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Serpent's Kiss (A Novel of the Elder Races) Mass Market Paperback – October 4, 2011
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About the Author
- ASIN : 0425244407
- Publisher : Berkley; Reissue edition (October 4, 2011)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780425244401
- ISBN-13 : 978-0425244401
- Item Weight : 5.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.2 x 0.87 x 7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,139,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I will admit that her writing ability is very good, her script flows smoothly. There's just not any story to be told.
I also loooooove the play on time paradoxes and loops. I love all things that bend the rules of time. There is something timeless (dry laugh) about a concept that has framed so much of who and what we are. I think Thea Harrison did a great job exploring those nuances we take for granted. With all these developments and exploration in inner conflicts,this book was a bit slow and scientific. It had a very different drumbeat compared to the boisterous and erratic romance of Tiago and Tricks. If you’re this far into the series, I think we’ve been brushed up on a ton of world building! I was hoping the ending would play out a little more dramatically because it was my guess from the beginning! But I still loved how all things ended- going off gently into that good night.
THE STORY: In STORM'S HEART, Rune Ainissesthai, a Wyr Gryphon, promised to do a task for the ancient vampire, Carling Severan, in exchange for Carling saving the life of Rune's friend. Now Rune has come to repay his debt. Rune discovers that Carling is dying. In the process of the two trying to save her life, they discover that history and time are changeable and that they may need to alter the past to give Carling a future.
OPINION: I really enjoyed this book because of the intense emotional focus of the story. Rune and Carling have a really interesting story that reveals itself throughout the book. I recommend not reading the spoilers because much of the enjoyment of the story is the mystery of what is happening. Rune is protective and funny and also sweet in his own special way. Carling is a strong woman and her journey is a fascinating one. This book has one of the better developed romances of the series.
WORTH MENTIONING: There are political intrigues in this book that are beginning to spin out and are clearly not meant to be resolved in one book but rather begin an overarching story that spans the series.
FINAL DECISION: I really liked this book because of the strong characters of Rune and Carling. This is a book that is really focused on the characters and romance rather than the political intrigues.
CONNECTED BOOKS: SERPENT'S KISS is the third novel in the Elder Races series. This book can be read as a standalone although there is are overlapping characters and events.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4.25 stars.
I loved the bantering between Rune and Carling and how he got to her to care about living again instead of sitting back and waiting for the disease to take her over. And as they worked to try to find the cure for the disease I could see and feel the chemistry growing between them, not only physically but intellectually and emotionally. They complemented each other in every way and I was totally rooting for them to get their HEA. And the whole thing with Carling ‘disappearing’ and how that tied in to her disease was really interesting, especially with how Rune could go with her. And then IT happened.
The IT in question was the whole Rune/Dragos thing. Now to make it clear, I have no problem with Rune mating with Carling, in fact I’m all for it. I also knew that with them mating Rune would more than likely have to do what Tiago did in Storm’s Heart. My issue was with how it happened. Regardless of how wonky the mating thing makes Wyr, it just sent me into a WTF spin because I never would have expected it to come from Rune. It was just so out of character that I did an actual replay of his actions up to that point and realized just what had been happening. Is Dragos blameless in it all? No, but I can’t blame him at all for his reaction when faced with what was going on. And while this situation did make me lose some interest in Rune and Carling, I do have to give Ms Harrison props for it because I definitely didn’t see that coming and I do love it when an author can drive me to start swearing at their book.
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The twists and turns as always kept me turning the page and the betrayal came from the least expected party. I loved every part of this book and look forward to the next one in the series.
The author depicts the era so believable and the characters are so amazing and you can feel their emotions coming through the pages. The author is brilliant and I can't wait to read the next one in the series.