In order to save his friend's life, Wyr sentinel Rune Ainissesthai 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.
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©2011 Teddy Harrison (P)2011 Tantor
Ummm...I have to admit, I've already listened to it so often that if it were a record, it would have grooves! I love this particular installment of the series. Rune is so very...well, HOT and possibly the most enjoyable of all of the male leads in the series. I love the portrayal of his lazy, playful, lion's side. Plus, the story itself is extremely well done and highly entertaining. There are perfect blends of steam, action and drama with the typcal comedic moments that catch you by surprise sprinkled throughout. If you haven't started this series, you'll want to begin with Dragon Bound. What I like about this series is that each of your male and female leads have very distinct personalities. You don't feel like you are reading something made from a cookie cutter formula of alpha male, helpless female, blah, blah, blah. The women are strong in their own rights and the men are delicious and the stories will be ones you wish to listen to again and again.
Sophie Eastlake rocks the narration for this series. If she never said which character was supposed to be speaking in the midst of an all out argument with every single character involved, you would know who was speaking just like you know your own family or friend's voices. I've read a couple of reviews complaining about the way she might pronounce a word here and there. I would challenge that regionally, we all pronounce words slightly differently. Being from the south, I do prounounce the word fillet as 'Fill-Ay' but my neighbor, commonly pronounces it as 'fill-it'. It's no different than the whole 'roof' argument about whether it is pronounced like 'goof' or whether you say it like you are a dog barking. See...I can be snarky too!
So if you are already into the stories...keep going and don't forget to swing over to Kindle to check out the novellas that are only available in electronic form. You'll meet some new characters and revisit some older characters and there's a bit of glue that will bind the series in preparation of the book that will come out after "Oracle's Moon." Read "True Colors" and "Natural Evil" before you read "Devil's Gate" and make sure you don't read "Devil's Gate" before listening to "Oracle's Moon."
The Dragon Mother
This is the third book in the Elder Races series, but it could have been listened to without hearing the first two books, Dragon Bound and Storm’s Heart. There are references to things that happened in the first two books but not enough so that you would have been lost if you didn’t read them.
I really, really enjoyed this story! The suspense was awesome! I feel like this story of Carling and Rune will go down as one of the best in this series even if Sophie Eastlake writes 100 more.
In this story, the countdown for the end of Carling’s life is slowly ticking toward the final hour. Rune is determined not to let her go quietly into the night. When Carling goes into a ‘fade’ Rune finds that he is able to travel into her personal dreamland with her. He will be visiting some of the key points of her past, thus learning about her in a most intimate way. The closer he gets, the more she wants to push him away. Neither knows the dangers traveling to her past will bring, or what it could mean for the future.
The Narration Review
This audiobook was narrated by Sophie Eastlake who was also the narrator for the first two books. I am getting used to her young sounding voice and she does do a good job on differentiating her character voices. I think I would classify her voice as tootsie pop drop, sweet like candy but chocolaty goodness in the heart of things.
Tay and Zi's Mom
I have nothing bad to say. The book is awesome. the story is amazing. The narrarater rocks! I hope this isn't the last book in the series. I just love the elder races!
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.
To negate all the NEGATIVE reviews
I’ve listened to the 2 preceding books from this series (Dragon Bound and Storm’s Heart). When I read the reviews about this book I actually thought of skipping it all together but then decided to give it a chance. So far I am about 3hours in and I am LOVING it! I actually love it more than Strom’s Heart not because of anything in particular - I just like this book better. The book is definitely NOT bad or boring. It is fun as much as the first one. I will write an update as soon as I am finished but I just wanted to write a positive review since all the negative reviews threw me off when I was contemplating to buy this book.
I like that Thea harrison took her time to get us involved in the story Not all books have to have blood and sex in the first two lines she took her time to get us to love and understand this story I was going to skip this book becouse of some reviews but I wanted to know what happen between them and Im glad I got to know their story
what happens to a vamp when they lived to long
thea harrison makes me laugh thats why i listen to them
keep up the good work
I have enjoyed the first three books in this series. The characters have depth. The narrator is very good!
This series is really heating up! This book takes a slightly different turn than the first two did. I really enjoy the characters in these books and the narrator does a great job.
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 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...
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