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Dark Challenge (Dark Saga #5)

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  15,128 ratings  ·  270 reviews

Julian Savage was golden. Powerful. But tormented. For the brooding hunter walked alone. Always alone, far from his Carpathian kind, alien to even his twin. Like his name, his existence was savage. Until he met the woman he was sworn to protect….

When Julian heard Desari sing, rainbows swamped his starving senses. Emotions bombarded his hardened heart. And a dark hunger to

Kindle Edition, Reissue edition, 392 pages
Published June 15th 2010 by HarperCollins e-books (first published November 27th 2000)
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Despite how much I enjoyed book #2, this is the book that makes the series pop for me. Maybe it's the fact that a Carpathian male is matched up with a Carpathian female of equal power, not a newly turned fledgling. It was nice seeing the female portrayed as someone with gifts that match her lifemate's.

This is the story of Julian Savage (Book #3-Aidan's twin brother) who has been a solitary hunter for nearly his entire existence. His lifemate is Desari, the younger sister of Gregori (Book #4), wh
Carolyn F.
2nd time reading - this time by audiobook.

Finally a woman that doesn't fight fate! I loved how she saw how she felt and wasn't scared of it or blaming him for her feelings. I forgot how much I enjoyed this book.
Great paranormal, romantic suspense. Julian's story is especially interesting because we are introduced to a whole new family of Carpathians. The secondary story becomes just as interesting as the primary. With the total Carpathian series being a definite formula, this twist added all the interest needed to keep the reader riveted. The steamy scenes were also more thoughtful and easily skippable for those who prefer.
This was my favorite book in the series so far. I really loved Julian. I felt so sorry for him at his forced separation from his twin brother because of the vampire threats. Julian had such a great sense of humor and he didn't have the overbearing possessiveness that the other males in the previous books had. Desari was great too. She was really strong and powerful and was afraid to show it and put Julian in his place when he deserved it. They were such a great couple. I also loved Darius. The b ...more
Centuries of hunting the undead had left Julian Savage ready to face the dawn, he only had one more task to perform for his prince. The safety of a singer, Desari, was in question after her name was found on a list. Arriving at the concert hall, Julian was amazed to find that even the security at the front door seemed to feel his presence. After seeing and hearing Desari, the color and light and emotions that flooded him left him unaware of the assassins in the hall. He was there to protect her ...more
This one was really good. I loved Desari's story - finally a carpathian woman who's just as powerful (in some ways more) than her lifemate! The only thing that dissapointed me was the storyline between Barack and Syndil. What happened there? It seemed to me that they were lifemates but they couldn't work through Syndil's pain. And it was never explained... I don't understand. I hope there is more to their story later on in the series.
I really enjoyed this installment. I thought the ancient Carpathian heroine was a nice touch. So far all the women have been young mortals with psychic powers or - in one case - a very young Carpathian woman who was basically a fledgling.

It was refreshing that Desiree understood how the men were and gave them some slack and didn't insist on becoming a vampire hunter the way a lot of the human women do. She knew and accepted that she wasn't cut out for murder and mayhem and didn't want to be. Ye
Lover of Romance
Love reading this as a audiobook, just can't get enough of the narrator. Good way to end the day.
this was better the 1st time around.
once u get past the initial coolness& sweetness,once u step back,it all seems rlly ridiculous. they lose emotion &color.its all rlly dramatic.
her stories&characters r so similar and predictable that it becomes a case of-will this girl be a singer or dancer this time? her storylines r all the same.she just changes the professions of the girls.wud be nice if she got more realistic &relatable characteres&jobs.
her dark series r so alike.a lot o
Shana (ReadingVixen)
MUCH better than the previous books! I'm glad the author finally stepped up and made the female protagonist stronger. The previous books had the main women characters too timid for my liking. They allowed the male protagonists to be TOO overbearing, TOO arrogant, and TOO obnoxious.

In "Dark Challenge," Julian tells Desari the same thing the others in the previous books said: "Your happiness and safety is placed above all things." "You're my lifemate; we belong together." "Nothing you can do will
Yup! I was right, Julian and the singer, Desari.

And this definitely switched things up for me. It was even a bit feminist! (other reviews for this series here)

Let's get down to it!

So, as we know from Dark Magic, Julian, Aidan's twin, is pretty close to changing. In an effort to keep him going a bit longer, Gregori gives him the task of protecting a human woman the society thinks is a vampire.

Of course she's his lifemate.

But here's the good part: She's Carpathian!

OK, so back in the day, the Carpa
I presume you know what the book is about. I'm letting you know what I liked or disliked about it.

So this was my first Christine Feehan read. Of course I've seen her work throughout the years but have held off starting with such a favored author with many novels. I've found over the years that when I find an author I like I will likely end up reading all their work and it can take months to do.

