Serpent's Kiss (Elder Races Series #3)

Serpent's Kiss (Elder Races Series #3)

by Thea Harrison

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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...

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ISBN-13: 9780425244401
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/04/2011
Series: Elder Races Series , #3
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 261,025
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

A debut author at the age of nineteen, Thea Harrison had sixteen romances published under another name before she took a break to collect a couple of graduate degrees and a grown child. She’s back with the Novels of the Elder Races, a paranormal romance series.

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Serpent's Kiss (Elder Races Series #3) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 135 reviews.
LauraO More than 1 year ago
This was a great continuation of the Elder Races series. This book a bit more complicated than the previous 2, but just as addictive. Serpents Kiss delves into the NightKind Demesne (Vampyres) whereas book one detailed the Wyr demesne and book two detailed the Dark Fae demesne. Carling was harder for me to relate to on an emotional level, but at the same time I think she was more interesting to me because of it. While most of the book is action packed - I kept laughing every time Rasputin was mentioned. I love the irony. I can't wait for Khalil's story. He was one of the most interesting characters we have met so far. Great job Thea!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Rune Ainissesthal the Wyr Sentinel and dying vampyre queen Carling Severan the sorceress made a deal. To save the life of his friend Tiago, Rune will do Carling's bidding. Thus he flies cross country from New York to San Francisco. He finds out that Carling is losing control of her paranormal skills due to the serpent's kiss disease that destroys ancient vampyres like her. She invested time and resources to finding a cure, but as time runs out so far her endeavor has proven futile. While her supporters flee in fear of her unpredictable power and others prepare to betray her in a power grab, Rune tries to save the female he is falling in love with. The latest Elder Race romantic urban fantasy (see Storm Heart and Dragon Bound) is a great tale in which Thea Harrison deftly merges vampyre political and social backstabbing machinations with a cross species romance. Time is of the essence as the Wyr and the Vamp fall in love while her followers either distance themselves from her or plot to speed up her death watch. Serpent's Kiss is an excellent thriller. Harriet Klausner
DudeRanchWoman More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading about Rune & Carling. Their story brought tears to my eyes and made my stomach hurt - two high compliments! Their chemistry was smoking hot and I couldn't get through the book fast enough. Highly recommend. Although start with the 1st two books in the series which are also excellent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
a perfect fantasy world with shapeshifting dragons, vampires and werewolves. Each book can stand on its own and is not dependent on the common plot that doesn't really start until Book 4 Oracle's Moon. The romance is steamy but not graphic, therefore its more PG-13 than R. I think the sex scenes in Black Dagger Brotherhood are more graphic than in these books. With so many characters it will be interesting to see whether the series continues to revolve around only Dragos and his sentinels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a great love story. My favorite is still the first book, but this one was good too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved all of The Harrison's books so far, and the newest in her Elder Races series doesn't disappoint! I won't give anything away, but I will say that it has some great segways. I also enjoy that the characters from earlier books are either mentioned or make an appearance in the following books, as well as setting up the characters for her next book. I can't wait for Oracle's Moon!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rune and Carling were an interesting blend of character traits. Strong and dominate one moment, submissive and vulnerable the next. Very complex charcters and I liked how the story unfolded. It wasn't as predictable as some can be. There was even a moment of otter "I didn't see that coming". Overall great story.
BellaEarth More than 1 year ago
I struggled with Rune and Carling's story. It seem to drag on forever with so much filler. I found myself wanting to skim. Very disappointed :(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Elder Race Series is a fun read. I really loved the first book, and I liked this one too. The only one that was a little slow was book 2. I am not much of a vampire book person, but for some reason I did like this book. Of course a hunky guy helps too. I also like the more detailed introduction to the character of Khalid, who was briefly mentioned in book 2, and will be the main hunky guy in book 4. I felt the growing relationship was well developed here, and felt interested in seeing how things ended up. The time travel could have been described a bit more, but overall I enjoyed this book. Can't wait for book 4, as the preview in the back of this book sounds really good.
MamaMouse More than 1 year ago
