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Dark Legend

(Dark #7)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  18,994 ratings  ·  370 reviews
'Every Carpathian male is drawn to his life mate, a Carpathian or human female able to provide the light to his darkness. Without her, the beast within slowly consumes the man until turning vampire is the only option.'

Gabriel wakes deep within the ground, and the first sensation he feels is an overwhelming hunger for blood. But as he hunts the dark streets of Paris for pre
Mass Market Paperback, 382 pages
Published January 28th 2002 by Leisure Books
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
5 Angel of light Stars

First read July 2012 Reread January 24, 2016
Reread Feb 1 2017

"Don't get any ideas, I'm just giving the devil his due. All this time our people called you the angel of light and Lucian the dark angel. I think they might have it backward."-Francesca

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"I am not trying to take over your life, I only want to share it. I ask for a chance. Only that. A chance. You had not planned to end your life for several years. Share those years with me. Let me try to make up for the wrong I
Sophia Triad
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Gabriel and Francesca Del Ponce

“I hunger for you, Francesca, hunger.
You cannot touch me with your mind and your body and not expect me to react. It is like a raw craving in my bloodstream and I know it is there for all time. Do you know how many times I dreamed of you? How many times I woke in the night alone without you?”

Gabriel is one of the legendary Daratrazanoff twins, the kind one. He has been buried willingly for many centuries and he thought to be dead by the Carpathians like his “ev
I loved, loved, loved this one! I thought Gabriel and Francesca were amazing together! I also love Lucien- he is very intriguing and powerful! Skyler was awesome and I hope she gets a great lifemate!

Originally read this Fall 2014

RE-READ June 18-20 2015

I really enjoyed my reread of this book, though I didn't feel the same degree of excitement as the first time around -- which makes perfect sense since I knew what was going to happen!!! lol. This story has several really great plot developments that are quite gripping and emotional. The storyline with Skylar is one of the best in this series. The relationship and storyline with Gabriel and his twin,Lucian, is also one of the best in my opinio
Jul 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Maybe 3.5 stars
I will freely admit that this is a bit of a "cop out" rating. I was pretty unhappy with the Hero for the first 40% of the book, and then pretty pissed with him for the remainder. The heroine is almost too saintly and I think she had a bit of a Pollyanna complex. However, it is a very good story. I am not sure I have forgiven Gabriel for what he unintentionally did to Francesca all those years ago or what he INTENTIONALLY did to her in this book, but I hold no ill will towards them
Mar 29, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: pnr
I tried Christine Feehan before and couldn't get into her stories, but so many recommend her I had to give her another shot.

Dark Legend, the story of Gabriel, the Carpathian hero who lived for centuries with one intent, keeping his Carpathian-turned-Vampire twin brother, Lucian, in check.

Dark Legend opens with Gabriel awakening after a century's long, self-induced sleep in the earth, hungry and in need. Almost immediately, he meets up with Franchesca- who just happens to be his lifemate.

How conv
Elise-Pinterest+Goodreads=The Perfect Book Boyfriend
The best thing about this book was the relationship between Gabriel and Lucian. Incredible. The only thing I didn't like about Lucian, and it really isn't Lucian's fault, is that I had gotten it engrained in my head that Gregori is the most powerful Carpathian. Now all of these old folks are showing up. Gregori is looking like a kid LOL! But seriously, the interaction and love from brother to brother is wonderful and I like it that even in the midst of being hunted by his brother, Lucian felt hi ...more
Chitra *CJ*
Jul 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: safety-first, v-card
"Dark Legend" is the story of Gabriel and Francesca.
Gabriel is the twin brother of Lucian, and they have buried themselves for 2000 years as they were vampire hunters, until Lucian turned evil. To save humanity and Carpathians alike, Gabriel sacrificed himself in a battle and trapped both himself and Lucian in the earth.
Years later, he rises ravenous because of construction on the cemetery and finds solace and reprieve in what turns out to be his estranged mate, Francesca.
Francesca always knew G
Originally read in June 2008

Christine Feehan's Dark Legend is the 8th book in her "Dark Carpathians" series, and I must tell you that the books just get better and better as I continue. In this book we delve further into the legendary twin Carpathian hunters Gabriel and Lucian. The last couple of books have "whispered" to us of them, but as this is Gabriel's story, we learn a lot about him and his brother here. This is also the story of Francesca Del Ponce, Gabriel's amazing lifemate.

