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Dark Slayer (Dark #20)

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Carpathians are an immortal race of beings with animal instincts & the ability to shape shift. Every Carpathian male is drawn to a life mate: a woman, Carpathian or human, able to provide the light to his darkness. Without her, the beast within slowly consumes the man until turning into a vampire is the only option.
Paperback, 505 pages
Published 2009 by Piatkus Books
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
5 Love Transcends Evil Stars

First read Sept 2012 Reread February 22, 2016
Reread Feb 11 2017

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"I am my father's son. Xavier killed him as well and tried to possess my sister. I would not let him have her. I traded my life for hers and then my soul for my daughter. I have nothing left for you." Those piercing eyes never once left her face, and if there was regret or remorse in his confession, she didn't hear it. He had traded his life and was willing to die this day, as the sun came up, t
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Alex is The Romance Fox
This story will grab you and hold you until the very last page.
The 20th book in Christine Feehan’s incredible Dark Series and one of the saddest I have read so far. But despite the darkness and evil in the world, there’s also light and good…and love!  photo Carpathian20Love20Song20PIc202_zpsux29ri6z.jpg
In Ivory Malinov, the author has created an unforgettable heroine.
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Cut into small pieces and left to die in the wilderness, she willed herself to live with only one purpose – to kill her evil enemy. Her life has been one of isolation and loneliness,
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Karyn
I think I've said this for the past 3 Carpathian books I reviewed, but this really is the best Carpathian book so far. Or close to it atleast. Dark Slayer is about Ivory Manilov and Razvan.

Ivory is the sister of the 5 Manilov brothers who purposely turned Vampire because they thought they could rule the world that way. Ivory was tortured and hacked and left for dead by Mikhail's brother Draven and the vampires under Xavier's direction. However mother earth and the wolves saved her and now she sl
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

What was I thinking?

I’m a huge Christine Feehan fan. I love her writing, the way she describes emotions, personalities and tortured heroes and heroines. The last several books have focused heavily on the Carpathian’s deep relationship with Mother Earth and I absolutely love that Ms. Feehan can make me feel that same bond through their words and actions. But, the stories had begun to be somewhat predictable (probably because I read the first 19 back to back) and my adoration of the Carpathians be
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Erika

4.5 stars

Loved Ivory and Razvan. Ivory was one seriously kickass woman, but she wasn't snarky or bitchy the way many authors write kickass heroines. She was just strong, noble, dedicated, honorable, faithful and loving to her lifemate, Razvan. Razvan had a seriously traumatic and tormented past. But I loved his solid, calm Zen-like attitude. He was really different from most of Feehan's other heroes. Though he was possessive and protective (as all Feehan heroes are), he was not controlling. He a
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Melindeeloo
Sep 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dark Slayer twists the series' formula into Something different but something good

Deviating a bit from the normal formula of her other 'Dark' Carpathian books, Feehan's Dark Slayer was a unique entry into the popular long running series and ended up being one of my favorites of Feehan's more recent offerings. Though fans who live for Feehan's uber alpha males may be disappointed, I really liked long time series villain Razvan as he takes a turn in the spotlight. Razvan is no less powerful for
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Carolyn F.
Okay, if she were a real person, I'd strangle Ivory. The scene that really did it for me was the approx. 5 pages of her arguing with everyone about saving some dying babies. "You must save the babies!". Ivory, "Do you really want me to save the babies?" "Yes, save the babies." Ivory, "Really?" UGH!!!!

And then the dirt, how many ways can you describe the deliciously nutritious dirt. About 100 pages it seems. And then when I start liking the main characters, here comes some more dirt!

I usually l
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CC
At book 20 to say I was shocked to totally LOVE this book is a huge understatement! I am way behind in reviewing the last few in this series, but I needed to do this one first. Never did I think Feehan could make be love the enemy, Razvan. But boy did she ever! Razvan had the worst life ever and yet he was calm, accepting, strong and loyal. He was wonderful to Ivory and she was the same to him. I loved Ivory just as much as Razvan.

