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Dark Storm (Dark #20)

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Return to the “steamy and dreamy” (Publishers Weekly) world of Christine Feehan’s New York Times bestselling Carpathian novels as thundering passions signal a dark force on the horizon…
 
Buried alive for hundreds of years in a volcano in South America, Dax worries that he has become the abomination that every Carpathian male fears, a victim of the insidious evil that has
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Paperback, 464 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Jove (first published September 1st 2012)
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
3.5 Old One Stars

First read Oct. 2012 Reread March 2, 2016

*Spoilers*

You called me palafertiilam. Yes. There was no hesitation. He exuded complete confidence. She felt another surge of heat curling through her body like a wave. I asked Gary for the translation. He said it meant lifemate and that there is only one. Gary is correct. You possess the other half of my soul. You are the keeper of my heart. Again, she felt that wave of heat rush over her. How do you know? I know. He spoke with that same
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
I’ve been a fan of Christine Feehan’s Carpathians for years now, but the last few books haven’t WOW’d me like the earlier books did… until now. Dark Storm is, start to finish, an action packed and passionate story!
Blurb…

Awakening after all this time in a world of absolute darkness and oppressive heat, Dax wonders in how many ways the world above must have changed. But it is how he has changed that fills him with dread and loathing. Buried alive for hundreds of years in a volcano in the Carpathi
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Diana
Oct 01, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review, vampires
The first half of this book was like reading the series for the first time. I experienced that same sense of excitement and enthrallment that I had when I picked up Dark Prince for the first time. I enjoyed seeing each character's actions/reaction before they met the other. And once they met each other, I very much enjoyed how they connected and bonded.

But around the middle, the story started getting stretched out and slow. There were definitely scenes I skimmed because they were boring or to de
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Sandra_23
New characters when we already have soooo freaking many OLD ONES!!
When the fu*** is she going to write about all of those old characters?!?!?

What about the dragon sisters?
And Skylar, Solanges cousin, Gabriela, and all those new warriores -- What about all of them??

Is she going to write their storys when we are all old and senil?? IN 2050?!?!?

God, Im really royal pissed!!! ÒÓ

PS - Dax?!?! Really!!
I think that i,m really going to give up on this series .. Its just draging and draging and it never d
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MelissaB
* 3 1/2 stars *

I enjoyed this one for the most part but had a few issues. There were some really strange scene transitions between chapters, we would suddenly be in a new place and were barely given information on what happened between scenes. There was too much time spent in the character's thoughts and conversations and not enough action. I felt the book had potential to be more exciting than it was, though the romance itself was nice. The hero was a much better guy in this book than the last
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Tracy Shikapwashya
SPOILER ALERT!!
At first I was worried about the reviews, despite Christine being one of my favorite writers. I make sure to research my books through reviews before I purchase them (My hubby puts me on a budget, otherwise I would break the bank with my reading obsession)☺.

However I really enjoyed this book and can understand why Christine went the way she did and my conclusions are as follows:

1. Xavier is gone. He happened to be the main antagonist in relation to the Carpethians. However his evi
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Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
This review is from: Dark Storm (Carpathian) (Hardcover)
First let me say I don't understand the 1 and 2 star ratings, this is a very good story an a bit different than the other Dark series books, which makes it totally interesting. Sometime I think other authors send their devout minions to do harm to other better selling authors. I have seen this pattern for a few years now and It's just not right!!

I loved Riley she is a descendant of Arabejila the "Flower Lady" as some refer to her from prev
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Katie Michaels
Alas, I may be coming to the end of my time with the Carpathian series. For so long, it has been my guilty pleasure. After all, you can't get all that white lightning, feminine sheaths or velvet over steel just anywhere. In these books, you are guaranteed to find the most alpha of the alpha-males and the most flowery euphemisms for sex, along with a familiar and predictable tone that's like slipping on an old pair of shoes that you've had forever.

Unfortunately, I think these shoes are getting to
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Tory
Mar 15, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can't wait!! I so hope it is Dominic's story, but that is probably hoping for too much... Then again you never know!!! :)
Michelle the Romance Witch
Honestly, after reading the other reviews for this book I was totally set up to think I would hate it. But I loved it.
The last few stories in this series have been thoroughly disappointing, following almost the same cookie cutter story line. The mating was just too soon leaving so much angst and need for additional creation of problems.
This story however, gave some great lead up, with both characters growing and learning about themselves before they were through into an overly intense romance.
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Shauni
Oct 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did something rather unusual with this book, I waited over a week to read it AND I read other reviews on it first. Now that may not seem like a big deal to you but it is highly irregular for me. That being said, this review will reflect those concepts and will have include some questions that come to mind.. some might consider those questions spoilers.. *grins* ok, disclaimer done.

