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Dark Predator (Dark Carpathians #22)

4.19  ·  Rating Details ·  9,210 Ratings  ·  455 Reviews
All New from the #1 New York Times bestselling author. As brutal as the undead he hunted, Zacarias De La Cruz was a master executioner. Now his stark and savage journey has ended. For his brothers, Zacarias had walked to the edge of madness, but with centuries as a killing machine now left to the past and without a hunt to define him, Zacarias wonders, for the first time i ...more
Hardcover, 372 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by Berkley (first published September 1st 2011)
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
2 Disobedient Stars

First read Sept 2012 Reread February 29 2016

** Spoilers**

You will suffer as no one else has ever suffered for your disobedience-Zacarias

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He shook his head just as resolutely, no longer shocked that she disobeyed him. He was certain she had an infirmity, some rare, peculiar mental disorder from birth, that made her do the opposite of what any authority figure told her.-Zacarias

Dark Predator the 22nd book in the Dark series was just whatevs for me. I didn't really care for this
Sep 10, 2011 Katie(babs) rated it did not like it
Shelves: gag-worthy-book
One of my all-time favorite romances is Dark Prince by Christine Feehan. Since then I’ve read other novels from Christine’s Carpathian series and for the most part enjoyed them although the stories and the characters seemed to be identical. But then I walked away from the series when I noticed her heroes were becoming too unbalanced. These male characters were far too obsessed with the heroine, and regardless of her wants, they claimed her as their own, almost forcing her to bend to their will, ...more
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

Dark Predator is the 22nd installment in the Carpathian series and I'm just not sure how I feel about the book. I can understand why some will be disappointed in it, and while I definitely enjoyed it, this wasn’t exactly the story I had anticipated. I’ll try to explain.

Zacarias was, in my opinion, perfect. He was true to what I would expect from a Carpathian who is as ancient as he is. He’s kept himself at a distance from his brothers and from modern civilization as a whole and he really is a lo
Katie Michaels
Sep 08, 2011 Katie Michaels rated it it was ok
The Carpathian world has gotten a little more complicated lately. What was once a series focused almost completely on an individual romance in each book, picked up broader, ongoing arcs in later installments. Mages, jaguars, and dragons joined the mix. Longtime mysteries were finally solved. But Christine Feehan is taking a step back from all that in Dark Predator.

As the book begins, Zacharias de la Cruz is ready to end his own life. He is unable to fight the darkness within him any longer. But
Carinae L'etoile
Sep 16, 2012 Carinae L'etoile rated it did not like it
I am a CF fangirl, but these past 2 books have been an utter disappointment. Mercifully she didn't shove the language down our throats as she had before. It was still there, but in more tolerable and acceptable doses.

I have been trying to find the words to explain my sheer disappointment without dropping the F bomb. Because to date, this was one of the worst books she has written. If I had purchased this book as an actual book, I'd be using it line my cat's litter pan. After initially finishing
Sep 07, 2011 Kara-karina rated it did not like it
I have so many words for this book, and none of them fit for your ears. So sorry, it's going to be an angry rant, not a review.

Dark Prince was THE BOOK which introduced me to the genre of paranormal romance, and for years I loved this series. The men were noble, the women were strong and powerful in their own right, some of them pretty awesome and kick-ass, even the plot was somewhat unique. Sadly, it all ended at Dark Slayer.

I though Dark Peril was the most god awful book in the series, surely.
Sep 15, 2011 Melindeeloo rated it it was ok
Shelves: vampires
Hmmm.... Well I now know why this book polarized its readers.

Dark Predator is exceedingly slow to get rolling, about 120 pages out of 332 slow - the rest of the "400 pages" are our old favorite healing chants (not used here at all, by the way) followed by the ever popular "Carpathian for Dummies".

In Dark Predator, the long awaited lead Zacarias De La Cruz takes the uber alpha Carpathian male of the earlier books to a new level and, for me at least, this is not a positive thing. His heroine, Ma
Sep 16, 2011 Caty rated it it was ok
I think someone should give me an award for finishing this book.

Seriously. Maybe it was me, but this book felt like it was never ending.
It had WAY too many chapters dealing with the qualities that made Zacarias such a cold hearted predator, his past, his lack of emotions and then it switched to more of the same, this time about the heroine. The plot never really caught me and I wasn't particularly thrilled with miss Feehan's constant abuse use of similes either. I found myself skipping parts of
Tilly Slaton
Nov 14, 2011 Tilly Slaton rated it it was ok
As most of my friends and family know, Christine Feehan is my favorite author. The Dark series, is my favorite series, followed by the Leopard series.

