I liked the first book in the series and the second, while not as good, was still OK. This one is approximately one hour of story spread out over eleven hours of reading.
It goes nowhere. There are endless scenes of the protagonists admiring each other, first one and then the other. But there is almost no plot and no action.
The narrator is good.
Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen.
Sophia Willingham's narration, she is sooooo good! I do love this series though and the story was good.
This series is about hot supernatural hunks and their mates, there are many out there but this is good writing and narration!
Everything, her main male characters ooze sex appeal, I love it!
There were a few tense moments but mainly this was a good story with a happy ending.
Like the romance, but love the action involved to get there!
Okay, the first book, Dragonbound was HOT, and so very cool to read. Book two had me scratching my head a bit and saying...well maybe number one was a fluke, but book three, is OMG SHE IS SO BACK!!!!
This is the story of Rune...Dragos's first in command, the strongest of the griffins and what the world sees as the hottest of the Griffins...he is walking talking breathing seduction...until he meets Carling in Book 2, and then his world stops....he can't think...he can't reason...he is flying off the handle and yet he doesn't know why, he just knows he is on edge and now he has to go to Carling, one of the oldest vampires on the planet because he swore he would...he is already in a cruddy mood, so this is just icing on the cake.
The chemistry between them is H-O-T, and this story is an intricately woven fairly tale to rival them all! I just really love this series, there is so much action, and so much loving and it all equals up to a great read!
I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
Rune story is soooo good. I like it alot. I love how Rune and the Vampire Queen kept changing history by flashback... so creative. I still don't understand what the Queen diease was and how she got over it, so that is why I rated this book a 3, but it deserves a 4 for sheer smexyness!
Eastlake is just awesome...
One Unique Reader
You'll fight like a sentinel to get past the first 8hrs (boring) but the ending makes it worth it.
I listened to the first two books by Thea Harrison and thoroughly enjoyed them. I had a much harder time getting involved in this one and I'm not really sure why, but I just found I wasn't as interested in the story. Maybe it was the beginning, where we are getting to know Vampyre Queen Carling. She just doesn't seem like a very nice person and I really didn't want the story to be about her. Rune, yes. Carling, no. As the story progressed, I became more empathetic with Carling, but still couldn't really embrace her. Also, it seemed to take a long time to figure out what was going on. Maybe my mind wandered and I missed something, but I kept thinking that the writer was going to take the story in a different direction or include some other notions to make the whole story line more plausible. But even after the story ended, I kept thinking there were some missing pieces that could have really helped to tie the whole story together. The story ended with me kind of wondering what really happened. There were, to me, a lot of unanswered questions, even at the end.
And then there was the narrator. Really, I would expect a reader to be more educated, but she mispronounced what I think of as common words. Filleted did not have the French pronunciation fill ayed. She enunciated it all Fillit ed. It really irritated me for some reason. Luckily I figured out what the word should have been strictly from the context of the sentence (slicing someone up - like deboning a fish). Another was reticule (pronounced reticle). There were other words, and I recall she had problems with the other two books, but really, if your not sure you should look it up. Or are there editors for audiobooks. Whatever, they didn't catch the errors and it was annoying, making a fairly good story only adequate. Sophie Eastlake needs to be more careful, and, to me, take her job more professionally.
I was so disappointed in this addition to the series. I liked Rune so much in the previous 2 books that I was very disappointed that his book was so boring. I actually would find my mind wandering, which never happened with the first two books. There was little action and lots of internalizing. Like I said, boring. There were some pretty good sex scenes. I was also unhappy with the way Rune just seemed to turn against Dragos and the other Sentinels. Poor Dragos has now lost 2 of his sentinels. If this keeps up, how is he going to run his domain? As for Carling, I liked her OK. Better than Tricks from book 2, much less than Pia from book 1.
This book had the same narrator as the first 2, but she did a much weaker jobs. Often when Rune and Carling were conversing, you could not tell who was talking because she just seemed to give up on making the males voice somewhat different than the females. I also could not tell whether they were thinking or speaking. I don't remember that occurring in the first 2 books. In fact, she just seemed to be reading this book. Toward the end of the book, however, when they were with the oracle in Kentucky, she suddenly came to life with the oracle's voice, and it was HORRIBLE! I won't be able to listen to book 4 if she uses that voice for an entire book. I was hoping to see one of the other sentinels star in the next book. Just because a sentinel finds his or her mate, does not mean they need to leave the Wyrs. I'm afraid the oracle and the jinn are not of much interest to me.
I'm semi-retired at 66 and starting a whole 'nuther life making fun jewelry. Loved my career/vocation assessing quaility of care in long term care and likewise loving being at home and tinkerin' at my tinkerin' bench.
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...