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Dark Illusion

(Dark #29)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  3,690 ratings  ·  450 reviews
A mage and a warrior must see beyond their facades and embrace the bond that links their souls in this powerful Carpathian novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan.

At any other time, Julija Brennan would find solace in the quiet of the Sierra Mountains, but now the mage is in the race of her life. Having broken free from her controlling family, Juli
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Published August 4th 2020 (first published September 5th 2019)
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Elna Chapman Language like that is totally uncalled for, and inappropriate on a site like this. In any case.... We will get Gary’s story when his lifemate is old e…moreLanguage like that is totally uncalled for, and inappropriate on a site like this. In any case.... We will get Gary’s story when his lifemate is old enough. Isai and Julija is fine for now, then hopefully Ferro and Elisabetta. Be patient. (less)
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
2 corporal punishment against your lifemate is not sexy Stars

Warning this review will be one long rant with spoilers and lots of bitching ....

I'm going to start this review off with a...

Public Service Announcement

All romance authors............. The hero spanking the heroine as a punishment is not sexy... I REPEAT NOT SEXY!! Erotic spanking with consent is sexy! Physically reprimanding someone with the intent to treat them like they are a disobedient child is not sexy and is not okay PER
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First time reading Christine Feehan. I thought it was fantastic!

Carpathians are the bomb in the paranormal world. Of course they are not perfect, but they can do so much. They are in essence a sort of mix between vampires (since they drink blood and live for a very long time but they don’t kill humans), shifters, and they have some magical ability thrown in for good measure.

Carpathians have to find their lifemate, since as they very slowly age over the millennia, they lose the ability to see co
Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
Ever heard the one about a mage, a Carpathian warrior, a book of evil, and the love of a lifetime? Dark Illusion is such a delicious story and I can't wait for you to meet Isai and Julija!

Isai's an honorable man who has spent centuries looking for his lifemate while defeating the forces of evil. He's handsome, honest, considerate, fierce, loyal, intelligent, strong, fearless and genuine. I cannot adequately describe the many ways I loved this hero. He was unreal! His patience with Julija knew no
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dark Illusion, a unique pairing of a mage and an ancient Carpathian. I was mildly apprehensive about lifelong enemies evolving into a loving partnership without a lot of conflict along the way. I read literary fiction for pleasure, to be entertained, and Christine Feehan consistently fulfills my need for enjoyment and escapism by letting me explore new worlds with interesting and exciting stories.

I was very pleasantly surprised at the different turn of events, especially since for the first a C
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This decent story needed a stronger end, thus inspiring an apt title, "Fading Illusion." 5 of 10 stars ...more
Sep 09, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hate hate hate that I am writing yet another bad review for the Dark Hunter series by Christine Feehan but I am.

In my view this series just hasn't been the same since Dark Storm, book #23 in the series...which was the last one I truly enjoyed. These last several books have women in them I find seriously unappealing and the writing for the men now feels stiff and awkward...I just don't buy it anymore.

I honestly did a double-take when I was barely into to chapter 2 and the main characters were
Isai is ½ mage and ½ Carpathian, she has broken free of her evil mage family and is trying to save the Carpathian people by destroying Xavier’s spell book. On her quest, she runs into Julija, who is a Carpathian ancient and just happens to be her life mate.

Julija has a lot to over come in convincing Isai that they should be bonded life mates. Isai has been tormented and tortured, flat out brutalized, her entire life by those who should have protected her.

The story is dark, the circumstances behi
 Leo (Queen of the Rants and Spoilers)
Excuse me, I would like to ask the author what is she’s smoking? Really? 14$+ tax for an ebook. Let me ask again what are you smoking?

Maureen Gianinio
Another wonderful read by Christine Feehan. This book contains so much its difficult to summarize in a review without feeling you’re leaving too much out. You really need to experience this one in its entirety, submerge yourself in it!

The definition of Illusion is prevalent in many ways throughout the story. The magical use of power to make a thing wrongly perceived or interpreted by the senses. And information that gives a deceptive appearance or impression about a person or event, a false ide
Lover of Romance
This review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceI received this book for free from Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Dark Illusion is the newest installment in the Carpathian series or also known as the "Dark" series, and I truly had such a fun time with this book. Its a crossover of a paranormal and romantic suspense like many of her books. With each installment in this series the more I hav
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dark Illusion was a wonderful read!

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Dark Illusion was a wonderful read. Great storyline, and action pack! I adore these Ancient Carpathian Monks!

Isai, and Julija have a bumpy start to their bonding, and the eventual claiming of each other as lifemates. But, Isai adjustments to the modern world is pretty smooth, considering he thinks he wants a woman that clings to his every word. Silly male! What he receives is a lifemate that's just as honorable, protective, and loyal as he is.

Julija i
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Mage and Carpathian meet… and it’s FANTASTIC!

The Dark series never fails to surprise me even after dozens of stories. Each story sees a new couple connecting and building onto the tangled web that is the Carpathian existence. This time out, I felt the strength of the Dark family, and saw glimpses of them, but Julija and Isai had to rely on their own strengths and courage to dal with their life-threatening situation. What was real and what was magic? It was almost impossible to tell…

Julija’s char
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The most difficult thing of all to give is trust.

I can always trust Christine to write about strong yet fallible female characters and male characters that make my heart ache in the best way. I teared up a bit reading this so have some tissues handy. This feels like classic Christine Feehan.

