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3.99  ·  Rating details ·  53,177 ratings  ·  2,646 reviews
Raven Whitney is a psychic who has used her gift to help the police track down a serial killer. Now, she is determined to escape the glare of recent publicity for the peace and quiet of the Carpathian Mountains. Despite her own emotional fatigue, Raven finds herself connecting psychically to another wounded individual somewhere close by. Prince Mikhail Dubrinsky is the lea ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 308 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Piatkus Books (first published March 8th 1999)
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Dueep Jyot Seriously,are you interested in women being subjected to torture,forcing,violation, incest,disfigurement because these are what these books are mostly…moreSeriously,are you interested in women being subjected to torture,forcing,violation, incest,disfigurement because these are what these books are mostly about.The supposedly romantic dark tortured heroes of her books would be locked up in a normal society because of their violent,aggressive ,abnormal and sex starved behavior.This is not romantic stuff,it is porn masquerading as sentimental corn. However if you find one with a blind musician named Francesca and the hero named Byron, that's a nice story. The rest are You are my lifemate whether you like it or not. tied forever to me. Continuous sex and long prurient descriptions. If you really want to read real class you could try JD Robb's In Death series instead.Christine Feehan is promoting an idea that women are doormats to be molested by males and this is romantic.No fookin'way.(less)
Julia Shore I am a massive fan of Singh's Psy-Changeling series. I just finished Dark Prince (the only book I have read in this series) and it is not particularly…moreI am a massive fan of Singh's Psy-Changeling series. I just finished Dark Prince (the only book I have read in this series) and it is not particularly similar to Psy-Changeling novels.

The book features vampires. The love story begins as YOU ARE MY LIFEMATE WE MUST BE MATED OR ELSE WE WILL NEVER KNOW HAPPINESS EVER EVER AGAIN which I didn't really like as there was very little flirting, getting to know a person and developing love for that person (which Singh does much more of). Seriously, in the first 20 pages or so this is how intense their love was.

As a person who is trying to find another series similar to Psy-Changeling, I would not recommend this text as it is much harder to relate to the characters and doesn't have that warm family feel that Psy-Changeling books have. The character development wasn't that good either.(less)

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Kat Kennedy
Once upon a time there was a young woman with a dream. A dream that women the world over could live in freedom as equals. That they would have the right that many women have been denied for hundreds of years, possibly more - to live healthy, happy lives with partners who love and respect them and provide for their needs.

Then that young woman read Dark Prince - and her dreams were shattered.

Actually, this is all a lie because that young woman, the woman writing this review (yes! It is I!) didn't
Bark  |  Ladies Of Horror Fiction
Narrator: Juanita Parker
Length: 12.5 hours
Published by Books In Motion, December 2005

How to Woo Your Life Mate by Mikhail Dubrinsky Leader of the Carpathians

1. Never call her by her given name. Always call her “Little One”. It makes her feel special.

2. Lurk outside her window in your animal form and admire her bum with your dark, burning eyes. You have super powers for a reason. Use them.

3. Infect her dreams and mind-molest her. If she says “no” do what you want anyway. Women love it when you t
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
4.5 You Are My Lifemate Stars

First read June 2012
Reread January 8, 2016
Reread January 20, 2017
Reread oct 25, 2020

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Your pain was so sharp, so terrible, I couldn't ignore it. I thought you might like to talk. Death is not an answer to unhappiness. I think you know that. In any case, I'll stop if you wish it.-Raven

Sometimes when it's been a while since you read a book you can forget just how wonderful it is. You remember it was special, that you loved it. It stands out in your me
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I've waited a long time to check out a Christine Feehan book and I think that maybe I set myself up for disappointment. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed 'Dark Prince'. However, I expected to be blown away...and I wasn't.

I listened to the Audible edition of 'Dark Prince' and I can't say that I'd recommend that version to others. The narration just didn't work for me. I think that if I had read the Kindle version, I probably would've enjoy
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
When I try to evaluate this book, I close my eyes and picture old-fashioned weighing scales. On the left, is the negative aspect about this novel. On the right, the positives will be measured.