For two tho
Jen Davis
Mar 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Just when you think you've met the oldest and most powerful of Christine Feehan's Carpathian males, she produces one who's even older and more powerful. We've heard the stories about the legendary Daratrazanoff twins, Gabriel and Lucian. Gregori's older brothers were great fighters and protectors of the Carpathian people. Everyone has believed them dead for centuries, but they've really been locked beneath the earth all this time.

The brothers made a pact early on that should either one become a
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
My favorite things about this Carpathian books were:

Francesca is very independent and capable. She's existed for many years and managed to hide herself from the Carpathian males and the vampires. She figured out how to live as a human. I love her big heart, how she takes care of the homeless people and heals the sick. She was a great heroine.

I also liked Gabriel. He accepted Francesca as she was, embracing her personality and her strengths, and admiring and supporting her.

Skylar's story just ab
Sep 14, 2017 rated it liked it
OMG, just get to the damn point already!!!! This book tortured me with Long and drawn out dialogue about FEELINGS. How the heroine felt about the hero, or her doctor friend who was also in love with her. As for the hero, he couldn't stop talking about his feelings for his vampire twin brother, his flaming desire for the heroine, or his fierce protectiveness for the teenage girl he has placed under his care.

I can't believe I'm saying this but I actually wanted less talk and more action. What kep
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult-paranormal
Rating~ 5 stars.

This is Gabriel and Francesca's story. Gabriel is one of the ancients and the one-half of the infamous hunter twins who devoted their life to the duty they had towards their people. While Francesca is also an ancient but not as old as Gabriel, She had decided to live her last few years on earth as a human.

I really enjoyed Francesca and Gabriel's story, their connection and the love they had for their adopted child.

Oct 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
I liked Francesa's character. She had her own identity. It wasn't over-the-top like Jaxon (who was tough in her own mind but whined and unreal) or Destiny (who I actually liked but she seemed slightly manish).
4.5 Sexy, Poignant, Forever and Ever Lifemate Love Stars!
Oct 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-reads
Such a great book, and I knew what was going on, and yet it was so freaking good, knowing that Lucien was just faking it, to protect Gabriel! So good, so loving this series!
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-5-star
Gabriel has bound his life to Lucian, who has risen before him. Francesca finds Gabriel, who desperately needs blood, stumbling down the walkway in modern day Paris, France. She mistakes him for a homeless man. When the shelter is too full to take him, she decides to take Gabriel to her home. Once at her home, she grabs a bowl to fix him soup. Gabriel can wait no longer. He must have blood. He tells Francesca he is sorry. She knows what Gabriel needs and offers her life for his, exposing her nec ...more
Alex is The Romance Fox
I have a secret…….when it comes to reading books …it’s like living with OCD….you know…obsessive compulsive disorder!!!!! If I start reading the first book in a series I have to read them all……what a luck that my friend gave me the first 12 or 13 books in the Dark Series….which I finished reading nonstop for the next two weeks….and before I reached book 12, I had in my possession the entire series (after doing a web search to find where they could be bought!!!).
Hunger…that’s what I felt……turning
I had taken a break from this series (there are soooo many of them). Someone made a comment on another review and mentioned that I should go back and read this one (I skipped a few). I'm glad I did. This was definitely one of the better entries in the series.

These books get repetitive. It's not that I don't like the plot or premise, but I find I get a bit burnt out when I read them back to back.

This is the story of Gabriel, one of the infamous and legendary twins that are talked about in the pr
Sep 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
I have a guilty secret (well not so secret) it's these darn Carpathian books. Truly they aren't really my style but bloody hell I still read them because there is something about the men that I just like and some of the women too. This book though I personally found a tough read, she was so good, he was so good, no he was so good, no she get my point. Christine Feehan is to be thanked for today's PNR UF books but boy can she waffle sometimes and this book was a waffler and a half. The ...more
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was extremely surprised of how much I adored this book. I was frustrated when I realized it would be once more about new characters and not the ones we already know and love. Although I was certain I would have a great time with it as the previous installment already got us introduced to this respected and feared fighter.