- It might be difficult to keep the past history and characters straight unless you read many past books in the series, but it's not necessary to read past books to still enjoy this one as a complete s
Sep 08, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm so tried of all the abuse of women in Ms. Feehan books. The world right now is very ugly with all the hate and violence. All I want is to escape for couple of hours with a good book. Her last couples of book are about child rape victims, women rape victims and women being tortured. I just don't understand why all the violence. ...more
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an absolutely delightful book.
Throughout reading this, was thinking of rereading it again! I loved it that much.

When the author said this book concentrate on the couple exclusively, with a sigh I was ready for a book which is romantic and passionate but with plenty and plenty of se* scenes, domineering attitude, and repetitive phrases.

But it smashed all my preconceptions. Not only it didn’t have that boring repetitions and too many se* and the couple was a(ww)dorable with their pack of sh
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good but I want Ferro's story more! ...more
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
After waiting 13 years!! Since 2006 "Dark Demon" book was released. The High Mage Xavier's book of Dark Magic Spells was introduced into the Dark series storyline. Hurray!!! we finally find out what happens to this evil book of magic spells.

I can't believe I have been waiting 13 years to see how Christine Feehan would write the destruction of the book. The first time readers get a glimpse of the evil book is in Dark Demon. Natayla and Vikirnoff's story. The search and destruction of the book by
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A vintage Christine Feehan's writing style! Her amazing gift of a fantastic story teller was in full display in Isai and Julija's book! Double Wow! Nothing was as captivating as when the HEA couple got 100% of page time together! Or when I didn't have to wonder if/when they would be lucky enough to have a baby. Or no matter how powerful, tough, and cunning the enemies were, together Isai and Julija could hold their own until help arrived! And yes, one of the super bad and despicable enemies had ...more
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Each story is still unique, even after 28 previous stories! Julija comes from a mage family with direct ties to the villainous triples of Xavier, Xayvion, and Xaviero. She is the product of the son of Xavier and a kidnapped Carpathian girl named, Francesa, who was planned for in order to provide Carpathian blood to her family. Brainwashed and brutalized her entire life, she is still able to break away from her family to warn the Carpathian people and do the right thing. Her plans go array due to ...more
Tina Christopher
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
Another great instalment in this long running series.
Excited to read Julija’s story after meeting her in Dark Legacy. Enjoyed her story and seeing her and Isai coming together, learning about each other and falling in love.
Love learning more about the Ancients and catching more glimpses of Elisabeta. I hope her story is up next.
Thank you to Berkley and NetGalley for the ARC.
Cathy Jackson
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love. Hope. Redemption. Trust.

Dark Illusion by Christine Feehan gives you these and so much more! Once I started reading, I couldn't stop! Mrs. Feehan is one of my favorite Authors. When she releases a new book, I need to bask in the awesomeness created.

The romance between Julija and Isai is sizzling hot from the very start, but there is an underlying current of mistrust. When they are brought together for the common goal of getting, and destroying, the book of evil spells that could end all Ca
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dark Series Book #33
Release Date: 09/03/2019
Review by Slavica/SKO

Julija Brennan is a mistress of illusion the best within her family and yet her two brothers want her dead. She chose to separate herself from her family, leave them and go to warn the Prince of Carpathian people Mikhail Dubrinksy of the conspiracy against him and his people. Xavier, the high mage created a book of evil spells to bring on death and destruction to the Carpathians. Julija is determent to find the book and destroy it
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-2019
Julija Brennan has no idea how powerful she really is. She’s been utterly destroyed by her father and the cruel men that surround him. They think that she alone could never gather the strength to find and destroy the one book that they desire above all else. They are so wrong.

Isai Florea is searching for his brother. Iulian, an ancient warrior, disappeared shortly after obtaining a book of spells rumored to be powerful enough to wipe out the entire Carpathian race. What he finds instead is a bea
 Reading In Pajamas
✦Review & Giveaway: DARK ILLUSION (A Carpathian Novel, Book 33) by Christine Feehan
Publication Date: September 3, 2019
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna
Rated 4 Stars

I enjoyed this installment – for the most part. Do I dare say that they are becoming repetitive? Nothing new except the characters themselves? 33 stories have pushed this romance series to its limit? I rated it a 4 because I like her writing style, and I get sucked into the Carpa
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75/5 stars
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
CF has done it again. The book was fantastic. A little bit of everything thrown in. Can't wait for more! ...more
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)
Dark Illusion continues one of my favorite series, the Carpathians. I love the fated mates trope, so this series has always been a hit for me. Isai and Julija were delightful as well. I think readers will LOVE Isai-what a steadfast and honorable hero! I will say he is VERY alpha. If that isn't your thing, you won't find Isai so perfect.

Isai is a warrior and he is enchanting. He has a list of swoon worthy qualities I could go on about forever, but basically, he is perfection! He is strong, patien
Kari Marie
Christine Feehan can be a hit or miss for me. I'll admit that I thought this was going to be a miss in the beginning but I held in and it became a hit. I am not saying this was the greatest book ever or even Feehan's greatest but it was enjoyable. This followed the usual pattern of old ancient guy falling apart, young woman who is damaged by her past. They heal each other and fight a bad guy. Simple and to the point.

Three stars for enjoyable but nothing special.

Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley
Kathleen Schrieber
For some reason we have gone back to spending too much of the book on sex. On one hand it makes the book shorter and faster to read as you can skip a lot of pages, but that is also a draw back. The book is otherwise very good. Plus Anatolia was Xavier's grandson, not son. ...more
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Christine Feehan is a #1 New York Times bestselling author multiple times over with her portfolio including over 80 published novels, including five series; Dark Series, Ghostwalker Series, Leopard Series, Drake Sisters Series, the Sisters of the Heart Series, Shadow Riders 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 ...more

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