Storm's Heart (Elder Races Series #2)

Storm's Heart (Elder Races Series #2)

by Thea Harrison

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Able to wield thunder and lightning, wyr sentinel Tiago Black Eagle has ruled the skies for centuries. His massive build and thunderous power make him one of the wyr's best weapons. And he's the one sent to protect Tricks, heir to the Dark Fae throne, when she's almost assassinated in Chicago. Soon Tiago and Tricks will fall prey to the stormy hunger that engulfs them-a passion that will shake the very foundation of all the worlds.

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ISBN-13: 9781101517451
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/02/2011
Series: Elder Races Series , #2
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 22,255
File size: 488 KB

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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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"The mix of supernatural creatures makes for interesting world-building, politics, and relationships." —-Publishers Weekly

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Storm's Heart 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 185 reviews.
Acanoffleas More than 1 year ago
Redonk Nutshell: Ascending faery princess reluctantly accepts protection from ancient friend amidst several conspiracy attempts to assassinate her Firstly, if you haven't read Dragon Bound, the first in the Elder Races series, GET ON IT. It's amaaaaaaazing. Storm's Heart is the next installation in the series, chronicling Niniane, aka "Tricks" and Tiago, and their unwelcome attraction to one another. I say unwelcome, but I don't think that's quite the right word. Forbidden is probably more appropriate. Niniane has recently come out of hiding in order to ascend to the Dark Fae throne, a prospect she hasn't really been looking forward to. When she leaves the safety of her Wyr friends in NYC to go to Chicago, she is immediately attacked and goes back into hiding. This of course infuriates the Wyr, and Tiago takes it upon himself to go find her. From there, he sticks like glue to her side, and the two of them work together to get to the bottom of the attacks against her. I had high expectations for Storm's Heart, being that I fell head over heels for Dragon Bound. I was bummed out when I found myself struggling to stay invested in the story. The pacing is slower from Dragon Bound, and I found myself glazing over several times throughout. There were a few great funny moments, however, Tricks being one not to disappoint with her outrageous ways. What had me scratching my head, though, was how these two had known each other for so long but only now started to have hardcore attraction to each other. I wasn't really buying it. I was glad when I finished Storm's Heart, feeling obligated to stick it out because of my adoration from it's predecessor. I know. I'm weird. Nonetheless, it was a fun read, though it didn't quite meet up to the bar I had set. Regardless, I'm looking forward to the third, Serpent's Kiss, which is set up in Storm's Heart and looks to be a fun romp. Storm's Heart by Thea Harrison, 305pgs, July/August 2011 Rating: C Romance: 1/5 Raunch: 3.5/5
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked the first book with Dracos and Pia, but was somewhat disappointed with this one. Although I liked parts of the book, I felt it dragged in places as well. More developed characters would help to make it a fuller novel. It has some good parts of course, and does help the reader move into the 3rd book of Serpent's Kiss, which is a more well written and developed book. I wanted to like this one more than I did, but felt it could have been better.
BookaholicTracy More than 1 year ago
Another good book! After I read dragon bound, I had to read Storm's heart and was not disappointed. Good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the couples they aren't annoying or stupid. I like the story line. The couples are different from each story line so I enjoy that. I also like that each couple has different obstacles and issues. It a good read.
Romancing_the_book More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. After reading the first book in the Elder Races Series I knew I had to pick up Storm's Heart. The characters have depth and you can connect with them. There is sizzle to the book and a solid plot. If you looking for a fun read with romance and intrigue grab a book by Thea Harrison.
BellaEarth More than 1 year ago
Not as good as the 1st book.
Selene784 More than 1 year ago
I love this series, and this second book is an excellent addition.
bookloverRH More than 1 year ago
Not as good as the first book. The next book is even less interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Happy I got it.
ereadwithme More than 1 year ago
4star ssssssizzler! All of the Elder Races thought there would be trouble when long lost heir to the Dark Fae throne Thistle “Tricks” Periwinkle/Niniane Lorelle ascended. What they didn’t know was that she’d come to claim her throne with her own personal Wyr Warlord in the form of T-Bird/Dr. Death. Tricks & Dr. Death (Tiago Black Eagle) were great together while living the adage of opposites attract as every aspect of their looks and personalities were opposite. The hazards of political intrigue, assassination attempts and roiling emotions serve as a perfect backdrop for this volatile couple to find their way to the land of HEA. The absurdity of some of Trick’s shallow antics felt true as they made you laugh out loud and commiserated with Tiago as he could only shake his head. They also underscored the growth arc for her character. The layers unraveling the assassination plot were expertly woven with the layers of the romance making both very satisfying threads for the overall story. There are brief peeks at the secondary characters bringing us up to date and laying the foundation for the next installment.
