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Dark Curse

(Dark #16)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  14,279 ratings  ·  380 reviews
Born into a world of ice, and slave to her evil father, Lara Calladine knew only paralyzing fear as a child—and escaping with her mysterious gifts unbroken would be the only way to survive her great Carpathian heritage as a Dragonseeker. Human, yet mage, she was of the blood of three species yet belonged to none. She walked her chosen path alone, guided by the wisdom of he ...more
Paperback, 397 pages
Published September 4th 2008 by Piatkus (first published September 2nd 2008)
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
4 Breaking Free Stars

First read Sept. 2012 Reread February 17, 2016
Feb 10 2017
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"I know very little about your traditions or culture. Just stories my aunts told me when I was a child, but no matter what you've done to tie us together, know this: I don't know you. I don't love you. I don't care anything at all about you. I spent the first years of my life a prisoner and I will never- never-allow anyone to imprison me again. If you try to take anything from me by force, if
Julie (jjmachshev)
Jul 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Carpathian fans
Shelves: 2008-reads
Let me first say that Feehan's 'Dark' series is akin to literary crack for me. I just can't stop reading them! I agree that her books have become very predictable, yet I still love those Carpathian dudes. I want one for myself. Anyway, I picked up "Dark Curse" which is #16 I believe. If you've read one, you know the story. He's a tortured hero who's ready to give up his soul to the dark when suddenly...he hears the voice of his lifemate and is saved. He quickly falls under her spell, and now he ...more
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Jun 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Carpathian Fans
First off, I LOVE The Carpathians! I know that these guys are almost always overbearing, controlling and bossy... but I still think they are sooooo sexy! Yum! This story about Nicholas and Lara is no exception.

Lara is part mage/dragonseeker/carpathian and as a child is kept captive by her evil grandfather Xavier and her "evil" father Razvan. These two baddies have made an appearance in quite a few (if not all, I dont remember) of the Dark books. They use Lara for her blood as often as possible
Chitra *CJ*
“Dark Curse” is the story of Nicolas and Lara.
Lara Calladine has lived a difficult life. After being tortured and mercilessly used as a blood prey by her father and grandfather- she escapes with the help of her aunts- and vows to live with the humans with plans to rescue her saviors.
When as an adult cave explorer, she and her friends are attacked by a deadly virus- she finds support in an unlikely Carpathian, Nicolas De La Cruz- who turns out to be her mate.
The usual Dark series plot about a Car
This is one of my favorite 'dark' books. Nicolas was delightfully dominant and arrogant in the vein of the earlier Carpathian heroes. He was softened just enough by his heroine but kept that core bad assness that I love so much in a PNR series, but he had his struggles.

The uber cave-alpha versus more modern open-minded hero is all about reader preference. I respect that Feehan has tried to give all her readers heroes they can root for. It's like any series, some heroes will do it for certain peo
4-4.5 stars

This was a really good story. I liked both Lara and Nicolas and their story was very enjoyable and engaging.

Lara is a Dragonseeker, an ancient race that is closely linked with the Carpathian people. Unfortunately, Lara is the granddaughter of Xavier, an evil mage that grew jealous of the Carpathian people's long lifespans and used dark magic to extend his life much longer than it should have. Xavier kept Lara, her father Razvan and 2 of her aunts captive when she was a child and it to
Aug 23, 2008 rated it liked it
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MG *Bury Me with My Kindle.. & a REALLY Long Charger*
4 1/2 stars

I originally read this book 10+ years ago, but I recently re-read it. It was as good as I remembered!

Lara is a half dragonseeker/mage and half Carpathian who finds herself drawn to the Carpathian Mountains for reasons she isn't entirely sure of, but she cannot resist the pull. As difficult as it is for her to return to where she suffered unspeakable trauma as a young child, she feels she must find answers. The most important thing she must know is what happened to her aunts, dragons
Nicolas De La Cruz has come back to the Carpathian mountains to deliver a serious message to Mikhail Dubrinsky, the prince of the Carpathian people. The De La Cruz brothers have discovered a terrible plot against their people and the prince, and must get word to him and the other Carpathian hunters to remain vigilant. Once he has delivered his message, Nicolas has every intention of meeting the dawn and ending his life. He has been living in an emotionless, colorless world for many centuries, an ...more
Pat Cromwell
Feb 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Another hard cover that was worth the money. I felt so sorry for Lara. Her story is the 2nd of the series that made me friggin cry. If you read previous reviews, you know the first was Lucian and Jax's story. I felt so bad for this girl I could not think straight. I was so overcome when Lara and her aunt my girl Natalyia discovered the truth about Lara's father! I read the book and saw so many sequels. Daark Curse has breathe new life into this series. There are so many possibilities and sequels ...more
Judith Parra
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
SPOILERS!!! Dark Curse is the story of Nicolas De La Cruz and Lara Calladine. Let me just say that I LOVED the character Lara. Boy was she strong and a worthy lifemate to Nicolas who learns quickly to value her strength and character. Lara Calladine is the Razvan's daughter and niece to Natalya. Lara spent most of her early life in the ice caves of the dark mage Xavier. She was more or less raised, protected and sheltered by (as much as they could) by Branislava, Tatijana and Razvan....whenever ...more
So much excitement!

So, the little girl who escaped Xavier’s ice cave has grown up and has returned to find her dragons.

Lara spent her childhood being tortured by her father and great-grandfather. Her aunts helped keep her sane and helped her escape from her prison of ice. She has returned to the Carpathian Mountains to find her aunts.

