Dark Curse (Dark, #19)
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Dark Curse (Dark #19)

4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  8,852 ratings  ·  227 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
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published September 4th 2008 by Piatkus (first published September 2nd 2008)
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Julie (jjmachshev)
Sep 05, 2008 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Sep 11, 2008 Heather rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
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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
Pat Cromwell
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
More like 3.5 stars.

In Dark Curse, we find Nicholas, one of the smokin' hot De La Cruz brothers, literally in his last moments before turning vampire. It is only when he can hold out no longer that he sees Lara, an ice cave expert and finds his lifemate. But Lara is not just anyone...as one of the children of Razvan, she is Mage, Dragonseeker, and human, and her childhood was filled with abuse and pain at the hands of the Carpathians greatest enemy, Xavier.

This story was a little different from...more
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
Jane (PS)
Loved it! Just loved it! Can't wait for the next one... Thank heavens I already have it! :)
Mishel Zabala
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...more
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...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...more
Lolita de libros
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...more
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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
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Randy Daugherty
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...more
Lauren Simpson
Feehan has created such an amazing world and characters that I love learning more and more about. This story reveals more of the mage's dark plot to destroy the Carpathians and also touches on woman's rights to fight in battle.

I enjoy with these books that amongst a love story you are also getting further info on the history of the species and old characters you've grown to love pop in giving you updates on their progress. The camaraderie amongst the characters is amazing and in each story the t...more
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One of the best Carpathian books in quite a while. I like when Feehan includes characters we've met before in her stories. This was a very enjoyable read.
This is one of my favorites of all of the "Dark" series by Ms. Feehan. Why? Because Laura reminds me so much of myself! She has escaped certain conditions, and fully intends to take care of herself from here on out - and then finds she needs some one to help her.
Like most of Ms. Feehan's female leads, Laura has special circumstances. Unlike some, she is fully aware of who and what she is, although she is not necessarily pleased to be herself.
In the course of her life, Laura has had some VERY bad...more
Ok...1st of the Carpathians novels I tried and I decided to give it a go because the lead character had the same name as me (which I still can't decide if that was something I dug or not :). Anyway, I got almost all the way through and then my willpower gave out to the next book I had on my to-read list. There was a lot I was able to get into in this story, but it ended up losing me with too much blah blah blah and not enough action. I got so sick of hearing how scarred the main character was of...more
Man, the Dark books are becoming plot-tastic! Who'd have thunk that this far into the series, the plot would pick up rather than peter out. The earlier books largely stood on their own, introducing the Carpathian world, but mainly just telling the stories of the individual couples coming together. Now? Plots are continuing from book to book, becoming more intense and more intriguing. Honestly, I think the books are getting better because of it.

This book was Lara and Nicholas' story. The De La C...more
What can I say? When I started reading the Carpathians series many years ago, I thought the books were exciting, very hot and original. The idea of one of these dark, almost lost hunters being saved by me and him living his life for me, well, any girl would be interested! And those moving, worshipful love scences were yum! But while the storyline continues, the series has gotten old for me and the books extremely predictable. I'm now sick of these haunted, strong CAVEMEN predictably fighting the...more
As a big fan of the Carpathian books it really pains me to say that I didn't find this book as enjoyable as some of the others. The addition of a lot of magic rituals got confusing, the ice cave descriptions had me going around in circles. The spiders seem like they're strong enough to take over the world.

Nicholas's personality wasn't strong enough and Lara although intriguing in her childhood traumas and current problems wasnt as strong as it could have been if the years in between had been b...more
This is a Vampire story - I seem to be reading a lot of these at the moment! - and I enjoyed it for the most part. Lara's background is quite horrific and Feehan plays out the repercussions of such horror throughout this novel instead of glossing over them.

The best thing about the novel is the relationship between the two characters, although I was a bit taken aback at some of the scenes.

The worst thing about the novel was the Women's Rights vs Men's Role as Protector aspect. I'm not a militant...more
Mar 16, 2011 Anna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Dark Series readers
I am pretty stingy with my 5 star reviews. I like most books I read, because if I really hate them, I don't finish . . . I move on to other books because there are so many out there. And after all, 5 stars means "amazing."

Dark Curse is the 19th story in Christine Feehan's Dark series. This is the part of the reason I give this book 5 stars. How does she keep the stories and characters so compelling?

Lara is our heroine in this book, and she has a tortured past. (remember, all these books have DA...more
Aisha Oaktree
Now i know I have made my feelings clear about some of the men and the women in this series. Some I have loved, some I liked, some I couldn't wait to walk away from, some I was glad didn't exist in this plane of existence at all.

This story however had it all, it had magic, women's rituals that looked as if Christine peeked into a pagan gathering and copied everything down; mates who willing to work with their women, and some seriously hot love scenes. This time even though the characters are ma...more
Andrea Hussey
**plot spoilers**
I just couldn’t get into this as I did the others. I was immediately interested in the stories of Gregori and Julian right off the bat, but this story I just thought was weird. The aunts, her abilities, the underground world . . . it just held no appeal to me. I felt like I had descended into a ScFy movie. This shouldn’t have even been a part of the Dark series.
The whole “my father and great-grandfather bite me” thing was seriously disturbing.
I was on pg. 4 and already the repet...more
Centuries of fighting vampires left Nicolas De La Cruz ready to meet the dawn (end his existence) after completing one more task for his family, his prince and his people. With his darkness close, he finally heard the voice that could save him and his soul, as Lara Calladine stabbed a knife in his side to get him off her. She had come to the Carpathian Mountains to finally deal with her childhood nightmares and find the only family she ever knew. The Aunts had always been there telling her stori...more
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan has over 40 novels published, including four series. Each of her four series has hit #1 on the NY Times. Her debut novel Dark Prince received 3 of the 9 Paranormal Excellence Awards in Romantic Literature for 1999. Since then she has been published by Leisure Books, Pocket Books, and currently is writing for Berkley/Jove. She also has earned 7...more
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