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Dark Prince (Dark Saga #1)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  35,072 ratings  ·  1,699 reviews
Carpathians are an immortal race of beings with animal instincts. Every Carpathian male is drawn to his life mate: a Carpathian or human female able to provide the light to his darkness. Without her, the beast within slowly consumes the man until turning vampire is the only option.' Raven Whitney is a psychic who has used her gift to help the police track down a serial kil ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 447 pages
Published April 5th 2005 by Leisure Books (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
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
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
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
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
May 15, 2010 Julianna rated it 2 of 5 stars
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
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
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
I don't like giving up on books, but there are often good reasons for me to do that, either the book just doesn’t work for me at the moment or the book just doesn’t work at all for me. For me was this book the later on and I read about 100 pages before I decided to throw in the towel. This book just didn’t work for me mainly because the main character Mikhail just made me mad. I can’t stand a character that is so annoying to read about, from his Raven in his woman nobody shall touch her attitude ...more
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.

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
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
Jess the Romanceaholic
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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,
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
From November 2014: (updates below)

Holy Moly!!! I have been a reader of romance since I was about 12 years old -- which means I have been reading romance novels for 35 years!) and this novel, plus the next one which I read as well, have gotten me so hyped up! lol

Amazing! HOT! Beautiful descriptions and language. Suspenseful. Intriguing. So freaking sexy and romantic!!!
I will now probably be sequestered in my room, reading the rest of the series, for weeks to come. lol
I am very glad I didn't pay
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,
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
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
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
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
Melissa ***BITCH, I'M READING!***
I wanna read this series but damn there's like 30 flipping books! ain't nobody got time for that!
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
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
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 Sunligh
Jane Stewart
Boring plot and conversations, unlikeable heroine.

This mass market paperback included two stories, "Dark Prince" and a shorter story "Dark Descent." "Dark Prince" was the first in her series. It had a weak and boring plot. There were too many redundant and boring conversations. I disliked the heroine, Raven. She said "I'm very intelligent" yet she repeatedly did stupid things. For example, she had no ability to attack or defend herself, yet she alone followed four assassins and got stabbed sever
I usually decide whether or not to read a book by the reviews of my friends and people I follow.
Some gave this book 1 star and others gave it 4/5.
So I'll give it a shot, for I am curious.


You're European, aren't you? Wealthy, and very, very arrogant.

I am, indeed, offended!

Wasn't it enough that the book starts with Mikhail Dubrinsky and his self-pity? Raven Whitney had to show up and insult me?!
I know she was teasing him, but still.

American women can be trained with the r
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
(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.
Thanks to Erika for recommending. There are much longer and better reviews out there so I am just going to put a few thoughts down.

PNR is not my first choice but I tend to like the Heros. This was no different. I really loved Mikail. The tortured hero deserved a good heroine more than just about anyone! I mean he has waited centuries! Raven was perfect for him. Her denials got a little old, but she obviously did not mean them since she never strayed too far! She had a little problem with putting
Man, did I struggle to get through this one!
The dialogue is beyond cheesy and awkward and very repetitive. I never got attached to the heroine or the hero. It was like suddenly here are these two people, with no background and an anorexic description and then they are in love. The author provided more details and depth about the secondary characters and I found myself caring more for them as I felt I knew them more.
After hearing such wonderful things about this series I can say I am VERY disappo
Dec 24, 2007 Kathrynn rated it 5 of 5 stars
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!

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Christine Feehan is a #1 New York Times bestselling author multiple times over with her portfolio including over 50 published novels, including five series; Dark Series, Ghostwalker Series, Leopard Series, Drake Sisters Series, & the Sisters of the Heart Series. All five series hit the #1 spot on the New York Times bestselling list as well. Her debut novel Dark Prince received 3 of the 9 Paran ...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?” 375 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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