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Can Christine Feehan's compelling Dark Carpathian series possibly get any more intense? Good news, readers: The answer is yes. No. 13, Dark Demon, features an unusually powerful and combustible relationship between vampire slayer Natalya Shonski and Carpathian Vikirnoff. She's stalking her prey in the Carpathian Mountains, while he dreams of a...more
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Published March 28th 2006 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published January 1st 2002)
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Susan
Dark Demon is book 16 of Christine Feehan's wonderful Dark Carpathian series. This is the story of Natalya Shonski and Vikirnoff von Shrieder. We first met Natalya in Feehan's Dark Secret and Vikirnoff in Dark Destiny.

Always on the run from vampires and Carpathian hunters, Natalya is part dark mage, part human, and part Carpathian. Her Carpathian bloodline is from one of the oldest and most respected of all Carpathian families: the Dragonseekers. Poisoned against the Carpathian people by the tr...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
Wow, this book takes the story to another level by introducing the mage storyline. As if the Carpathian series wasn't intricate enough. I found it hard to follow some of the mage aspects, yet I was sucked in. Not only that, Natalya was one seriously kickbutt heroine. She was a total badass with all her weapons. A girl after my own heart. She even has a sword. I just loved how she jumped into the fray, guns blazing, sword swinging, and flinging knives. The part where she fights the shadow warrior...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Vikirnoff finally catches up to Natalya, the woman in the photo, as she's facing off a couple of vampires and some crazed wolves in the Carpathian mountains. He's met his match in Natalya though - she's mouthy, capable, independent and powerful in her own right: she's of the Dragonseeker line, and part Mage, part Carpathian and part human. Led to believe that the hunters killed her brother and would kill her if they find her, it's a bit strange that she doesn't attack Vikirnoff beyond a moment o...more
Kaleigha
In this installment of Christine Feehan's Dark Series, we meet Vikirnoff VonShrieder and Natalya Shonski. Vikirnoff is an Ancient Hunter of the undead, on the verge of becoming what he has hunted for so long. His final task is to track down a mysterious woman being stalked by Vampires. They want her for some unknown task, and the Carpathians cannot allow her to fall into enemy hands. Natalya has been on the run from not only the vamps, but from hunters as well, believing that she will be killed...more
Jane
love all of Christine Feehan books, so I could be a little prejudice on that score.
This story is about Natalya who is (Carpathian, Mage and Dragonseeker who is the oldest bloodline of the Carpathians). She was also gifted with being part tiger, which she can turn into when she is cornered by the vampires. She also carries a Dragonseeker birthmark, that burns whenever a vampire gets near or in the vacinity of her. Her mage blood line comes from the Carpathians sworn enemy, who stole a Carpathian...more
Debbie
The only thing keeping Vikirnoff Von Shrieder from seeking out the dawn (to end his existence) was the search for a specific psychic woman that had started in the US (Dark Destiny) and finally brought him back to his home in the Carpathian Mountains. The miracle of her being his lifemate brought on fear and terror first because his first site of Natalya Shonski was of her in battle with a vampire. Growing up, Natalya and her twin Razvan learned the art of magick and she knew of Carpathians, vamp...more
Karyn
This has got to be my favourite book ever. I know i know i've said that for quite a few of the Carpathian Series, but if Feehan can actually top this one, then hats off to you lady.

Dark Demon had equal quantities of everything - romance, mystery, great characters, great situations, amazing conversations.. you know everything you want in a good book.

Natalya is part mage, part Carpathain and all woman. She's a movie addict with hilarious results - like calling the vampire Freddie Boy. She has grit...more
Mary
Absolutely awful! Terrible cliche romance-novel characters (oh, she's such a STRONG-WILLED FIGHTING WOMAN WHO CAN'T BE TAMED, oh, he's such a MANLY MAN, THE "STRONG SILENT" TYPE) and so mary-sue it was untrue (oh, she's only amazing at fighting and spells, she's only super intelligent and beautiful and also can just happen to turn into a tiger, huh?).

Read this book at random out of a terrible selection at a hostel whilst travelling - I had no idea about the Carpathian storyline, and upon finish...more
Alex is The Romance Fox
I am a devoted fan of Christine Feehan and my most favorite series is her world of the fascinating and exciting Carpathians.

I have enjoyed all books in the series but book #16, Dark Demon, I really loved. Finally we get Natalya & Virkirnoff who we have met in previous books but never together.