The negative
Truly, there was only one. My only real complaint was this:
I've noticed that Ms. Feehan will use very long sentences, and as many words as possible in most sentences to convey her story. She will write things repetitively, instead of just once (although I think a lot of authors have this tenden
Several years back, I was working for one of the largest banks in the country. My office was about a block away from the Sears Tower in downtown Chicago, right in the middle of the financial district. One morning, I arrived at work to find two preventative maintenance men in the elevator bank. One of them was a Blue Collar God. Not even kidding. He stood out beautifully amidst all the other pasty cube-dwellers with their spare tires and beady little banker eyes. He was rough around the edges in ...more
Oct 06, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Only Fans of the Author
Recommended to Julianna by: Julie (jjmachshev) Anderson
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"2.5 stars" In all honesty, I had been looking forward to trying Christine Feehan's books for quite some time, so the fact that Dark Prince did not resonate with me, is incredibly disappointing. I freely admit that perhaps my expectations were too high. The positive ratings for Ms. Feehan's books seem to far outweigh the negative, and I've seen many paranormal romance fans rave about her stories and hold them up as being among the best and brightest that the genre has to
Sophia Triad
Mikhail Dubrinsky and Raven Whitney

The book cover is old-fashioned, the writing style is so decadent and dreamy. Still it is such an interesting approach to the vampires/shifters mythology and fated mating.
It made me remember that the first PNR stories about shifters were the stories about the vampires. A vampire could transform into a bat or a wolf.
It also made me remember that vampires love sleeping inside the earth. They are supposed to be the oldest creatures alive, so their connection to ea
The guys in this book can give Kristen Ashley's alpha assholes a run for their money. Just turn one of KA's alphas into a shapeshifting/vampire hybrid, give him immense power, and you've got it.

So, we have a race of brooding shapeshifter/vampires who need females or they will turn into the bad vampires who are consumed with bloodlust and death. Like lawyers. *shiver*

cookies? I'm in!

Mikhail is the prince of the hybrids. He is in so much darkness that he is thinking of killing himself. Broody male
May 29, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: vampires, smut
Thanks to a quarter-life crisis that has left me bereft of the simple pleasure of enjoying a good book, I've been relegated to flipping through comics and smut romances in an effort to distract myself from the general tragedy that is my life. While most of them have been reasonably bad, I have not felt compelled to write a review about any of them.

That said, Dark Prince being the first in the Carpathian Series was so very laughable that I find myself rising from the gloom if only to warn others
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
I don't like giving up on books, but there are often good reasons for me to do that, either the book just doesn’t work for me at the moment or the book just doesn’t work at all for me. For me was this book the later on and I read about 100 pages before I decided to throw in the towel.  This book just didn’t work for me mainly because the main character Mikhail just made me mad. I can’t stand a character that is so annoying to read about, from his Raven in his woman nobody shall touch her attitud ...more
Julie (jjmachshev)
This was the book that started by Carpathian addiction. Christine Feehan's "Dark Prince" was so very different from the normal romance novel back in 1999. Her Alphas could write the book on Alpha behavior and their love for their mates is the stuff of dreams. If you've never read one of her books, then I can't recommend "Dark Prince" highly enough...especially is you are a paranormal romance fan. If heroes who literally NEED their heroines and will do anything to lure, attain, and keep their her ...more
Jess the Romanceaholic
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Dec 03, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
Simply awful.

I have nothing against paranormal romances. I've read quite a few, although I generally prefer urban fantasy/mystery books with some romance.

I had heard such good things about Christine Feehan I thought I'd give her books a try. Unfortunately, I couldn't make myself finish this, and I did try. Really. I almost got through it, but ultimately gave up.

The story isn't particularly original... unless you consider the fact that Feehan probably came up with this plotline in the first place
Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
Mikhail Dubrinsky was at the end of his very long life. He was tired of a life with no color, a lifetime of loneliness, fighting the dark side that was all too easy to give into. His intentions reach the mind of Raven Whitney, a renowned psychic, who can't help but soothe his woes. What neither of them expected was what one touch of the mind would open the door for them to be consumed mind, body and soul.

🐺 I loved how the mate theme allowed the characters to fall in love pretty quickly. Instalov
Finally! I cannot tell you how happy I am to finish this book. Instead of 10 hours, the audiobook felt like it was twice as long and I had it in 2x speed for most of it.

I can imagine that when this book came out in 1999, it was fresh and groundbreaking. If I had read it back there, I would have definitely been intrigued. But as a 2011 PNR reader, I can only tell you that this book bored me beyond tears and I couldn't stand the dumb characters and an overwrought dialogue that would go on and on r
Mar 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009
Ok, well um what can I say... This series has been recommended so many times I think I hyped it up in my mind. I was not disappointed but I didn't love it as much as BDB or Immortals after dark series.