Gabriel was one of my favorites so far. And I adored his mate. While she annoyed me at the beginning, she grew on me fast. In this installment we get to read about a couple c
Feb 13, 2016 rated it liked it
3 - 3.5 Stars

I love Gabriel. He’s so honorable. And Francesca. She’s kind and sweet and has a heart of gold. The opening of the book had me questioning her sanity when she picked up a desiccated Gabriel, put him in her car and started him driving him around.

I thought she was human and was gonna get nommed. But Gabriel recognized the goodness in her, and even at his most desperate, refused to injure her.

Then I met Skylar. I wanted extreme pain and torture for the monster who called himself her fa
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
yay, yay, yaaay

So this is the first Dark Sage book I've written a review for, so that alone speaks volumes.

Warning: this review is less of a review, more of an expression of my emotions and feelings towards this book.

As always, the concept for this series thrills me. I'm drawn to it and I love how it feels so authentic and real. It's left me with an unparalleled desire to find a lifemate- if only it existed *dreamy sigh. I've always thought of it as a sort of soulmate sort of thing.

This book
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Oct 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Gabriel and his twin, Lucian, are legendary hunters among the Carpathians. They have been destroying vampires and defeating human armies for two millennia, but for the past hundred years no one has seen or heard of them. Word is that Lucian turned vampire and his brother hunted and fought him across the globe. Now after a century of sleeping beneath a Parisian cemetery, construction crews have woken them to a new world, new technology but the same age-old battle.

Gabriel wakes hungry, his body li
4.5-5 stars

This was a great story and addition to the series. I really liked both Gabriel and Francesca and their story was very engaging.

Francesca is a Carpathian woman that's a strong healer. She has been alive for a long time and once, she saw a Carpathian male she was sure was her lifemate. Unfortunately, he didn't recognize her as such and left to go fight vampires. Francesca decided to go live her life on her own and ended up living mostly like a human to escape the notice of Carpathians o
T.J. Shaw
Oct 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vampire
I’ve read some of Ms. Feehan’s earlier books in this Dark Carpathian series. I enjoyed them then and DARK LEGEND proved no different. DARK LEGEND is a great continuation in the Carpathian novels. Ms. Feehan’s writing style is sweeping and lyrical, and left no doubt in my mind about the characters’ feelings toward each other. Francesca is a strong, independent woman who has forged her own way in life. I admired her achievements and her compassion. ¬¬¬Gabriel is the strong, egotistical Carpathian ...more
Jan 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
What is the allure of this life-mate nonsense? It is neither a particularly romantic concept nor does it make a good foundation for an engrossing narrative. I know there are stories which do it well, giving it an unexpected twist or a deeper meaning. 'Dark Legend' is not one of those.

Heroine is a saint who worked hard on forging an independent life for herself. Hero crawls from the soil after a century long confinement and stumbles upon his mate 10 minutes later. Instead of letting her get to kn
Felicity Heaton
Mar 03, 2010 rated it liked it
This was a good book, but I really did get put off by the number of times the hero's straight white teeth were mentioned and the repetition throughout the book. It could have been better after a very hard edit.
Laura Beth
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Gabriel and Francesca make a great couple and even though Gabriel has all the alpha controlling Carpathian tendency that this series is known for he shows a care and loving towards Francesca and Skyler. The plot is good and makes for a great read. The book is amazing.
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Christine Feehan is a #1 New York Times bestselling author multiple times over with her portfolio including over 70 published novels, including five series; Dark Series, Ghostwalker Series, Leopard Series, Drake Sisters Series, the Sisters of the Heart Series and Torpedo Ink. All of her series have hit the #1 spot on the New York Times bestselling list as well. Her debut novel Dark Prince received ...more

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“He found a stuffed animal, a fluffy wolf with bright blue eyes, and was immediately drawn to it. "I want to get this for her. It is telling me it needs to go home with us." Francesca laughed at him.” 20 likes
“Francesca took a navy blue sheath from a hanger and held it up. "This is darling, Gabriel. Don't you love it? You're right, I think we need to concentrate on much more feminine articles of clothing."
He reached around her and fingered the soft material. "Where is the rest of it?" He was very serious, his dark eyes searching her face for signs she was teasing.”
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