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Dark Blood (Dark #23)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  6,065 Ratings  ·  467 Reviews
At long last you are truly back with us…

Zev Hunter was an elite warrior, a dark-blood dealer of death to rogue Lycans who preyed on mankind. He was a loner, never given to personal attachments, and damned fierce at his job. But Zev begins to question his past and his purpose when he awakens in the darkness of the sacred cave of warriors—and is soothed back to consciousness
Hardcover, UK Edition, 400 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by Piatkus Books
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Cathryn Adding on to what Shubhra said, the abso-PURE Jaguar blood IS different, but there are more pure-blooded Lycans than there are pure-blooded Jaguars.…moreAdding on to what Shubhra said, the abso-PURE Jaguar blood IS different, but there are more pure-blooded Lycans than there are pure-blooded Jaguars. Even Juliette isn't a pure-blood. So far we've only met one - Solange. And she isn't fully Carpathian, even after she hooks up with Dominic and fully commits to him. She's more like MaryAnn - a mixed-blood. And like Manolito, Dominic can be out in the daytime.(less)

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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
3 If I read one more damn spell Imma snap Stars

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“He’s swearing at me,” Zev pointed out to Dimitri with a little grin. He would have laughed but it would hurt more. “Yeah, he does that sometimes. He thinks it’s okay now because you’re his little brother,” Dimitri said, with an answering grin. He shrugged his shoulders. “It’s best to ignore him. Swearing makes him believe he’ll intimidate us into doing whatever he wants us to do.” Zev nodded. “I see. I suppose we have to let him think he’s bossin
Katie Michaels
Jun 30, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is easily the very worst book I have read all year. It is actually one of the worst books I have read, ever. There are so many things wrong with it, I barely know where to start. From the plot progression, to the relationship, to the sex, it was all just bad. Even worse was the writing itself.

This is the third book in the sub-trilogy featuring the Lycans. The hero here is Zev Hunter, the Lycan who befriended Dimitri’s brother Fen and helped hunt the vampire-lycan hybrids. The heroine is Bra
Sammy Loves Books
This is a "Marriage before Love" story.
Too bad it dragged on with too much talking!!

Zev Hunter


Zev was once a defender of the Werewolf Council. But their ranks have been infiltrated with evil.Too make matters worse, Zev is a mixed blood, considered an enemy of werewolves. The Carpathians, however, recognize Zev as the honorable warrior he has proven himself to be.

Zev never expected to find a mate but from the moment he laid eyes on Bratislava, his world changed. He was mesmerized by her beauty a
Georgia ♥ Team Dex ♥
3 Carpathian Addicted Anonymous Stars

Christine Feehan keeps them coming and I just can't help myself...


So... it's that time of the year. Kids return to school, the leaves are turning red, temperature is dropping and Mrs. Feehan releases her new Carpathian novel!

♫♪It's the time to be jolly....♫♪


Number #26 and counting ladies and gentlemen!!!! And there are more on the way.


In this new installment, the last unattached Dragonseeker female Branislava, finds her lifemate in Zev Hunter, a Lycan elite w
***3.5 Stars ***

There were parts to this that I loved and then parts that were very slow. The bottom line is that this series doesn't seem to have the magic that it had when it first started! When a series gets into 20+ books, it had better have that extra special something, otherwise the novelty wears off. I will still continue on but if there isn't new and exciting things in the world of the Carpathians then I will eventually move on!
Aly is so frigging bored
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: paranormal
Actual rating 1.5*
Signs you should end the series you're writing:
-when you give your characters cretin names because you ran out of good ones(example: Lupo Wolfe for a lykan).;
-when you start inventing twins, triplets -and who knows how many others- to your antagonist just to keep the series going;
-when you add sleep paralysis and sex... at the same time;
-when you fill the pages with stupid rhymes that are supposed to be spells(I think if I put them all together it's about 1/2 a chapter);
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
It was with no small amount of trepidation that I read this book, because I had seen reviews which were pretty harsh regarding the way the villians were revealed in Dark Blood, saying Ms. Feehan was grasping when she came up with this plot. Do I understand why people might feel that way? Yes, but I have to be honest – I completely disagree, and I am so glad I chose to take the chance and find out for myself.

