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…
The slow build almost took my attention span away from this book. I had high hopes for Rune and Carling's paring, given the effect Carling has on Rune in Storm's Heart, but once I'd reached the end, I didn't feel as fulfilled as I'd hoped.
Rune has promised a service to Carling. They strike a bargain in Storm's Heart, though Rune is not sure what exactly Carling wants him to do for her. He knows what he'd like to do. Carling is a vampyre who has come to accept her time is soon ending. She's brought Rune to San Francisco, yet she's not exactly sure why. With Rune's presence, however, she feels something she hasn't felt in a long time: the will to live.
Given the explosive sexual tension between the leads of the previous books, I expected Rune and Carling to be off the charts. Their passion felt a little ho-hum. There were also some plot threads left hanging which I assume will be revisited in future books, so the sense of finite closure for this book wasn't present. That being said, I cannot wait for Oracle's Moon (March 2012), and I'm interested to keep up with the characters we've been introduced to thus far.