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 serpen'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
I’m really enjoying Thea Harrison’s Elder Races series and with Serpent’s Kiss I’ve added it to the list. The focus of the story is turned to Wyr sentinel Rune and the mysterious vampire queen Carling.
When I found out that Rune and Carling were paired together I didn’t really see it at first but you know the saying “opposites attract” and Rune and Carling totally did in Serpent’s Kiss. Their chemistry was sizzling from the beginning.
What I enjoyed about Serpent’s Kiss was the complicated journey that Carling and Rune found themselves as love bloomed between them. I like Rune as a character since he was first introduced in past Elder Races novels, he has a nice balance of humor and seriousness when the time calls for it. In Serpent’s Kiss, Rune knew how to take charge of a situation that was spiraling out of control in a way that wasn’t overpowering.
Carling was also introduced in past stories, though unlike Rune she came off standoffish and reserved. So I didn’t really know if I would connect with her in Serpent’s Kiss. But Thea Harrison handled her in a way that broke through the wall Carling had put up and made her relatable and surprisingly vulnerable. I ended up connecting with the situation that Carling was dealing with and how through that she let down her walls and fell in love with Rune. Sometimes in order to have power one has to learn to let go and trust others and I feel Carling learned that lesson.
It was refreshing that the villain in the story wasn’t the normal person set on destruction and power. The real villain was time and a disease that ultimately made a powerful immortal know a new level of fear.