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Dark Symphony (Dark Saga #10)

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  12,852 ratings  ·  250 reviews
Blinded and scarred in a terrible accident, Antoinetta Scarletti made music that thrilled the world with its beauty and passion. Descended from a long line of psychics, Antoinetta has learned to rely on her other senses to “see” the world around her, but nothing could have prepared her for Byron.

He came to her, drawn by her music, and became her secret obsession. Others f
Published (first published February 2003)
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Penny Watson
Dark Symphony by Christine Feehan (2007)

Although I am hugely disappointed in the violent turn of events Ms. Feehan has taken of late, her earlier Carpathian vampire novels are still among my favorites. This week, I decided to re-read Dark Symphony, one of my favorite books in the Dark Series. For those of you not familiar with Feehan's Carpathians, I'll give you a brief overview. These books are high on the melodrama, contain extremely long-winded, graphic sex scenes, and the heroes are super-al
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Although this seemed to drag at times, I quite enjoyed this installment of the Carpathians series. There is something very compelling and irresistible about the Carpathians. It's very romantic but in a dark and gothic manner.

I liked Byron a lot. He made me laugh at some of his antics, how he would let Antonietta's annoying cousing Tasha see his red eyes and fangs when she was being a pain. He was a bit of a rascal, but in a good way. I think that he was quite romantic and courted Antonietta bea
Set in modern-day Italy, this is book 10 in Christine Feehan's Dark Carpathian series. This time around the focus is on Carpathian Byron Justicano, a master craftsman capable of calling gems up from the earth. After unintentionally putting the life of his best friend's lifemate in danger years ago, he decided to exile himself form his homeland and family. He turned his back on his craft and put his own life in jeopardy hunting vampires - Carpathian males that have embraced evil and kill for plea ...more
This edition of the Dark series finally broke the mold a bit with lead characters.

The male lead tried, more than all but Falcon and, later in the series Razvan, to let the female lead know that involvement with him was not something you could change your mind about later. He could have been more forthright, but comparatively he was more forthright than most of his predecessors.

The joy in this book, however, was the female lead Antonietta. Now this is a strong woman who makes her own choices, isn
Erin (Paperback stash) *is juggle-reading*
I don’t approach the Carpathian books like most series I’m into. I enjoy the storyline, but find the sequels can be repetitive. It’s a series that, while I like it overall, I have no interest reading all the books. I wouldn’t have thought that’d be the way I’d feel about any series, but this one proved to be the exception.

Dark Symphony made itself sound different enough by the description – the heroine is not perfect. She is blind and someone’s trying to kill her. Byron was a familiar name since
I have mixed feelings about this book. I almost stopped reading it at the 50% mark, but I didn't want to miss anything vital to the Carpathian world, so I slugged onward. Thankfully, I did enjoy the second half more than the first.

1st half: 2 stars
2nd half: 3.5 stars

My problems were many. First of all, I thought Byron and Antoinette lacked chemistry in the first half of the book. Their dialogue was flat, didn't flow, was more antagonistic than positive.

Secondly, I really didn't think Antoinette
Alex is The Romance Fox

The first time I read this book, 10th book in the Dark Series…although you won’t find any hideous vampires fighting the Carpathians but shape-shifters instead. I couldn’t make up my mind if I liked the book or not.
I began rereading the whole Dark Series this year and decided to give it another go.
The story is set in contemporary Italy where Byron, an ancient member of the Carpathians meets Antonietta, a Scarlatti descendant from one of her previous books, THE SCARLATTI CURSE, who he realizes is
This was a really charming addition to the series. It was nice not to have the vampires and the stupid human fanatics to worry about, rather two delightful characters in Byron and Anoinetta front and centre. Byron was a very charming, manly yet romantic lead and Antoinetta a womanly, sweet but grounded life partner. How nice that she was curvy and mature, not one of those unsure, tiny ribcaged women that seem to litter the pages of these novels en masse. There was humour (loved Byron red-eyeing ...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
I know I keep reading these, and bitching about the writing, and reading them anyway, but hey, at least I know what I'm getting and I don't complain about that! ;) This was actually one of the better ones, if that's worth anything, though the usual flaws are there.