Dark Storm is the 23rd in Christine Feehan's Dark Series.. or as I like to call it her Carpathian Series. In many
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Vashti
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Half way thru this book and all I can say is THANK GOD!The first couple of chapters were on the boring side with so much info dump that I found myself just skimming a few pages.The main 2 characters have yet to meet.
When Riley and Dax do finally meet,the book became more interesting,but still lacked luster .I hate the rainforest setting ,then throw in the jaguar people,secondary characters had prominent parts and just what type of female is Riley anyway?Is she a witch ? or some sort of Earth God
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Nefertiti
2.5 stars. Decent enough story, but it adds nothing to the series.

When I started reading this book I asked myself: "Who are these people?" "Why should I care about them?" After finishing the book, I'm still asking myself those questions.

I'm frustrated because I feel that 23 books into the Dark series, Feehan needs to be writing a resolution or at least working towards one. Instead, she's introducing characters that no one (not even the main characters) know exist and all we get in the end from
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Kristal
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I hate to do it, I really do because I loved this series--I have EVERY one of these books, but I can't take it any more...this book may be my last Dark Series book. (My heart just broke!)

I just felt this book was slow and too drawn out. I miss the old gang of characters and how their books were written. I think my favorites in this series are the first ten books or so...I loved Mikhails, Juilian, Gregori, Adian, Darius, etc., but the last few books have not done much for me.

I'll just stick to t
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Mari
Oct 04, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, paranormal
I used to LOVE the Carpathians. Back in the day before e-readers I would park my plump butt outside of the bookstore until they opened for these books.

The last few installments have been disappointing for me and this latest one was so blah I don't even know where to begin.

It's set in the jungles / rainforest of Peru. Right there was the first strike against it. I am so weary of these South American rainforest settings I could scream. It's time to move the storylines elsewhere. Anywhere but the b
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Jane Doe
Actually 4 3/4 stars
Why you ask well it's beacause of this...
"So deep. She swore she felt him piercing through her stomach. Over and over." Wtf OUCH!!! Not hot, to me, perhaps if you are heavily into S&M. Which is fine. I've just had 3 c-sections and when the anesthetic wears off or is spotty it feels like you are getting pierced, so no I'm not so much into that.

I loved the setting and the story line was different and as other folks said the beginning for them was an "information dump" I re
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Miki
Oct 11, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: never-read-again
These books are an insult to the countless trees that have given their lives for them. This one is no better than the rest in this series, in fact, it's among the worst. Bad writing, stupid people, totally unbelievable situations, even for fantasy.

I need help to stop reading them. They are so awful I've run out of ways to describe them, and yet, when the library posts a new one, I have been one of the first to reserve it. I think I'll start a support group. I can picture it now..."Hi, my name is
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Miranda
Dark Storm is Christine Feehan’s 23rd installment of her widely popular Dark series. Where to begin with this…I must say, I was completely surprised throughout the majority of this book. A good surprise you may ask? Yes….and no.

Firstly, I want to warn fans who have yet to read; that this book unfolds like a single title. Come to Dark Storm expecting a vastly original, unique premise, unlike anything else we have encountered prior. Much of this novel is made up of content as unknown to this serie
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Chitra *CJ*
"Dark Storm" is the story of Riley and Dax.
A slighty disconnected plot from the others, this book tells the tale of two souls uniting to fight for good against evil.
The first half of the book establishes the two threads: one is the fight between the vampire Mitro and our Carpathian hero Dax, something that had led both of them to be captured under a volcano, and into dragon bodies by Mitro's powerful wife Arabejila.
Second is of our heroine Riley, who along with her companions and desolate, recen
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The Unnamed
Okay honestly?

I give this series, in its entirety, a 4.8, but as for this specific book, a 3.5. I recently picked up Dark Prince on November 22 2012 and today I can proudly say I caught up with Christine Feehans' hectic series.

