Shadow’s End Audiobook by Thea Harrison (REVIEW)

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Thea Harrison

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Shadow’s End Audiobook

By: Thea Harrison

Narrated by: Sophie Eastlake

Published by: Tantor Audio 12/01/15

Shadow's End Audiobook by Thea Harrison


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The Elder Races #9

10 hrs and 26 mins

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Shadow’s End Audiobook Sample

Shadow’s End Audiobook

4 Hearts

The Elder Races is a series I’ve been listening to for a long time. It is one that has ups and downs for me. I like some books better than others. This one was one towards the upper end. After the past two books spent with the Nightkind (a.k.a. vampires), we are back in the land of the Wyr (a.k.a. shifters). I was really glad for this shift back to the Wyr. I didn’t hate the Nightkind, but I enjoy the Wyr a lot more. I just had a better connection with the Wyr characters.  I also felt that the previous book was more on the downside for me. I just didn’t like the romance. This one I like much better.

Graydon is a gryphon and Dragos right hand man and has been a sentinel for many, many years. He doesn’t ask for much, not even days off. But he does eventually go to Dragos and ask for a leave of absence with no questions asked, which Dragos gives reluctantly.

The story flashes back 200 years. Beluviel is the consort of the high lord of the Elves. She also has a stepson, Ferion, who has a gambling problem and gets himself into some trouble with a Djinn we’ve met before in Malphas. Beluviel and Graydon make a pretty big sacrifice to save Ferion from Malphas.

Graydon spent the 200 years looking for a way out of the bargain with the Djinn. A way to kill him or to get him in big trouble with the Djinn counsel. Julian, the Nightkind king, has a score to settle. Rune and Carleigh make an appearance too. There are several other characters that come to Graydon’s aid to help defeat the Djinn.

This was a wonderful story of romance and heartbreak. Belle and Graydon’s story was not an easy one. They had a hard life spending 200 years apart. Then coming back together wasn’t as easy as you would think it would be because of the deal with the Djinn. This was another story that had my eyes watering. It was a great addition to the series. Oh, and there some big news announced in the story as well. 🙂

Shadow’s End Audiobook Narration

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Sophie Eastlake did another great job with her narration of this series. This is a series that I started on audio and have never wanted to read. I’ve even been holding off on the novellas that came out this year hoping that they will be on audio like the ones from last year. I just love the way she voices these characters. She does a wonderful job with male and female voices and she has great pacing and tone.

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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I like to thank Tantor Audio for providing me with a copy of this Audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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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. I think this series should be my next pick when I want to read something hot, Melanie! It sounds awesome! And if the narration is really good for the whole series, I’ll put it on my audible wish-list 😀
    Great review!!

    • Sophie Eastlake narrates this entire series and I love her narration. I also love that there are a lot of different kinds of creatures in it. Dragons, Gryphons, Harpies, Elves, Dark Fae and more. I highly recommend picking up the novellas too. They are some of my favorites. Sneak peaks into the lives of the first couple, Dragos and Pia.

      • Oh my, harpies!!! As if you hadn’t already persuaded me to get these 😀

  2. Now I will get it. I had kind of grown tired of the series but this sounds like it was pretty darn good!

    • This series is up and down for me. This one was an up. I really enjoyed it. I also feel like you can read it without reading the others, if you don’t want to play catch up.

  3. Lately it seems that you’re reading all the books on my TBR Melanie lol As I’ve said before, I need to grab book one on this >.<

    • Book one is one of my favorites. I love Dragos and Pia. Highly recommend that one.

  4. I haven’t started this series yet, but its good to know there are some stronger stories further in.

    Two hundred years apart, it does sound like it gets emotional. Look forward to reading it.

    • This is a fun series. I hope you get a chance to try it in your future.

  5. I am excited to read Graydon’s story. I’ve liked the Wyr from the beginning. The last two books where, Eh! I enjoyed learning about the Nightkind, but they are not my favorite. I’m glad you had a great audio experience with this installment in the series. Thank you for the review! This is a really good series even the novellas are awesome to read.

    • I agree with you completely. I love the novellas. They are some of my favorites.

    • I know the feeling. So many series, so little time. *sigh* 🙂

  6. Ah Thea… I have the 2 first books in her Elder series but I haven’t tried them yet so one day I know I will. Already book 9… so late!

    • First book has my favorite couple in it. I love the overall story arc and the first couple leads the Wyr, so they appear in most of the books, which I love. They are also featured in many of the novellas.

  7. 200 years apart? that is sad

  8. I haven’t heard of this series before. I am glad to hear this one was on the upper end of the scale for this series. I like the unique names this series uses for shifters and vampires. This books sounds like a good one with the romance and it sounds like these two had some hard times, with how they spent 200 years apart, but it’s always happy to see a couple get together after that again. Great review!

    • This is a fun series. Even when I don’t like the couple or romance, I still enjoy the story and the characters. These two characters did have a hard life. I guess they do prove there are downsides to being immortal or mostly immortal.

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