There are tons of wonderful reviews about this story so I do not
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Susan
Oh my goodness! I know I say this (almost) after reading every book in this series, but here I go again - Dark Slayer it the BEST of the series so far! It is different from most of the other books, in that we finally get a hero who is powerful and confident, but COMPLETELY without ego! Due to the horrors endured in his life as a prisoner of Xavier, Razvan has a quiet strength, and is definitely the only man who could possibly be a match for Ivory. A former long-time villain and enemy of the Carp ...more
KatieV
Another great addition. I loved both the hero and heroine. Razvan was a particularly interesting hero in that he was greatly tortured, but he dealt with it by becoming very Zen live-in-the-moment instead of by being angry-bitter-guy. A refreshing change.

Also loved that we've been treated to yet another mythology heavy book with lots of beloved characters from prior books. From looking at book descriptions it looks like we're heading back to S. America away from most of the beloved and familiar
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Mojca
Centuries ago, a young girl was cut to pieces on a meadow, her remains left to the wolves. The animals, instead of consuming the remains, buried them, and Ivory Malinov was reborn. Now, she’s a slayer of vampires, an ancient warrior with only one goal in life – find and destroy the man who ordered her execution, Xavier, the dark mage. Then she discovers the fickleness of Fate, when she stumbles upon a man lying in the snow and recognizes him as her lifemate…And Xavier’s grandson.

Centuries ago, a
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Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
I think I will have to admit defeat with the Carpathian series. I want to like them, really I do - the world buiding is fantastic, the premises usually great, sweeping romance, plenty of action - but I just can't because the writing is so repetitive and I end up stalled, rolling my eyes and skimming - which I hate to do.
Every other chapter or so in Dark Slayer the entire story of what happened to Ivory is repeated, and then the story of what happened to Razvan after he is introduced and everytim
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Emily
Oct 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: PNR fans, Christine Feehan fans
Shelves: reviewed-books
Let's see if I can manage to write a review about this book without spoiling the previous sixteen installments for anyone. Seriously, the best compliment I can give this book is that I'm thankful there are sixteen other books plus three novellas, so maybe it won't be so painful and hard to wait for the new one to come out next year!

For any newcomers to the series, and if you are indeed a newcomer I suggest you get to the library ASAP to rectify the situation, the Dark series is a paranormal roma
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Camille-Dhark Nytmhare
I loved this story. I cried at least 3 different times during this book….(okay so it was more like 7 or 8 times). I am no cry baby sissy wuss. It really takes a lot to get me going. But Feehan has managed to tug on my heart strings in what I believe is her best story yet. Razvan turns out to have such moral fortitude. The love that is portrayed between Razvan and Ivory is so deep that it brings tears to the eyes of the secondary characters in the story. The fact that Gregori and Prince Mikhail c ...more
Penny Watson
Sep 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dark Slayer by Christine Feehan

Wow. Wow. Wow.