After a certain point all authors get repetitive and their writing style becomes drawn out when they take on long projects or sign up for multiple book contracts. I was prepared for that and gave her the benefit of the doubt. On her behalf however she has switched things
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Ellen
Look I liked it, far more than Dark Predator, where Zacarias never really seemed to be redeemed properly.

BUT... Way back in Dark Desire, Shea's existence as a half-human half-Carparthian is considered impossible. Let me say that I let that go, I let the transformation for her being equal with a mortal's level of pain regardless of logic.

However I'm expected to believe Arabejila, can survive not only the rejection of her life-mate and go on to marry a mortal have a human daughter, and every five
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Suz
Oct 23, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr
3.5 stars. This was better than some of the more recent offerings in the series but I still had several places where I had trouble with suspension of disbelief.

The heroine was much more likeable than in many of these books and the hero wasn't quite the chest pounding, alpha bone head which made him much more likeable, too.
I have to admit that the amount of time in these books spent with just restating the same thing over and over, always about how wonderful he and she is, how obsessed this one
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Jen
Oct 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I am going to do what I have never done before,and that is give a Christine Feehan book a four star rating. I hate to do it but I felt that I had to. I was disappointed in the first half of this book. The fact that the hero and heroine did not even meet until close to 40% into the book was a huge let down for me. I can understand maybe the first few chapters, but not almost half of the book! In saying that, once Dax and Riley do finally meet then the book picks up for me.
The villan in thi
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AL
Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not saying it was "Amazing" but the story was well written. Deserves full five stars. Dax, the hero, was different, unique, powerful Carpathian and sexy as hell as Riley was as well. The writing was very much peaceful, but nothing close to Dark Predator. There was some parts that was a lil' bit 'emotionless', if you get my meaning, like Ms. Feehan didn't put her passion in it. I wanted so much to happened in that book, to see the Carpathian Mountains again. And Mikhail and the others, but looks ...more
Marta Cox
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yes I am happy to say that this is Ms Feehan at her best. For too long her carpathian books have featured mountains and parasites and it was just getting to be well to be honest rather boring, sorry!
Loved the characters , Riley is one courageous woman and Dax the hero is definitely hot (in more ways then one!).very brave move of the author not to allow hero and heroine to meet until page 124! But it worked out fabulously as we the reader have time to see them as more then two dimensional charact
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Shannon
Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought this started out really well. I enjoyed the trek through the jungle, getting to know the characters, both primary and secondary, and the suspense. But then the main characters meet - wham! It's all "Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy, but I totally love you, so change me maybe?!" I think the second half of the book is 30% story, and 70% the main characters telling each other how perfectly wonderful (and powerful...and beautiful) they are, and how much they love and adore each other ...more
Kathy Davie
Twentieth in the Dark Saga paranormal romance series. The couple focus is on Riley and Dax.

My Take
Feehan's done a switch up. It was getting a bit boring with the same
ol', same ol', and Dark Storm is still essentially the same storyline except this time the good guy and the bad guy are trapped inside a volcano. For the past 500 years thanks to the female descendants of the original lifemate. And we now have a dragon entering the pantheon.

Why is it that crucial information, education, is never pa
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IamGamz
A wonderfully fresh installment in the Dark Series.

Dax and Riley’s story was a better, easier that the last couple books in the series. Riley did not live a traumatizing life. She grew up with both parents who adored her. Like the other humans who were converted, she was educated, strong and independent. Her personality was softer and more accepting of Dax and the Carpathian life.

Her mother was of the Cloud People of Peru and Riley grew up with the knowledge of things beyond the “norm”. Meetin
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Kathleen

Death and Love on a Mountainside.

This story is about Danutdaxton (Dax) and Riley Parker. Dax introduces us to a new type of Carpathian hunter. He has been locked inside a volcano in the Andes for countless centuries; his self-imposed entombment necessary as a Carpathian hunter to kill Mitro Daratrazanoff, the worst vampire in his neck of the woods so-to-speak. Dax has endured heat, fire and countless battles with Mitro over the centuries all while sealed within this mountain housing volcano. He
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Beth
Mar 12, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Riley Parker is on a trek in Peru with her mother Annabel. Riley’s father has died from a heart attack so Annabel and Riley are pressed to make it their scheduled pilgrimage to the ancient volcano where Riley was born. Riley doesn’t understand the magical connection her mother has with the mountain or the danger the mountain holds but she knows this trip is very important to her mother. Slowly, Riley starts developing a connection to the earth like her mother while her mother seems depressed ove ...more
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