Natalya who is part Carpathian & Mage (loved this addition to the series with wizards, dragons) is strong, independent, skilled in the arts of mage, a fighter and a loner, who has been hiding from...more
Amyiw
It is really hard for me to rate these book now. This I give a 3 to on my regular scale compared to all the other books read, but I want to rate it against the other books in the series. I just don't feel that I can do that anymore as I have read some really good PNR, which is good all the way through. Lots of Kresley Cole, Nalini Singh, Larissa Ione or even Jeaniene Frost is like that. These books are just not. There are a lot of parts that are dragging and outright boring, yet the overall stor...more
RabidReader
I read this book several years ago. Found it at a used bookstore. The cover caught my eye. Guy thing. Throw fire colors, dragons and black on a cover - we'll read anything, or at least pick it up.

Decided to read it again.

Anyway, it's interesting to read one of the Carpathians books, knowing it came out years ago. So many books I've read are so similar (the Kings series by Keough, Vampire Academy (less the graphic sex stuff), but most definitely the plot lines.

One thing that I really noticed was...more
Lisa
I like this series. I really do. But, this is book #16 and the formula is getting a bit stale.

1. Dark, handsome Carpathian male on the verge of turning into a vampire suddenly finds his lifemate in a human or part-human woman
2. Human or part-human female hell bent on being resisitant to said Carpathian and his "dominate" ways DESPITE the fact that her panties get in a twist everytime she looks at him
3. A few vampire battles
4. Healing from said battles (chanting, soil, mystical healing through b...more
Ally
Natalya Shonski is a vampire hunter, descended from a revered line of Carpathians known as the Dragonseekers and the most powerful mage in history. She hates and fears both vampires and Carpathians alike and has spent her life fighting them. Carpathian Vikirnoff van Schreider is dangerously close to turning vampire when he discovers Natalya and realises that she is his lifemate. But Natalya is unlike any other Carpathian he has ever known - dangerous in her own right, she refuses to let him figh...more
~Megan~
Definitely my favorite Carpathian novel so far! I loved Vikirnoff...I found him oddly sweet. I liked that he understood Natalya's need to fight and accepted her for who she was. Other Carpathians have not been so understanding.

I enjoyed seeing more of Dominic and can't wait to get to his book. Looking ahead and seeing that Razvan has his own book, I guess I can assume he's not evil or dead. I would like to know his story.

It's been a long break for me since I read my last Carpathian book, and I'...more
Judith Parra
SPOILERS AHEAD!!

Dark Demon is the story of Natalya Shonski and Vikirnoff Von Shreider, brother to Nicolae Von Shreider. Let me first say that I love this book! We return the dark mage's ice cave and it is just as dangerous, creepy and foreboding as always. Christine Feehan does not disappoint in this book, the settings were well described, the vampires were menacing as ever and the return of several beloved characters was just awesome.

The story starts with Natalya preparing herself for battle i...more
Pat Cromwell
Originally I did not like it not even a little bit. BUT then along came Dark Celebration and the chapter dedicated to Natalyia made me go back and read Dark Demon and suddenly Natalyia is elevated to great lifemate like my girl Jaxon! Dark Curse was released and Natalyia definitely became my girl! This one is now one of my favin the series. All but the pages where my boy Gregori runs into a mishap. Other than that it was all good.
Kathrynn
#16 in Carpathian series and for some reason, Ms. Feehan does not include this in her Leopard Series, but this is both a Carpathian and Leopard Series book. Natalya is one of the Leopard People. Vik (is the Carpathian). It was a good read!

In the back of this book:
Appendix 1 (Carpathian Healing Chants)
Appendix 2 (Carpathian Language)

Huh! I'm sure someone thought that was necessary ;-)
Cherise
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Rowena Tylden-Pattenson
Oh man. Where do I start? This was my quick delve into terrible vampire romance, which turned into a slightly longer spell because this turned out to be 400 pages of utter, utter trash.

Natalya was a terrible stock character, full of one-liners and cheese. She had absolutely no spirit, going from self-titled Xena to a wimpy pathetic tag-on-her-man’s-arm from one moment to the next, with no continuation. Vikirnoff was equally as dull, the ‘strong but silent’ type who was basically superman and co...more
Elise-banned from infomercials and ebay
I had almost given up on this series. I was hoping that this book would restore my faith in the series and it delivered. I was pleased with both of the main characters and the storyline was fresh in comparison to the others. I now look forward to reading the next in the series, after a short break.
Theresa
Our mysterious woman from the earlier books has been drawn to a particular Carpathian mountain peak. Vikirnoff has been searching for her from across the ocean and finally finds her just in time for a huge pre-battle confrontation between the Carpathians and the vamps, the humans and the mages. There’s a lot of cool locations and fights in here.

