Review: The Serpent in Heaven by Charlaine Harris

Series: Gunnie Rose #4
Author: Charlaine Harris
Publisher: Gallery/Saga Press
Released: November 15, 2022
Received: NetGalley

Book Summary:

Felicia is the half-sister of the famous (or infamous) Gunnie Rose. Yet that isn’t the only thing that makes Felicia stand out. She’s a distant relative of the Tsar, Alexie. Given his hemophilia, she is kept nearby should he need her blood, in a very literal sense.

On the bright side, this means Felicia has been granted opportunities she’s never had before, such as attending boarding school and learning about the magic within her bones. Ironically, when danger comes calling, it is not due to her connection to the Tsar.

My Review:

First, can I just say that I love it when a series has multiple perspectives? The first three novels in the Gunnie Rose series were based on, well, Gunnie Rose. If we’re lucky, this means two more novels will follow Felicia.

The Serpent in Heaven is the first of Felicia’s stories, and she is a different leading character. She’s accepted her connection to the Tsar, for one. For another, she has magic – though she is understandably hesitant at first.

I enjoyed the change of perspective and setting for The Serpent in Heaven. It was a refreshing change of pace while still getting to see more of this alternate history world. I’ll admit that it took me a couple of chapters to get into the swing of things, but I was hooked once I did. Seriously, this book bounced around in my head for days after I put it down. I love it when that happens.


  • Dystopia
  • Alternative History
  • Historical Fantasy
  • Urban Fantasy
  • Series with multiple POV

Trigger Warnings:

  • Death
  • Illness
  • Animal Death

Thanks to Gallery/Saga Press and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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