The beginning threw me at first, when I tried starting this a while ago - it reads like a continuation of a short story or something, but I don't actually think that's the case. All the other books have started the same way, with the C
I really enjoyed this one - a bit different than the standard formula, as the villian wasn't a vampire and the heroine was blind. Still, a very sweet love story amidst the drama, and a colorful cast of characters with some interesting secrets of their own.
Guilt over past mistakes, Byron Justicano sentenced himself to become a hunter, taking himself away from his home, his family and friends. Finding his lifemate and deciding on courting as a human would was a test in patients and control the Byron had to pass. Being blind and having to rely on others senses, Antonietta Scarletti could feel every time Byron came into the room, he made her feel safe. When an attempt on Antonietta’s life was uncovered, Byron knew his patience had come to an end, he ...more
t'irla ~The Bookslayer~ t'irla's Talk Book Blog
Sep 11, 2011 t'irla ~The Bookslayer~ t'irla's Talk Book Blog rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who enjoy vampire, suspense and romance
Shelves: owned
We met Bryon several books back he is Jacques's best friend who was tortured and put Mikhail's lifemate in danger. Bryon left in shame. Dark Symphony is his book. He heard Antonietta's music and knew he must meet her. Antonia a classical pianist/composer is blind after a childhood accident. Even with this handicap she is the head of the Scarletti family. They meet, they connect.

I really enjoyed this book it seems as if this series is getting better. Bryon was not your usual dominating, controll
Antonietta is a Scarletti (of the family of a previous book sans Carpathians)... The Scarletti's carry the jaguar genes, and although Toni can feel the cat wanting to immerge at times, it does not... but she does have the gifts of healing, telepathy, & music. She is a world famous composer & pianist, and at home submerges herself in her music... but she is also 2nd in command of the family's extended household, business, & finances... And someone is trying to kill her and her grandfa ...more
LuAnn Frimmel
This is a very different plot design from many of the Feehan Dark series books, reading more like a mystery than any of the other eighteen I have read. No vampire slayings in this one, which is new. The addition of the Jaguar line is interesting as it mingles intermittently with some of the story lines in subsequent books. Here, you get more of the inside scoop on where the Jaguars come from and how they can co-exist with the Carpathians peacefully. But the story is about Byron and Antionetta, a ...more
Bleunween R.
Very interesting book, completely different from the previous books in the series! Probably because Byron isn't a hunter as all the others and Antonietta.... well, she got her own share of an other creature in her blood and also the fact of being older, blind, had romances and not so perfect as all the other heroines. Well, she is more from a modern world and not like the other ones (although some really fit in their own time, as this one takes place many many years after Dark Prince). I think s ...more
 * Kazzy * -aka Stryker-
Well what a change from the other books in the series; I felt like it was from this book that the series really took off! There was a real change of direction in Dark Symphony; the writing has improved considerably, not repetetive and 'samey' as a lot of the earlier books, and some good twists in the plot.

As for Byron and Antoinetta? He is probably the most understanding of all the Carpathian males we have met so far; so very romantic and sensual, patient and kind. He spends ages trying to 'woo'
4 1/2 stars. I liked this book, despite going into it with no intentions of liking it much at all. Byron I thought was more of a secondary character and I didn't think I'd get into him enough for him to carry his own book. But carry it he did, and well. Not even a born hunter, tho I don't really get how his craft survives in his society (where money is not really important, although everyone seems to have plenty of it), he decides to start hunting after his incident with the human vampire hunter ...more
Jewels ♥ My Devastating Reads
I wasn't sure I liked this book at first. It took me over a hundred pages to really get into it, but then I figured the characters out. Byron is all old world gallantry and Antonietta is all strong independence. I like them as a couple, they make sense together.

