Title: Noah’s Boy
Author: Sarah Hoyt
Series: Shifters #3
Tom has had a somewhat adversarial relationship with the Great Sky Dragon, but this time the meddling dragon has gone too far. This time, the elderly patriarch of the dragon triad is trying to get Tom to marry a nice dragon-shifter girl instead of panther-shifter Kyrie, whom Tom has been in love with for over a year. Then something happens to the Great Sky Dragon, and Tom is on the hook for managing a triad of dragons who are none too happy at their new leader . . .
This is more focused than the second book, which although much better for the story here, does make some of the pointless extra plot threads in the second book even more pointless. The cryptozoologist paper? Not even mentioned. Nor the Rodent Liberation Front. (For the record, I agree with these being dropped; it’s just frustrating that the second book is now both the busiest and the least effective of the series). And the book also conveniently forgets Rafiel’s climactic scene near the end (pun intended), as he claims to be a virgin in this book. (Unless that one was supposed to not count because he was drugged? Except he’s basically drugged this time, too. . .)
On a happier note, this is a more solid story, and the wider implications are a lot of fun. Tom’s hatred of the Great Sky Dragon gets an interesting twist when he suddenly inherits the old one’s ability to see into the minds of other dragons, compel their obedience, and remember the lives of other Great Sky Dragons. As Great Sky Dragons can only inherit from an unbroken male line, the dragons are desperate for Tom to continue that line with a dragon.
I liked the science-fiction aspect that wormed its way in, with the world-gates and the origin of shifters. The particular enemy’s motives are sketched in rather than fleshed out, but then again, given how events transpire the only way to really get more would’ve been some kind of monologue by the villain. I also liked the book’s wry observation that spacefaring races ought to be warmongering, or at least suspected of such, given the general history of long voyages and what happens when very different peoples make contact.
All told, this doesn’t really feel like an ending for the trilogy, though the story wraps up. Tom and Kyrie still have full and crazy lives, and it’s easy to see the adventures continuing. But it’s not a bad place to close, and hope that in the future more stories might expand on this universe. I rate this book Recommended.