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Dark Guardian (Dark #9)

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They were masters of the darkness, searching through eternity for a mistress of the light....

He ran with the wolves...materialized from the mists...hijacked the very heavens to his whims.

He was the dark guardian of his people. So how, after centuries of a bleak, soulless existence had he, Lucian Daratrazanoff, suddenly come to crave petite, curvy, colorful lady cop Jaxon M
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 24th 2002 by Leisure Books
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5 Dark Angel Stars

First read July 2012 Reread January 26, 2016


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"I am your lifemate, young one. You have no idea what that means, and you are not Carpathian, so I expect a certain amount of resistance from you." Lucian rubbed his chin over the top of her head. "I promise you I will be as gentle and as patient as I can, but I cannot wait long for you. The emotions I am feeling do not tame the wild beast within me."-Lucian

Dark Guardian is the 9th book in the Dark series by Christine Feeha
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
One thing I love about these Carpathian books is they prove the adage: There is someone for everyone. Feehan sets the stage by showing Lucian as a young fledgling, seeing the devastation that his people face, and realizing his duty to his people. Then she shows Jaxon growing up and the beginning of a horrible obsession that her father's friend develops for her. Those parts were really shocking and I was surprised that Feehan didn't hesitate to show how truly crazy Drake was. My heart bled for po ...more
Dec 12, 2015 CC rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: safe-for-me, pnr, series
Caution there will be mild spoilers...and cursing - A LOT more than normal!

Sweet baby Jesus I finally finished this fucking story! (I really wish I knew how to add pictures because I could express my feelings better!)

Anyway, now I will explain my ridiculous statement above.

This book was cruising along at a 3 star because the heroine was so annoying and I was bored silly with her antics. She never admitted to feelings for Lucian until the last 5-10%. She pushed him away and even went so far as t
Aug 17, 2013 Janeen rated it did not like it
Did not care for this one. I didn't like the way the pov switched around. I didn't like that the millenia old European hero called the heroine "honey" even though he was European and really old.

There was too much telling for my taste. I also didn't like that the tough as nails heroine almost cries because the hero is kind to a wolf. And I didn't like the parts that read along the lines of "The wedding really was like a fairy tale" or "She realized she trusted him completely because he loved her
Andrea Hussey
Feb 07, 2014 Andrea Hussey rated it did not like it
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Dark Guardian is the story of legendary Carpathian hunter Lucian and his lifemate Jaxon.

I really liked this story. Jaxon (Jax for short) is a tough-as-nails, driven cop, and Lucian is the twin brother of Gabriel from book 8.

I really enjoyed the human element in this book. The human predator that has stalked Jax her entire life long is a former Navy SEAL. He is well-trained and fixated on Jax, and has dispatched everyone close to her. His threat is very real and continues throughout the the entir
Carinae L'etoile
Sep 16, 2012 Carinae L'etoile rated it did not like it
Old world? Yet kept calling her honey on every other page?!

I shouldn't have re-read this book. It pissed me off. The heroine's name alone was jarring and irritating - almost like she was deliberately given a masculine name to offset the ridiculously stupid abuse Feehan subjected her to.

I don't know where to begin with Lucian. It is almost like she wiped the slate clean with his character from Book 8. She completely made him modern but wanted to feel old fashioned by merely using the words "old w
4.5-5 stars

This was a great story and addition to the series. I liked both Jaxon and Lucian very much and enjoyed seeing them become a couple as well as partners.

Jaxon was born to a father that was special forces and he taught her those skills from a very young (almost as soon as she could walk) age. She took to it naturally and liked training better than anything else. Jaxon's father was killed early in her life and she lost the rest of her family and then her foster family. All this was becaus
Sep 18, 2009 Debbie rated it it was amazing
The power that Lucian Daratrazanoff could wield was immense, but the power he came by naturally did not help him find the one thing that could make is existence more tolerable. Finding a lifemate was not the difficult part of his newest challenge, it was to convince a human women to become a part of a new existence. Running most of her life from a monster, Jaxon Montgomery was not prepared to find out just what kind of evil creatures really were a part of her world, she had the street smart and ...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
It's important to read Dark Legend before reading this book, as this one is about Lucian and follows on more or less directly from the previous book.

