Finally, the book that's given me nothing but heartache (in a good way,) Dark Magic by Christine Feehan. I have been anxious to read this one since IFinally, the book that's given me nothing but heartache (in a good way,) Dark Magic by Christine Feehan. I have been anxious to read this one since I began the series back at the beginning of the year. This is the fourth book in Feehan's Dark Carpathian series, and the (long awaited) story of Gregori and Savannah.
Savannah is the daughter of Mikhail, the prince of the Carpathians, and his lifemate Raven (for their amazing story see the first book in the series, Dark Prince.) When she learned of her destiny, Savannah fled the safety of her home in the Carpathian Mountains and traveled to America where she became a world-famous magician capable of mesmerizing illusions.
Gregori, the dark one, the name whispered by Carpathians and vampires alike, is destined to be Savannah's lifemate. He is the legendary hunter of their people and an extraordinary healer. The most powerful of all Carpathians, Gregori is a hard man. He has suffered more than any other Carpathian for he is called upon to dispense justice and all of that killing has taken a terrible toll. His own people fear him and the immense power he possesses.
Savannah was born to be Gregori's lifemate, a terrifying thought for one so young. More than anything, Savannah desires her own independence and the freedom of her own choices. Gregori has given Savannah five years of much needed freedom, but at what cost to his very soul? He has lived for centuries, and without his lifemate, the light to his darkness, he will become a most dangerous monster.
Now the vow he has made to her is at an end and so is his control. He is very close to turning and is now unable to seek the dawn to kill himself. He knows how incredibly powerful he is; knows that there is no one who could defeat him. Not Mikhail, Aidan or even Julian could hope to destroy him. He knows that if he turns, he will tear the world apart. Gregori can no longer trust himself and seizes Savannah. But it is too late?
Having her presence near him sends him toppling over the edge. The struggle between the man who has struggled with insurmountable darkness for endless centuries, and his beast is truly amazing. Savannah merges her mind with his and "feels" the suffering he has endured for her. For the first time, she understands Gregori's plight. The five years of freedom he has given her have been horrible for him to endure. She recognizes that it is her fear and young age that have brought so powerful a man to such a pitiful, horrible state, and she is consumed with guilt. She reaches out to him despite her fear and in her total acceptance of him, he finds control over the beast.
Together, they must learn to live in each other's worlds. Gregori must "allow" (as he so presumptuously puts it) Savannah freedom to walk among mortals and to make her own choices, and Savannah must learn that Gregori only wants what is best for the two of them (even if he has a somewhat pushy way of showing it!)
This was a great story and I am looking forward to book #5, Dark Challenge....more
Really not as good as the earlier books in the series. The plot is almost unrecognizable and unresolved. But I'm still interested to see where Anita wReally not as good as the earlier books in the series. The plot is almost unrecognizable and unresolved. But I'm still interested to see where Anita will go....more
Anita Blake started this series as a really great heroine - I don't know what is happening to her. The other characters are still good but again, theAnita Blake started this series as a really great heroine - I don't know what is happening to her. The other characters are still good but again, the plot is somewhat lacking....more
I actually really like Micah but I've read enough about his wonderful good looks - where's the meat (no pun intended.) I'm not giving up. I've come toI actually really like Micah but I've read enough about his wonderful good looks - where's the meat (no pun intended.) I'm not giving up. I've come too far in this series....more
Better than the last book. I wish I could give it 3.5 stars. The plot and conflicts were great and the reading itself was pretty interesting. I'm gladBetter than the last book. I wish I could give it 3.5 stars. The plot and conflicts were great and the reading itself was pretty interesting. I'm glad I held on through the not-so-great books to get to this one. Maybe this will be a turning-point for the author. Can't wait for the next one....more
Really disappointed in this book. I loved the series once. This book - almost in it's entirety - took place in Jean Claude's beedroom. What happened tReally disappointed in this book. I loved the series once. This book - almost in it's entirety - took place in Jean Claude's beedroom. What happened to the tough-as-nails heroine I used to enjoy?...more
Dark Melody is book 12 in Christine Feehan's Dark Carpathian series.
