First off, I really enjoy that Thea Harrison makes each of the books in the Elder Series interconnected with each other, they work well as stand alone books as well.
Sophie Eastlake does an amazing job narrating the books - I really look forward to more from this narrator.
The Story - I found the entire book enjoyable. The story's pace was a little slower in the first half then the second half. The ending was very well done in my opinion. If you enjoyed the other two books, then you will likely find this one just as interesting.
There are a couple of chars that I would really like to see more of, and I hope that Thea Harrison explores in future books - I suspect the plan is to go through sentinels, but it be wonderful to see some of the other interesting chars worked on as well.
I'm a relationship coach (QueenBeesCoaching), survived raising my children and have a loving relationship. Life is good!
What an imagination Thea Harrison has! And I do so enjoy Sophie Eastlake as the narrator. I find her very easy to listen to and understand.
This story was very enjoyable and surprised the heck out of me for where it went on why the vampire queen Carling is having problems with 'fading'. That was a story twist I would never have thought of! I do so love being pleasantly surprised by authors.
My pet peeve is simply too much sexual descriptions going on for ever and they're all so perfect and 'the one', etc., etc... I personally believe the media goes too far in perfection. NONE of us are perfect and we're never a perfect lover all the time, despite our best efforts. Reading stories that describe lovemaking perfection that I've rarely experienced, doesn't feel like it's helping anything, if that makes sense. It's like all the perfect bodies and teeth on TV, as it sets up the real folks for feeling dissatisfied about their real lives. I'd love to see less ultimate perfection and screaming orgasms, and more reality. Yeah, like that's going to happen. (But I think it should!) If you agree with any of this, write your own reviews and mention this too. If enough of us start saying something, maybe one author will change just a bit..
I also like how the stories in this series do intertwine. It would be nice to see more of the previous folks highlighted in each story, rather than just having a bit of a mention or showing up temporarily here and there.
This is a good series and I believe you'll enjoy it. Having the stories deal with the different races is pretty interesting, and you should read them in order.
Intelligent, romantic, twisting
I like the plot twists.
When they kept going back in time.
The end. :) So romantic.
passionate reader and vegan
5 wonderfully and gleefully given stars.
I have a crush on Thea Harrison’s mind, her ability to create a world of ‘other’s (including actual Other Places), to craft and breathe life into such marvelous characters as Dragos, Pia, Tiago, Ninniae, the Sentinels and beyond. This books is no exception with the extraordinary tale of Dragos’ First (a Sentinel named Rune Ainissesthai) and the creature he’s drawn to and eventually mates, the vampire Carling. The tale in itself is a challenging and complex one, certainly a cut above the run-of-the-mill vampire books. As Carling is dying, Rune is more and more invested in finding a cure for her.
Carling’s history is in itself a superb evidence of Harrison’s mind. With….WAIT JUST A MINUTE!! You know, I’m sounding like a wannabe reviewer and I’m NOT. Here’s the deal:
I read Thea Harrison with my gut…my reaction to her writing and her people and her stories and her incredible mind is oh so visceral. I can’t really dissect the writing or the stories or the everything because it would be like doing an autopsy on myself. The privilege and honor goes to those much more intellectual than moi. The bottom line is that her books draw me in, they excite me, they flay me, they speak to me, they draw me in, they take me from the mundane to the extraordinary. When I was very small, like 5-ish, I used to sneak out of my window (completely unbeknownst to my parents until MUCH MUCH LATER) and roam with my imagination all over a neighboring golf course. It was magnificent. I’d climb trees and make up a life in a faraway place with faraway people and faraway excitement. Well, I’m 67 now but I can say that reading Thea Harrison is like being that little girl again…living with the wonders of my (and her) mind.
The narration of The Elder Races by Sophie Eastlake is beyond perfection. She nails EVERY character and brings the total story to such life, it's amazing to hear her.
Thanks, Teddy. for the books and Thanks, Sophie for the animation. You are both remarkable.
Thea Harrison delivers again in book 3 of the Series! The story of Rune and Carling is interesting and engaging, and the author really develops the characters and the plot. Rune is totally hot, playful, and strong Griffin Wyr - he is one of the best male leads from Thea Harrison. Carling is a vampire queen who is complex and strong. The narrator, Sophie Eastlake, is awesome - she really brings the characters to life. I like the fact that all of Thea's books in this series are connected, so Rune and Carling's story will be continued in another book. I can't wait to read the next one!
I probably won't listen to this book again but I did enjoy this book...It is always nice to listen to the story of the characters in the series... if you have listened to the first 2 books this is a good follow up.
I liked the when they had their first kiss...it set the stage for this story
Yes I have listened to the first 2 books in this series and I found this story to be good.
No not really...it made me smile a few times but that was it...
Thea Harrison is a tee totally awesome talented author. I can really enjoy her writings to the point that I find myself hardly able to wait until her next book to come out in print!
I find that there are many things that I truly enjoy reading in her series that she has taken great care in making sure that each book flows exactly as though it simply flows from one to the other.
Sophie's performance is very and extremely and carefully awesome in her way of interpretations that come through very clearly in her work!
What would the human who is an Oracle that has been transferred from mother to daughter never to a son, have to say to you?
I tee totally love Thea Harrison
Audible addicted love mystery,lately stuck on love story. Mother of 1 Labrador and 1 perfect man. Work way too hard, and so ready to be retired
k book one is still my favorite moving on to four,did love Rude funny and deadly sexy...didn't like ending wanted him to stay in his old job trying not to give away def. worth a credit
having not been impressed with the first two in this series, my friends had to literally dare me to try one more time. I am so glad I did. the characters were fleshed out, far greater substance in the individuals who were part of but not the main characters. A story was told that was worth hearing, instead of the constant reference to sexual matters and same old patterns, a story was told of love, loss, growth, of characters. Physical references were minimal and when appropriate. this one I keep. well done. should I try the 4th? I will read the reviews and then decide but this one can stand alone and should be considered adult but not over done.
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
Another hit from Thea Harrison. Love the characters. This is defiantly a series to give a try, of course start with Dragon Bound. The beginning was a little slower but it picks up towards the end. I love how Rune took the time to play video games on his flight. Even big scary immortals can get addicted, that’s good to know. I'm looking forward to the next book, this book has set it up for a rollercoaster ride that should be fun. Other great paranormal romance series are Dark Hunter by Sherrilyn Kenyon and The Lord of the Underworld by Gena Showalter.