I have been looking forward to this book ever since Feehan’s site posted it as an upcoming release.

With that said, I was somewhat disappointed. Total bummer.

Zacarias, the oldest of the De La Cruz brothers, sets out to accept the sun’s destruction. He can no longer handle the dreary gray existence and tells his brother that he will seek death in hon
Dec 10, 2011 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, library
I just finished reading and I completely understand where Feehan is coming from. This is a man that is so dark that he was prepared to end his existence, and his servant no less takes it upon herself to rescue him despite his direct order not to interfere. Not only that, she drags him and dumps his helpless body in the soil and covers him up in such a degrading manner. What do you expect his reaction to be? Oh, because you are my life mate I will be gentle with you, heck no! Remember, this is a ...more
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
Sep 10, 2011 Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb" rated it did not like it
I have waited year after year for Zacarias De La Cruz's story and who would get the HONOR of becoming his Life Mate, only to be very disappointed in the way both the characters were written.

We have been told over the years that Zacarias was one of the Greatest and Strongest Carpathian Warrior/ Hunters alive and that he was feared by vampires and Carpathians. We are also, told over and over how Carpathian Males Love, Cherish and Protect their Life Mates above all others. This didn't happen in thi
Sep 08, 2011 Zbft rated it did not like it
I suppose everyone familiar with the Dark Series has been looking forward to this book just like I am. Clearly not all are as disappointed as me looking at the ratings.
But here are the whys of having only one star (I would have put Zero star if I could).
First, Zacarias has been a big and prominent figure for the De La Cruz family since his first appearance that I would have thought his story would at least be something as prominent as him that would ripple through the whole Carpathian community.
Oct 03, 2011 Chris rated it did not like it
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N.L. Riviezzo
While I'm not completely sold on Margarita as Zacarias' life mate, I do understand the connection between them. Her gift and his more animalistic nature. I was a bit disappointed in Zacarias. His scenes were often very repetitive - as far as his thoughts and reflection about emotions were concerned - and this repetition made him come across as broody and emo rather than strong and tormented.

Sadly, no hints really for who the next book is about although a scene with Dominic did imply that it will
Kathy Davie
Mar 17, 2016 Kathy Davie rated it really liked it
Eighteenth in the Dark Saga paranormal-romance series revolving around two groups of vampires, one good and the other evil. In this installment, the couple focus is on Zacarias De La Cruz and Marguarita Fernandez.

My Take
While this story has the usual Carpathian plotline to it, Feehan has taken a different approach to Zacarias' "courtship" of the human, Marguarita. Instead of all the joy of emotions and colors suddenly showing up, it takes a bit of time before Zacarias realizes that she is his li
Sep 22, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it
I was really excited to read about Zacarias De La Cruz, one of the oldest and darkest of the Carpathians hunters. The identity of his lifemate was a much debated question on the internet prior to the book release, and I certainly never guessed who it would be - well done, Ms. Feehan!
At its heart, Dark Predator is truly the intimate story of Zacarias and his lifemate, how they come together, fall in love/lust, and begin their relationship. Most of the other Dark books have sub-plots involving the
Nov 04, 2011 Sheba rated it did not like it
I often suspect that Feehan writes this series in daily or weekly installments without ever having gone back over what she's already written. Like Hamilton, Feehan has a tendency to needlessly repeat information. The result are stories that are cumbersome and at a pace that can drive any sane reader mad, mad, mad. The premise is weak enough as it is without exacerbating it with clunky, lazy writing. And what is that equally often repeated premise? Dark man meets light woman. Light woman ...more
Nov 01, 2011 Sara rated it it was amazing
I thought this was a great book-in spite of everything all the other reviewers have said (I don't think they get that the darkness of Zacharias's soul was a natural culmination of the development of his character throughout the series...didn't any of these other reviewers read Manolito's book? Or the one about Riordan? the DeLaCruz brothers are some of my favcrite dark heroes (& and that is a star-studded list!) Get this: Zacharias was only a step away from walking into the sunlight & ...more
If it weren't for the fact that we're dealing with another species, I'd have been more disturbed by this book on the grounds of the abusive/controlling nature of the hero. I can accept more crap from a 1000+ year old almost-vampire than I can had the story been about humans. I like a dangerous fictional hero, but his actions did make me uncomfortable at times (particularly his callous turning of the heroine).

