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Dark Curse (Dark #19)

4.30  ·  Rating Details  ·  11,309 Ratings  ·  268 Reviews
Born into a world of ice, and slave to her evil father, Lara Calladine knew only paralyzing fear as a child—and escaping with her mysterious gifts unbroken would be the only way to survive her great Carpathian heritage as a Dragonseeker. Human, yet mage, she was of the blood of three species yet belonged to none. She walked her chosen path alone, guided by the wisdom of he ...more
Paperback, 397 pages
Published September 4th 2008 by Piatkus (first published September 2nd 2008)
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4 Breaking Free Stars

First read Sept. 2012 Reread February 17, 2016


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"I know very little about your traditions or culture. Just stories my aunts told me when I was a child, but no matter what you've done to tie us together, know this: I don't know you. I don't love you. I don't care anything at all about you. I spent the first years of my life a prisoner and I will never- never-allow anyone to imprison me again. If you try to take anything from me by force, if you try to break my will
Julie (jjmachshev)
Sep 05, 2008 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Carpathian fans
Shelves: 2008-reads
Let me first say that Feehan's 'Dark' series is akin to literary crack for me. I just can't stop reading them! I agree that her books have become very predictable, yet I still love those Carpathian dudes. I want one for myself. Anyway, I picked up "Dark Curse" which is #16 I believe. If you've read one, you know the story. He's a tortured hero who's ready to give up his soul to the dark when suddenly...he hears the voice of his lifemate and is saved. He quickly falls under her spell, and now he ...more

4.25 stars

This definitely wasn't my favorite Dark series book, but I did like it better than the last one I read (Dark Celebration). The romance worked pretty well for me. Nicolas came on too strong and controlling at first, which did not mix well with Lara's traumatic past. But he found out in a frightening way, that he needed to respect her freedom or she mentally/emotionally would fall apart. Once he understood that, he was a wonderful lifemate, though he still had a very dominant, at-times a
Sep 11, 2008 Heather rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Carpathian Fans
First off, I LOVE The Carpathians! I know that these guys are almost always overbearing, controlling and bossy... but I still think they are sooooo sexy! Yum! This story about Nicholas and Lara is no exception.

Lara is part mage/dragonseeker/carpathian and as a child is kept captive by her evil grandfather Xavier and her "evil" father Razvan. These two baddies have made an appearance in quite a few (if not all, I dont remember) of the Dark books. They use Lara for her blood as often as possible
Este es el segundo libro que leo de la saga de los carpatianos. Como ya mencioné en la reseña de “Lobo Oscuro”, esta saga puedes ser intimidante pues cuenta con más de 26 libros (y la autora sigue publicando más), así que si no saben nada de los carpatianos y quieren leer este libro, les aconsejo que se busquen un wiki o blog (los hay por montones) en donde les expliquen más a fondo sobre las características de este pueblo.

Una vez dicho esto, la verdad es que la historia se enfoca en la relación
Aug 23, 2008 Inky rated it liked it
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May 08, 2016 Natalia815 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: oscura
Esta saga siempre da una de cal y otra de arena. El anterior no me gusto mucho. Este me ha gustado bastante, empezando por la protagonista. Daba pena leer como lo tuvo que pasar en su infancia. En cuanto a Nicolas, pues como todos los carpatianos de la saga, son adorables, pero cuando se ponen en modo macho alfa me sacan un poco de quicio.

La trama central que llevamos arrastrando durante varios libros me gusta mucho. En breve leeré el siguiente. Me llama mucho la atención la historia de los dos
This is one of my favorite 'dark' books. Nicolas was delightfully dominant and arrogant in the vein of the earlier Carpathian heroes. He was softened just enough by his heroine but kept that core bad assness that I love so much in a PNR series, but he had his struggles.

