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Dark Magic

(Dark #4)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  25,666 ratings  ·  780 reviews
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They were masters of the darkness, searching through eternity for a mistress of the light...

Would she find magic—or madness in his dark embrace?

Young Savannah Dubrinsky is a mistress of illusion, a world-famous magician capable of mesmerizing millions. But there is one—Gregori, the Dark One—who holds her in terrifying thrall. Who
Mass Market Paperback, 358 pages
Published July 1st 2000 by Love Spell
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
5 Her dark one Stars

"The five years I allotted you your freedom have been hell for me and dangerous to anyone I came into contact with. I am very close to turning, and it is too late for me to seek the dawn. It was necessary for the safety of all concerned that I come for you now." -Gregori

First read June 2012
reread January 14 2016
Reread January 23 2017
Reread oct 29 2020

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"And just for the record, your mind needs to be washed out with soap! Half the things you think we're going to
Sammy Loves Books
Gregori is the Ultimate Alpha Male!!

He gets 2.5 "Arrogant Alpha Stars"


Gregori is a hunter of rogue vampires. He is all powerful and known among his people as "The Dark One". He serves nothing but justice to Carpathian males that have turned evil. The only thing that prevents Carpathian males from turning rogue, is a Lifemate. Their Lifemate becomes their anchor and keeps them sane.

For years Gregori has known that he is losing touch with his humanity. He no longer sees the world in color, but in
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More)
Imagine waiting long centuries for your mate, on the very edge of madness. That is the fate of Gregori. I really loved his character. I loved that he was an incredible hero but also a destroyer of their enemy, the Carpathians that lose their soul and become evil, soulless killers. Gregori might be too much for some romance fans. He is an intense guy and he is obsessed with Savannah in a way that might be scary in a real live guy. But it worked for this book. If you don't like uber-possessive, ak ...more
How phenomenal,savage and compelling "Dark Magic" is in the 4:th instalment in the "Dark Carpathian"-series.I have missed Christine Feehan`s passionate writing so much that my eyes was glued to the pages and her world of the Carpathian creatures just enthranced me.She always know what her readers wants and never shies away from trying something new.In "Dark Desire" Raven and Mikhail got a daughter that almost died if the most powerful Carpathian male Gregori The Dark One hadn`t saved her,and tha ...more
Sophia Triad
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires
Gregori (the Dark One) and Savannah Dubrinsky

The night was alive with the heartbeats of countless people. He walked among them, unseen, undetected, moving with the fluid grace of a jungle predator. Their scents were strong in his nostrils. Cloying perfume. Sweat. Shampoos. Soaps. Alcohol. Drugs. AIDS. The sweet, insidious smell of blood. There were so many in this city. Cattle. Sheep. Prey. The city was the perfect hunting ground.

Gregory, the dark one, saved Savannah when she was still insid
Jen Davis
Jan 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
At last, we get Gregori's book. Most readers who started the Carpathian series at the beginning with Dark Prince , have been waiting for our ancient warrior to get his happily ever after --and with Dark Magic, the wait is over. We only had to wait four books. And for me, the wait was worth it.

Gregori is one of the oldest and the deadliest of Carpathian men. As with all the men of his kind, he lost the ability to feel emotions and see in color when he turned 200. He's nearly a thousand now. A
Mar 21, 2009 rated it it was ok
UUUUGH. Ok, this is the worst. I had seen this series floating around, SO popular, and I decided to give it a whirl, got 2 books. I try not to be critical but these Carpathian dudes are too much to tolerate. I mean, Alpha is one thing, but they're controlling, condescending and borderline abusive. NOT FOR ME. Ugh. She writes a pretty good racy scene and that's the best I can say about it.
I wanted to punch the dudes in these books!
Feb 06, 2020 rated it liked it
I’m 20 years late to this series which yes could make a huge difference. I may have enjoyed this more had I read it when it first came out. But I didn’t and I’ve struggled. I’ve found the books boring and repetitive.

