series you mentioned if this is a spinoff?? I like the sound of the narrator too!

    • You can start with this one if you wanted. However, I LOVE the first book in the Elder Races. The hero is a gruff dragon leader of all the shifters. The heroine is a shifter you probably have never read about before (at least not in most PNR or UF). She doesn’t even know what she is at the beginning of the book. I hope you get a chance to try it. I love this narrator, who reads both this and the original series.

  5. I haven’t tried her. Do I need to read ER first?

    • You can start with this series, if you prefer. This one goes into the worldbuilding needed for this story. Elder Races is more about shifters with other supernaturals in the mix. This one doesn’t have shifters really at all.

  6. A spin-off and I haven’t even started the first series. Oh well. Guess I’ll never be wanting for PNR reads.

    Oh fun about the variety of characters and races. I sometimes latch onto the side character too b/c they can be interesting.

    • I’m the same way with side characters. I think it could be because we don’t get all the gritty details about them, so we can just love them. Not to mention, many of the ones I read have been great comic relief. And yes, so many great PNR that we will never tire of them.

  7. I have 2 books by this author but I haven’t tried them yet… I really should!

    • I hope you get a chance to try them soon. I love the original series and the shifters that it has. So many that we don’t see much in the PNR/UF worlds (gargoyles, gryphons, harpies and the big dragon).

  8. Kind of interesting that it is a spin off but the characters haven’t crossed (yet) from the previous series. Glad you did like it though, that is always a nice start. 😉

    • The characters are mentioned, but that’s it. I don’t mind if it stays that way. I believe there are more Elder Races books, so I will still get time with the characters I love.

  9. I think I’ve only read 1 book by this author, seems I need to give her books another look at.

    • I really loved the first book in the Elder Races. I loved Dragos and Pia are one of my favorite couples. I hope you get a chance to read more of her.

  10. Spin-offs can be fun, sounds like this was a good one. I like it when the couple has some well done banter and it seems like that’s the case here with Sophie and Nik. Too bad you don’t get to see many of the characters from the previous series. I have read a few books where I really liked one of the side characters. I do like it when the author can write such great side characters you might like them even more than the main characters. Great review!

    • Thanks! Side characters are my favorite. The banter between Sophie and Nik are great.

  11. Very nice review. I loved the Puck. He was a fun character and I do so loved the banter that was in this one between our couple. So much fun! I also loved this; because we get to go across the ocean and dive into the other Elder Races that we don’t see much of in the series.

    I’m very very curious now that we know who book two is going to be about to see how that will play out. We got glimpses of him in the Elder Race books and also in this book, but now we get to go into his life. ^_^

    • Puck was so much fun. I hope we get more of him. I want to know how he does going after the queen. I’m really excited for the next book too. 🙂

  12. Oh I like Eastlake. I’ve been wanting to try Harrison. Sounds like it would be okay to start with the spinoff without having read the earlier ones?

    • Yep, you can start with this series. She covers everything that is needed for the species/world in this book. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

  13. I remember wanting to read her Elder Race Series when it debuted and then it got too far out. Stil, it isn’t too late, I think I will start there. Glad this one was solid even if it wasnt quite as good as the original.

    • The first book in the Elder Races is so amazing. You can’t go wrong with DRAGON. Plus the heroine’s shifter side too. That would be a spoiler though.

  14. Glad you enjoyed this spinoff, despite missing all your old characters!

    • That’s how it usually goes with spinoffs. Still a fun story.

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