The Elder Races series by Thea Harrison has become a very popular series among paranormal romance readers and I’ve certainly enjoyed this series so far. However, for me it’s been a slight decline with each book. I started with WOW—Dragon Bound—that rejuvenated my love of paranormal romance. Then there was Storm’s Heart that was certainly entertaining but I was just slightly disappointed because the heroine was not what I was expecting and I missed her spark from the previous book. I loved the romance but the overall story was so much heavier than expected. And now, with Serpent’s Kiss, although still enjoyable, was just not as good as the first two books.
I had such a hard time getting into this story. The first half was very slow and at one point I considered quitting. It’s hard not to compare the current book to it’s predecessors but when I really like the predecessors I expect the same or better. Once I finally pushed through and things picked up I became very excited about the romance between Rune and Carling. But I tend to have little patience with books that require “pushing through”.
The heroine again, was not what I was expecting and that is probably a good thing in this case. Carling came off as downright crazy and scary in the previous book. But fairly early on it became very easy to sympathize with her predicament. She’s not crazy but perhaps desperate, yet sadly resigned to her fate and I couldn’t help but feel bad for her.
Rune has been a favorite of mine from the beginning and I’m thrilled I didn’t have to wait forever for his story. On the other hand I’m a little sad because now his story has been told and we probably won’t see a lot of him from this point on. (I know…you just can’t please me.) Rune is every bit as intriguing and sexy as in previous books and I’m so pleased his character only became more appealing once he found love. His deep caring and consideration for his mate combined with his extraordinary bad-assedness make for one of the best heroes so far in this series.
I absolutely loved that Carling and Rune have a very long (ancient) history together and I was fascinated with how they discovered or rediscovered it throughout the book. To say their romance was years in the making is an understatement and Carling and Rune’s romance gives new meaning to the word “fate”. However as much as I enjoyed learning about their history I have to say that I am not a fan of flashbacks as I usually find them disruptive to the flow of the story. While I’m not fond of flashbacks I think Thea Harrison did this very well and integrated the history of this very long relationship into the story without the jarring stops I dislike with flashbacks.
I did not enjoy this installment as much as the first two books, mainly because the pacing was so slow for the fist half, but I still really liked world in which this series is set and I enjoyed the romance between Rune and Carling. I’m looking forward to reading Khalil’s story in the next book. Who doesn’t love a dark genie?
*side note* I loved the way that Carling got her name. It was a major “ahhhh” moment for me. So cute!
“I just wanted us to be clear about what almost happened here. This was not a fluke. I am going to come after you again.”
She sucked in air. She whispered, “This—thing between us—” “It’s attraction.”
She shook all over. “It’s totally inappropriate.”