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Dark Prince by Christine Feehan
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Apr 01, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, romance, summer-reading
Read in March, 2011

The Carpathians are a unique race, similar to vampires but more complex. Not only are Carpathians monogamous but they only fall in love once. The male Carpathians grow darker and more cruel over time because of their violent existence. Not only do they feed on blood but they hunt down those of their race that have "turned" and have become ruthless killers. The one thing that keeps a Carpathian male from darkness is falling in love. Those that do not fall in love slowly see the world in darker and darker terms. When the male finds his life mate, the world grows more colorful -- he literally sees in color again -- and is happier, content.

We see the physical effects of love when Mikhael meets Raven. Their love story is particularly well done - rather explicit but tasteful. Mikhael and Raven are sympathetic lead characters and draw you in. I found myself engrossed with their love story and the suspense. After all, Mikhael and the Carpathians face deadly killers while Raven is able to sense and hear the Carpathians and the hunters. Mikhael tries to behave decently - struggling against incredible difficulty and odds - and it's his courage and integrity that inspire loyalty and devotion from the Carpathians and the villagers. Raven's willingness to take on others' suffering makes her a good match for Mikhael. Her inherent goodness and empathy give Mikhael and the Carpathians hope - she represents a new beginning, a possible future for the race.

I very much enjoyed Dark Prince. The story of the Carpathians is complex and fascinating while the danger that the race adds suspense. The best part is the love story between Mikhael and Raven. Overall, Dark Prince is an engrossing, satisfying read!

ISBN-10: 9780062009623 - Hardcover $19.99
Publisher: William Morrow; Special edition (March 8, 2011), 496 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.

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