Not sure what I think of this couple. It’s nice to see a big, bad, grumpy Carpathian male being put in his place by a spunky, well-trained, well-armed...more
Claudia
I love reading Christine Feehan's Carpathian books. I adore her ancient over the top alphas. The heroines, sometimes, fall flat or end up just being annoying, this happens to be the case with Natalya. For all her intelligence she was quite immature. I'm also left wondering if her ankle was ever healed, also more should have been said about Gabrielle's conversion and how they helped her through.

The end of the book seemed rushed, but I still love the development of the overall storyline.

Other book...more
Michelle
Well, as predicted, Vikirnoff catches up to Natalya. (See all my reviews and predictions here)

And. She. Is. Fan-tastic!

She mentions in Dark Secret that she doesn't know how to keep a vampire dead for good.

Let me put it another way: she's been hunting for centuries and has had to learn everything herself. A more experienced hunter has never been around to teach her. Yet she's managed to survive for centuries.

She's seen a lot of movies.

But as she tells Colby in Dark Secret, there's only so much yo...more
Amabelle
I am fan of Ms. Feehan for years and I sometimes get annoyed with her (especially in Dark series)chest beating,alpha male heroes, and meeting Vikirnoff was a breath of fresh air. Yes he is still possessive and protective but he does not coddle Natalya. He appreciate her strength and willing to fight with Natalya side by side. A man who does not just love a woman but respects what she can do and let her be the woman she wants to be. And Natalya is amazing, she is confident, strong, quirky and inn...more
Siry
Oh que libro tan mas interesante..definitivamente todo lo que esperaba y mas.. Ya se conoce a la mente detras de toda la organizacion de los vampiros, las peleas fueron asombrosas desde el hecho de que atras de todo se llevo un plan con tal de acorralar a los carpatos, sacando al principe fuera de su lugar de residencia en varias ocasiones y atacandolos..es increible como la historia del mago se va descubriendo y su relacion con Natalya..
Ah y mirar a Vikirnoff batallar con sus nuevas emociones r...more
Carina
This was the first book I read in the series and re-reading it now shows exactly why when I first read Dark Prince I was so bitterly disappointed in it. To be honest, it was about a year between reading this book and Dark Prince so a lot of the finer elements eluded me, but to go from having some a fierce heroine who could and would go toe to toe with her life mate to Raven who.... is very skilled mentally but a bit... well she is a bit of a pushover, she does try to stand up to Mikael (as Shea...more
Ana T.
I have a special fondness for Feehan as she was the first fantasy author I read. This was way back when I started reading books in English and found a huge amount of themes and plots I had never read and was enthusiastically going through all of them. Before I created this blog to keep track of my reads. Feehan's larger than life heroes were different from anything I had read till then and I devoured the first Carpathian books.

Then other authors, plots. themes and heroes got in the way and I spe...more
Kerry
I can't help myself. I keep going back to Christine Feehan's Carpathian books, even though some of the recent ones have been less than stellar. (I gave the previous one 6/10 and wasn't exactly bowled over by it.) I still like the basic premise and I like the way she's been developing an overall story arc lately. I like the addition of the wizards and now there are dragons as well, which always gives a story or series extra points in my book. So I read the bad ones, enjoy the good parts of those...more
Kathy
Dark Demon…

Things are coming to a head… Vikirnoff is tracking Natalya, a dragonseeker , whom they know has special significance to the vampires that are joining against the Carpathians… Natalya is compelled to go to the Carparthian mountains, to a specific cave… and Vikirnoff follows & finally finds her… (in a nick of time)…

It all began with Xavier, an ancient mage/wizard who wanted the immortal life of the Carpathians & power to rule the entire world… he kidnapped Rhainnon, a dragonseek...more
TJ
After 16 books, what can one say??? Ms. Feehan is somehow able to keep this series fresh with every single book while staying with a tried and true formula - NOT an easy accomplishment. The basics that we all fell in love with (strong, stalkerish alpha-males searching, then finding their lifemates while fighting vampires and assorted other nasties) still runs strong while the particular personalities and situations are unique and entertaining enough to keep us coming back for more.

In "Dark Demo...more
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