When Courtney Cole told me that she had recently completed a short novella to go with the Bloodstone Saga (which we all know I’m obsessed with,) I could not have been happier. I’m sure my response to her was filled with EEKS! And OMGS! And YAYS! I could not wait for it to come out, and then, it did, and I snatched it up and read it in about 2 hours. The House of Thebes is a short novella centering around the history of Cadmus and Harmonia from the the Bloodstone Saga. It’s meant as an accompaniment piece to the saga, not as a stand alone book, though the tales within it are certainly equally as heartwarming.
In The House of Thebes, we first get to read about how Cadmus, who was in his last year of servitude to Ares (to pay retribution for slaying his favorite dragon) meets Harmonia. It’s so refreshing to actually read their FIRST love story. There were so many times that they met, and fell in love, before history was doomed to repeat itself, that seeing that first truly innocent look into their relationship is so adventurous. It was great to read about two characters who, though you get to know them in the course of the entire series, you never get an early glimpse into their lives. We see a Harmonia in this novella, that is innocent, and very trusting, and definitely much younger than the Harmonia we got to know in the Saga. The same can be said of Cadmus, though he still is amazingly brave and charismatic and absolutely deliciously handsome. Their story is, of course, an epic adventure involving dragons and lethal danger and secret romance, but it’s the refreshing look into these characters that makes The House of Thebes such an endearing novella.
Along with the look into Cadmus and Harmonia’s early relationship, Cole gives us a chance to read three really short stories that accompany their journeys. Each is unique, and fun to read. Many times, authors release a novella with only one story in it but The House of Thebes has four stories total, the first being the story centering around Cadmus and Harmonia meeting and falling in love for the very first time. The remaining three stories each seem to focus a great deal on Cadmus, and if you love him, you will LOVE these stories. I know I certainly did!
For a completed series, The House of Thebes is a wonderful accompaniment. Courtney Cole definitely hit the nail on the head with this one, because I know I was dying for more Harmonia and Cadmus, and she definitely delivered with these four amazing short stories. If you’ve read the series, please don’t hesitate to pick this novella up. And if you haven’t read the series, then please go give it a try, and then pick up this little gem!