Title: Storm’s Heart
Author: Thea Harrison
Series: Elder Races, #2
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Berkley (Imprint of Penguin)
Date Published: August 2nd, 2011
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.
Like many others, after being absolutely thrilled with the first book in this new series, Dragon Bound, I was really excited to see what was in store next for this new world. I’m sad to say, however, that the something extra that I can’t really pinpoint in Dragon Bound, wasn’t really present in Storm’s Heart. While it was still a good book, at times it just felt like any other Paranormal Romance without anything extra special about it.
I think perhaps it was the plot that was really lacking. Although it sounds potentially interesting to see what would happen when Niniane (a.k.a. Tricks) would have to step up to be queen of the Dark Fae, it didn’t turn out to be all that interesting for me. There were definitely some obstacles they had to overcome to get there. Not only with Niniane and Tiago’s unacceptable relationship (as far as the fae are concerned), but also dealing with those members of the fae that do not want Niniane to take her throne. But despite these few obstacles, it felt more like there was almost a short story here that was stretched out to be a full book. At times it just felt dragged out and plain old boring.
However, despite that, I did really like Tiago and Niniane’s relationship and I liked them both. Tiago especially was such a sweet brooding man. Niniane would sometimes do things that were annoying, but she wasn’t too bad. I actually really liked her in the beginning and thought she was really cute and spunky. But over time, that spunk and personality almost seemed to get drowned out by her new responsibilities. So it seemed like her character kind of made some rather unappealing changes throughout the book. Not that she turned into a bad person, but her personality just didn’t seem as vibrant at the end of the book as it was in the beginning (and in Dragon Bound). But as a couple Tiago and Niniane were very sweet together.
I also kind of had mixed feelings about some of the side characters. When Aryal first entered the story I actually really loved the harpy. She was really fun and sarcastic and I was drawn to her immediately. But like Niniane, as the story went on her personality almost seemed to morph into someone else and I wasn’t so sure about her by the end of the book. Rune I was actually not really a fan of at all. He just seemed bossy and Mr. Know-It-All most of the time. But we’ll see, maybe my opinion of him will change when he gets his book next.
So overall, this was an okay book. It wasn’t bad, but when you go into it expecting something as great as Dragon Bound was, then you will probably be disappointed. Unfortunately it just had the typical PNR feel to it with nothing special to help it to stand out amongst the crowd. I will still be reading on in this series though, and hopefully Serpent’s Kiss will live up to Dragon Bound!
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