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A New York Times Bestselling AuthorPrince of the Night. He came to her in the night, a predator - strength and power chiseled his features. The seduction was deep and elemental; he affected her soul. She craved the dangerous force of his body - and he had only touched her with his mind. Lady of the Light. She came to him at dawn, his bleakest hour. As the beast raged insid ...more
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Published June 21st 2004 by Wheeler Publishing (Large Print) (first published March 8th 1999)
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Kat Kennedy
Once upon a time there was a young woman with a dream. A dream that women the world over could live in freedom as equals. That they would have the right that many women have been denied for hundreds of years, possibly more - to live healthy, happy lives with partners who love and respect them and provide for their needs.

Then that young woman read Dark Prince - and her dreams were shattered.

Actually, this is all a lie because that young woman, the woman writing this review (yes! It is I!) didn't
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Bark's Book Nonsense
Narrator: Juanita Parker
Length: 12.5 hours
Published by Books In Motion, December 2005

How to Woo Your Life Mate by Mikhail Dubrinsky Leader of the Carpathians

1. Never call her by her given name. Always call her “Little One”. It makes her feel special.

2. Lurk outside her window in your animal form and admire her bum with your dark, burning eyes. You have super powers for a reason. Use them.

3. Infect her dreams and mind-molest her. If she says “no” do what you want anyway. Women love it when you t
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Beth F.
Several years back, I was working for one of the largest banks in the country. My office was about a block away from the Sears Tower in downtown Chicago, right in the middle of the financial district. One morning, I arrived at work to find two preventative maintenance men in the elevator bank. One of them was a Blue Collar God. Not even kidding. He stood out beautifully amidst all the other pasty cube-dwellers with their spare tires and beady little banker eyes. He was rough around the edges in ...more
Julianna
May 15, 2010 Julianna rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Only Fans of the Author
Recommended to Julianna by: Julie (jjmachshev) Anderson
Reviewed for THC Reviews
"2.5 stars" In all honesty, I had been looking forward to trying Christine Feehan's books for quite some time, so the fact that Dark Prince did not resonate with me, is incredibly disappointing. I freely admit that perhaps my expectations were too high. The positive ratings for Ms. Feehan's books seem to far outweigh the negative, and I've seen many paranormal romance fans rave about her stories and hold them up as being among the best and brightest that the genre has to
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
When I try to evaluate this book, I close my eyes and picture old-fashioned weighing scales. On the left, is the negative aspect about this novel. On the right, the positives will be measured.

The negative
Truly, there was only one. My only real complaint was this:
I've noticed that Ms. Feehan will use very long sentences, and as many words as possible in most sentences to convey her story. She will write things repetitively, instead of just once (although I think a lot of authors have this tenden
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Kisholi
Thanks to a quarter-life crisis that has left me bereft of the simple pleasure of enjoying a good book, I've been relegated to flipping through comics and smut romances in an effort to distract myself from the general tragedy that is my life. While most of them have been reasonably bad, I have not felt compelled to write a review about any of them.

That said, Dark Prince being the first in the Carpathian Series was so very laughable that I find myself rising from the gloom if only to warn others
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Julie (jjmachshev)
This was the book that started by Carpathian addiction. Christine Feehan's "Dark Prince" was so very different from the normal romance novel back in 1999. Her Alphas could write the book on Alpha behavior and their love for their mates is the stuff of dreams. If you've never read one of her books, then I can't recommend "Dark Prince" highly enough...especially is you are a paranormal romance fan. If heroes who literally NEED their heroines and will do anything to lure, attain, and keep their her ...more
LibraryLass
Ok, well um what can I say... This series has been recommended so many times I think I hyped it up in my mind. I was not disappointed but I didn't love it as much as BDB or Immortals after dark series.


MILD SPOILER ALERT!!!
Another reviewer had a couple of negatives which I agree with... 1. The book seemed to start too fast with no real background to the Carpathians OR Raven. It made it harder to connect to them. 2. The fact there was no angst whatsoever about Mikhail changing Raven when so much h
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Jess the Romanceaholic
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Patrícia
Simply awful.

I have nothing against paranormal romances. I've read quite a few, although I generally prefer urban fantasy/mystery books with some romance.

I had heard such good things about Christine Feehan I thought I'd give her books a try. Unfortunately, I couldn't make myself finish this, and I did try. Really. I almost got through it, but ultimately gave up.

The story isn't particularly original... unless you consider the fact that Feehan probably came up with this plotline in the first place
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Tilly Slaton
Christine Feehan was bold and daring when she created the Dark series.

