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Dark Celebration (Dark Saga #17)

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  11,698 ratings  ·  318 reviews
With her erotically charged Carpathian tales, Christine Feehan has enthralled a legion of fans, captivated by a seductive world and the unforgettable characters--both human and not--who inhabit it. Now, she reunites all of them in a Dark Celebration...

After centuries as the prince of the Carpathians, Mikhail Dubrinsky fears he can't protect his people for long from their g
Hardcover, 372 pages
Published September 5th 2006 by Berkley Hardcover (first published January 1st 2001)
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After the recent attack on his life, prince of the Carpathian people Mikhail Dubrinsky has called together all of the hunters and their lifemates for a Christmas celebration in the Carpathian mountains. For some time, his people have been hunted not only by vampires, but also fanatical humans from the Morisson Center for Psychic Research. Now a new threat has surfaced in the form of the evil dark mage Xavier and his grandson Razvan.

With enemies joining forces and surrounding his people, Mikhail

3.5 stars

It may be that this series has run it's course for me. I really don't like the direction Feehan has taken, by adding MORE and MORE paranormal types. First, she added the world of the Jaguar. Then we got mages. Then Dragonseekers. And I see that in the next book, there are going to be werewolves. I just feel like the whole world she set up isn't the same anymore. And I miss the gothic romantic feel of the older books.

Really, with the exception of Book 11 (where the whole mage storyline
Dark Celebration is a great entry in the Dark series. It was wonderful to go back and revisit all, and I mean all, of the previous couples. Not only that, but to see them have something (or rather things) to celebrate was a nice touch, too. As a species on the edge of extinction, hunted by their banded together enemies and suffering from devastating child mortality rates, they need every joy they can find. And they do find happiness, and humor (usually at Gregori's expense).

What I was pleasantly
My favorite, favorite, favorite Carpathian book ever. The thing I love about reading series is getting to revisit all my favorite characters. Many times it's only a peek into the lives of one or two characters, but here Feehan has caught us up on the lives of all the Carpathians and I didn't want the book to end. I loved seeing everyone again, most especially Barack and Syndil, who I wish had their own book.

I enjoyed the setup for future lifemates, and am looking forward to Manolito and MaryAnn'
Oh good glory. I did this book as a playaway (digital audio book). I don't know who's brilliant idea it was, but they had a man narrate it. Not just a man, but a geezer sounding man. I have never laughed so hard in my life. Do you know how hard it was to listen to a geezer guy saying "he pulled her against the hard evidence of his bodies desires..."? rofl. Then his female voices were pitiful. omg. Never, never have a man narrate a romance book. Who's brainstorm was that, I want to know. The guy ...more
Penny Watson
Nothing says Christmas quite like gingerbread cookies, twinkling lights, and an alpha male Carpathian rocking his lifemate's world. Seriously. I have a lot of Christmas romance novels I like to re-read for the holidays, but for some reason my favorite is Dark Celebration by Christine Feehan. This book is really only for long-term Feehan fans who have been following the Dark series since the beginning. It is really cool to see old favorite characters come together in the Carpathian mountains for ...more
Elise-Pinterest+Goodreads=The Perfect Book Boyfriend
This book was a great way to tie all of the previous Carpathians stories together and it was a good family reunion. It was also a nice tie in to the next book, Dark Possession.
Another Carpathian novel--Raven is determined to start a new tradition among the Carpathians by bringing as many of them together as possible to attend a Christmas celebration in the Carpathian mountains. We are given the chance to become reacquainted with many Carpathian couples--Nicolae and Destiny, Vikirrof and Natalya, Julian and Desari, Darius and Tempest, Barack and Syndil, Riordan and Juliette, Gabriel and Francesca, Byron and Antonietta, Jacques and Shea, Rafael and colby etc. as well as ...more
Lover of Romance
Dark Celebration is a bit different than the other books within the Dark Series. However I have read this book quite frequently from the library, and I thought it was about time to do a review on it. For those of you who don't know much or really none about this series, let me explain it a bit for you. The Carpathian series, is a paranormal series, very similar to vampires, however Carpathians are a bit different from vampires. The Carpathian race is dying out, they are a honorable race, however ...more
Alex is The Romance Fox
Dark Celebration is yet another fantastic addition and the 17th in Christine Feehan’s Dark Series. I am totally immersed into the world of the Carpathians and have grown to love all the characters that form a part of the family.