Badass_Book_Reviews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another strong edition to the Elder Races Series. Book two¿ Storm¿s Heart follows the story of Tiago aka Dr. Death and Nianine aka Tricks from book ones Dragon Bound.Grade B+ or 3.75 StarsAfter the climax from Dragon Bound and the Death of the Dark Fae King- Urien, Tricks is outed as heir to the Fae throne. She has been hiding from her destiny for 200 years. You see, Uriel killed Nianine¿s entire family in order to up-seat the former king who was tricks father. Urien killed her mom, dad and her younger brothers. Tricks escaped with her life, but she remained on the run.Tiago is one of Dragos¿s Sentinels and he is a Wyr. Thunderbird. Yes¿ I said Wyr-Thunderbird. He is as old as the Sun, has worn many skins and has even been worshiped as a GOD.One of the things I like most about Thea Harrison is her ability to write a story that is interesting. Her world-building is great and believable. (well, you know what I mean right?) She writes her characters with passion and realism. Her dialogue is snappy and easy to read. Her stories are Just. Plain. Fun.Storm¿s Heart was darker and more melancholy. Most of the story is not happy. Dragon Bound was a wicked funny, enjoyable read that was light on the angst. I appreciated that and it was part of the reason I loved the book so much. I guess I was expecting much the same with Storm¿s Heart, being that it is paranormal romance and all. In Dragon Bound, Tricks is H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S. I mean, fall down drunk funny. I was expecting more of that carefree, fun loving attitude, and what we got was a much more serious, much more depressed, much more scared¿ Nianine. It works for the setting, but I felt a little let down.Tiago is your typical scary alpha male. For a Thunderbird I sort of expected more in the thunder and lighting department. We do see flashes and hear the rumbles, but it felt off somehow. I wish we could have seen more of his awesome wings, and his awesome power. I don¿t think he really flew during the book. I know he scouted once, but I would love to hear about his magnificence from the sky. The awe of Nianine when she sees him in full Wyr Mode, etc.They also mated extremely quick. For two people who have known each other for 200 years there hadn¿t been a hint of chemistry between them. I know that Thea tells us that they were rarely in the same room more than 6-8 times in those years, but it still felt strange to me. After I got over it, I really loved them together. Tiago has such an immense need to take care of Nianine, it was lovely to see. I liked when he quit being a Sentinel and just followed her around like a love sick little hatchling. It was adorable.During the climax of the story, a lot of stuff seems to happen off screen and we are told about it later. It¿s not one of my favorite story devices. I can overlook it, because I liked the overall book, but I was disappointed.Aryal the Harpy and Rune the Gryphon are more prevalent in this edition from Thea Harrison's Elder Races, and I have to say I really look forward to Aryals book. She is so dang awesome!Rune too ;)All in all, a sound follow up to Dragon Bound, fans won¿t be disappointed, and I look forward to more by this awesome author.
aterry13 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ok, so as much as I liked Dragon Bound, I loved Storm's Heart. There was a very different feel to this one, while still being very much the same world. In this story, Niniane, also known as "Tricks", Dragos's PR faerie, is off to claim her rightful place as the heir to the Dark Fae throne. The problem is that there are factions within the Dark Fae demesne that do not want her to take that throne. Next thing you know, her life is in danger and she is feeling lost and alone without her adopted Wyr family around to protect her.That is when Tiago comes crashing through her motel room door as a kinght in shining armor. Or at least as a thunderbird bent on wreaking havoc for anyone with her death on their minds.Much like the previous book, Storm's Heart is filled with characters that add to the depth of the hero and heroine. I liked the interaction between Niniane and her best friend, the harpy Aryal, and the camaraderie between Tiago and Rune. It gives the characters a life beyond just what is happening between them. It also gives us a bit of background for the next book in the series. There is no need to reintroduce us to the characters when we meet them again in the next book - instead, we can jump right into the action! :)There were two twists in this book that made it unique for me. One was that there was a genuine mystery to solve. The assasination attempts on Niniane were a mystery that needed to be solved before the killers succeeded, and they were getting pretty close each time. Another interesting thing was that Ninane and Tiago had known each other for, literally, hundreds of years. Because of that, this wasn't a "struck by lightning at first sight" kind of story. Instead, it was a matter of two people, who knew each other quite well in some ways, suddenly looking at each other in a whole new light, and learning all sorts of new things! :) Very good book. I am anxiously awaiting the third in this promising series.