Another reviewer had a couple of negatives which I agree with... 1. The book seemed to start too fast with no real background to the Carpathians OR Raven. It made it harder to connect to them. 2. The fact there was no angst whatsoever about Mikhail changing Raven when so much h
This book is awful. TSTL heroine, non-con (blood drinking), trashy storyline. DNF at 40%.
Definitely not for me.
I knew before i even started reading "Dark Prince" that it would be a breathtaking journey.Its Christine Feehan`s creation and when it comes to paranormal romance she simply delivers with her intriguing plots,hypnotizing prose,beautiful love-stories with hero and heroine to die for!No wonder this series are so popular,i could not put this book down!Raven Whitney is a telepathic who have helped catching serial killers.Trying to escape and heal from the traumatic thoughts of these killers she goes ...more
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Not my cuppa tea, your mileage may vary. It does provide a unique spin on the vampire mythos. There are two forms, the virtuous Carpathian and the corrupt vampire. When a Carpathian goes bad, he or she becomes a vampire. Their problem? Hardly any Carpathian females and those who still exist seem to have only male children. Without a life-mate, the Carpathian men are eventually reduced to a state where they can't see colour, can't experience much emotion,
SamJ ★Needs a HEA★
★Book Basics★

Genre : - Paranormal Romance
Series : - Book 1 of The Dark Series about the Carpathian Race.
Writing - Third Person Dual POV
Main Characters : Raven Whitney, American psychic who in the past has used her talents to track down serial killers at great cost to herself. On holiday in the Carpathian Mountains to recover after tracking a particularly depraved mind.
Mikhail Dubrinksy, Prince of the Carpathians, a species of immortals, who need blood to survive and cannot be out
Tilly Slaton
Oct 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Christine Feehan was bold and daring when she created the Dark series.

Published in 1999, Dark Prince won several awards, including Best New Author for Paranormal Romance and Best Shape-shifter. Christine Feehan brought to life a world of never-ending twists and dramatic and breath-holding moments that will leave you pushing all of those wonderful chores aside until you have finished the book!

The Dark series is centered around an immortal species, the Carpathians. Shapeshifting, magic throbbin
Kat  Hooper
Sep 02, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

Mikhail Dubrinsky is the leader of the Carpathians, a powerful race that is dying out due to lack of females. Raven Whitney, a human, is vacationing in the Carpathian Mountains after using her telepathic skills to help catch a serial killer. Raven senses Mikhail’s distress and the two of them realize they have a connection to each other. Raven may be the life mate that Mikhail thought he’d never find and she represents hope for the Carpathians.

Ugh. I reall
Jane Stewart
Sep 26, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Boring plot and conversations, unlikeable heroine.

This mass market paperback included two stories, "Dark Prince" and a shorter story "Dark Descent." "Dark Prince" was the first in her series. It had a weak and boring plot. There were too many redundant and boring conversations. I disliked the heroine, Raven. She said "I'm very intelligent" yet she repeatedly did stupid things. For example, she had no ability to attack or defend herself, yet she alone followed four assassins and got stabbed sever

I’m late to the party. Over twenty years late in fact.

I think I might have enjoyed this more had I read it earlier. The problem is I’ve read hundreds of vampire stories and while this one has slight differences. It wasn’t anyway as good as I’d expected and hoped.

Honestly for me it was too long as well. And I like my vampires to be strong and powerful. But here with the exception of Gregori. They always seemed to be injured, healing or hiding.

Now Gregori is the reason I’m continuing on with
I loved it! No complaints! A great way to start a series. Wonderful world building! So well written! I loved Mikhail and Raven! I think Gregori might be my favorite!
Dec 05, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up, as-audio
An extended rape fantasy metaphor for people into abusive relationships, constructed by repeatedly copying and pasting cliched phrases.

But I owe this book a debt of gratitude, I suppose. I need things to listen to on my commute. I download them from my library's Overdrive collection. Selection can be limited, and I generally have a rule that I won't listen to something that I think I'm likely to read on paper, because I miss stuff when I listen. This book has finally convinced me to ditch that r
Alex is The Romance Fox
My best friend gave me the first 13 books of Christine Feehan’s Dark Series last year, and it was quite a while before I started the first book, THE DARK PRINCE. Because of the covers I thought they were historical romances which I am not a fan of. I had read her Ghostwalkers series which I liked so I decided to try this series.
I started reading and couldn’t put it down. I fell in love with the Carpathian prince. He is so lonely that he considers suicide and then he meets Raven who brings light
MG *Bury Me with My Kindle.. & a REALLY Long Charger*
I seriously need to write a review for this book bc I have now probably read it 10 times..... Whenever I pick this series up, I feel compelled to revisit my early faves, and this is definitely towards the top of that list! Somebody find me a hot Carpathian male please (ok, he doesn't even have to be that hot - these guys have the smolder, the alpha male base instincts, and the sexiness down regardless!)! ...more
Feb 20, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was truly a torture to read through this book. Admittedly, this was my first Christine Feehan book so it took me sometime to adjust to her style of writing and getting used to the premise/setting etc. However, having finished this book, I can honestly say that it just didn't work for me and in fact bothered me quite a bit.

Normally I love having a hot and sexy guy in the story, and sometimes I wouldn't even mind him being somewhat bossy and arrogant. However, Mikhail, the male protagonist in t
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