I stalled picking this book up because the last one, Storm’s Heart, fell a bit flat for me. Well, I’m happy to report that Serpent’s Kiss relit my fire.
Rune, an ancient griffin, made a deal with vampyre Carling in order to save his friend (this happens in book 2). When Carling cashes in on their deal, Rune arrives to find her out of sorts. She is fading, the vampyre equivalent of dying, and her powers are as erratic as her behavior. When she dismisses him practically on site, he waivers, curious to know what’s going on. When he’s told she’s dying, she stays around to help Carling figure out how to stop it.
Rune is more or less an ancient otherwordly power walking around in a shape shifting surfer dude-turned Griffin. He has a laid back, wicked sense of humor and he doesn’t take any of Carling’s bizarre nonsense. Carling herself has come to terms with her death, having spent the latter half of her life researching vampyrism and how to potentially reverse it’s end.
It’s hard to explain how these two intertwine without ruining the reading experience for you. Just know that there’s some serious Doctor Who shenanigans involving time travel and goofy banter. And I loved it. I was gleefully excited to welcome back the intense sexual attraction I felt in Dragon Bound only this time it’s between Rune and Carling, two fascinating and ridiculously complicated characters.
We also get a nice set up for the next full Elder Races novel, Oracle’s Moon. And let me tell you, I’m supah excited to get my hands on it.
The 3rd Elder Races story rekindled my love of this intensely sensual fantasy series.
Serpent’s Kiss by Thea Harrison
Romance: 3.5/5 Raunch: 4/5