Monday, August 1, 2011

Early Review: Storm's Heart (Elder Races #2) by Thea Harrison

Book: Storm's Heart (Elder Races #2) by Thea Harrison
Release Date: 2 Aug 2011
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shapeshifters, Faeries
Summary: During the rule of her murderous Dark Fae uncle, Thistle "Tricks" Periwinkle found sanctuary among the Wyr in New York. Her ethereal beauty and sparkling personality won the hearts of the public, but after her uncle's death, there are those who don't want to see her ascend the throne...
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 when she's almost assassinated in Chicago.
Soon, both 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.
Buy It: Amazon
Previous Book(s): My review of Dragon Bound

Review: With Urien dead, Niniane (Tricks) can take her place as Dark Fae Queen. This is easier said than done considering her first meeting with the Dark Fae on her own results in an assassination attempt. Niniane can't turn to the Wyr for help anymore so she attempts to disappear. Her friends in the Wyr demesne are worried about her though and want her found at any cost. Tiago is sent to find and protect her, and somewhere along the way he find himself guarding her with his life because he wants to.
I really enjoyed Storm's Heart, mainly because I loved the characters. I fell in love with Tricks in Dragon Bound and was very excited to read more about her and her transformation into Niniane, Dark Fae Queen. I certainly wasn't disappointed. Niniane remained herself but we got to see her mature and work towards a more queenly personality. Tiago wasn't in Dragon Bound much so I wasn't sure what to expect, but holy cow was he kickass and smoldering! I liked that Tiago and Niniane weren't equals per say, but each had their strengths. I also liked that Niniane was always challenging Tiago so the difference between them never mattered. I also loved the character background stories, both were very fitting and didn't disappoint. I especially enjoyed the reasoning behind Niniane's nickname, Tricks.
So many books in the paranormal romance category have powerful supernatural males and either human or relatively weak women, but somehow the heroine becomes vital or she has some amazing power that no one else has. I liked that while Niniane was queen, I never felt like it put her into that silly 'special' category.
I prefer my romances to be as angst free as possible. Angst and unhappiness just aren't my thing. I love how Harrison dealt with issues in Storm's Heart. She wasn't afraid to face them head on in her writing then simply move on. I love that her characters are intelligent, fierce, loyal and loving but most of all willing to work things out and not leave me in agony.
There were a few loose ends and other aspects that I'd hoped would be included in Storm's Heart that weren't. I especially wished we'd seen more of Pia and Dragos considering her, uh, current condition. I was glad we got to see more of Rune, loved him in the Dragon Bound. He bothered me a little bit in this one because I was so involved in Tiago and Niniane's relationship and I didn't care for his actions however honorable they were. I still adore him though and look forward to his story. Carling... I hated her until the end scenes. I'm very excited to learn more about her now though, she seems like she'll be the most complex character so far. I'm really worried, however, because she might not be good enough for Rune.
All in all, Storm's Heart was an amazing followup novel to Dragon Bound. It was a little slower actionwise making it more character and emotion based. I found Dragon Bound to be more of a 'stand out' novel than Storm's Heart but I think fans of the first book will devour this one like I did.

Quotes & Thoughts as I Read:
  • The Dark Fae struck her hard in the ribs. The breath left Tiago in a growl as if he had been the one who had taken the blow. The asshole with the cell phone kept filming this shit and did nothing to help her? The scene jostled. Shit! Let me start off with that I'm seriously loving Tiago and his thought process. Secondly, people suck. You know if this had been real that no one would have helped Tricks. It's Kitty Genovese all over again.
  • She resisted. “I already cleaned and bandaged it.” He exploded. “Goddammit, woman! I said let me have a fucking looking!” Her eyes went wide and she froze. The force of his anger was palpable. It beat against her skin. Thunder rolled, this time closer. It was almost overhead. Umm, sexy. I'm already in that mindless, vegetative state brought about by yummy men. Despite the completely opposite description, I'm totally picturing Chris Hemsworth as Tiago, I blame the thunder... and manly gorgeousness.
  • Tiago continued to stroke his fingers through her hair. It felt so good she might have nuzzled his hand just a little bit. He murmured to her, “You're no fun when the stuffing's been knocked out of you, your listlessness.” One of the many reasons I love the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews so much is all of the nicknames Kate gives Curran, His Furriness for example. I'm so glad Harrison has adopted that.
  • Niniane tapped a finger on the arm of her chair. It wasn't wise to lose your temper with the Vampyre Queen either. After a moment, she kept her voice measured as she said, “I will remind you that Tiago followed me to Chicago after I went missing, and he saved my life. This is after the Wyr provided me with shelter and protection from my uncle Urien for almost two hundred years. Don't force me to choose between you, because you won't win.” GOOD. I dislike Carling's attitude thus far. Bleg, apparently the next in the series features her.
  • Rhoswen's brief disconcertment had smoothed away as if it had never existed. The Vampyre said, “Chancellor Riordan, Justice Trevenan, Commander Shiron and Councillor Severan are all awaiting you in the library.” Ooh, that sounded like a game of Clue. Somebody was going to get bashed in the head with a lead pipe or a candlestick. I bet I can get who will do the bashing in one guess. I love how Niniane's first thought was exactly what I was thinking after Rhoswen's announcement.
  • “Of course. Now I understand.” For the first time in his very long existence, Tiago knew what it meant to come home. Squee, squee, squee! This would have been a perfect line to end the book on but I'm so glad there's more.
  • “I don't care about tradition. If you ever need to have a flying mount, you will ride me,” he said. He could protect her that way, and if she ever got dislodged, he could catch her before she fell. He frowned. Maybe they could create a harness for him to wear that she could use as a saddle. With a seat belt. And she was going to have to wear a helmet. And a life jacket if they ever had to fly over water. Would a parachute be too much, just in case? What a mother hen! I love Tiago.

Rating: 4 Bites

13 comments:

  1. great review! cool looking book oh and i loooove your rating icons how awesome r they!

    melissa @just one opinion

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  2. I am really excited to read this book!! And the cover is extremely attractive :)
    jwitt33 at live dot com

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  3. I pre-ordered all three of the books in this series. Can't wait to get them.

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  4. Looks delicious! Love the cover. :)

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  5. Nice review. Can't wait to read this!! Love the site, thanks!

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  6. Oh man! I've been wanting to read this series.

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  7. Great review, I just ordered the first two books and am patiently awaiting them to arrive in my mailbox

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