This story brings back together old and new friends together to celebrate Christmas together, which is filled with the love, loyalty and unity they all share. Its great seeing how the couples are doing, seeing their children growing and to feel their closeness as a family
Out of all the Carpathian books, I think this one is probably one of my favorites. All the characters from the previous books are back and you are able to see how their lives have changed since finding their mates.

It's Christmas time in the Carpathian mountains. That means the miracle of births and Santa Claus. Raven has convinced Mikhail to call all his Hunters back to the mountains for a celebration. Shae is about to give birth to her son and the Prince is on a quest to find a Santa. Every tim
Pat Cromwell
One of the most anticipated books I wanted. Chapter 4 -- when Gabriel snatches his daughter's lifemate by the throat -- I was on pins and needles. That one chapter was worth the price of the hardcover! Plus, bless Ms. Feehan's heart Raven and Savanna kept to the background and the other lifemates held center stage. It was great having all the couples together in one book. I discovered a new appreciation for Natalyia in this book, a revisit with Jaxon and Lucian, Francessca was more than bearable ...more
I Loved this book in the series. All the Carapathians go back to the Carapathian Mountains to celebrate Christmas. there was no huge drama in this one, minor drama, but it was great to see all the couples and their children gathered in one place for Christmas. The females were trying to cook, craziness ensues as with any family holiday. New lifemates were discovered, but not bound to the males, showing where her next stories would go. A very lighthearted, but well written book in the series and ...more
I enjoyed this, even though I did not read all 16 books that came before it (I think I made it through about 7 or 8 of them). I liked the updates on couples I've read about and even the glimpses into the lives of the couples I haven't read about yet were enjoyable. There was just enough information to clue me in as to how they met, some of their trials, etc. I had forgotten how very ... attractive and passionate those Carpathian men are! I think this author is among some of the best writers in t ...more
May Mostly Romance
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สำหรับเรา เลมนีมีขอดีตรงทีรือฟืนความทรงจำของเราตอหนังสือชุดนีไดมากเลยคะ เพราะพระนางจากเลมกอน ๆ ออกมาใหเหนกันเพียบ แถมยังมีการยอนความหลังใหนึกเนือเรืองกันออกไดอีก แตไมแนะนำใหคนทียังไมเคยอานเรืองในชุดนีอานนะคะ เพราะอาจจะงงได หลายอยางเปนเหมือนโคดลับทีเฉพาะคนทีอานเรืองชุดนีแลวจะเขาใจกันเทานัน

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Judith Parra
SPOILERS!!!!! I loved this book! It was so much fun to read and to check up on the couples I read about in the series so far. The story takes place not long after the major battle with Maxim and his accomplices. Raven wanted to throw a party to keep her mind busy from the oppressive worry of having her lifemate almost assassinated and the ever growing danger. She also believes that Carpathians need a reminder of what they are fighting for and I agree with her on that. Mikhail cannot deny her any ...more
A splendid little set of intersecting tales of romance and danger. Typical of Ms Feehan's writing, this multi-stranded book is a mix of adventure, romance, and erotica. It is less like most of the other "Dark" series books in that it contains multiple storylines, and does not concentrate on a single couple. For readers who have followed the series, it will be obvious that it comes right after the major battle between the Carpathians, the vampires, and the Dark Mage. However, it has enough explan ...more
Brenda (b)
Somehow I got away from this series several years ago. This is the perfect book to return with. Everyone has gathered for a Christmas celebration and Mikhail has been visiting each couple to welcome them. It's also allowing me to remember their stories. The lead-in for Dark Possession , the next book in the series, is also part of the storyline. ...more
Tracey Clark
Dark Celebration was just as good as the first time around... I love rereading my faves... reading the first in a series reminds me why I chose to follow this author... so now I want to reread Dark Prince ... with paranormal romance, the first book is often the first time the characters as well as the reader gets to travel the unknown... by book ten or twenty, everyone pretty much knows what will happen unless the author adds a twist... love that Christine feehan added the wolves with their simi ...more
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A good "where-are-they-now" follow-up of the series with some pretty exciting glimpses into a future book (don't you think it's about time Ms. Feehan wrote Dimitri and Skyler's story?).