Lucian's only reason for staying alive is Francesca's assurance that his lifemate exists in the world and needs him. He spends the next couple of years looking for her and finds her in America (surprise surprise), a police officer called Jaxson with a tragic past: her family was all murdered by her father's best friend, Tyler Drake, a fellow SEAL wh
T.J. Shaw
Nov 29, 2013 T.J. Shaw rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vampire
Ahhhh, this was such a great read! Lucian is a fantastic hero and virtually unstoppable. He’s an ancient protector of his race who sacrificed the latter part of his existence to save his brother, Gabriel. I also read, DARK LEGEND, the previous book in the Carpathian series, which is mainly about Gabriel. But Ms. Feehan devoted so much attention to Lucian that by the time I finished it, I couldn’t wait to read Lucian’s story in DARK GUARDIAN. Lucian is probably one of my favorite Carpathians, alt ...more
For the first time in a Carpathian book the heroine got on my nerves. I'm not sure it is actually the character or the way the narrator portrayed her but she is so WHINY!!!! Yes she could be brave when it came to fighting but the rest of the time whine, whine, whine. I understand she had a lot of changes to make and they are by no means easy but she really was getting on my nerves when coming to grips with it. Oh and I did not care for the outcome with Drake, I agree with Jaxon, "That's it?". Al ...more
Apr 18, 2011 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audios-read
Book 9. Online library MP3 download to my cellphone. This book is Part 2 (after Book 8) and involves the other twin, Lucian Daratrazanoff (brother of Gabriel). I really liked this one! Of course that means a more complicated plot, character development and of course, moral dilemmas! Lucian and Jaxon Montgomery are the main characters. Jaxon is haunted by a sick and abusive stepfather who has killed everyone close to Jaxon. Lucian has had to convince his twin that he had 'turned.' It was all a ru ...more
Oct 20, 2013 Karen added it
Love Carpathians :)amazing how they can shape shift & almost seem invincible at times.
Jan 15, 2016 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: soon, library
I have mixed feelings about this book. I liked Lucian a lot more than I have liked most of the other males from this series. Yes he was all caveman and forced his will but thats just what they do. It's a story not real life. And he seemed to feel guilty when he did it and the only times I remember him doing it was when he wanted Jax to drink from him. Is that right? maybe thats wrong. But if thats the case then he's better than the rest of them. Plus he was kinda funny and I liked that about him ...more
Pat Cromwell
Feb 12, 2009 Pat Cromwell rated it really liked it
What I loved most about this book and what makes it the best so far for the emotional impact. This is the book with the emotional tug to your heart. Both Lucian and especially Jaxon had such sad beginnings. Knowing their toubled history made their coming together so much more exciting and heart warming. Yes, I am a whimp and I cried because of Jaxon's troubles as a young girl and the sacrifice that that Lucian made for what he remembered to be LOVE for his brother ... OMG I love Lucian and Jaxon ...more
Sep 11, 2012 Angie rated it did not like it

So, when I read Under the Blood Red Moon I mentioned that the plot seemed familiar: Manly Carpathian needs his soulmate. I couldn't for the life of me remember the author or books, but knew I'd read multiple of them earlier in life. I ran into this book at a humane society thrift store and thought, why not? I'll spend a buck for the animals and re-read this book and make sure it really is one of the ones I was thinking of before.

And it's terrible. It's
Nov 02, 2013 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I get my cop!!!

Remember way back in Dark Prince I gave some things I wanted to see? I think I listed 4 separate things, but they were kind of a conglomerate. I wanted a Carpathian woman, and I've gotten that in Francesca - though I had more intended a woman converting a male.

Another thing I wanted was a cop. I had imagined it as part of this really vivacious woman, and Jaxon is definitely all that. She's spunky and driven, and mother fucking cop!!

Not at all the wait at home kinda gal that puts C
Oct 30, 2011 Rae rated it it was ok
I'm simply glad that my neighbor lent this series to me--because I had such a difficult time connecting to the author's writing style when I read "Dark Prince". Thusfar, I've read 13 of the 15 Dark books...I can honestly say I enjoyed 4 of them. Next time someone that lives very close to me gives me books that come highly recommended, I'm going to remember this experience and just say "no thanks".

I find Mrs. Feehan's writing style difficult to embrace and extremely inconsistant. It's almost as t
Feb 28, 2014 Farah rated it liked it
Shelves: books
Will the real Lucian please stand up

It was a somewhat disappointing read , Lucian's character in the last book was much more compelling and had an air of menace and darkness not to mention he was incredibly smart , in this book he completely changed 180 degrees to something much more tame and different , he didn't seem like the same character that was in Dark Legend , yes I realize that in Dark legend there was a lot of pretense from his part but that doesn't mean he'd be completely different
Oleta Blaylock
Jul 08, 2011 Oleta Blaylock rated it it was amazing
Lucian has always been one of my favorite Carpathians. He is the first that lets his lifemate take on a vampire which is a huge jump for this bunch of very protective, alpha males. He has also hung on for so long and worked so hard to save his brother that I was really hoping that he would find someone that would respect him and love him as much as he deserved. Jaxon is that woman. She has had so much death, misery and betrayal in her life I am surprised that she has stayed sane. While she hides ...more
Oct 06, 2016 Lyndi marked it as d-n-f
This was a torturous 29%, man. Jaxx is an idiot. A total, complete, TSTL idiot. She refuses to listen to the answers to the questions she asks. She refuses to believe what she's seeing with her very own eyes. She refuses to accept logic.

