Review: Storm’s Heart by Thea Harrison

Posted 5 October, 2011 by Amanda / 10 Comments

Storm’s Heart by Thea Harrison (Elder Races, #2) 
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: paperback
Read: 9/2/2011 — 9/3/2011
In Six Words: It’s a breath of fresh air.

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Book Order

1. Dragon Bound
2. Storm’s Heart 
3. Serpent’s Kiss (October 4)
4. Oracle’s Moon (March 6)


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.
-from Goodreads

Why I Started Reading This Book and General Thoughts

When I read Dragon Bound back in June, I fell in love.  It had been the kind of book that made me remember why I loved romance novels; it had been the book I had been searching for.  Storm’s Heart went on my wishlist instantly.  Of course, I held off getting Storm’s Heart for a while after it came out for reasons unknown even to myself.  I went to Borders, walked around with the book in my hand, and put it down again.  Sometimes I get weird about buying books.  But when Thea Harrison held a Twitter contest for a signed copy of Storm’s Heart, I thought, why not?  So I entered — and won.  Though I liked Dragon Bound slightly more, Storm’s Heart was exactly the book I needed.  I had been feeling vaguely unsatisfied with the books I had recently read; they were good but not quite enough.  Storm’s Heart was.

A More In-Depth Look

Thea Harrison writes these amazingly fantastical stories that never fail to leave me half-breathless.  I stayed up late to read because I simply could not tear myself away from the book.  I managed to disengage myself so that I could sleep, and unfortunately, lost some of the momentum from the day before; the story didn’t quite carry on in the second half of the book as it did in the first.  It is likely that for this reason alone, I did not rate Storm’s Heart the same as Dragon Bound.

While the second book in the Elder Races series is categorically different from the first, it still holds the same kind of breathtaking love story.  That Thea Harrison can create the same kind of magical love story while also drafting unique characters with strong personalities and backgrounds speaks to her writing ability and makes her one of those “automatic buy” authors.  The quality of Thea Harrison’s writing stands out with rich description and detail.

By reading Dragon Bound, we know that there was some tension between Tricks and Tiago.  This tension was carried over into Storm’s Heart making it obvious there was more to their relationship than even they knew.  Tiago is single-minded when it comes to what he wants and doesn’t let anything stand in his way, and it is this quality that I admire most.  I don’t believe in possession for possession’s sake, but rather that the desire to possess speaks of a unyielding bond that cannot be denied.  Tricks is a fascinating blend of strength and uncertainty, and I hope that she continues to play a role in future books.

Storm’s Heart reads like a storm; it is a frighteningly beautiful story that is tinged with violence and the hint of something that defies civilization with its ancientness.  And quite frankly, any book that brings out my creativity and has me putting together words like the previous sentence means that it has resonated deeply.

You Might Enjoy This Book If…

If you liked Dragon Bound, you’ll like Storm’s Heart.  And if you’re a fan of paranormal romances, this series comes highly recommended by me.

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10 Responses to “Review: Storm’s Heart by Thea Harrison”

  1. “Storm’s Heart reads like a storm; it is a frighteningly beautiful story that is tinged with violence and the hint of something that defies civilization with its ancientness.”

    That was a pretty epically brilliant sentence and manages to sum up my thoughts perfectly! I didn’t love this one quite as much as book one, but this series is definitely my new obsession and I can’t get enough of it! Looking forward to seeing what you think of Rune!

  2. I haven’t come across this series yet, but it sounds really good. Oftentimes with urban fantasy, I find myself wanting more of the fantasy elements, and this one sounds like a winner. Thanks for the rec!


  3. Felicia

    I liked this one slightly more than the first one :) I adore Thea’s writing too and can’t wait to start Serpent’s Kiss! I might read it this weekend.

  4. You won the book from the author! OMG! That’s like so awesome. :)

    Now with you like the first one more and Felicia liking this one more, I wonder where I will fall. Can’t wait to find out. :)