Review: Peanut Goes to School by Thea Harrison

, by Kt Clapsadl

Peanut Goes to School by Thea Harrison
Elder Races #6.7

This is a short story (15,100 words or 55 pages) intended for readers of the Elder Races who enjoy Liam Cuelebre, aka Peanut, as a character.

Dragos Cuelebre is no longer the only dragon.

Dragos’s son Liam Cuelebre (a.k.a. Peanut) is springing into existence, reminiscent of the first of the Elder Races who were born at the beginning of the world. At just six months of age, he has already grown to the size of a large five-year-old boy. He can read, write in complete sentences, and his math skills are off the chart.

A white dragon in his Wyr form, Liam also holds more Power than almost anyone else. In an effort to give him a taste of normality, no matter how fleeting, his parents Pia and Dragos enroll him in first grade.

They hope school will help teach Liam how to relate to others, a vital skill that will help him control his growing Power. But school has a surprising number of pitfalls, and relating to others can be a tricky business.
When a classmate is threatened, Liam must quickly learn self-control, how to rein in his instincts, and govern his temper, because there’s no doubt about it—he is fast becoming one of the most dangerous creatures in all of the Elder Races.

This was a short but very endearing novella. Peanut, aka Liam may only be six months old, but he's worlds beyond that. In fact, while he's the size of a large six year old, mentally he's far beyond that. In fact in some ways he's worlds beyond any normal adult due to his power and abilities. And yet in other ways he's so much younger than he appears to the world. There's an innocence there and fierce love for his family that brings such a sweetness to him, but it's also tempered with his instincts and volatility of his power. And tempering that volatility is where sending him to school comes in. I understood where Dragos and Pia were coming from, wanting him to learn from his peers for the short while he will still be a child, but frankly I knew it was a catastrophe of some sort waiting to happen. And I was right in part. Some things happened that should never have been, and could have been prevented, but other things happened as well. And despite how much I wish the less than great things at school had not have happened, the very important learning experiences far outweighed the bad, and really warmed my heart. So yet again, I'm really pleased with this small outlook into the Elder Races world. I only wish this small side series would be continuing as I love the books centered around Dragos and Pia the most, and of course now Liam as well. Fans of the series will want to take a look at this mini trilogy as I highly recommend it for an extra look into these much loved character's lives.

(Received a copy from the publisher)


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