RavenswoodPublishing on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"STORM'S HEART" BY THEA HARRISONThis book got me excited! I love a good paranormal book with a lot of action and this one did not disappoint. The characters are wonderfully drawn out and descriptions so rich you can see them in your mind.Thea Harrison is a writer with a multitude of talent and I look forward to reading more of her work. Definitely pick up this series!-Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club
thehistorychic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Overall Rating 4.75Story Rating 4.50Character Rating 5.00Vacation Review: I am going to be in the minority here but I enjoyed Storm's Heart as much as I enjoyed Dragon Bound. I can't help it, I just loved Tiago and Tricks so much! They were both fun, stressed out, confused hot messes that just kept me laughing from beginning to end. I think it was their very human qualities that really made me fall in love them with though. Plus, their sizzle was off the charts. It was a little frustrating waiting for them to finally get it on but I think it ended up being well worth the wait. Without giving anything away, there was a moment that he says something that he had been saying the whole book that just made my heart melt. *dreamy sigh*Quick Note: I really enjoy the friendship and camaraderie in this series. The fact that there are so many reasons why things could change but untimely everyone sticks together is what makes me love these stories! If you haven't picked up this series, I highly recommend it!
Lavinient on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really did enjoy this story as much as the first book in this series. Harrison has created a fun world with awesome characters. I couldn't quite give it the full 5 stars. From the first book, I pictured Niniane (Tricks) a little differently - less of a cryer I guess. I should probably give her a break; she was in a very stressful situation. She does cry, though - a lot.But I loved Tiago in all his alpha brutishness. He is one of those characters that scares everyone, is not nice to anyone, but can't help but be sweet and caring towards Niniane. Swoon-worthy, I tell you.As for the story - Niniane, the last of the Dark Fey royal family, is to take the throne after her uncle (who had murdered the rest of her family to take the throne 200 years before), is killed. Of course there are people who do not want her to take the throne and she must deal with assassination attempts. This is where Tiago comes in, to keep her safe until the coronation. Easier said than done when you have not just Dark Fey involved, but also vampires and Wyr. Tiago, himself, is a Wyr who can shapeshift into a giant thunderbird. I really liked Tiago and Niniane's interactions. When she was not crying, their interfactions were funny and sweet and sexy. The only thing that creeped me out was when he called her "young lady". Ew.Rune and Carling's story is next. From the little we learn about Carling in this book, I am anxious to learn more about her past.
thewalkinggirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tricks/Niniane is described as a delicate 5 feet tall, occasionally sporting pigtails and affecting a lisp, who has "kitten claws" and wears Hello Kitty bandaids. Tiago is described as a 6'4" bulldozer of a man whose body is "over twice her size." Um, surely I'm not the only one squicked out by that? The childlike "sex kitten" and the big, bad man--no one else finds that creepy? Especially their first make out session, when she's seeping blood from being stabbed in the ribs and he's mostly angry with her anyway. I mean, for Pete's sake. Fortunately, about halfway through, the author pulls way back on the "delicate", "huge" comparisons and both characters start being described as and acting like fully formed adults. (I was thisclose to slapping a big DNF on this up to that point).Squick factor aside, the plotting was fine, if a bit slow at first, the worldbuilding was mostly fine (although I do wonder why all the supernatural creatures of the world are headquartered in the US) and the characters were... interesting, if sometimes deeply stupid.It's highly unlikely that I'll ever re-read this particular book, but I haven't given up on the series yet... largely because the next book is about Carling, who was one of the few shining stars from this one.
hoosgracie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyable follow-up to Dragon Bound. Now that Uriel, the Dark Fae King is dead, Tricks (who was a supporting character in the first book) is on her way to be the new Queen. When she is attacked, Tiago, the Thunderbird, comes to her rescue. It's a good mix of action, adventure, intrigue, and steamy romance.
