06 October 2011
Posted by Lynette
ISBN #: 978-0-425-24440-1
Publisher Name: Berkley Publishing Group
Date Released: October 2011
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Book Format: Print.
BACK COVER BLURB:
In the latest Novel of the Elder Races, a Queen on the brink of sanity has no one to rely on except the Wyr warrior whose conviction is every bit as strong as his passion . . .
In order to save his friend's life, Wyr sentinel Rune Ainissessthai 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.
Once again. I don't like the cover models they use for these books. DON'T, DON'T, DON'T.
"I'm a bad woman, of course," said Carling Severan, the Vampyre sorceress, in an absent tone of voice. "It is a fact that I made peace with many centuries ago. I calibrate everything I do, even the most generous-seeming gesture, in terms of how it may serve me."
"You could try to surrender to the experience and let change happen.""Change or die?" she said."Yes. Change or die.""You might have noticed, I don't do surrender very well,"
LYNETTE'S TWO CENTS:
Once again, everyone and their mother has reviewed SERPENT'S KISS. And, I know that nothing I'm going to say is going to stop you from reading this book, right? So, I'm just going to give you my impressions while I read instead of boring you to death with plot points.
SERPENT'S KISS had a slow start. However, if you're familiar with my opinions, you'll know that I believe all of Ms. Harrison's novels have a slow start. I'm becoming somewhat familiar with her books going like this . . . . yada, yada, yada, yada . . . WOW.
You guys must also know that I am not the most perky person on the planet, as a result I find perky heroine's kinda annoying as well. Can I just say, THANK GOODNESS CARLING WAS NOT PERKY. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. I know a lot of readers might be disappointed, but I was standing up doing cheers for this change. As a result, I liked Carling a lot better than I did Pia or Tricks. Give me an evil, vindictive b-tch with a heart of gold over an annoying perky one any day. LOL.
I also loved that SERPENT'S KISS seemed to be entirely focused on Rune and Carling and them trying to find a way to keep Carling alive. There weren't a lot of distracting side plots so that gave me the time to focus on Rune and Carling and their developing relationship. I love it when authors focus on their hero/heroine instead of their overall plot arc.
Things that drove me crazy.
SERPENT'S KISS is the first book in Ms. Harrison's series that I read in print instead of in eBook format. WTF is up with the small print? It killed me. I'm already nearly blind as a bat, but the small print was ridiculous. Really. What size was the font? Six point? Come on publishers, please, please, please work on that.
I was disappointed with the ending. Because Carling was so kick-ass, I was disappointed that no one really had to pay. I wanted Carling to kick butt and take names. I get that love is supposed to soften you, but come on. Some of those people really needed a beat down. That goes for Rune as well. He should've given a certain person a beat down as well and I don't care who they were. (Why yes, I'm trying to avoid spoilers here!)
Because no one got their beat downs, in my opinion a lot of plot threads weren't wrapped up as neatly as I would've liked. I don't know if they are going to be resolved in later books. I hope so, and please don't keep us waiting long.
Despite my quibbles, because of my relief that Carling wasn't perky. SERPENT'S KISS was my favorite in the series to date. I can't wait to see what's coming next.
Come back tomorrow as Thea Harrison will be my special INSIDE THE AUTHOR STUDIO guest. She'll be giving away a copy of Serpent's Kiss to a lucky commenter. Good Luck.
Received from publisher for review.
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