Zev and Branislava’s story is exciting. It’s fast paced, loaded with twists and turns and
Mar 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
The third book, Dark Blood, in the new trilogy is a Lycan hunter by the name of Zev who is lifemate to Bronnie, Tatijana's sister. It is scheduled to be coming out in Septembe of 2014.
Feb 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: 2014-releases
1.5 stars.

Once an author gets to the point where they have to introduce the unknown identical twin brothers of a former villain, as new villains, its time to call it quits. Xavier and Xaviero? Really?! Ugh.

Its too bad Feehan has taken what started as a good series and turned it into an overlong, monotonous, corny mess.

I could add more to this review, but I don't want to waste anymore time on Dark Blood.
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It was good, but not one of the best in this series.
Alex is The Romance Fox
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More Carpathians…Yay….Amazing that I still get excited about this series (which is one of my top 3 favorite pnr series)….26 books and still love to get more of the amazing world that the author has created.
Zev, the Lycan warrior and Branislava, a dragonseeker – this is it…their own love story!!!!

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So what do I think after reading this book in one go………well, okay, I did take a break or two but finished it one day…………

I liked

Zev – his loyalty and honor and the fact that, despite knowing that
Sep 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
It might just be time for Feehan to leave this series and write something else. I thought it was impossible to write worse book than the previous one was, but I was wrong, and not for the first time. While her Sisters of the Heart are still going strong, Carpathian series completely lost its attraction.
Long and empty conversations are not giving sufficient information for readers to even begin to like the protagonists of this book, and the way they act through it is even worse. Everything Brani
Secretly Reading
Jul 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
In a Nutshell: It’s not you, it’s me and we’re done.

Why I Read This Book: After reading the previous 25 in the series I figured I should keep reading—wrong!

IMO: This book is so predictable: Mates-DANGER-interrupted sexual exploration-DANGER-mind talking-MAGICAL DANGER-actual sex-DANGER-hook for the next book. That’s it, that’s the book. I knew this was gonna happen, right? So it’s on me. I think I was hoping for something different, something to keep me invested but there wasn’t for me.

As to t
Elfina Renee
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Another five star read! Damn, gotta say, have a thing for wolfie hahahahaha! Zev is badass ass
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Marta Cox
Jul 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a really hard review to write and I had to sit and think before I started this. I have been a fan of Christine Feehan since I found her books some years ago and her Dark series is without doubt her best but there have been times when I wanted something a bit different. Her books have been an integral part of my reading life and have provided much fun and Ms Feehan has a unique writing style and the depth at which she writes is truly astounding. Her research and background information ama ...more
While I liked Zev and Bronnie's story, it had a different tone. The sex had a harder edge and seemed like it was every other scene. But it was a solid entry into the series with tons going on. I definitely recommend to readers of the series.
Sep 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Meh. The story itself was good, but the love scenes, while well-written, were a total turnoff for me.
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"

