Serpent's Kiss (Elder Races #3)
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...more
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
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 lo...more
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...more
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.
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...more
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 rel...more
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...more
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...more
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)[ D...more
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...more
Sadly, it's easy to be perfunctory when you like a book. I break into a cold sweat just thinking about writing reviews of the books I like, let alone love. Platitudes often make for tepid reviews. But that is not the case here. A Serpent's Kiss, as they say in the South African click language Xhosa -- le ncwadi imbi -- loosely translated, "This book is bad."
It should be stated outright that I have not read the book entirely. I know. I know. But I swam halfway up tha...more
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...more
I did a lot of fast forwarding. This book suffers mightily in comparison to the other three - really a shame because Rune is a spectacular hero. The first half is talkytalkytalky and NOTHING HAPPENS. When the plot finally starts moving along it's not very interesting and far from the scintillating stuff I expect from a paranormal series about powerful immortals. Morose and mopey "Leaf me alone....more
For some reason, this story grabbed me and I was incredibly invested. I have enjoyed the other two books in the series so far, so I don't know why I was almost surprised by this. Rune and Carling's journey was incredible! I loved watching Rune fall for each part of Carling over time, literally. Their situation was so desperate and yet they couldn't help their feelings. I wanted more in the end, but that isn't really a surprise. But I wasn't completely sure the situation reached a satis...more
Oh, Rune! How do I love thee? Enough to overlook your appalling dress sense, certainly.
Ahem. Sorry, this is meant to be a book review, not a hero review. Although... No, never mind. I admit that, when I heard who Rune's heroine was going to be, I was a trifle disappointed. I can't explain why exactly, but it's probably due to the fact that I tend to dislike world-weary been-there-done-that heroines. I should have known better. I should...more
Thea Harrison is, IMO, a ridiculously good writer. The world she has created in her Elder Races novels is a richly detailed vista, complete with stunning imagery and complex characters. In Serpent's Kiss, we are treated to Rune (the first sentinel to Dragos) and Carling's (the former Vampyre queen and currently a councilor to the UN of the Elder races) story. Theirs began in Storm's Heart, where Rune and Carling share a moment as she exits the river after bathing and then later when Ru...more
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...more
The Elder Races is an addictive series of books featuring strong world building, hot alpha-males and no-nonsense kick-ass heroines. I particularly liked this book because of the (view spoiler)[mystery about Carling's "episodes" and the time-travel aspect of these and how the outcome somehow explained her actions early in the book. (hide spoiler)]. Very clever execution of that.
Further, hot smexy times, naturally, and action. Not a dull...more
I enjoy this narrator but I'm wondering about the heroine for this one? She seemed so detached / unfeeling in the last book that it will be interesting to see her turned into a heroine.
Hero: Rune Ainissesthai
Heroine: Carling Severan
I loved the book, the story, the characters! I loved it all.
The 2 things that stayed with me though are:
1. Rune has so many sides I don't think I can ever keep up with them: he's and alpha, but at the same time he love chick flicks and woman's clothing(not only off I mean :D). He really is what his name says he is: an enigma.
2. Khalid, the Djin has such a way with words... The most memorable one is:
"I'll sit on th...more
The plot wasn't nearly as smooth or forward moving as the two previous books (which I gave 5-stars to), so the ending held all the good action but one of the most devastating (to me) events was blew through and didn't make sense in many ways. (view spoiler)[Rune and Dr...more
In the first two...more
Recently, Vampire Queen Carling's power has become erratic, forcing her followers to flee. Wyr sentinel Rune is drawn to the ailing Queen and decides to help find a cure for the serpent's kiss-the vampyric disease that's killing her. With their desire for each other escalating they will have to rely on each other if they have any hope of surviving the serpent's kiss...About the Author
Thea Harrison is the pen name of author Teddy Harrison. She wrote her first book at age nineteen and had sixtee...more
I liked the switch up in this series, and was glad to learn about the vampires part in this world.
I also liked Carling from the start, as soon as i read Carling/Vampire/Dying i was hooked. She was also a strong character and liked the fact that she was willing to die with dignity, i was also glad that she didnt count on the people she had befriended along her lifetime even if she thought by making deals she wouldnt. I was gripped by her whole lifetime and what she had learned...more
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