Review: Storm’s Heart by Thea Harrison (Elder Races #2)
August 2 2011
Mass Market Paperback
Received from publisher
Yummy Man – Tiago
Kick Ass Chick – Tricks
Able to wield thunder and lightning, wyr sentinel Tiago Black Eagle has ruled the skies for centuries. His massive build and thunderous power make him one of the wyr’s best weapons. And he’s the one sent to protect Tricks, heir to the Dark Fae throne, when she’s almost assassinated in Chicago. Soon Tiago and Tricks will fall prey to the stormy hunger that engulfs them-a passion that will shake the very foundation of all the worlds.
I have been waiting so SOOO long for this book. After reading the first book in the series, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the next book. I waited all of…3 months! Expectations were high, and they were met. I am glad to say that I really enjoyed Thea Harrison’s Storm’s Heart.
The book opens with Tricks, the newly out of hiding heir to the Dark Fae throne, fighting for her life against three other Dark Fae. The attack is caught on film and uploaded to YouTube then onto the news everywhere. Dragos gets wind of this and without even asking, Tiago decides to go and find Tricks and keep her safe. We caught a glimpse of Tiago’s possessiveness of Tricks in the first book and boy does it come out roaring in this installment! You think Dragos is an alpha-male? Well, yes he is. He really is. But there are a few times where I found Tiago put him to shame! I mean…*fans herself*…man!
Tiago surprised me in this book. After seeing how super alpha-guy he was, I was wondering for a bit if that was the extent of him, but it’s not. After the whole cave-boy act calms down (which is super duper hot, just so you know), he shows such a sweet spot for his mate. He manages to be kind and warm with Tricks. The scenes where he is simply observing her in her duties and where you see how proud he is of her, they were some of my favorites.
And Thea wrote Tricks exceptionally well. In Dragon Bound she is almost flighty and silly. You know she is a very intelligent person, but it’s clouded a bit. (Although she does provide some of the funniest scenes in that book!) In Storm’s Heart, that Tricks is gone and in her place is the heir to the throne. She is afraid of being alone, afraid of revisiting her horrific past and afraid of not being good enough. Tiago goes a long way to helping her feel better about herself, but honestly she doesn’t need his help because she is a natural at this leader thing and witnessing her progression was a joy.
Another character that surprised me in this book was Aryal. She comes off as harsh and mean in the first book, but it suits her position as one of Dragos’ sentinels. But in actuality, with her friends, she has such a funny and warm side! Her relationship with Tricks is great and I am now finding myself really wanting to know more about her!
Another character I want to know more about (do you see a pattern here? *g*) is Carling, the Vampyre Sorceress. What a ball of mystery that one is. I really liked her! Really really! You can tell there is so much to her. I couldn’t wait to read Serpent’s Kiss before, now I really can’t since Carling is the heroine in that third book of this series. And the hero? Rune! He is sexy on a stick! He’s not seen too much in this book but enough to leave you salivating a little. I can’t wait to read all about him…and drool some more. Serpent’s Kiss is coming to shelves near you October 4th 2011. Only 2 months away. I think I can survive that wait…just barely.
Overall, I was very satisfied with this installment. The depth of the characters really surprised me. But I really don’t know why it did since Thea showed us in the first book that she writes multi-faceted characters and captivating story lines. I am really looking forward to revisiting these characters in (hopefully) many many books to come.
Giggle worthy quotes
“My name,” she said between her teeth. The next one was a mug. She threw water at him. “You know what it is. I’ve reminded you often enough. Funny enough, it is not ‘Tricks, goddammit.’ And if you ever shorten it to Ninny, I WILL BITE YOUR NOSE OFF!”
“She cradled his head and bowed over him, wiping her damp cheeks with one hand. ‘We’re so different from each other.’
‘We live a long time. It’s good to not be bored.’
‘I like pink lipstick, ‘she sniffled. ‘And pretty shoes.’
‘Much to my surprise, I find that I do too.’”
“Rune said, ‘I notice our supper does not lie in this direction.’
‘I have one more stop I want to make,’ she growled.
‘Perhaps you would enjoy your next visit with a sunnier attitude if it were accomplished after supper,’ he suggested.
‘Oh shut up,’ she said.
‘My case in point.’ He raised his eyebrows and looked bland when she glowered at him. ‘I’m just sayin’.”
Books in the Elder Races series –
Serpent’s Kiss (October 2011)
Oracle’s Moon (March 2012)