BRILLIANT!! Zev and Branislava story was all I have been waiting for an more. Their romance was scorching hot and very heart felt. In other words very believable. I felt it there love all the way down to in my soul. The story is extremely well thought out. It answered all the questions we readers have been waiting for over the last 2yrs or more starting with Dark Lycan. The story is also, very funny at times while Zev and Branka as Zev calls her; face some very d
Sep 05, 2013 rated it did not like it
This was definitely disappointing for me. The writing just didn't seem as good as in previous books. Rather than add to the story, the amount of chants/spells/carpathian language was annoying. Also... (view spoiler) ...more
Mary Lou
Sep 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Could do without the multitude of spells (found myself skipping through those pages)and thought that the names of the two additional villains were a bit much, but I enjoyed the book. I do find, however, that the characters in these later books are not as memorable as the earlier books. I can't tell you how many times I've re-read Mikhail's, Gabriel's, and Darius' books, to name a few. I don't think I will ever re-read these. It's not that they're "bad"! I just don't find them as good as the earl ...more
I hate to say I am finished with a series, but I am pretty sure this is it.
Sep 11, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is very green...It's a recycling story.
I can past Ms Feehan thinking I too stupid to remember that Zev is an "elite hunter" and Branka "smell like cinnamon" that she needs to remember to me every page; but she bringing back the Xavier' story was too much to me.
The story made no sense. It's not appalling. It's boring. It's the same over and over again. In the bright side, at least she cut off the long description of the forest. In the dark side, there're chapter after chapter of chant
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Reseña completa:
Un libro que me ha hecho ver como es todo este extenso mundo, pero el cual al ser el 26 de una saga, me he sentido perdida muchas veces, y sentía que se me quedaban cabos sueltos.
Erin Burns
Dec 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
This is book 26 in the Carpathian/Dark series, and most of us have been reading it since 1999, so Ms. Feehan kind of pre-dates the whole vampire craze, and it kind of shows. This book is absolutely not a stand-alone and you cannot just jump into the series from here, nothing would make any sense. Also, there will be spoilers.

I am going to admit, I did something I rarely do, which is read the reviews before reading a book I know I am going to read anyway. I don't typically do that because for a b
Barb Lie
Aug 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Dark Blood by Christine Feehan is the 3rd and final book in this Dark trilogy that began with Dark Lycan, then Dark Wolf, leading to this one. It is in actuality the 26th book in the Dark series.

In Dark Lycan we met Fen, Dimitri’s brother, and finally got to see Tatijana, one of the Dragonseeker aunts, as she was Fen’s lifemate. In Dark Wolf, the couple we have been waiting for, Dimitri and Skyler had their story. Now in Dark Blood, it’s Bronnie’s ( the other aunt) story, and Zev is her lifemate
May 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
I was annoyed enough at this book to write my first review. I have read ALL the books in this series, and this one I have just struggled to get through. In fact, I had to put it aside and read 3 other books before coming back to it. I understand that you have to be uniquely adept at suspending your disbelief to read this series, but this one just took the cake. I won't go into details to avoid spoiling but suffice it to say that we have reached a whole new level of redundancy and stupid names in ...more
Sep 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, vampires
In ‘Dark Blood’ we meet Zev Hunter a warrior who has lived a very lonely life. Now he has been reborn after he had a lethal wound. Together with the beautiful and seductive dragonseeker Branislava, Zev finds the strength to carry on. Soon Zev finds out that he is part of a ‘special’ blood line and that he has a part in the future for all species.

Well, the first thing that I would like to say about this book is that I would recommend reading the first two books in this trilogy first. I received t
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Zev is an elite Lycan hunter, alpha of the group that has gone out and taken care of problems within and without his species, and he's now become a mixed blood - Guardian of All to the Carpathians and Sange Rau, or evil, to his own people. He's only met Branislava rarely, but she's risked her life by twining her soul with his to save his life. Zev has a past that is very relevant to his future, and the future of all the species that co-exist with humans, which is revealed in this book. The Dark ...more
Goldilocks Reads (Jenna Vahue)
Actual rating: 3.75

Every single time I think about quitting this series, Feehan keeps pulling me back in. I enjoyed this book for the most part, but I did have some issues. It was ridiculously repetitive regarding Zev's status as a mixed blood Carpathian and Lycan. It felt like this was stated every other page. Okay, we get it! Also, some of Zev's more domineering moments were a bit questionable with Bronnie's consent. This is fiction, so whatever. That moves me to Branislava, Zev's lifemate. S
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