The uber cave-alpha versus more modern open-minded hero is all about reader preference. I respect that Feehan has tried to give all her readers heroes they can root for. It's like any series, some heroes will do it for certain peo
Pat Cromwell
Feb 12, 2009 Pat Cromwell rated it really liked it
Another hard cover that was worth the money. I felt so sorry for Lara. Her story is the 2nd of the series that made me friggin cry. If you read previous reviews, you know the first was Lucian and Jax's story. I felt so bad for this girl I could not think straight. I was so overcome when Lara and her aunt my girl Natalyia discovered the truth about Lara's father! I read the book and saw so many sequels. Daark Curse has breathe new life into this series. There are so many possibilities and sequels ...more
Nicolas De La Cruz has come back to the Carpathian mountains to deliver a serious message to Mikhail Dubrinsky, the prince of the Carpathian people. The De La Cruz brothers have discovered a terrible plot against their people and the prince, and must get word to him and the other Carpathian hunters to remain vigilant. Once he has delivered his message, Nicolas has every intention of meeting the dawn and ending his life. He has been living in an emotionless, colorless world for many centuries, an ...more
Feb 15, 2009 Jodi rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook
I used to love this series until I grew disenchanted with the whole Alpha male must provide smothering to his mate to keep the species alive. Yeah, I know it's protection not smothering, but it amounts to the same thing. This is a complicated story that had some redeeming qualities and since I haven't read this series in a while, I didn't know the entire cast of characters. But this was an audio and I was annoyed because the readers didn't know the cast of characters either so their voices, with ...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
I tried, I really did. For the audio books listening challenge I wanted to start a series and get sucked in. However, its kind of embarrassing but I was at the gym, forcing myself to listen to this book and by chapter 5 I was muttering 'for Christ's sake' and shutting it off and my workout buddy was laughing at me...'another bomb? she says'. Yeah. Between the 'old, wise' Carpathian warriors arguing ad nauseum about letting their 'little women' go into battle, the endless foreign language passage ...more
Jane (PS)
Mar 29, 2011 Jane (PS) rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Just loved it! Can't wait for the next one... Thank heavens I already have it! :)
Mishel Zabala
Mar 05, 2010 Mishel Zabala rated it liked it
I have a lot of respect and admiration for Ms. Feehan. I owe my entire love for paranormal/fantasy/romance in general to her. I remember browsing through Barnes & Noble years ago and stumbling into the romance section. I never read romance before because I was just never into sex in books and I suppose the old school covers with the hero and heroine completely turned me off. I must have been mighty bored on that trip because I found myself walking down the romance aisle. I came across a numb ...more
When she was a child, Lara's father Razvan and grandfather Xavier (the big bad dark mage), used her as a food supply. It was only thanks to her two great aunts that she managed to escape her icy prison, and she swore to herself she would never be a prisoner again...And no one would take her blood without her consent.

Well, 19 years later her promise comes to a test, when she restores Nicolas De La Cruz's emotions and colors, thus becoming his lifemate. And lifemates don't shy away from donating b
Jul 05, 2009 Karyn rated it it was amazing
I know when i reviewed Dark Secret i said i probably wouldn't like any of the South American Carpathian men because Rafael was just so obnoxious to me, but i think Nicolas more or less redeems all the brothers in this one. Eventually.

The prologue itself got me completely involved in the book and with Lara. I've been looking forward to reading more on Razvan, Xavier and the past between the mages and the Carpathians, and this book added a lot to that story.

Nicolas is here to tell Mikhail about an
May 24, 2011 Mskychick rated it really liked it
I first read this on 5/24/11, and I really didn't like it then. I re-read it in April 2012, after winning it in an online contest. I thought I was getting a Carpathian novel that I hadn't read it before, but when I received it and started reading it, I realized right away that I had read it already. Since I got it for free, I decided I might as well read it again. I'm not sure why I didn't like it the first time, because I really appreciated it this time around. I seem to either love or hate the ...more
Nicholas has come to confess the DeLaCruz's sins to Mikhail and to tell him of the shadow world of vampires that are looking to cross back... he plans to talk with Mikhail, and then seek the light... he knows he is too dark...

Lara, a cave explorer, has glimpses into the terrors of her childhood and slight memories of two aunts trapped in ice... and she is looking for the ice caves of her dreams - finally making it to Carpathian mountains... she almost believes her memories are only fantasy, and
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well... as for all her books, there is so much emotional descriptive fluff, that sometimes i skip a couple pages to get to the point. If it were consistant I wouldn't mind, but she will be nondescriptive of actions, it isn't as visual.

