Book Review: Serpent's Kiss by Thea Harrison
This is the third entry into the Elder Races series.
Very old vampyres, if they survive that long, descend into erratic behavior, spells of violence and moments of disconnect, madness, and finally death. Queen Carling Severan, Queen of the Vampyres, is currently experiencing much of that. Rune owed Carling a favor in payment for saving Tiago’s life. (Storm’s Heart). Discovering she is dying, Rune is determined to save the strong and beautiful vampyre. But they discover something totally unexpected the first time Rune is present during one of Carling’s spells. Could it be the key to her survival or the beginning of the end?
Harrison’s universe constantly fascinates me. Her characters are strong and unique, yet recognizable in their search for love or contentment. Her weaving of the known legends and myths of certain types of characters with her own special take on how it might actually exist makes sense. Rune is a gryphon, a man who has adapted well to the passing of the centuries. A fan of Bob Marley and Jerry Garcia, with a wicked sense of humor and a great respect for strong women. Carling survived her centuries of life making certain that no one got too close to hurt her, or so she thought. We’re introduced to more members of this vast universe, some good and some bad, but all interesting. While these books could be read individually and out of order, I wouldn’t recommend it as characters from other books can appear again and again. 4.5 out of 5.