- Publisher: Penguin USA
- Format: Paperback | 336 pages
- Dimensions: 106mm x 172mm x 26mm | 159g
- Publication date: 4 October 2011
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 0425244407
- ISBN 13: 9780425244401
- Edition statement: Original
- Sales rank: 14,499
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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By Maria Guajardo (GABY) 03 Mar 2012
Serpent's Kiss is the third book from the Elder Races series, which is getting better and better!
In this book, Wyr sentinel Rune, second in command to the Wyr world, has to pay the bargain he did with Vampyre Queen Carling for saving his best friend's life. He wasn't scared, but never thought he was going to find Carling alone because lately her power has become erratic, she's close to the end. Everyone has left her, but Rune isn't scared of her...he wants to help her.
Carling was the perfect protagonist. She's way too strong, maybe even more than Rune. She's powerful, scary, wise, and yet she's sweet and likes when someone just care about her. I loved her interaction with her dog, the way she treated him and wanted to make him comfortable.
Rune is an alpha male, and I easily could picture him as a Egyptian good. He was very handsome, but I didn't like the way he acted when he was with Carling. He practically turn his back on the other Wyr. I know the Wyr just want to protect their mates, but I think it was a little bit hypocritical when you know what he did to his best friend on the second book...
But anyway, this book was full of action! Fights, more alpha males and time travel! It was great, it's hard to play with time travel but the author made a great job.
Overall, this book wasn't my favorite from the series, but I still enjoyed it. If you are looking for a hot romance and you like amazing paranormal characters, this may be a series for you.
By I'm Loving Books 09 Dec 2011
Serpent's Kiss is about Rune (a were-gryphon) and Carling (a vampire). Despite Carling's almost-immortality being a vampire, she's getting to be to the age where a lot of vampires (who actually end up making it to that age) end up going through these episodes that eventually kill them. So Carling is at the point where she is preparing to die. Until Rune comes along of course. He doesn't give up so easily and as their feelings for each other grow they both are fighting to keep Carling alive, or at the very least delay the inevitable.
I actually didn't like Rune all that much in Storm's Heart and Carling I didn't have much of an opinion of at all going into this book. But I really grew to like both of them in this book. Rune turned out to be a real sweetheart for the most part (at least to Carling). He does have his sassy pants moments, but it was more endearing in this book than annoying. Carling however sort of has a personality-swap problem though. You know when you get a background character who from afar has a very different personality than when you read about them in their own book? For example Xhex in Lover Mine by J.R. Ward. That's the only problem with Carling. Don't get me wrong, I liked her. But she just seemed like a very different person than the one portrayed in Storm's Heart.
The story was actually pretty interesting though. The problems Carling is having and the surprising side-effects these problems cause were really intriguing. But I found that it seemed a little dragged out. Of course they weren't easy problems to solve. But I think the time on the island could've been consolidated a bit because by the time we finally got another setting I was in desperate need of the change.
So far the best book in this series has been Dragon Bound, and while the follow-up books haven't been bad, they haven't quite lived up to how good Dragon Bound was (in my opinion). I'm definitely still going to continue the series though, at least for awhile, because Thea Harrison is a good writer and I'm curious to see how the future books progress.