Wednesday, March 27, 2013

SUNNY: BOOK REVIEW "Serpent's Kiss" by Thea Harrison

SUMMARY from Goodreads:

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 serpent'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


It was not what I was expecting, so much so that I put it down for a few days. However, after I adjusted, I really liked it. This is very different than the first two books, quite cerebral with discussions of blood pathogens and time traveling, etc and A LOT LESS action. Still when you settle into it, there is a quiet beauty and strength in Carling and Rune's love story. That part makes the whole book. Ms. Harrison writes lines that leave an indelible mark on your heart: 

I will never leave you.  I will never let you go.  I will not let you fall, or fail.  I will always comes for you if you leave, always find you if you're lost. Always. 

My one critique is here is that there are too many loose ends. This book feels unfinished.  Where do we go from here? Do we find a cure? What happens to Rune and Carling? Do Rune and Dragos reconcile? That rift was a bit of a surprise!  I've got to have some answers!  It trust that Ms. Harrison will roll out the story in future books as she sees fit.   

IN A NUTSHELL: This is an unconventional read, but worth it.  I feel prepared to embrace Oracle's Moon.  Based on the introduction in this book,  I've decided that I like this reluctant heroine, Grace and can't wait to read her and Kahlil's story.

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