I listened to this as an audiobook, narrated by Sophie Eastlake, so my review is based on that version. This is the third book in the Elder Races series, but it could have been listened to without hearing the first two books, Dragon Bound and Storm’s Heart. There are references to things that happened in the first two books but not enough so that you would have been lost if you didn’t read them. I really, really enjoyed this story! The suspense was awesome! I feel like this story of Carling and Rune will go down as one of the best in this series even if Sophie Eastlake writes 100 more. In this story, the countdown for the end of Carling’s life is slowly ticking toward the final hour. Rune is determined not to let her go quietly into the night. When Carling goes into a ‘fade’ Rune finds that he is able to travel into her personal dreamland with her. He will be visiting some of the key points of her past, thus learning about her in a most intimate way. The closer he gets, the more she wants to push him away. Neither knows the dangers traveling to her past will bring, or what it could mean for the future. The Narration Review This audiobook was narrated by Sophie Eastlake who was also the narrator for the first two books. I am getting used to her young sounding voice and she does do a good job on differentiating her character voices. I think I would classify her voice as tootsie pop drop, sweet like candy but chocolaty goodness in the heart of things.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am in love with this series. The characters aren't your typical paranormal romance characters. Especially Carling. It was refreshing. Too often I find that romance books have the same type of character over and over again. In each of these books the characters seem to truly have their own personality. From start to finish, it will not disappoint. But I do strongly suggest you begin with book #1. Enjoy!
DanieDS More than 1 year ago
I Love the Elder Race Series! I still think the first book is the best. I just love DRAGOS. I loved him and his story so much I pre-ordered the next two books. They have not disappointed. I am excited for more! I do hope that we get another book on Dragos and Pia. I need more of their story!! Thank you Thea!
lordofbooks More than 1 year ago
Great, enjoyable read. Worth the time and money
ABookwormsHaven on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
We are thrust back into the world of the Elder Races, pretty much right where we left off in Storm¿s Heart. Rune made a promise to the Vampyre Queen Carling that he would owe her a favor and she has called to collect. Favors in this world are not like every day favors you and I would normally think of. It is a debt that if not paid has serious consequences and you have to do anything the person you are in debt to asks of you. Rune is not really looking forward to finding out what Carling wants him to do, but knows his time to repay the Vampyre Queen has come.Now that we are onto the third book in this series, I have come to depend on quite a few things, but most of all I know that when I pick up one of Thea¿s books I am not going to be able to put it down until I finish it. I started and finished Serpent¿s Kiss all in one day and soaked in every delicious minute of it. While we are in the same world, this book does differ from the other two in the fact that there is no real ¿evil force¿ chasing them at every turn. There are some people that come to be their enemies as the story progresses, but for a good chunk of the book it is just Rune and Carling searching for a cure for her impending death. This did not detract from the story at all; it just took these characters on a different type of journey. It was an inner struggle for both of them, more so for Carling because she was the facing her own death and Rune finds her she might as well be dead because of her outlook on life. She has accepted her death and is no longer fighting it, she feels there is nothing left to live for and has pretty much given up. She puts on a good show for the outside world, but on the inside she is already dead. From the first moment Rune laid eyes on her in Storm¿s Heart he has been fascinated by her and if she is not going to fight for her life, he is going to do the fighting for her.The main symptom Carling exhibits are what she has called ¿episodes.¿ She just blacks out from the present world and cannot be reached. When she does this, there is also a power rift around her and as a result she has been told to live out the remainder of her days on an island on the outskirts of San Francisco, where she cannot harm others. With Carling¿s ¿episodes¿ taking her out of the present and into the past Thea explored the topic of time travel. It was fascinating to see Rune and Carling try to piece together what was actually happening to her when she zoned out and Thea described the transitions beautifully. It was a concept that I did not anticipate in this novel, but it blended well with the overall plot and has added a new mystery for the vampyres in this world to think about.I also enjoyed how well Thea developed Rune and Carling as individuals as well as the relationship they shared. Since they were not constantly on the run, they were able to stay in one place for a longer amount of time and explore their feelings for each other fully. It did take a while for Rune to coax Carling to not only give into her feelings, but figure out what they were again. She has lived so long and accepted her death so fully that she had shut out all emotions. It takes her time to register what desire is and why Rune invokes this emotion from her. Rune beings to light a fire under her to not only fight for her life, but fight for their relationship and what they could be together.Thea also weaves the overall story of the Elder world books together seamlessly. One story flows right into the next another part of this world is slowly unveiled to us. Characters¿ lives overlap constantly and by introducing the couple that will be featured in the next book in previous installments we get to know all of them on a deeper level. For example, Dragos and his sentinels still play a role in Serpent¿s Kiss and we receive little updates on what all of them have been up to as time passes. We also met, Grace who is the oracle for the Elder races and we have seen Khalil, a Djinn, from when Ca
