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Serpent's Kiss

(Elder Races #3)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  11,912 ratings  ·  809 reviews
11 Audio CDs / 13.5 hours

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
Audio CD, Unabridged, 14 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Tantor Media (first published October 2011)
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Once again, a hot blonde guy disappoints me. That's right, Chris Hemsworth, I'm talking about you! You could have at least answered my letters, phone calls, or emails. But nooooooo, someone has to send a restraining order instead of a love letter. Fine. Just don't expect me to keep sending you locks of my hair. *sigh*

Well, it's obvious that I was running out of hair anyway...

For some reason, I expected Rune to be funny and adorable. He wasn't. He's just a boring guy in a pretty package. Shiny th
Sophia Triad
Rune and Carling

A Gryphon who was treated like a god in ancient times and a Vampire Queen and Sorceress.

Although this is not surely my favorite book in this series, it contains unquestionably my favorite scene in the whole series:

She said, “Kneel.”
She felt his surprise as her command jolted through him.
But then he did a thing that surprised her in return. He raised his eyebrows, gave her that easygoing insouciant grin of his and said, “Okey-dokey.”
With a flourish he went gracefully down on
I've got to say this is my least favorite so far. I really like the characters in their own right and even together but the plot was a challenge for me. I see the potential but found it to drag on and on. It was difficult not to DNF when it felt like it was going nowhere... but again, I liked the characters, so I stayed. Carling is losing herself and Rune has these special powers that seem to complement hers. Together they make some phenomenons happen that hint at a higher purpose. All in all I' ...more
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
If you looked up fucking boring , under examples you'd see this book referenced. It was really fucking boring. I wanted to DNF it from the beginning, as that's when the fucking boredom started and didn't end, but I thought I'd miss out on crucial info to the series. I really don't think I would've missed out on much at all. This book barely involves any characters that appear in the proceeding books. It's mainly a vampire book.

Rune, a gryphon, owes a debt to Carling, the vampire elder - a queen
Alex is The Romance Fox
Serpent’s Kiss is the 3rd book in Thea Harrison’s Elder Races Series and is the story of Vampyre Queen Carling Severan and Wyr sentinel Rune Ainissesthai
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In the last book, Storm's Heart, Carling saved Tiago's life at Rune request with the understanding that he would owe her a favor in the future. And the time has now come. Carling's power is slowly fading and the signs are that she is dying. Rune agrees to help her find a cure for the serpent's kiss, the disease that is killing her.

Carling turn
Mimi Smith
Mar 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Ren Puspita
May 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Elder Races series fans and PNR readers
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
☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎
Rated 3.5

This was the least favorite of the Elder series. Different from the first two books. With time traveling and changing this in the future and of blood pathogens. Not much action in this book. Carling and Rune's love story was sweet which of course made the stars. With all that was happening with Rune and Carling with everything its been causing problems with the other paranormals especially Dragos. Whoa! So now I wonder if things will be fixed in the next book in the series. We can see
Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
2.5 stars

Things I liked about this book:

1. Rune
“I love you. I didn't want to. I fought it. I put up barriers, and they all came crashing down one by one. It wasn't just one thing. It was everything you did, both here in the present and back in the past. It's everything you were, and everything you are. So I just fucking love you, and you are going to have to fucking deal with it. You got that?”

Who doesn't love a hot, strong gryphon who's a ladies' man, but changes when he meets his mate? (pure
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
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4+ "Time Traveling" Stars!

I absolutely LOVED most of this book. The main characters were great and the Idea of this story was awesome! This was a Paranormal/Syfi romance lover's (me!!) who also finds Egyptian mythology very interesting (me!!) dream. Rune was an overprotective secretly a sweetheart of an Alpha male (who was surprisingly in touch with his feminine side). Carling was a tough chick with just enough vulnerability to make you love her. The time traveling idea was so interesting. The p
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
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
May 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 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
Shannon C.
May 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Snarktastic Sonja
Ok - I seriously did not like this one. I finished it solely because the next in the series was recommended to me and I just could NOT move on in the series without finishing this. It just goes against my nature. It struck pain in my heart to even THINK about it.

Ultimately - there just isn't enough going on here - No build up - no nothing. Just Carling dying and Rune trying to save her - and no real reason to save her. Somehow, he just falls in love with her . . . (Sorry if that is a spoiler -
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
Oct 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
♡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.
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
Oct 10, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Lover of Romance
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance

Serpent's Kiss kicks off when our hero, a Wyr sentinel Roan, has been called into the favor he owed the Vampyre Queen Carling. He has no idea what this favor will be or what it will cost him, but his friend and boss is NOT happy, Dragos doesn't want him to do this but Roan always lives up to his word. So he goes to visit the Queen Carling. Carling is dying, she has lived longer than most, and she goes into "phases" and she feels herself sta
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
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.
Amber Hughes
May 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*4-4.5 stars* Another great one from Thea :-)
And to think I gave up on 'Elder Races' races series some times ago. Then I read the first book on a whim for a dragon category of a challenge and decided to give it another try. I skipped re-reading book#2 which I did not like and jumped into the next story/couple.
Serpent's Kiss is a great PNR novel. The character's have great chemistry. And again Thea Harrison makes quick relationship and mates concept work.
I also loved the world-building, which is more complex than in some urban fantasy novel
Bambi Unbridled

My re-read for the Elder Races series continues, and I'm approaching the point where I got waylaid in the series before. So I'm making sure to take notes this time! I continue to enjoy Harrison's world building and unique paranormal characters, and I remember the next book, Oracle's Moon, being one of my favorites so I will be moving onto it very soon. That's not to say that Serpent's Kiss wasn't very good... it was.

The hero of this installment is Rune Ainissesthai, a gryphon and First Sentinel
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.
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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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“I love you. I didn't want to. I fought it. I put up barriers, and they all came crashing down one by one. It wasn't just one thing. It was everything you did, both here in the present and back in the past. It's everything you were, and everything you are. So I just fucking love you, and you are going to have to fucking deal with it. You got that?” 54 likes
“If you die, I will find you.
I will never leave you.
I will never let you go.
I will not let you fall, or fail.
I will always come for you if you leave, always find you if you're lost.

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