Published in 1999, Dark Prince won several awards, including Best New Author for Paranormal Romance and Best Shape-shifter. Christine Feehan brought to life a world of never-ending twists and dramatic and breath-holding moments that will leave you pushing all of those wonderful chores aside until you have finished the book!

The Dark series is centered around an immortal species, the Carpathians. Shapeshifting, magic throbbing,
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D.G.
Finally! I cannot tell you how happy I am to finish this book. Instead of 10 hours, the audiobook felt like it was twice as long and I had it in 2x speed for most of it.

I can imagine that when this book came out in 1999, it was fresh and groundbreaking. If I had read it back there, I would have definitely been intrigued. But as a 2011 PNR reader, I can only tell you that this book bored me beyond tears and I couldn't stand the dumb characters and an overwrought dialogue that would go on and on r
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Kelly
Christine Feehan’s first novel, Dark Prince, was first released in 1999 and has now been re-released in a new “Author’s Cut Special Edition.” I recently had the opportunity to read it. I knew it was one of the early paranormal romances that had shaped the subgenre and its tropes. If I’m not mistaken, this may be the first instance of lifemates who not only don’t want to, but physically can’t be unfaithful to each other once they forge their mystical bond. Another example is “sequel bait”: the he ...more
Sheree
Apr 29, 2009 Sheree rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sheree by: Alaine
Call me old fashioned, call me a sucker, call me a soft touch, I just loved this paranormal love story and I fell in love (& lust) with the Carpathian males.

Mikhail Dubrinsky, Prince of the Carpathians, impossibly arrogant but tempered with a vulnerability that had me emotionally invested in his story.
Raven Whitney, human, gifted telepath and emotionally & physically depleted from tracking the twisted mental paths of serial killers. Raven has escaped to the Carpathian mountains to heal,
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Alaine
Christine Feehan where have you been all my life? This book was fantastic! It was so good, that I was listening to it on audio but I wanted to read it faster so I went and bought the paperback copy.

"I am a Carpathian male, long in the world of darkness. It is true that I feel very little, that my nature revels in the hunt, in the kill. To overcome the wild beast, we have to find our one half, our other half, the light to our darkness." The Carpathians are not vampires but if they don't find thei
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TJ
After reading this book, first in the Carpathian series, I understand why so many are complaining about the uber-alpha problem the men seem to have. At first I was very uncomfortable with Mikhail, he was scarily intense (can we say stalker, anyone?) but as I continued reading, Feehan explained the behavior well enough that I not only understood but kind of enjoyed reading about this intriguing race of men she has created. The plot fits together nicely with enough suspense to keep one on the edge ...more
Kat  Hooper
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

Mikhail Dubrinsky is the leader of the Carpathians, a powerful race that is dying out due to lack of females. Raven Whitney, a human, is vacationing in the Carpathian Mountains after using her telepathic skills to help catch a serial killer. Raven senses Mikhail’s distress and the two of them realize they have a connection to each other. Raven may be the life mate that Mikhail thought he’d never find and she represents hope for the Carpathians.

Ugh. I reall
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Katie
An extended rape fantasy metaphor for people into abusive relationships, constructed by repeatedly copying and pasting cliched phrases.

But I owe this book a debt of gratitude, I suppose. I need things to listen to on my commute. I download them from my library's Overdrive collection. Selection can be limited, and I generally have a rule that I won't listen to something that I think I'm likely to read on paper, because I miss stuff when I listen. This book has finally convinced me to ditch that r
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Liv
It was truly a torture to read through this book. Admittedly, this was my first Christine Feehan book so it took me sometime to adjust to her style of writing and getting used to the premise/setting etc. However, having finished this book, I can honestly say that it just didn't work for me and in fact bothered me quite a bit.

Normally I love having a hot and sexy guy in the story, and sometimes I wouldn't even mind him being somewhat bossy and arrogant. However, Mikhail, the male protagonist in t
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Lou
The Carpathian Prince is charismatic, attractive, powerful and a sexy being(or is that me! lol). Intense and descriptive story, Feehan places you in the moment and you feel the intensity and passion with her choice of words. Dark and hypnotic sensuality beware!
There is a need for breeding, he is in need of a life-mate. Can one women Raven be the life-mate The Carpathian has been waiting 100's of years for and the person to preserve the Carpathian's bloodline.