DarkFaerieTales on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick & Dirty: An engaging follow-up to Dragon Bound, full of sarcastic, snarky humor and a steamy, sweet romance.Opening Sentence: You didn¿t ignore a summons roared from the Lord of the Wyr in New York, since it usually heralded a disaster of some proportion.The Review:I have read that most people where worried about reading Storm¿s Heart because they enjoyed Dragon Bound so much. I was the opposite, I really looked forward to reading Storm¿s Heart because I liked Tricks so much as a secondary character that I couldn¿t wait to learn more about her. Add Tiago; an ancient Thunderbird, to the mix and it has to be good right? Absolutely! I enjoyed Thea Harrison¿s second installment of the Elder Races.We first meet Tricks in Dragon Bound as the PR face of Cuelebre Enterprises. At the end of Dragon Bound we learn that Tricks is really Niniane Lorelle, the heir to the Dark Fae throne. Niniane¿s character was portrayed slightly different than in the first book, although she was still spunky and snarky, which was what drew me to her. I was put off with her being so insecure and whinny in the beginning, but after learning about her past and the way her entire family was slaughtered by her evil Uncle Urin, I understood her reluctance at wanting to return home to Adriyel to become Queen. Niniane was comfortable and secure working for Dragos and really hadn¿t expected to ever return home so when faced with her destiny, she becomes scared and insecure and has to truly face her past for the first time. In the end, Niniane became a character that I could really appreciate and respect.Tiago is a warlord, the head of Dragos¿ private army and enjoys living tooth and claw, fighting wyr battles. Tiago is a Thunderbird, who is able to wield thunder and lighting. He is as ancient as Dragos and was once worshipped as a god. He has a very aggressive, feral personality that matches his beast form perfectly. Tiago is taken by surprise when he reacts so strongly to learning about an assassination attempt against Niniane and takes it upon himself to find her and keep her safe while she negotiates the dangerous, Dark Fae Political Court.Tiago provides the support that Niniane needs to overcome her past and realize that she can be herself and still be Queen. Niniane tries several times to push him away because it¿s not acceptable to the Dark Fae for their Queen to be involved with a Wyr. Tiago sometimes comes off as an over protective, domineering, Neanderthal that has no people skills, but watching his transformation to a behind the scenes supporter is awesome, because you know that he really cares for Niniane. It is funny to watch their banter as they go through the hardheaded stage of trying to deny their feelings and push each other to the edge. When they both let go and embrace their feelings it is hot and explosive, with several steamy scenes. I loved that Tiago cared enough to take a backseat and let her rule, when it completely went against his nature. He learns that he enjoys his role.Storm¿s Heart has a much darker feel, due to the violence of the past. Niniane and Tiago provide some humor but overall the storyline is harsher. It was also much slower paced and tended to drag somewhat in the middle. I was also disappointed that more of the story didn¿t take place in Adriyel instead of mainly at the hotel in Chicago. Harrison continues to impress me with her amazing mythical, magical world. It was interesting to learn more about the political structures within the race and Harrison also introduces new races and characters along with incorporating previous characters as well.Overall, Harrison provides a strong follow up to Dragon Bound. She has piqued my interest with the possibilities of future storylines and leaves me counting down the days until the next installment hits the shelves.Notable Scene:He glowered; thrown off balance by his own intense, unwelcome reaction. Rein it in, stud. Under the reek of smo
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great follow up on this second book. I’m heading to find the third book Right now
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Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
I should have written this review as soon as I finished listening to the book. But I didn't because I was too impatient to dive into the next book.  Now I just want to babble on about how excellent this series is becoming. Because it is.  In the first book, Dragon Bound, we are introduced to this world where Elder Races, such as shifters aka Wyr, Elves, Fae, Vampires, Witches, Goblins and all manner of species co-exist. Not always peacefully, but as an integral part of the world.  The Wyr are headed by Dragos, a massive dragon and he has 7 Sentinels, all winged creatures like himself, to assist him with his rule. Dragon Bound is Dragos' mating story and the start of an interesting world. This story picks up threads from the last book dealing with the death of the Dark Fae ruler. The rightful heir is stepping forward to claim the throne that was stolen from her when her family was butchered. Thing is, that heir has been hiding for over 200 years as a member of Drago's staff. Specifically his PR Manager - Tricks. Now that Tricks has come forward to claim the throne, her life is in constant danger. But she can't allow Dragos to assist her, no looking like she is a puppet to the Wyr, or her life will be a constant battle for survival. Tiago, Dragos' Warlord and a Thunderbird, knows Tricks. But Tiago was usually busy being a Warlord in the field - sometimes continents away - and hasn't spent very much time with the little spitfire. However, when he sees footage of her being stabbed while fighting off an assassination attempt, he realizes he has to protect her, no matter what. The passion strikes between the two of them as hot as lightening. Unfortunately, politics works to push them apart. It will take some amazing feats of finesse and diplomacy to be together. The narration on this was wonderful. Ms. Eastlake does a tremendous job of making sure that we can differentiate between characters. She brings each one to life in a way that adds to the story. I am so glad that I finally took a chance on this series. I gave this book 4 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It took centuries for them to notice each other, apparently he would disappear for decades and would only return to the tower for moments and disappear again. But once he notices her, he definitely won't give up on her despite that the Dark Fae would accept him as her King. Tricks is hilarious I really enjoyed her character and she would interact with him.
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Great read