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Dark Dreamers (Dirk & Steele #4)

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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.
Hardcover , Large Print, 427 pages
Published February 15th 2007 by Wheeler Publishing (first published September 29th 2006)
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May 08, 2009 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I give it four stars for the Dirk & Steele story.
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
Josh Bruton
Jul 14, 2007 Josh Bruton rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Shelves: fantasty
I picked this book up while waiting for my prescription to get filled and ended up reading the first chapter and was loving it. I bought it and read it in only a few days. The book is separated into 2 different books.
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
I must say I'm extremely impressed (once again) with Feehan. I rarely read anthologies because they never seem to be able to capture both the characters and a cognizant storyline in so little time. Not so Feehan! "Dark Dream" held everything her much longer Carpathian novels boast, just in compact form.

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.
Jan 23, 2016 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
by Christine Feehan

She 19s 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 14the Carpathian, the banished hero. Tonight, Sara will meet the dark-eyed destroyer destined to be her mate..

This is book 7 in her "Dark Series" This is part of an anthology..

by Marjorie M. Liu

There are those who do terrible things in this world, and
Jan 09, 2014 Lindsay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a pair of wonderful fantasy novellas. The first is actually book 7 in the Carpathian series from Christine Feehan's and although I have not read any of Marjorie Liu's books before, hers is book number 4 in her Dirk and Steele series.
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
Kathy Davie
Marjorie M. Liu's Dream of Stone & Shadow was a twist. I do like the compassion and tolerance promoted by the Dirk & Steele series.
Jun 30, 2008 Britta rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Britta by: Kim
I'm sick of these books in this series. They are all the same thing. Time after time. Same words. Same scenarios. Blech. Dog poo!
Apr 29, 2009 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two novels for the price of one:
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
This book is actually two different stories--a Carpathian tale by Christine Feehan and a Dirk & Steele tale by Marjorie M. Liu. The Carpathian tale is primarily the story of Falcon and Sara Marten. Falcon is one of the ancient Carpathians sent out by the previous Prince to fight the vampires in foreign lands. Sara Marten has seen her entire family killed by a vampire and has been running from it for the last 15 years. After more than a 1000 years, Falcon is returning to his beloved Carpathia ...more
Aug 09, 2010 Sally rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Compilations are not my favourite style of novel, but in this book brings two of the best stories from both of the authors - Christine Feehan and Marjorie M Liu.

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
Nov 19, 2015 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This gets 4 stars for the Liu story.

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
Aisha Oaktree
This is a review of Ms.Feehan's story. In this story, we see the history of the hunters & how they came to be, the ones who answered the summons by their Prince, who asked them to choose to fight and protect humans and Carpathians alike & they all volunteered. Centuries before knowing he might die before he found her, his lifemate, the light to his darkness Falcon wrote down his feelings his promise to her.

Over 1500 years pass before the writings are found by archaeologists, Sara Marten
Sep 18, 2009 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dark Dream (Carpathians - Dark series) by Christine Feehan
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
Sep 16, 2009 Suz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr
I read the Carpathian #7 story and that is what this review is of.

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
Jun 05, 2012 Amyiw rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Feehan story was one of her better Carpathian stories. The story is of an ancient that was sent out to the far reaches by the father of the current prince, Mikhail(sp?). He doesn't know the new prince or his life mate. He is traveling back to the homeland to meet them then meet the dawn. For him the darkness is close and he has lived long enough. On his way home, he happens upon Sara and realizes he has found his life mate.

Sara has been pursued by a vampire for her whole life. She has psychi
I won't go into Christine Feehan's portion of this book. It was a reissue anyway, plus I kind of feel like if you're familiar at all with her Carpathian series then you already know what's going to happen.

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
Mar 13, 2012 Natalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These novellas are Book 7 in Christine Feehan's Carpathian series and Book 4 in Marjorie Liu's Dirk & Steele series. Wow, if you've never read anything by either author then this is a great introduction to them and their hit series. If you are already reading either series then you can't forget about these two stories. The whole book is a one day read, albeit a very intense one day!

