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Serpent's Kiss (Elder Races #3)

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,434 Ratings  ·  635 Reviews
In the latest Novel of the Elder Races, a Queen on the brink of sanity has no one to rely on except the Wyr warrior whose conviction is every bit as strong as his passion.

In order to save his friend's life, Wyr sentinel Rune Ainissesthai made a bargain with Vampyre Queen Carling—without knowing what she would ask from him in return. But when Rune attempts to make good on h
Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Berkley Sensation (first published October 1st 2011)
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Mimi Smith
Jul 16, 2014 Mimi Smith rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pnr
4.5 stars

The Series Predicament

I may be the only one out there who says this-but I loved this book as much as the previous books in the series. For me, the problem with series is most often about books being all so similar they get...boring? Or something like that. Here the main problem, and the prevailing opinion is that the books after Dragon Bound weren't as good. Different maybe. Less focused on romance, sure. But, I think we forget while comparing, these are some pretty awesome books. I l
Oct 15, 2011 valee rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Definitely better than book 2 which bored me a bit. This one had a nice beginning and amazing development, but then it got stuck with a boring-to-tears ending. Things were getting better and better and I really thought I would end up loving the book, but then the ending went ALL WRONG!

WHY did it go wrong?
I love strong and capable main characters more than any other type. I just adore to see a character who is able to ACHIEVE whatever he/she wants because he is powerful enough to fight w
More than 5 stars and Top Read 2012.

I think I know reasons why readers will find this book hard to understand, and too slow for them. Because like Rune Ainissesthai ( very difficult to pronounce and write, huff!), Serpent's Kiss is a book that full of riddle. Waiting its mysteries to be solved. (I sound like Sherlock Holmes here, hmm).

The event of Serpent's Kiss is continue from Storm's Heart. Because Rune make pact with Vampyre's Queen (or ex-Queen) that also a witch, Carling Severan, to save T
Sharon ✽ is an emotional book junkie ✽
Holy Cow....hands down this is the hottest book I've read in a long time and I'm not talking about the sex although that's really hot too. I'm talking about the romance and the lust and the was so intense and it starts right off the bat with the first kiss! And I know that hotel lobbies will never be the same for me!

So, if you didn't know, this book is about the Gryphon, Rune, and the Vampyre, Carling. In the prior book, Storm's Heart, we met Carling and when Carling healed Tiago, R
Lady Jaye
This is the third novel in the Elder Races series and Rune's story, with the Vampyre Queen Carling as his love interest.

I do think this is a much better book than the travesty that was Storm's Heart, but it is nowhere near as good as Dragon Bound. It was okay.

Hands down the best thing about the book was the heroine, Carling. I liked exploring her backstory and her motivations for her actions. She was also a strong, likable character. I did not like Carling from the previous books, but I am sur
Oct 04, 2011 Julie rated it it was amazing
Posted at I included quite a few quotes this time around. Lots of good ones. :)

Serpent’s Kiss is the third book in Thea Harrison’s Elder Races series. I adored the first book. I really enjoyed the second book. I loved this book. Thea’s writing is so solid, her world so well constructed, her characters so darned likable, it’s almost impossible not to think these books are simply wonderful.

Now normally in a paranormal romance series where each book focuses
When I finished Storm’s Heart, I was surprised that the next book was going to be about Carling and Rune. Rune, I understood. Carling? I didn’t really pay much attention to her in Storm’s Heart. I really didn’t think that she would merit an entire book.

What a pleasant surprise. Carling’s story was fascinating. I never expected Carling to have such a scientific mind, or that she was meticulous in her research about her condition. Carling’s impressive library of documents would make museum curator
Mar 01, 2012 Julia rated it it was amazing
When I find an author I enjoy, I have a tendency to go from book to book, glutting myself on their entire catalog. This can be good and bad. It's great to immerse myself in a style I enjoy, but when I think about rating or evaluating the book, my scale is skewed towards rating in comparison to other books by that author. Thea Harrison's Elder Races novels are my current addiction, I no sooner put down one than I'm anxiously anticipating the next. SERPENT'S KISS is a bright spot in an already won ...more
Oct 05, 2011 Saly rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this one more than the previous installment. It started of real slow and I was not hooked when Rune went to re-pay his debt to Carling and they just seem to research on her island but after that the book picks up really well and I liked seeing how Rune affected Carling and made her more fun and actually alive. And I love growling, jealous alpha men.