Oh but wait, she does accept responsibility for all the awful things that happen to other people, things she had zero control over. And she does accept the fact that Lucian is a two thousand year old non-human vampire hunter. But she refuses to believe he could
May 17, 2010 Sara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Okay. I am now officially stating my intent to stop reading the Carpathians series. By declaring it like this, I hope to finally give up all hope on the series.

I believe I enjoyed the first book, but the rest, not so much. I get so tired of the "he could do no other" phrase. It is in every book on just about every 10 pages.

Those Carpathians have so much power and few limitations. It makes it hard for them to find any enemies that can best them which is kinda boring. The struggle in each book is
Jan 24, 2016 Natalia815 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: oscura
Después de 9 libros de esta saga tengo que decir que se me está haciendo un poco repetitivo. Las historias casi siempre tienen la misma estructura.

Lo que más me ha gustado es el prólogo en el que nos cuentan la infancia de Jaxon. Y lo peor Lucian, que sí, es adorable y todo ese tipo de cosas, pero en los libros anteriores nos lo pintaban como alguien temible y al final resulta que es un corderito.

Seguiré leyendo la saga, espero que en próximos libros haya más de variedad. Me gustaría ver como u
After reading Dark Legend (Gabriel's book) 10+ years ago, I was really put off of reading Dark Guardian (Gabriel's twin, Lucian's book). Thankfully, though, I recently had it recommended to me by a friend in one of my groups, so I finally decided to read it.

I can't actually remember why I found the idea of reading Dark Guardian so abhorrent all those years ago, so it turned out to be the right time to give it a go. And I'm glad I did.

Contrary to my expectations, I fell in love with Lucian almost
Jaxon, Jaxon, are such a moron.

How I feel for these long-suffering Carpathians, to finally discover their lifemates who keep them from a bleak, colorless existence, and then discover that that lifemate is a bleeding idiot. Thank God Lucian has a strong sense of humor to go along with his brilliant white teeth.
13.51 :I am on page 200.... soooo slow and a weakling whining annoying heroine.I don't know if I want to finish it.
Jan 17, 2009 Nymphsin rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of the series...
Recommended to Nymphsin by: I've been a long time fan.
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Sep 19, 2009 Suz rated it liked it
Shelves: pnr
I had such high hopes for this one. I spent more than half of it just being disgusted with the female protagonist's commitment to denial. It's been done to death in this series, it makes her insipid and jejune, and it's seriously beneath appropriate behavior for the lifemate of the oldest and fiercest living Carpathian hunter. It's like reading Dark Gold all over. It was like watching Scarlet O'Hara doing "I can't think about that right now, I'll just think about that tomorrow" punctuated with c ...more
Review 2008:
Honestly, I'm having a bit of a had time getting through this book. Feehan has tried in this book to be different to the previous books in this series. But I feel she's trying to hard, and it's not quite working out. What really bugs, is that she's taken a suppsedly strong heroine, and turned her to a weakling. Why? To what end?? This book really blows, unless it picks up for 2nd half, I'm going to stick with my 1/5 star review.

This was a very hard book to get through. Thank goodness
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Christine Feehan ...: Dark Guardian (#9) 1 7 Jan 04, 2010 06:54PM  
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Christine Feehan is a #1 New York Times bestselling author multiple times over with her portfolio including over 50 published novels, including five series; Dark Series, Ghostwalker Series, Leopard Series, Drake Sisters Series, & the Sisters of the Heart Series. All five series hit the #1 spot on the New York Times bestselling list as well. Her debut novel Dark Prince received 3 of the 9 Paran ...more
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“Wolves? I should have known. Of course you have wolves. Doesn’t everybody?” She snapped her fingers. “The gun, Lucian. Hand it over. I’ve decided I have to shoot you after all. It’s the only way to preserve my sanity.” 92 likes
“I’m quite capable of walking,” she pointed out.
It is faster this way. Your legs are short.”
They are not!”
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