Out of all of the Carpathian novels, this is my favorite - they were already a couple before they ever met in p
Nov 04, 2012 Kerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Mar 29, 2008 Izzy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I wouldn't
Recommended to Izzy by: it's Joe's
Shelves: smut, joe
Eh. Just one more throwaway supernatural romance. Just making notes so as to not accidentally read it again:

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
Feb 19, 2010 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, romance
Best one so far and it was the shortest. I think that Falcon had the potential to be the most overpowering and domineering carpathian yet and he surprised me with his compassion and ability to "get with the times". I think that Sara was a great heroine. She was accepting of the Carpathian way of life and Falcon's journal was an excellent twist. I think it was what let the book seem so robust without being long. The story was good and the fighting/struggle between the lifemates that was prevalent ...more
Michelle O'flynn
I loved this story - Falcon is a gorgeous hero and Sara has all the qualities suited to the Carpathian. I have to say, reading these out of sequence has probably saved me from giving up on the series, and this shorter version left me wanting to know more abut the children and their life as a family. WEll done.

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
May 31, 2011 Kim~Fantasy~ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVED both the stories in this book. Feehan as usual got me with her deep love between characters...Carpathian men are so sexy in thier devotion to thier life mates! I loved how they knew each other through the journal and how each had been the reason for the other to keep going...*tears* OMG and the little kids who she was trying to help! Friggin great writting! And Liu is completely got me with the D&S guys, although it was nice to see a female agent who kicks butt as good as the men! The ...more
I gave this a 2 star for the Carpathian story as I've lost interest in those stories and this one didn't do anything to change that. I gave it 4 stars for the Dirk&Steele story as I was really pleased it didn't shy away from the gargoyle being an actual gargoyle and not just some shape-shifter that spent most of his time in human form. I was also impressed that Liu went full on with the cannibalism. Though, given that she's a witch and he's a gargoyle, can it really be considered that? Eithe ...more
May 04, 2009 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: carpathian
I, only, read the first of the two stories: Carpathian #7. It is shorter than some of Feehan's books - a good "one-night" read. The conversion from human female to Carpathian is not forced in this book. Sara Marten is a fitting match for an ancient Carpathian. She has three amazing abilities: natural shielding from vampires, gaining insight from holding objects, and resisting vampire commands. Not to mention that she reads several ancient languages.

Thank goodness for a strong female that is mat
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Sep 11, 2011 t'irla ~The Bookslayer~ t'irla's Talk Book Blog rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: someone new to paranormal-Vampire books
Shelves: owned
Actually my favorite "Dark" book so far. In a series that seems rather repetitive this books brings a bit of fresh air. Sara's archeologist family is killed when she is 15 by a vampire after she discovers an ancient diary. This diary written to "My Beloved Lifemate" kept Sara moving forward. 15 years later Sara is helping orphans in a Romanian town she meets Falcon the writer of the diary.

I found both Sara and Falcon believable and emotionally easy to connect with, they didn't seem as cardboard
Feehan's story I found completely boring - I felt like I needed to have read her Carpathian books, but after reading this I have absolutely no interest in that. The dynamics between the two main characters made me yawn and individually were completely uninteresting. I only finished reading it by sheer stubbornness - 1-2 stars for this one.

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
Artful Existence
Christine Feehan never ceases to amaze me in her wonderful abilities as an author. I love all her books! Recommended for all who love fantasy and vampire novels. She does a great job of balancing action with fantasy and a deep love that is impossible to explain. After reading these books, it sounds silly, but it makes me more proud of who I am and how I am unwilling to settle for anyone less than my perfect person. The person who will be my perfect match is out there and I'm willing to wait to f ...more
Rebecca (Bec)
Christine Feehand writing is so exremely dramatic that I can only take this sereis in bits and peices. i think i started reading the carpathians about 2 years ago and I think i have read this one out of order, I thought it was number 6... I dont think it matters though... The funny thing is i am enjoying the stories but I cant take them one after the other. i like a bit of humour and a little bit of action in my PNRs and CF seems really serieous sometimes with her monologes that go on forever.

Nov 25, 2015 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, do-not-own
I enjoyed Sara and Falcon's story, and the element of the diary to give Sara time to 'get to know Falcon' before actually meeting him in person was a nice touch that helps the reader accept their relationship, quick as it comes about, in this short story. 3 stars.

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
Oct 14, 2015 Kimberly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Christine Feehan's Dark Series! I have read every book at least 3 times. If you enjoy paranormal, romance, and action this is a great series for you!
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