I can understand how someone who hasn't felt emotions in a thousand years, a complete ki
Sep 07, 2011 M.E rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
I am a fan of the Dark series but I must say that the stories have been going down hill since Dark Possession. Manolito was a great character with a great heroine and the glimpses we got of Zacarias were fascinating - setting him up as a great story. That, unfortunately, is not what we got. Zacarias is a man of his time but he is also an intelligent being and when he was wondering if Marguerita might be dim-witted, it said more about him than her. After the umpteenth time he self flagellates ...more
Sandra Dagg
Dec 12, 2014 Sandra Dagg rated it it was amazing
I told myself I was NOT going to read any more reviews here, before I posted my own, but unfortunately, this time I let myself be tempted, and then just got mad all over again. Where do you people get off??? This is NOT YOUR series, this is Ms Feehan's series. These are HER characters, from her imagination. If you don't care for a book, at least have the decency to be polite about it. Personally, I LOVED this story, and felt she portrayed Zacharias EXACTLY as I pictured he would ancient, ...more
** 3 1/2 stars **

Kind of disappointed, Zacarius was kind of cruel to his lifemate at times, he didn't care enough about her feelings. He is no Lucian who lived much longer but was still wonderful to his human lifemate.
Dec 05, 2011 Miranda rated it it was amazing
As I sat down to read Dark Predator, I took into consideration every insight Christine expressed to her readers on the fan forum; about Zacarias. Upon shedding all my pre-conceived notions on how I imagined the great Zacarias De La Cruz would be, it was then that I opened this long awaited book--and simply allowed these two personalities to take me on their journey, wherever it may lead, and however it may end.

Upon completion I found this to be the most surprising, and emotional book to date. I
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at: http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.c...

The dark makes me shiver but the latest story about the Carpathian people makes goose bumps arise for totally different reasons.

First off, this book might be part of a series but it’s a complete standalone. A first time reader won’t be lost because the entire focus is on the relationship between Zacarias and Marguarita. It’s volatile, arousing, annoying and fierce. Actually, that pretty much sums up the hero too.

Zacarias has been th
Belinda Boring
Sep 08, 2011 Belinda Boring rated it it was amazing

Heaven help me but I need assistance with this review because 30 minutes after finishing this book, I'm STILL in full HARD swoon mode. I feel like I've run an emotional marathon, my eyes are still teary and my heart feels like it's ready to explode. Holy heck! I was worried going into this story. Zacarias has always given off the dangerous vibe and I was terrified that this would be an epic fail. He is so intense and what I got was epic swoon instead! He has to be one of the most TORTURED charac
Nov 17, 2011 Lynette rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It took me forever to read DARK PREDATOR, mainly because I had read another bloggers review of this book and she trashed it. She trashed it in such a way that it made me think that I was going to have serious issues with this book. However, I eventually read DARK PREDATOR because while I love how thought out this blogger reviews books, I rarely agree with her. If she's egging me on to read a book saying she loved it, I read it and it's a DNF for me. If she hates a book, I don't mind it. But ...more
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
Nov 25, 2011 A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol) rated it really liked it
Shelves: gso-library
Zacarias De La Cruz is a Carpathian, one who is a creature of the night, feeds off blood and is a shapeshifter. Those of his race that succumb to the evil of killing when they feed become the hated vampire and the prey of the hunter Zacarias. A hunter who has not found his lifemate must struggle everyday not to turn into that which he hunts. Zacarias has been a hunter for over a 1,000 years and has put aside the notion of ever finding a mate. Those with no mate lose the ability to see in color ...more
Sep 08, 2011 Kaye620 rated it liked it
I’ve been a fan of CF’s for a while. I have to say that this was the least favorite of the series for me. I thought Z’s cave man reactions were often abusive and that M allowed him to get away with too much. I get the fact that Z is so close to turning and that he is more animal than man. I get that M’s gift is being able to calm animals and how that talent would be such an asset for Z.

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Barbara ★
Thousand year old Zacarias De La Cruz is on the verge of turning vampire and has no emotions and feels absolutely nothing for anyone, even his family and rather than force his family to hunt him down and kill him, he has decided to do the honorable thing and face the dawn. Unfortunately Marguarita Fernandez (his property manager, of a sort) is compelled to save his life. Afterward she mistakenly assumes he awoke vampire and calls in the hunters to kill him, while running for her life. Of course, ...more
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
Zacarias de la Cruz is the oldest in the de la Cruz brothers and the most powerful. He also has the darkest soul, tattered in shreds due to centuries of killing his own kind. This was a very long book. Maguarita is from a long line of humans raised to defend the de la Cruz. She's sacrificed quite a bit already to protect them. She's also naturally gifted with animals. So we know she is psychically gifted which means she's a suitable lifemate for Zacarias.

The story basically goes like this.

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