I don't need 3 pages to tell me about every muscle that ripped through each of them when CF could have just said in so many words... He pissed her off because he was so bossy. I think I can visualize that instead of being walked through sllloooowwwwlllyyyy... see j
Sep 29, 2008 Tasha rated it did not like it
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Great addition to the Dark Series. We first saw Lara in a vision as a child in Dark Demon, along with two dragons. This story gives was a great way to not only prepare us for Razvan's story, but clears the way for two other stories. I really enjoyed the the turn around in attitude for Nicholas De La Cruz. I love a strong Alpha male, and the De La Cruz brothers definitely deliver, however, it is important to a story for the male to understand when his behavior hinders the relationship. And the br ...more
Nichola connor
Nov 24, 2011 Nichola connor rated it really liked it
i have recently finished this series and thoroughly enjoyed it although some of the characters where much more prominant and likeable than others.Gregori who is the great carpathian healer and prince mikhail 2nd in command and also becomes his son-in-law marrying the princes daughter savannah hes crabby bad tempered proud and above all loyal to his prince and the carparthian way of life,I have to say that he was my favourite character throughout the series. I would definately recommend this seri ...more
Wiction Craft
Sep 06, 2009 Wiction Craft rated it liked it
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Love this series

Love Feehan's writing

Love the main characters
My Secret Book Spot
Mar 17, 2015 My Secret Book Spot rated it it was amazing
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Dark Curse by Christine Feehan
5 out of 5 Stars

This is the 19th book in the Dark Series about the Carpathian race. Ms. Feehan has developed an amazing world, and if you love fantasy novels, then please read this series. Don't start with this book, since there are so many things you will feel lost about, but this is my favorite so far in the series. I can't wait to get caught up with the others. This is the story of Lara and Nicolas. We first met Lara during a flashback in the book about Natalya a
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เลมทีสิบเกาแลวละคะ เรืองราวของนิโคลัส เดอลาครูซ ซึงเดินทางมาจากอเมริกาใตเพือแจงขาวสำคัญใหกับมิาอิล ผูนำของชาวคารพาเธียนทราบถึงแผนการกบฎทีรวมมือกันระหวางแวมไพร และพีนองตระกูลแมรินอฟ แตในระหวางการเดินทางเขาไดพบกับลารา คัลลาดิน หญิงสาวผูมีอดีตอันลึกลับ

ชีวิตในชวงเกือบสิบปีแรกของลาราเตมไปดวยความเจบปวด เธอถูกผูเปนบิดาซึงรับใชพอมดชัวรายดืมเลือดและทรมาน ดวยความชวยเหลือจากผูเปนปา (จริง ๆ แลวเปนยา เพราะเปนนองสาวของปู) ชวยเหลือจนหนีออกไปไดสำเรจ ลาราใชชีวิตทีเหลือคนหาความจริงเกียวกับชีวิตในวัยเดกของเธอเอง แ
Judith Parra
Aug 31, 2014 Judith Parra rated it it was amazing
SPOILERS!!! Dark Curse is the story of Nicolas De La Cruz and Lara Calladine. Let me just say that I LOVED the character Lara. Boy was she strong and a worthy lifemate to Nicolas who learns quickly to value her strength and character. Lara Calladine is the Razvan's daughter and niece to Natalya. Lara spent most of her early life in the ice caves of the dark mage Xavier. She was more or less raised, protected and sheltered by (as much as they could) by Branislava, Tatijana and Razvan....whenever ...more
Randy Daugherty
May 27, 2014 Randy Daugherty rated it liked it
Nicolas De La Cruz has been a hunter for more years than he can count, he is tired of the life, of all the death and wishes to end it, so this mission to find the conspiracy that threatens their prince is perfect, he can end his life far from his brothers and not bring them shame. He has long given up his thought of finding his life mate, the woman who would fall in love with him instantly and do as he wished and who over the years he would come to love.
Lara Calladine is the worlds leading exper
I might get back to this...
For now DNF.
Nov 02, 2015 Camita rated it it was amazing
Dark Curse by Christine Feehan is the story about Nicholas De La Cruz and Lara. After being held in captivity for so long as a child, Lara escapes from Xavier with the help of her aunts. When she grows up, she returns to the region to find and free her aunts. She meets Nicholas who immediately binds her to him as his lifemate. The relationship between Nicholas and Lara was interesting. It also had its humorous moments. Nicholas' he-man tactics did not work on Lara and she often explained to him ...more
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“Nicolas didn’t want the couple there. It was petty of him and made him feel ashamed and even stupid that he wanted more time alone with Lara. He had always been so self-assured, but now he feared losing her, feared she would leave him—or stay with him because of the lifemate bond, but never find it in her heart to love him.” 0 likes
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