Why not just quit?

In a word Gregori.
He was the one bright spot from the first book. I’ve been waiting for his book. Because I knew it would be different. Savannah is the daughter of Mikhail and Raven. She’s the daughter of the Prince of the Carpathians. So I wouldn’t have to suffer
MG *Bury Me with My Kindle.. & a REALLY Long Charger*
Another book I have re-read a zillion times!

Gregori is the quintessential alpha male and then some! While he is a bit of an a-hole for some of the book, if you have read the first 2 books (and you should before reading this one for sure!), he has solid reasons. He has been alone for a thousand years and has been the prince's right hand for most of that time. He is the most skilled hunter and healer, and he takes both duties beyond seriously. The more a Carpathian male who does not have a lifemat
4.5 stars. I was so excited to read Grigori's book but worried it would be a let down. I am happy to report that I was not let down. I loved watching Grigori fall head over heals for Savannah and do exactly the things he often mocked Mikail and Aidan over with their women. Their first sexual experience did not go well. Thank goodness Savannah did not turn completely crazy and he managed to make up for it. I loved Savannah. She was independent and fierce. Yet once she got over her short lived mel ...more
May 19, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr
I thought the first book was bad. Nothing compared to the forth one. Rape, pedophiles, domination (and not in bed) choose your pick. And all of it boring to death (yes, sex too. sigh)

I know I prefer heroines who kick, rather than kiss, ass. Still I enjoy pararomance and their domineering males. I may appreciate soulmates, but not lifemates when this means no choice whatsoever, a woman turned into a slave forced even in her mind. nope, no way.
This book is so good! I loved it! It is very well written, interesting, and the reader really gets to know the characters. Gregori is an awesome hero. He was so sweet in his own way. He started out gruff and cold, but it wasn't long until he was joking, laughing and being tender. Savannah was a spitfire. I understood how she felt, but I didn't like that she hurt Gregori's feelings when she kept saying she wanted to live on her own. I liked her a lot more when she went all in with him and became ...more
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
Coming soon.

And yes, this is the edition I have.
Jun 01, 2010 rated it it was ok

My review is based mostly on the series itself and not 2 much on Dark Magic.I have read the first five books in Feehan's Dark Series. Once u've read one of these books u have read them all. They are EXTREMELY repetitive. Everything is described as being velvet. All the women are the same; long hair (velvet hair mind you) past their hips, narrow ribcages and small waist which empahsize their full breast. They are all petite and fragile...same characteristics/personalities.. u name it. The only th
Dec 08, 2007 rated it it was ok
This is the fourth book in the series, and I have to say it's wearing a little thin. Well, I don't expect great things from it, and they're enjoyable for what they are, but Feehan's writing is very unimpressive and starts to get annoying pretty quickly.

This is Gregori's story. One of the ancients, the second-oldest Carpathian alive*, he is revered and feared among his own kind for the ruthless hunter that he is. No Carpathian is more powerful or more knowledgable. If he turns, nothing will be ab
This was difficult to rate (more my reaction than a review).

The first 30% was somewhat disturbing. I worry how Savannah's response to the dubious consensual scene could be upsetting/triggering to some even though it made sense in the context of the Dark Carpathian culture in which neither lifemate party really has a choice.

I did like how Savannah quickly came to accept her lot (quickly compared to heroines in previous books) and worked her way almost into a side-kick role by the end of the story
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
DNF on page 25, because Gregori is an obnoxious, possessive, creepy, stalking alpha. I get the fantasy, but not in the mood for this. BYE.

Jun 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
I tried, I really did. This is book 4 in a long series. Read book 1, enjoyed it. Read book 2, thought it was ok. Skipped book 3 because I didn't care about the main character...what I was really interested in was Gregori, the hero of this story.