Rune was awesome as well, he actually talked fashion and stuff. I just hope that we see Dragos and Rune make it up in later books. The whol
Shannon C.
Sep 25, 2012 Shannon C. rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: paranormal romance fans
Original, good PNR with very good world building. I liked seeing characters again from the earlier books. After the last book when we met Carling, I was worried if I would like her in this one. She seemed pretty icy/remote when we met her previously. However as I saw more sides of her in Serpent's Kiss, she grew on me. Even though she's uber powerful, she's also caring, smart, hardworking, shows some humor, etc. Rune was good as the lead hero...funny, powerful, smart, hot, etc. I liked how their ...more
Oct 10, 2011 Laura rated it it was ok
I loved Dragon Bound. It was an amazing and fresh book, with a good storyline, inventive action sequences, and lively dialogue. I'm a big believer in good dialogue, with characters having a sharp wit, and generally-speaking a touch of sarcasm and humor. The dialogue and action were two of the best things about Dragon Bound. I read in twice, then couldn't wait for Storm's Heart, even though it was out only a few months later. However, I was a little disappointed in Storm's Heart. Sure, I realize ...more
Nov 17, 2011 Laura rated it liked it
This is my least favorite of the series and the pairing between Rune and Carling just didn't do it for me. I never found the character Carling to be all that interesting. Compared to the heroines in the last two novels, Carling is rather bland. The one scene that stood out for me, and not in a good way, was when Rune was trying to change the way that Carling dresses. Am I the only one who took offense at this? It was just so patronizing. He was hand picking everything from her underwear to her s ...more
Loved it!! To save his friend's life Rune made a bargain with Vampire Queen Carling. Rune goes to pay up and is surprised to find a woman on the edge. This story was so awesome. Carling's disease causes her to have episodes that threaten her well being and puts her in dangerous position. Rune is a total alpha Wyr sentinel and is determined to save Carling no matter the risk. He is a dark, sexy, powerful alpha. One of my favorite scene is Carling as a little girl. Total awwe moment. These two hol ...more
I believe my last status update says it all: This book is a brick wall I just kept throwing myself at.

Until one of my friends sacrificed herself and finished the book. The crazy train not only left the station, it derailed at WTF-ville apparently. I'll still read the next book, but unless it's just as amazing as Dragon Bound, I'm going to have to drop this series and weep for what could have been.
Angela Carr (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Serpent's Kiss
by Thea Karrison
(Elder Races # 3)

Reviewed for Under The Covers Blog

I have to say that I am addicted to Thea Harrison's Elder Races World. It is a phenomenal world of Wyr kind, Elves, Fae, Demons, Monsters, Vampires and Witches. Thea Harrison did not disappoint. I was sucked in this original and intense world she has created.

I honestly was afraid to rate this book because I thought I may be biased. See, I attended a lunch get-together with Ms. Harrison on the day this book was rele
♡Karlyn P♡
2.5 stars. I wanted to like it, but I was bored with the entire storyline. The romance was tepid, the storyline boring, the 'bad guy' lackluster, and the ending a bit frustrating. I almost DNF'd it but kept reading on as I planned to read more in this series and didn't want to be lost later on. But when I finally finished this, I was not sure if I will stick with this series or not. Will need to think on it.
Not sure why but this one was a struggle for me. It didn't grab my attention and I forced myself to carry on. I'm not convinced that it was the book itself but perhaps me instead. I just found myself wanting to do other things instead of read. *gasp* I must admit to wanting to know the outcome and that is why I kept going.
All Things Urban Fantasy
Sep 23, 2011 All Things Urban Fantasy rated it really liked it
Thea Harrison's Elder Races novels are my current addiction, I no sooner put down one than I'm anxiously anticipating the next. SERPENT'S KISS is a bright spot in an already wonderful series, and I'll be able to fill some of the months before ORACLE'S MOON comes out in March by mulling over this magic and these characters.

The world building in SERPENT'S KISS is ambitious, delving into the mythology of gryphons and vampires, the history of Carling's origins, and the politics of her present day po
Serpent's Kiss
4.5 Stars

Carling Severen, Queen of the Vampyres, is dying. Drawn to the ailing Queen by a promise, Wyr Sentinel, Rune Ainissesthai, finds himself unable to resist the growing passion between them and is willing to sacrifice everything to find a cure for her illness known only as the Serpent's Kiss.

Unlike the previous installments - Dragon Bound and Storm's Heart, the focus here is on the romance rather than the action. While some readers may find the lack of chills a
Sep 26, 2011 Jess rated it really liked it
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads

We first met Carling in Storm’s Heart as she earned a favor from Rune in return for saving Tiago’s life. It’s time to pay up and Serpent’s Kiss picks up fairly soon after the events of Storm’s Heart with Carling summoning Rune to collect on her favor. Dragos is pissed. Rune, being his First sentinel, has just promised basically anything that Carling could want, and could be gone for years upon years fulfilling this one obligation. Rune’s a pretty laid bac
Laura (Kyahgirl)
This is for the Audiobook. Sophie Eastlake was the narrator and did a fantastic job.

The pacing of this book may not be for everyone. There isn't a lot of heart racing adventure. What there is, basically, is a really good romance set in a paranormal world. I really appreciated how Harrison focused on developing Rune and Carling's characters. They worked together to solve the mystery of Carling's health while behaving rationally and acknowledging their growing feelings for each other.
So many time
Lady Heather
Oh the Author had a good ending, but left SO much unsettled... because there is NO WAY that such strong, powerful, and dynamic characters would be left living like matter how much they "loved one another".

