I feel conflicted. This is a solid short story and a necessary one after the events of Shadow’s Fall. Liam Cuelebre is almost fully grown and chafing at the shackles built by the love and protection from his parents. He wants to spread his wings –to get out from under his father’s massive shadow. But that’s a tall order when you’re only a year old.
And there’s the rub. He’s a year old. Yes, he is nearly six feet tall and he’s a powerful dragon. But try as I might, I can’t ignore his age. Thea Harrison does a good job getting us into his head-space, which I appreciate. But I found myself cringing when he was interested in a woman at Starbucks; when he cursed in front of his parents; when he drank a glass of wine. Super-speed development or not, it feels wrong.
I’ve enjoyed the Cuelebre novellas. I’ve felt like I have really watched this family grow. But no matter how brilliant he is, no matter how magically inclined, how can a one year-old grasp the complexities of adult emotions and (*shudder*) sexual interest?
I don’t know how to get past this. It’s a well written novella, and if the idea of Liam as a man already doesn’t bother you, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it very much. Frankly, I was surprised by how much it bothered me. Maybe I’ll be the only one.
*ARC provided by author for review
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Liam Takes Manhattan
by Thea Harrison
Release Date: December 22, 2015