The mystery in this novel didn't grab my full attention however. It was a little loosely woven I thought. But, I get the feeling it was contrived in order to push forth findings about what is going on with the Carparthian species, so yea
Aw, a little twist in the series! That's a wonderful surprise considering this is the tenth installment and a little mixing up was needed!

Byron, who was featured in the very first couple of books but then forgotten for a while, is now found in Italy wooing his lifemate, Antoinette, the gifted and famous concert pianist who is also blind. After the mistakes of his past, Byron is determined to be patient and allow Antionette the time and opportunity to choose him on her own before he binds her to
Dinna Ken
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Carpathians are just so soft under all that dark mean. :) A sweet story of love found in the midst of being stalked, poisoned, and just plain threatened.
Judith Parra
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS!!!!!!I loved Byron's story very much. It gave hints here and there on the direction Mrs. Feehan is going with her Carpathians. I loved how Christine Feehan began the book by describing the majestic Scarletti Palazzo. Byron is seeking to protect his lifemate Antonietta who is about to be thrown off the cliff along with her grandfather Don Giovanni by mysterious assailants.

Byron has been taking his time to court Antonietta due to his past mistakes in previous books. H
Another great book. loved the story & characters.

Was wondering where Byron disappeared too & was happy at long last that he did get a book & a love all of his own, he certainly deserved it.

Antoinetta is just perfect as a lead, strong woman that stands for her beliefs & the people she loves. Love the love story that developed between the two, made sense & flowed.

At long last we also get a reference to the debacle that is/was Dark Magic via Eleanor, the Condemnation isn't muc
Loved it! Fantastic! Dark Symphony is the 10th book in Christine Feehan's Dark series. The Carpathian male's story this time was Byron's. The story takes place in Italy where Byron meets his lifemate, Antonietta Scarletti, who is a concert pianist and heiress to the Scarletti fortune. The story was different from the other books I have read so far in this series. There were no dreaded vampires to fight. The villain was a different sort; but just as dangerous. In this book, Byron courts Antoniett ...more
This was a nice addition to the Dark Series. I honestly have gotten bored with the series itself due to repetition of what a Carpathian is and what a life mate is. as well as how they find each other. this book on the other hand was refreshing because, Christine introduced a new creature the Scarletti Jaguar clan. The Heroine is a blind pianist that falls in love with the Carpathian Byron. The Scarletti Palazzo is said to be cursed due to a series of unfortunate events (i.e. strange deaths, miss ...more
Shawnee Bowlin
Christine Feehan entertains well with her story of Byron and his beloved Antonietta. It was nice to see her writing about a blind character because I had a blind friend who died from cancer. So, the story brought back memories simply because of that. As with my friend, Antonietta had so many qualities that made her blindness minute in its importance. It didn't hold her back from embracing life.
Byron was very well disciplined and protective of Antonietta, which I found endearing. He is what most
(this is a review I wrote in 2003)

I found Dark Symphony to be a beautiful and well-written continuation of the Carpathian legacy. The combination of the Dark Series with that of the Scarletti Curse was a wonderful idea. I also loved the inclusion of Eleanor and her family--her son reminds me so much of my own nephew--he's not a rapper, but he once painted a rather risqué picture and gave it to our Pastor to encourage him to marry one of the ladies in our church--I thought we'd have to move to an
From Publishers Weekly

Feehan's followers will be well sated by the latest addition to her Dark series (after Dark Guardian), set in modern-day Italy. This time around the focus is on Carpathian vampire hunter Byron Justicano, a "good" vampire who feeds only to sustain himself. He is drawn to the haunting music created by Italian concert pianist, Antonietta Scarletti, the woman he has chosen to be his "lifemate." Blinded and orphaned as a child by an explosion on the family yacht, Antonietta, a

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Tischa Sharp
I couldn't finish, kept falling asleep with this one which was very disappointing since up till now I would stay up all night because I couldn't put her books down ;-) hoping to finish since I can't push myself to start the next books in the series till I do :-/
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Dark Saga (1 - 10 of 26 books)
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  • Dark Magic (Dark #4)
  • Dark Challenge (Dark, #5)
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