Not sure why it made sense to me this last weekend to read one of her novels but it did and alas - it
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Heather Tisdale
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Dark Challenge is another book in Christine Feehan’s Dark Series. This book is centered on Julian Savage, Aidan Savages’ twin brother. After reading Aidan’s story, I was looking forward to reading Julian’s story. Julian is the typical Carpathian male who is arrogant, domineering,and needs his lifemate to stop him from changing into a vampire. The difference with Julian is that he has a deadly secret which keeps him away from his twin brother and others for fear of hurting them. When he meets Des ...more
Sharon ✽ is an emotional book junkie ✽ **is on vaction..c ya next week!!**
As I read more of this series, I find myself enjoying them more and more. I really liked that Julius found another Carpathian as his lifemate and even though Desari didnt know all the Carpathian ways, it seemed as though their connection was stronger. There was a bit of repetition in this book but it wasnt overwhelming. Looking forward to reading about Desari's brother, Darius.
Wendy Crisp
I will be very generous and give this two stars. There are a number of discrepancies in the story. Also, the girl's name is spelled differently (incorrectly) in different parts of the story, and I'm not confusing this with her nickname. One of the worst discrepancies though, is that these are Carpathians born in Romania. Yes, as children they moved to Africa but why would their names be Muslim or Arabic? (One was Barack of all things.. It made me sick.) During the story it is revealed to them th ...more
Pat Cromwell
I was sketical about this book after reading Dark Gold. Julian is Aidan's twin and that is as far as it goes. Totally oposites, Julian's life mate is a Daratrazanoff so he had a chore ahead of him and he met it! He rose to the challenge of taming his lifemate (or so he thought!) and he had to deal with her obnoxious brother. He never wavered!
Maria Aguilar
I have to say that this series is getting better and better my each pasting book of this series.

This story is about Julian Savage, the twin brother of Aidan in book three, and his last mission that his Prince gave him better he meets the dawn to end his colorless life. His last mission is to warn a singer name Desari, because her voice is so beautiful that human and vampire will come after her thinking that she is a vampire or a Carpathian female. When he enter he discover that not only is she
Jayne dArcy
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I felt it was very repetitive...How many times can one say: "you are mine, destined to be mine, stop fighting it woman?" Apparently, a lot! Julian is on the verge to the dark side (like all those before him) and just when he was ready to kill himself, he finds his reluctant lifemate (again, like others before him). She is Desari and her power (unlike the other before her) is a gift of song. She can entrance people to believe positive feelings of her choice. Overall, the power is lame, in my opin ...more
I loved the musical aspect and the knowledge that Carpathian woman have great powers. Another great love story to boot. And I was so glad to find that this twin conquered one of his past enemies.
First read June 2010

So I decided to try re-reading some of my favorites of these. I have to say that I probably would not give it a 5 stars today, I have better paranormal to compare it to and... after reading on in the series and getting the repetitive sex and domineering male thoughts and actions, I would dock this one star for the snore worthy sex. I would change it but I would want to read the whole series to readjust all the ratings so that they match. I don't think I have that energy. So r
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
Dark Challenge is another well deserved 5 star book by Christine Feehan. The story of Julian Savage who has been sent out by the Prince of the Carpathian people Mikhail Dubrisky and an his 2nd in command Gregori Daratrazanoff to locate and protect a women Desari whom they believe to be a human with Physic gifts.

Wow!! what Julian finds is not only his Lifemate but a whole group of singers and band players that are all lost Carpathians. They call themselves the Dark Troubadours. Not only are they
Desari and her five adopted brothers and sister had been hiding from both human hunters and vampires first in Africa and then the United States since they were young children. Now Julian has discovered that Desari is his soul mate and that the whole group are long lost Carpathian refugees from the Turkish invasion. He also discovers a surprise family relationship to a good friend of his.

*Spoilers below*

There is so much about this story that I like (and some I do not), that it’s going to be ha
Dark Challenge is book 5 in Dark series by Christine Feehan. From previous books we learned about Julian Savage who was Aidan’s twin brother. Desari is Gregori’s younger Carpathian sister who can sing. She is an ancient, but was thought to have been killed a long time ago.

Since I’m a fan of strong female leads, Desari was not a “why are you doing this to me gal” as previous books. The intolerable Carpathian Warrior male dominance made me a little weary. Get over it already . Desari’s charact
Zessi [The Book Rogue]
Well... this to a while to get into. After the action-scene opening it fell into the typical Dark insta-love hole, which I felt was rather on the worse side for Julian and Desari. Don't get me wrong, Julian turned out to be much more fun than I expected him to be, and Desari was one awesome (rather kickass) female, but putting their heat right at the beginning and with the typically repetative vocab... it's just not the smartest move to make.

However, once all the family members (well, Darius for
This was a great romance story and loved the relationship between Desari and Julian who are both two strong Carpathian Ancients. Desari has a very special gift with her voice and is a very strong woman. I also loved all of the characters who are in her band. Darius is a strong Ancient through his bloodline and saved and raised 6 Carpathian children one of whom turned vampire. But they all have strong strengths in them and obey what ever Darius tells them as their official leader not knowing ther ...more
I liked so many things about this book - a unique group of unknown Carpathians who travel and mingle with humans, Carpathian females with exceptional abilities, two strong-willed Alpha males trying to live together, a hero with a shadow of darkness in him, an emotionally damaged character, and an intriguing relationship between two minor characters. All in all, some interestingly different aspects to a story in the Dark series. I was curious about Julian since he'd been referenced in previous bo ...more
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“Desari reached up to trace his lips. ‘You have a perfect mouth, Julian. An amazingly perfect mouth.’
He arched an eyebrow at her. ‘Just my mouth is amazing?’
‘You are such a man.’ Her eyes laughed at him. ‘You need constant reassurance that you are magnificent.’
He nodded. ‘Magnificent. I like that. I could live with magnificent. Good choice of words, lifemate.”
“No, they would not be happy to take my place at your side, cara mia, because I would promptly end their lives in a most unhappy way.’
‘You are such a caveman, Julian. You look tall and elegant and princely, yet you have not matured beyond the cave.’
…’I have no intention of riding above caveman mentality,’ he growled in her ear, his breath teasing tendrils of hair and sending little flames dancing through her bloodstream. ‘There are so many benefits for the caveman.”
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