Christine Feehan created a very enigmatic character in Gregori and I really wanted this story to redeem the series for me, but I quit reading on page 21. I can't take it anymore.

Feehan is a gifted story teller, but I grow tired of the following:

Okay, I'm addicted to this world despite all the repetition in the writing and overuse of phrases. I think part of it is the actually interesting world-building that's going on. A lot of paranormal romance doesn't bother much with that. It's ALL about the romance/sex and the surrounding myths and supporting rules of the world are skimmed over. This is heavily skewed toward the romance, but there is also world building as well.

Obviously I'm a fan of romance, but I'm also a big horror novel fan an
Jan 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Oh, this one was outstanding! I'd been anxious for Gregori's story, and it didn't disappoint. He's the ultimate "bad boy" and, though it isn't very P.C. of me, I loved the depth of Gregori's love for his lifemate, his passion, his extreme protectiveness and even his jealousy! The unexpected touches of humor and the humans you will come to know are just icing on this delicious cake. Now, I'm looking ahead to Julian... ...more
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Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Definitely the best out of the series so far! It's hard not to love Gregori ❤
I love how all the books connect too, even though each book is a specific characters story 😊
I love that something small in this book, only a few lines, leads you into the next book!
Christine Feehan is a fabulous writer!!
Lover of Romance
Savannah Dubrinsky, is the daughter of Raven and Mikhail, the prince of the Carpathian people. When she learns that Gregori, the infamous “Dark One” is her intented lifemate, known as the boogie man of their people, the most respected and feared of their kind, she knows at eighteen years old she is not ready to tie herself to such a creature. So she pleads for time, five years in the states. Gregori has lived for centuries, one of the oldest of their kind, he knows he will not be a easy
Gregori and Savannah omggggggggggggg!!! ❤❤❤ LOVED THIS BOOK!

This is my favorite of the series. So far..
Katie Utterly Unashamed
You aren't going to believe this....... I finally like a heroine in this series!!!!

I was a little worried at the beginning that since Raven is Savannah's mom that she was doomed from the start, but girl got her shit together. This book had the perfect about of "I don't want this, wait maybe I do want this, but I'm going to fight just because" in it.

Savannah is the couple from the first books child. Born to be Gregori (who is my favorite character so far) Life Mate. I totally understood her in t
If you've read any of this woman's supernatural romance, then you know how this book reads. I lost count how many times she used the word velvet. I'm really not a romance reader, so by the end of the book I was skipping the sex scenes skimming the repetitive bits about how perfect they were for each other, yadda yadda yadda, and was trying to finish reading the bits with some actual plot in it.

I think what really bothered me were the inacuracies about NOLA. I've never lived there myself, but I'v
Chitra *CJ*
"Dark Magic" is the story of Gregori and Savannah.
We know from book one that the healer Gregori, The dark one was reaching the end of his life, until he decides he will find his mate in Raven's daughter- who would be his redemption-a progression we see in book 2 and 3.
In this book, Savannah is all grown up and a magician/ illusionist living in USA, until she finds her closest friend Peter murdered and back in the arms of her soulmate Gregori.
They both deal with their intense passion for each ot
Another great read by Feehan! It gives me immense pleasure to read a "Hero" who had not succumbed to other women..he was emotionless inside and only his mate would cure him, hence, he would only wait for her. How exceptional!

Absolutely safe read
4 stars

This was a very good addition to the series. Savannah annoyed me during the first part of the book but she was much more likable once she merged with Gregori a few times and got her head on straight. Gregori was pretty much what you'd expect from seeing him in previous books.