I LOVE this series, and I LOVE this Author's writing, and characters... but, just a 'pet peeve' of mine .... once a story is written.. we never hear what happens to them!

.... that is why the "Night Huntress Series" and the "Kate Daniels Series" are so attractive to me in the PNR genre
Rune, az első Wyr Sentinel azóta izgatta a fantáziámat, amint színre lépett az első részben. Igazán társasági lény, nyugis, megfontolt, szóval teljesen más mint a korábbi kötetekből megismert Dragos vagy Tiago, és sokkal sokkal szimpibb (mondhatnám picsásan, hogy Team Rune :D).
Carlinggal, a kissé freakshow vámpírnővel kapcsolatban viszont igen sok fenntartásom volt, egyáltalán nem tetszett, hogy Rune-nak pont vele kell végig bajlódnia.
A történet talán egy kicsit nyögve nyelősen indul, és nem ann
Judy  at Musings and Ramblings
Serpent's Kiss picks up shortly after the close of Storm's Heart. Rune had bargained with Carling for Tiago's life and now has to pay the piper. He begins this book, by going about doing all the things that need to be done to set up for an extended leave of absence. To be honest, it was a bit boring. It's not till Rune actually makes it to Carling's island and the two start interacting that things pick up and get interesting.

Carling had come across in the previous book as a bit cruel, not intent
Nov 27, 2011 SheLove2Read rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
There are so many other in-depth reviews of this book, I'm not going to re-hash. I will say though that this was an OUTSTANDING read.

For me it was a bit different that the first two books. The energy was different. Rune and Carling's romance was deeper and more sensual. Without getting into any spoilers, let's just say that they have a lot of history that factors in. I was prepared not to like Carling, being the Queen of the Undead and in general, just a spaced out bitch (from previous books),
Lynsey A
I do like this series but just like Storm's Heart, I found this one to be slow going in the beginning and no real excitement until closer to the end. I liked both Carling and Rune and their love story was very sweet. I really liked their "first" meeting. :)

All in all this is a good story but I just didn't find it as enjoyable as I did Dragon Bound. The series is good but not all of the books live up to the first one.

However, the sneak peek of Oracle's Moon looks vastly entertaining as well. Jus
Once again I was fairly disappointed with Thea Harrison's newest addition to the Elder Races series. Given the bang off start this series had with Dragon Bound it makes me sad to get my hopes up so high for another home run, only to be slightly satisfied with a single (sorry for the baseball analogy. I don't even know where it came from).

Serpent's Kiss starts off with Rune on his way to fulfill the promise he made to Carling when she saved his friend Tiago's life. Carling, the most powerful vam
Oct 10, 2011 Lynette rated it really liked it
Shelves: publisher-sent
Once again, everyone and their mother has reviewed SERPENT'S KISS. And, I know that nothing I'm going to say is going to stop you from reading this book, right? So, I'm just going to give you my impressions while I read instead of boring you to death with plot points.

SERPENT'S KISS had a slow start. However, if you're familiar with my opinions, you'll know that I believe all of Ms. Harrison's novels have a slow start. I'm becoming somewhat familiar with her books going like this . . . . yada, ya
Jun 08, 2013 Tom rated it really liked it
Another 4.5 for the series and this one totally shocked me! I started to read this for some mindless Dragon Smut and ended up getting a really cool story and romance instead!

In Serpent's Kiss Rune gets his affairs in order to get ready to make payment on his having to do whatever Carling wishes for saving his friend. Rune is preparing for the worst as Dragos's first is bound to his word without a clue to what Carling has in mind. When Rune shows up at Carling's "place" he finds that she is far f
Mar 27, 2013 Sunny added it
3.5 stars.

It was not what I was expecting, so much so that I put it down for a few days. However, after I adjusted, I really liked it. This is very different than the first two books, quite cerebral with discussions of blood pathogens and time traveling, etc and A LOT less action. Still when you settle into it, there is a quiet beauty and strength in Carling and Rune's love story. That part made the whole book. However, there were too many loose ends. Where do we go from here? (view spoiler)
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I write paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and other stuff. I taught myself to read when I was four. That was around the time I tried to ride my tricycle to work. I wasn't sure where work was, but I knew it had to be interesting if people went there every day. Now I combine my love of books with work, and I don't have to ride my tricycle to get there. My Elder Races series began May, 2011. You can ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Elder Races (9 books)
  • Dragon Bound (Elder Races, #1)
  • Storm's Heart (Elder Races, #2)
  • Oracle's Moon (Elder Races, #4)
  • Lord's Fall (Elder Races, #5)
  • Kinked (Elder Races, #6)
  • Night's Honor (Elder Races, #7)
  • Midnight's Kiss (Elder Races, #8)
  • Shadow's End (Elder Races, #9)

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