Title: Serpent’s Kiss (Elder Races #3)
Author: Thea Harrison
Release Date/Publisher: October 4th 2011 by Berkley Sensation
Finished: December 18th 2013
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 his debt, he finds a woman on the edge.
Recently, Carling’s Power has become erratic, forcing her followers to flee in fear. Despite the danger, Rune is drawn to the ailing Queen and decides to help her find a cure for the serpent’s kiss—the vampyric disease that’s killing her.
With their desire for each other escalating just as quickly as Carling’s instability spirals out of control, the sentinel and the Queen will have to rely on each other if they have any hope of surviving the serpent’s kiss.
What I thought:
I suggest 18+ for sexy scenes
I wasn’t too sure if I would like Rune at first. We see him in the background of the other books but this time the story is all his and Carling’s. He’s a griffin Wyr, and she’s a Vampyre. She’s the oldest too and was once their queen. Anyway, I actually ended up really liking their story.
Rune was a powerful guy, especially with his age and his Griffin form which sounded really cool. But what set him aside from Dragos and Tiago in the other books was the fact that he was more in tune with modern times. He still gets emotional and almost protective during certain times with Carling with his Wyr side, but he also acts more human. He’s also got a lot more of a sense of humour which was great.
Carling at first seemed like she might be boring and it took a while to get to like her. She’s old and starting to have episodes where she zones out and loses track of time, which is a sign that she is dying. As the book goes on and she interacts with Rune, she starts to change. She still fights and tries to resist him at first though. She experiences emotions she thought she’d never feel again and she starts to have fun after a while. It took time for her to warm up to him and although there’s a hint of lust and hopeful passion they both try and hold it off because if they mate and she dies, Rune will be alone. I ended up really liking her in the second half of the book though.
The story involves a bit of time travel into memories and that part was pretty cool. The mystery of why she is dying and if there’s anything that can save her was really good too. We even get to briefly see that Djinn from book two again, who I’m pretty sure is the main guy in the next one.
I am really getting into this series. All the romance and paranormal elements are just so awesome, and I like that each book is diverse in what problem needs solving. I didn’t enjoy this one as much as the last two since it was a bit slower in parts and I took a bit longer to get into the characters, but it was still awesome!