Savannah is the daughter of Mikhail and Raven, The prince and princess of the Carpathian people. Raven was a human that was turned Carpathian when she mated with Mikhail. Unfortunately, this book makes it seem like Ra
Feb 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: vampire
I really looked forward to reading Gregori's story after him popping in and out of the previous Dark Series Novels. He was portrayed as one of the strongest, fiercest, "darkest" of the cast of characters. He operated by a different set of rules. He was an unknown, mystery, ancient force. H e was the “boogie man” to Carpathian children. Even grown men were a little uncomfortable around him at times. He reminded me of “Controlled Power.” In Dark Desire I especially loved the parts where he interac ...more
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“Stay out of my mind. You certainly weren't invited.' Her hands went to her hips. 'And just for the record, your mind needs to be washed out with soap! Half the things you think we're going to do are never going to happen. I could never look at you again.” 20 likes
“Wanting his mind on other matters, she deliiberately challenged his statement. "You don't know so much about me. There was a man once. He was crazy about me." She tried to look wordly. "Absolutely crazy for me."
His answering laughter was warm against her neck, her throat. His lips touched the skin over her pulse and skimmed lightly up to her ear. "Are you, by any chance, referring to that foppish boy with the orange hair and spiked collar? Dragon something?"
Savannah gasped and pulled away to glare at im. "How could you possibly know about him? I dated him last year."
Gregori nuzzled her neck, inhaling her fragrance, his hand sliding over her shoulder, moving gently over her satin skin to take possession of her breast. "He wore boots and rode a Harley." His breath came out in a rush as his palm cupped the soft weight, his thumb brushing her nipple into a hard peak.
The feel of his large hand-so strong, so warm and possessive on her-sent heat curling through her body. Desire rose sharply. He was seducing her with tenderness. Savannah didn't want it to happen. Her body felt better, but the soreness was there to remind her where this could all lead. Her hand caught at his wrist. "How did you find out about Dragon?" she asked, desperate to distract him, to distract herself. How could he make her body burn for his when she was so afraid of him, of having sex with him?
"Making love," he corrected, his voice husky, caressing, betraying the ease with which his mind moved like a shadow through hers."And to answer your question, I live in you, can touch you whenever I wish.I knew about all of them. Every damn one." He growled the worrds, and her breath caught in her throat. "He was the only one you thought of kissing." His mouth touched hers. Gently. Lightly. Returned for more. Coaxing, teasing, until she opened to him. He stole her breath, her reason, whirling her into a world of feeling.Bright colors and white-hot heat, the room falling away until there was only his broad shoulders,strong arms, hard body, and perfect,perfect mouth.
When he lifted his head, Savannah nearly pulled him back to her.He watched her face,her eyes cloudy with desire, her lips so beautiful, bereft of his. "Do you have any idea how beautiful you are, Savannah? There is such beauty in your soul,I can see it shining in your eyes."
She touched his face, her palm molding his strong jaw. Why couldn't she resist his hungry eyes? "I think you're casting a spell over me. I can't remember what we were talking about."
Gregori smiled. "Kissing." His teeth nibbled gently at her chin. "Specifically,your wanting to kiss that orange-bearded imbecile."
"I wanted to kiss every one of them," she lied indignantly.
"No,you did not.You were hoping that silly fop would wipe my taste from your mouth for all eternity." His hand stroked back the fall of hair around her face.He feathered kisses along the delicate line of her jaw. "It would not have worked,you know.As I recall,he seemed to have a problem getting close to you."
Her eyes smoldered dangerously. "Did you have anything to do with his allergies?" She had wanted someone, anyone,to wipe Gregori's taste from her mouth,her soul.
He raised his voice an octave. "Oh, Savannah, I just have to taste your lips," he mimicked. Then he went into a sneezing fit. "You haven't ridden until you've ridden on a Harley,baby." He sneezed, coughed, and gagged in perfect imitation.
Savannah pushed his arm, forgetting for a moment her bruised fist. When it hurt, she yelped and glared accusingly at him. "It was you doing all that to him! That poor man-you damaged his ego for life. Each time he touched me, he had a sneezing fit."
Gregori raised an eyebrow, completely unrepentant. "Technically,he did not lay a hand on you.He sneezed before he could get that close.”
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