But what makes this such a "treat" are the recipes at the end of the book. I haven't tried them yet, but they sure look Carpathian-like (read: mouthwatering).
This was wonderful. Filled with all the series characters that I love (and some I don’t). Everyone was there, fully involved. There were so many of the cool Carpathian talents and customs used in the story, along with concerns over their problems. Healing chants, cats, pregnancies, bossy mates, cooking fiascoes, everything. It felt like all the previous books brought together in one story.


The main story is the preparation for a Christmas party celebration. Almost all the Carpathian
Jane (PS)
Loved this book. It was great to revisit the couples we have already read about and meet some of the upcoming couples. I think CF did a great job of holding each character true to their personalities, despite the gap since she had written about some of them. They generally have quite distinct personas, and this book highlights this. (Well, Carpathian males are all dominant, protective and possessive, but ignoring THAT trait...) If you are reading the series, DO NOT leave this off your list!


Sep 01, 2012 Wafaa added it
This is one of the my favourite books of all time. While I was reading the dark series and after I finished a particular book I was always left thinking what were the their lives like know. So I was enthralled when I picked up Dark celebration because I got to see pieces of each pair and what their lives were like and also to view the lives of the Carpathians that yet didn't find lifemates.

I truly enjoyed the coming together of the Carpathian people. I especially liked the communication between
Aisha Oaktree

This is the reunion book of the series, it's the first time in the series that all the major characters are together, it also includes the start of Skyler's story with Dimitri that everyone ahs been talking about. It's a pretty amazing to read the follow up to everyone's story and fo course see the beginning of MaryAnn's story (FINALLY a Black character in this series). Mikhail is trying to bring the ravaged pieces of his people back together by having them embrace the celebrations of their huma
It’s a Christmas party and all Carpathians, family and friends are invited to the Mountains that so many of them have not seen for many, many centuries. The gathering of so many hunters and their lifemates should be enough to keep any self preserving enemy away, but after several attacks on the women and a strange feeling in the area, some begin to wonder if this party was a good idea. The duty of the prince, Mikhail Dubrinsky is to ensure the survival of his kind, each male helps to see to the ...more
Brynna Schiller
Aug 18, 2008 Brynna Schiller rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who have already read the rest of the series
Recommended to Brynna by: I'm reading the Dark Series... it was next in line.
Shelves: romance
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This book was intended as an enjoyable book for fans to revisit the characters they love. Read about how we first meet the characters on my blog.

According to Feehan, it got away from her a bit.

All the Carpathians are invited to a Christmas celebration. Most, but not all attend.

Mostly, it's an update book. Mikhal goes around visiting all the people who've come for the celebration.

There are some attacks against the women and children, particularly against Shea and her baby, as well as Skyler, but
t'irla ~The Bookslayer~ t'irla's Talk Book Blog
Its Christmas and Raven wants a party. Bringing together all the couples and families from the previous 16 books. Prince Mikhail goes to visit each family/couple to touch base with them..We have hurt lifemates, baby born, new matings and of course Vampire/mage sightings.

This book reminds me in some ways of of those episodes of TV programs that recap what has happened so far in the series. The reader touches base with all their favorite characters. The series story moves ahead slightly and has gi
I picked up this series at the behest of a friend. I love romance and I love supernatural, so she thought I'd like it. Turns out I did, but it was hard to get through for me. Very slow going in a lot of places, and the books just didn't call to me like I had hoped they would. I cut off around the 5th book and didn't pick up the series again for several years. I recently started with this one again.... I'm SOOOOOOOO Glad that I did. I don't know what it is but this time around I'm going through t ...more
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