DarkFaerieTales on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales Quick & Dirty: Vampires and gryphons changing their past to save their future. Fun and easy read. Opening Sentence: ¿I am a bad woman, of course,¿ said Carling Severan, the Vampyre Sorceress, in an absent tone of voice. The Review: I must warn you, this is a romance story. Yes, it includes sexy scenes and undying love sentiments. And yes, there is a happy ending. Stop now if that¿s not your thing. If you are still with me, I think that you¿re going to enjoy this book for what it is, lovely and memorable. The story is not so much a fighting one, as in books past, but more of a journey. This is a story of two unlikely people, and I use the term ¿people¿ loosely, falling in love and overcoming the obstacles between them. Well yeah, most good love stories have this basic plot line, but Serpent¿s Kiss adds just enough of a twist to leave the reader happy to come along for the ride. In the third installment of The Elder Races series, we follow Rune, the Lord of the Wyr¿s First and one of four gryphons on Earth, and his fulfillment of a favor for the beautiful and powerful vampire Councilor, Carling. The favor is for Carling saving Tiago¿s life in the last book, Storm¿s Heart. Rune is obligated by a magical pact to do whatever Carling chooses. He is strong, smart, easy-going, and considered the ¿rock-star¿ in the Wyr community. He is also loyal and gladly goes to Carling with a light heart, even with him not knowing if he will return to his life in New York anytime in the next millennium, while he fulfills his obligation. Carling is dying and her Power is so erratic that she is secluded on a magical island for the safety of herself and others. She doesn¿t have a cure for her disease, vampirism, and is resigned to the fact. Rune arrives and challenges her to fight for her life; ¿do not go gentle into that good night¿ (Dylan Thomas people, go read some poetry). He stirs in Carling feelings that she hasn¿t experienced in a long time and it helps her get out of her funk. These two are so fun together, arguing and rediscovering things that only new couples ever seem to do. Carling, with the help of Rune, learns to find delight in things that she gave up long ago, and that includes sex. As Rune would say, ¿booyha.¿ Though they are not my favorite couple to come out of The Elder Races series, they certainly pack a punch. Rune ends up traveling into Carling¿s past every time she has one of her episodes, when her Power flares without her control and she fades away. Not literally fading, but she does get lost in her own mind. By changing her past, being in it for one thing, they both start to unravel the mystery of her ¿illness.¿ Can Carling find a way to live, now that she has something to live for? Can Rune take hold of the gift he is given or will he turn it away like so many other times in his long life? Will the other beings of Power allow them to remain together or will they be killed? Can the other leaders of the supernatural community take on Carling if she does lose control of her powers? Can they take that chance? A character we get to learn more about in Serpent¿s Kiss is Khalil, the Djinn. He was first introduced in the last book. Khalil is a very old and powerful Djinn and he owes two more favors to Carling. We get to learn how she was able to obtain such a rare and powerful gift and Khalil gets to show off more of his personality. He does so enjoy taunting Wyr¿s that are going through the mating frenzy. I can¿t wait for his book, Oracle¿s Moon. I truly enjoyed the background of Carling¿s Egyptian beginnings. I think it¿s cute that she believes Rune is a god the first time she sees him, but refuses to acknowledge it in the future. She can¿t afford to inflate his ego anymore than it already is! I appreciate their story being a true journey, both emotionally and physically, through the past and into the future. Even Dragos and Pia, from the first book, make an appearance. Read this book and f
Lavinient on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Carling, a very powerful Vampyre, has been fading. She has periods of blanking out, causing interruptions in her power. This is a sign with vampires of coming death. Carling has spent much time trying to find a cure, but unsuccessful, as accepted her fate. She has pushed all emotions and connections away.In the previous book Rune, a Wyr grypon, made a bargain with Carling to save a friend's life. Now he travels to her to make good on that bargain. Their first meeting is intense and Carling finds she does not like the emotions he brings forth in her. She tries to push him away, but after he finds out about her fate, he won't budge. He decides to help her not die. Rune uses humor, kindness, and ruthlessness to bring out Carling's emotions, and to stop her from just giving up.I really loved the build up, both of their feelings for each other and of finding a cure for Carling. The fadings and how Rune becomes involved with them was very unique. Unfortunately, I found the ending very jolting and sudden once they think they have found a way to save Carling. The climax was too vague and didn't satisfy the build up.Overall, though, another winner by Harrison.
Kattra More than 1 year ago
I love these books just the right balance of hope steam and worry to keep the pages turning all night.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to like this book, but mostly I kept waiting for it to be over. Which is soo sad cuz I really liked the first two books in the series. For me there was no sense of adventure, and I didn't really care about the main character. However the time travel/changing the future was awesome and intriguing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
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