Instead she meets a crazy, macho De La Cruz brother who happens to be her lifemate. He’s an over the top alpha, controlling idiot who honestly believes his word i
Kristina Deluise
first of all let me say i am determined to see this series through........

but its getting really hard to continue

page 78

there is no reason for our women to be with us other than the way we are able to bind them ....

there was no reason for their women to accept them other than the binding word that locked their souls together

page 122

you think i could not make you want me?you are my life mate your body responds to mine no mater what your ridiculous mouth says.

ok, i'm thinking, what date rape drug,
Feb 01, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook
I used to love this series until I grew disenchanted with the whole Alpha male must provide smothering to his mate to keep the species alive. Yeah, I know it's protection not smothering, but it amounts to the same thing. This is a complicated story that had some redeeming qualities and since I haven't read this series in a while, I didn't know the entire cast of characters. But this was an audio and I was annoyed because the readers didn't know the cast of characters either so their voices, with ...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
I tried, I really did. For the audio books listening challenge I wanted to start a series and get sucked in. However, its kind of embarrassing but I was at the gym, forcing myself to listen to this book and by chapter 5 I was muttering 'for Christ's sake' and shutting it off and my workout buddy was laughing at me...'another bomb? she says'. Yeah. Between the 'old, wise' Carpathian warriors arguing ad nauseum about letting their 'little women' go into battle, the endless foreign language passage ...more
Jane (PS)
Sep 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Just loved it! Can't wait for the next one... Thank heavens I already have it! :) ...more
This one was tough. It was a hard story to read - because of the flashbacks. Nicholas was a typical Carpathian. A bit too much too take, but Lara wanted NONE of it. It is hard for me to rate a book highly when the heroine tries to kill herself to get away from the hero. I did not agree with her, but knowing her background I understood how she could have been that freaked. But it taints the romance for me.

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Nov 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stars: 3.5 / 5
Recommendation: If you like paranormal plots with hint of romance, eroticism and the other world abilities involving immortals and vampires along-side humans with super-abilities, then this is a series to go for.

Dark Curse is the nineteenth book in the longest series, Dark Series, by Christine Feehan which was published in September of 2008. The primary plot centers on Nicolas De La Cruz - the fourth brother of the De La Cruzes - and Lara Calladine - part Carpathian, part Dragonsee
Mishel Forte
Mar 05, 2010 rated it liked it
I have a lot of respect and admiration for Ms. Feehan. I owe my entire love for paranormal/fantasy/romance in general to her. I remember browsing through Barnes & Noble years ago and stumbling into the romance section. I never read romance before because I was just never into sex in books and I suppose the old school covers with the hero and heroine completely turned me off. I must have been mighty bored on that trip because I found myself walking down the romance aisle. I came across a number o ...more
Mar 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I know when i reviewed Dark Secret i said i probably wouldn't like any of the South American Carpathian men because Rafael was just so obnoxious to me, but i think Nicolas more or less redeems all the brothers in this one. Eventually.

The prologue itself got me completely involved in the book and with Lara. I've been looking forward to reading more on Razvan, Xavier and the past between the mages and the Carpathians, and this book added a lot to that story.

Nicolas is here to tell Mikhail about an
When she was a child, Lara's father Razvan and grandfather Xavier (the big bad dark mage), used her as a food supply. It was only thanks to her two great aunts that she managed to escape her icy prison, and she swore to herself she would never be a prisoner again...And no one would take her blood without her consent.

Well, 19 years later her promise comes to a test, when she restores Nicolas De La Cruz's emotions and colors, thus becoming his lifemate. And lifemates don't shy away from donating b
May 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
I first read this on 5/24/11, and I really didn't like it then. I re-read it in April 2012, after winning it in an online contest. I thought I was getting a Carpathian novel that I hadn't read it before, but when I received it and started reading it, I realized right away that I had read it already. Since I got it for free, I decided I might as well read it again. I'm not sure why I didn't like it the first time, because I really appreciated it this time around. I seem to either love or hate the ...more
Lolita de libros
well... as for all her books, there is so much emotional descriptive fluff, that sometimes i skip a couple pages to get to the point. If it were consistant I wouldn't mind, but she will be nondescriptive of actions, it isn't as visual.

I don't need 3 pages to tell me about every muscle that ripped through each of them when CF could have just said in so many words... He pissed her off because he was so bossy. I think I can visualize that instead of being walked through sllloooowwwwlllyyyy... see j
Sep 24, 2008 rated it did not like it
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Great addition to the Dark Series. We first saw Lara in a vision as a child in Dark Demon, along with two dragons. This story gives was a great way to not only prepare us for Razvan's story, but clears the way for two other stories. I really enjoyed the the turn around in attitude for Nicholas De La Cruz. I love a strong Alpha male, and the De La Cruz brothers definitely deliver, however, it is important to a story for the male to understand when his behavior hinders the relationship. And the br ...more
Nichola connor
Nov 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
i have recently finished this series and thoroughly enjoyed it although some of the characters where much more prominant and likeable than others.Gregori who is the great carpathian healer and prince mikhail 2nd in command and also becomes his son-in-law marrying the princes daughter savannah hes crabby bad tempered proud and above all loyal to his prince and the carparthian way of life,I have to say that he was my favourite character throughout the series. I would definately recommend this seri ...more
Oct 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a complex book and it is very dark. Lara is the child of Razvan and has been tortured by Xavier while a child. She escaped and when Nicholas meets her he is at the end of his time. It takes a while for them to come together. A lot of the book is spent on Carpathian politics and this drags it down slightly but still very good.
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