I love the characters in this book. Queen Carling is described in the other books as being is so strong and powerful which is a good dominant role mix up from the other series. But when she falls weak minded, it's great to hear that someone comes to her rescue and then he becomes the dominant character. Worth the credit and keep continuing on with the series. You won't be disappointed if you enjoyed the series so far.
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.
Give me water to swim and surf in. That with a glass of white wine and the sun. That's heaven.
Suspenseful at the start,
Mysterious in the middle and
Humorous at the end
Dragon Bound due the humor of the author
Sophie Eastlake is truly a fantastic craftsman when developing the different voices and the added talent of showing how different people talk in different locals of the United States.
See who bites who first and see which bite really lasts!
I really love this book!!
I'm semi-retired at 67 and a recent Cancer survivor.
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.
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.
I love Rune, but the intro for Carling from the previous book just did not make me like her. She does grow and become a likable person for me towards the end, but it was literally a struggle for me to get through. It was all about the science and Carling through 80% of the book and Rune became almost unlikable with her through the begining. Really for me it was the characters and the dynamic in the begining is what made it bad for me.
I already finished the next in the series and ADORE it! I'm glad I read this one though because otherwise I'd be lost in book 4.
At the end I loved it when Rune and Carling faced down the Elder Tribunal.
I was really disappointed in this book through 80% because it just didn't have that electric pull like the rest. Usually I can get through an Elder Races book in 2 days or less, this one took me 2 weeks. I just couldn't develop that connection to the character Carling.
It is an important book to the series overall so I recommend reading it for that reason alone. The ending is extremely good.
It didn't take long to build the tension between the H and h in this installment which is always a nice reprieve from stories that prolong the sexual angst between the main characters. The storyline was sweet and I enjoyed reading about the past characters although their appearances were brief.
The next book is in my queue and I can't wait to find out more about Khalil
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
funny, witty, sexy
Rune, a woman's kind of guy! He is not afraid to ask for directions.
Sophie Eastlake does not have a great voice, too often, she has a tinny sound. Good writing on the author's part so you overlook when Eastlake falls down on the job. Reader has a range of voices, but she can not get the deep tones that make a good reader. She does have a good pace, so again, it balances out her down falls.
Just into about 3 hrs, but the fun dialogue has lots of promise. You will miss the cute phases if you are doing something that takes skill.
author has a lot of skill. I did not listen to the fae story, Book 1 is still the best and this one
seems to be flowing fairly well. Author has a light touch to her writing and it refreshing.
Love to read!
I absolutely loved the previous two books in this series and assumed this one would be as good. It even had the potential to be better since Rune is such an interesting character. It started off pretty good, but immediately slowed down and never picked up. The ONLY thing going on in the book is Rune and Carling trying to figure out why the Vampire "disease" is killing her. That could be interesting if they ever actually did anything. There are some quasi-time travel episodes, but even those are SHORT and uneventful.
I'm not even finished with the book (about 3/4), but cannot endure it any more. I keep thinking something is going to pick up. If I end up finishing it and change my mind, I will update my review.
I'm not too crazy about the narrator either. She seems to talk really slowly and the word mispronunciations are extremely annoying.
I hope the next book in the series is better.