'I claim you as my life-mate!' no not
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SamJ ★Needs a HEA★
★Book Basics★

Genre : - Paranormal Romance
Series : - Book 1 of The Dark Series about the Carpathian Race.
Writing - Third Person Dual POV
Main Characters : Raven Whitney, American psychic who in the past has used her talents to track down serial killers at great cost to herself. On holiday in the Carpathian Mountains to recover after tracking a particularly depraved mind.
Mikhail Dubrinksy, Prince of the Carpathians, a species of immortals, who need blood to survive and cannot be out in Sunlight.
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Becky
(Carpathians,#1) What a disappointment! The story is simple with Mikhail Dubrinsky, Carpathian Prince, desperately trying to make Raven Whitney, telepathic human, understand that she is his lifemate. The Carpathian way-of-life was different and refreshing, but the dialogue was too repetitious and the characters were not developed enough. Unfortunately, Mikhail didn’t do it for me… I was much more entranced by Jacques and especially Gregori.
Kathrynn
Dec 24, 2007 Kathrynn rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Paranormal Romance Fans
Book #1 in Carpathian Series and the book that started it all! Mikhail and Raven were two wonderful characters that kick start this series. They both turn up as supporting characters in several books later in the series. Hot!

Hanife
Bu kitabı okuyacağım diye diye bir hal oldum :d Çoğu kişiden güzel yorumlar duydum ama okumak bugüne kısmetmiş. Kitabı ben beğendim :d Ne kadar beğendiğimi karıştırmayın zor beğenenin teki oldum son günlerde :) Ama hoştu :d Baş karakterimizin hal tavır korumacılık ve sevgi gösterileri insanın içini eriticek cinsten :) Kızdaki özgürlük takıntısı beni çıldırttı :d Kızım be güzel yavrum bulmuşun dalyan gibi karpatyalı koruyucu kollayıcı seven sevilen bir adam :D Bulmuştu buluyor bu nesil heheyt :D ...more
Erin (*is in a reviewing slump*)

Mikhail Dubrinsky, an ancient Carpathian, prince of his people, is stopped from seeking the dawn when the voice of his natural life mate, Raven Whitney, interrupts his thoughts telepathically. The Carpathians are a race of superior beings who drink blood to survive, have to stay out of the sun, can shape shift, and possess great powers. To avoid turning into the dreaded vampire, a soulless monster who feels nothing but rabid joy when it slaughters and must be destroyed by its own kind, the male
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~J~ Riverina Romantics
I give this 3.5 stars.

I am a bit undecided with Dark Prince.
It was my first Christine Feehan read - and her style of writing is very different to what I am used to. At times I found it hard trying to determine which character was explaining the scene.

The love scenes were extremely passionate, which I think can swing readers two ways. You are either enthrawled and loving the compolsion of their romance or feeling like the passion is more about possession and obsession - which is how I felt.

Mich
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Sasha
OMG, Christine Feehan sucks. Big time. But, to be fair - if you are into purple prose regarding vampire-like "Carpathians" who stalk their human, female "lifemates" and ritually exchange blood and other bodily fluids with them - then this series is for you. Especially if you are looking for doggie style sex scenes with that ritual blood exchange.

I read a review of this series that said the books were so bad that I felt compelled to read and find out for myself. The review I read was too nice. I
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Dee
This was one of the first books I read in this genre back in early 2010, needless to say I became hooked!

Went on to read again in April 2011 and now in process of re-reading the whole series again over the next few months - June 2013


I gave this ★★★★ back in April 2011 and still rating it ★★★★ in June 2013.....Looking forward to getting stuck into the rest of the series but gonna take my time as it is a long series and I also have a yearning to re-visit other series that I also read back in 20
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Linds
There's a line in romance between creating an alpha male character and creating a domineering bully and Christine Feehan created the latter.

Also the dialogue is just....not good. It's stilted, unnatural, and has too much exposition in it.

I looked at the following books in the series and they have higher rating then this book so I will probably try out a few more because I do love a good vampire pnr, but I just wasn't a fan of this one.
Stacey Espino
Not a quick read. Very descriptive and detailed...in a good way. The relationship between the main characters is strong, but constantly tested. Great love scenes and examination of emotion. I really liked the Carpathians and their powers and look forward to the rest of the series!
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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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“The trouble is not really in being alone, it's being lonely. One can be lonely in the midst of a crowd, don't you think?” 328 likes
“-She is like the wind, open and free. If I cage the wind, would it die?
-Then don't cage it, Mikhail. Trust it to stay beside you.”
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