Let me just begin by saying thank goodness for this book! I am totally back on theDark Melody is book 12 in Christine Feehan's Dark Carpathian series.
Let me just begin by saying thank goodness for this book! I am totally back on the Carpathian bandwagon now. Dark Melody was so much better than Dark Descent (book 11 in the series).
Dark Melody is the story of Dayan, lead guitarist for the Dark Troubadours. We first met the band back in Dark Challenge (book 5 of the series), and by book 6, Julian had Desari, Darius had Tempest, and Barack had Syndil - everyone had a lifemate except Dayan. So he left the band to travel with Cullen Tucker, a human loyal to the Troubadours, to hopefully find his lifemate.
Dayan is compelled to stop and give an impromptu performance in a small bar, and it is here that he finds his lifemate - the one woman in all the world destined to be his other half . As soon as she walks into the room, Dayan is sure Corrine Wentworth is the light to his darkness. "He heard the soft murmur of her voice, and at once his world changed".
Here's where the story goes in a different direction from all the other Carpathian books I've read: Corinne is pregnant with another man's child, and she has a life-threatening heart condition. She and her sister-in-law Lisa are also in danger from the same institution that has hounded the Carpathian race for many years. Corrine's husband John was murdered by the society, and now they have orders to bring in Corrine and Lisa, dead or alive.
Because of Lisa's inability to accept reality, Cullen, Corrine and her baby are all injured and put in mortal danger. Dayan cannot convert Corrine because of the danger to her baby, but he must do something to save her. Her heart is laboring so much that it is certain she won't survive the birth of the baby, so Dayan does the only thing he can, he calls on Darius for help. Soon, all of the Troubadours, along with Gregori and Savannah (from Dark Magic) and Jacques and Shea (from Dark Desire) are on route to help heal Corrine.
I have to say, I just love the fact that all of the other members of Dayan's "family" are in this book, and to have the healers Shea and Gregori there as well, was so wonderful. The storyline for Dayan and Corrine was touching and heartwarming, even if it was a bit of a departure for Feehan. Usually in a Dark novel, the heroine is capable of taking care of herself (even if the Carpathian male disagrees), but in Dark Melody, Corrine really is in need of a hero. And Dayan, dark brooding poet, is the perfect hero. Dark Melody was a very refreshing read. ...more
The Only One is a book of three stories. This review is for the story Dark Descent, book 11 in Christine Feehan’s Dark Carpathian Series.
I just “founThe Only One is a book of three stories. This review is for the story Dark Descent, book 11 in Christine Feehan’s Dark Carpathian Series.
I just “found” Christine Feehan earlier this year and she’s never let me down, until now. Dark Descent is the story of Joie Sanders, professional bodyguard and amateur caver, and Traian Trigovise, ancient Carpathian hunter.
The idea was good: Traian was in danger, being attacked and used for sustenance for three vampires. He was being held prisoner deep in a cave in the Carpathian Mountains as Joie was taking a bullet for her latest boss. She was in so much pain that she was able to temporarily leave her body to escape it. As she was soaring through space and time, she felt pulled to Traian.
Though she was sure she was hallucinating, she felt compelled to find him when she was able, and she and her brother Jubal and sister Gabrielle went caving to find him. They were able to locate and free him, and all made it out of the cave alive and relatively unscathed. There was one more tussle with the vampires and then – “ta da” – the end.
The entire story takes place over just 133 pages, and therein lies my problem with it. I felt like it was completely rushed – no development of the characters or their separate stories or anything. They met, she accepted completely that he was not human; he was totally o.k. with the fact that her job had her perpetually in harm’s way; he converted her, making her Carpathian, and there you go.
The bottom line here: the story-line was incredibly hurried, the characters (while brimming with potential) were undeveloped and flat, and they were all too accepting of everything supernatural going on around them. I found the whole thing to be incomplete and entirely lacking the depth and drama of the rest of the series.
I’ve been reading this series a bit at a time all year, and I have to tell you that Feehan really strayed from the formula in Dark Descent. If it had been the first of her books that I’d picked up, I wouldn’t have read anything else by her, but I usually love her so much that of course I’ll be picking up Dark Melody next. ...more