Dark Dreamers (Dirk & Steele #4)
She’s known him since she was fifteen. Every night, he is with her: his face, his voice. Tonight, Sara Marten will meet the man who is both angel and demon, salvation and temptation: Falcon—the Carpathian, the banished hero. Tonight, Sara will meet the dark-eyed destroyer destined to be her mate.
A DREAM OF STONE & SHADOW
Marjorie M. Liu
I am really tired of the Carpathian stories. The story lines themselves are interesting. The premise is good, although I think that the Carpathians have too many powers. Things are just too easy for them. However, the writing is what is really irritating me. I don't like all the "I cannot having you hurting yourself in any way. You cannot fight me; there is no way to do so." The way the Carpathians talk is distracting. "Her steadfast courage a ...more
The book tells of a Carpathian race that is immortal yet can be killed. They drink blood for nourishment, yet share among each other through transfusions, not killing for it... If after 1500 or so years a male Carpathian does not find a human life mate then he becomes dark and evi ...more
The second story, "A Dream of Sone and Shadow" while OK, was a little too dark and depressing for me. Child porn rings, witches who repeatedly cut out peoples hearts to feed on, ick.
Firstly Dark Dream by Christine Feehan's, as usual this lady does not disappoint. It was her usual amazing well written world, with carpathian male near turning, who finds his lifemate and after an exciting time of fighting a master vampire, they live happily e ...more
Dark Dream by Feehan was great. Sara Marten found a diary written in an unknown language at age 15 while on an archaelogical dig with her parents. Shortly thereafter, a vampire breaks in an kills her whole family. Sara escapes because she is hiding in a closet, translating the diary which fascinates her. She spends the next 9 years, running from the vampire. Sara has the ability to get images from objects she touches and she forms a bond with the writer of the di ...more
This first, Dark Dream by Christine Feehan brings us the srory of Falcon and Sara and is one of the most enjoyable of the Dark series in my opinion. Possibly due to shorter form of novel, many of the things that can annoy Feehan's readers, including the excess of arrogance of the Carpathian male, the coyness of the woman and the sometime ...more
This contains two stories (novellas), one by Christine Feehan, and one by Marjorie M. Liu. First, I was less than impressed with the Feehan story.
What should have taken me a morning to finish took almost two days. I know her Carpathians are loved, and she’s hugely popular, but this is this first I’ve read from her. I can’t say I’ll be rushing out to buy another.
I found the story and the characters beyond cheesy. I actually chuckled when not once, but twice, so ...more
Over 1500 years pass before the writings are found by archaeologists, Sara Marten ...more
Witnessing a vampires evil, the being hunted by that vampire for 15 years, left Sara Marten more aware than most humans of what can be. Having her own dark angel to help her through the traumatic events in her life even if it was just an image to hold in her mind, words to hold in her heart, she was able to eluded that evil. The words had been written centuries ago, Falcon never realized they had the power to help anyone but himself. Find ...more
I actually liked this little novella better than all the previous offerings in this series, although it was only half as long. The characters were more likeable and there was more action.
Falcon is, as of this writing, now my favorite male character in this series. One of my issues with some of these guys has been their propensity to play sinful omission games with the females as a manipulative device while still insisting they ca ...more
Sara has been pursued by a vampire for her whole life. She has psychi ...more
1.Vamp meets girl.
2.Girl freaks out.
3.Vamp kidnaps girl for her own protection because there's always some bigger badder vamp around.
4.She complains. He bites. Eventually she develops Stockholm Syndrome and can't live without him. Literally.
Ah well, onto Marjorie M Liu!
Her story, A Dream of Sto ...more
Out of all of the Carpathian novels, this is my favorite - they were already a couple before they ever met in p ...more
I bought this book for the Marjorie Liu story, "A Dream of Stone and Shadow", which is the only one I've read. (I already have the Feehan story in another anthology and read it long ago.)
This is a lovely little story. Well, the baddies are totally icky and deserve everything they get, but the main characters are great.
I like Aggie and I love Charlie. For such a short story, his character and strength come through clearly (can I have a Charlie of my ...more
Carpathian Series #7 - Sara Marten has been pursued since she was 15 by a vampire who has killed everyone she's ever loved... now she's met someone else supernatural. A lot of cute talk about nobility and bravery, etc. The storyline of the Carpathians is signifigantly more compelling than Sara and Falcon are.
Dirk & Steele #4 - Same kind of deal. One does want to know a litte more abou ...more
But the winner is Marjorie M. Liu - Her story "A Dream of Stone & Shadow" is the first I have read of gargoyles, save I think for one other character in another anthology, but wasn't a ...more
Thank goodness for a strong female that is mat ...more
I found both Sara and Falcon believable and emotionally easy to connect with, they didn't seem as cardboard ...more
Liu's story, on the other hand, was excellent - 4 stars. While it also relates to a series (which I have read), it is really composed of stand alone books and ...more
As for Marjorie M. Liu's story, I was caught off guard by it, and pleasantly so. Her world where beings of myth are reinvented (gargoyles as demon hunters? Yes, please!) and the paranormal is normal to those of Dirk and Steele is a wond ...more
I like to read a series in order even whe ...more