In a million gazillion years, I could have never guessed that Christine Feehan would completely, irrevocably, inexplicably, undeniably redeem herself with this beautiful love story. I am in complete shock. This book was wonderful, and....sweet! And, the hero was....a beta male, not an alpha male!!!!! A freakin' Carpathian beta male hero....will wonders never cease??? This is completely unlike any other book in the Dark series, and in my not so humble
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Loralee
Sep 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it! I laughed, I cried both in sadness and in happiness. I think this is possibly my favorite in the series now. Ivory and Razvan's story was wonderful, they were perfect for each other. They really were each others soul mate. I loved the quiet strength of Razvan, yet we see such heartache and vulnerability in him at times, because of his past. And Ivory, what a great heroine, she was so strong, and yet really has such vulnerabilities too. It was great how the two of them were each other ...more
Samantha
Dec 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to say that this book blew me away. It was totally different from the other books in the Dark series. I just loved the connection between Razvan and Ivory. This was more of a partnership IMO. A bond forged between two people who have experienced so much pain and they found happiness together. I was very pleased with this book.
Fleur
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another favorite couple. I loved seeing a strong Carpathian female and seeing Razvan stayed true to his Dragonseeker lineage.
Debbie
Ivory Malinov was thought dead for centuries, while all five of her brothers chose to become a part of the enemy (vampire), that caused her death. Finding out she is alive only raises suspicions that she may be in league with the last of her brothers. Razvan was a Dragonseeker and everyone knew him to be the worst of traitor’s to the Carpathian people, but after escaping his long captivity by Xavier the most evil Mage anyone had ever know, he was determined to walk into the dawn. The warrior in ...more
Mindy
I picked up the Dark series not too long ago hoping for a change of pace from my usually reality-based reading. The two books I read were a disappointment, if I were to be honest. I quickly tired of the heroine being stubborn and the hero being barbarically dominant. The books I read were early on in the series and I had pretty much decided not to try reading any more after those. But then I read some of Feehan’s Leopard series and really enjoyed those books, so I thought I’d give the Dark serie ...more
Darcy
Oct 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, pnr, vampires
This was a great book in the series as old villans came back, but were not what you expected. The war is definately heating up in the Carpathian world.

This book brought out the old and forgotten or just lost customs. Learning more about them was interesting. As well as learning what Ivory has learned over the years to survive. There probably haven't ever been 2 heros that have been so used and broken as these 2 have. It was nice to see a male Carpathian that was not so uber male, probably had t
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Ann has a dirty mouth
So normally I love all of these books, but this one was not one of my favorites. I can see why many readers enjoy Ivory and Razvan as a couple, and some of their interactions were sweet. It wasn't enough to save the book for me though.

What really dragged this one down is that it is extremely campy even by the standards of vampire romance novels. One part that I couldn't read with a straight face was the wolf pack that could transform into tatoos or fur coats depending on the needs of the action
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Malinda
4.5-5 stars

**fair warning, this review may be considered slightly spoilerish**

This was a great story! I really liked both Ivory and (surprisingly) Razvan and was so happy to see them find happiness with each other.

Ivory is a Carpathian female that is very old and has been alone for a very long time. She's the younger sister of the 5 Malinov brothers who raised her after her parents died, along with the De La Cruz brothers (that have already appeared in the story) who became like adopted brothers
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Tammie
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fantastic read! Have to admit that mid-way through this series I struggled, but the past 3 or 4 books have definitely turned things around for me. Really enjoyed this story and again the pace was excellent. I think my favourite part of the series is how certain characters weave their way in and out of this story and they continue to grow as well...always keeping things interesting. Wonderful storyteller!
Allison
Jan 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was very glad to see that Razvan was getting his own story after it was revealed that Xavier had possessed Razvan, using his body to betray his family and Razvan was too honourable to let them know it wasn't him, as no one would risk themselves to save him if they believed him to be evil. So he suffered the full brunt of Xavier's torture and experiments to keep his family safe the only way he knew how.

After Lara, Nicolas, Natalya and Vikirnoff destroyed Xavier's lair, he was forced to move Raz
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Karmel
Sep 26, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Bla... That is what I now think about this book and I haven't even finished it and now I might not!! I thought it was great at the beginning, loved the whole thing... the ideas... everything... until it flatlined right before the big fight with her brother that left Razvan nearly dead. NOT to mention how many times she repeated the same diologue and thoughts over and over.... I felt like she was a broken record... Seriously there is this one part where i shook my head confused, pausing in my rea ...more
Skye
Jun 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dark Slayer was moving, daunting and tempting, full of love and lust, this was a fantastic book.
Although as a 14 year old, I must say that this novel is most likely not suited for teenagers, for it requires a mature audience. But what Ivory and Razvan contained showed more than just desire; they demonstrated a love that -even though not wanted or asked for- soon became unbreakable.
When I first began reading Dark Slayer, I thought the idea of being born to ‘a lifemate’ was going to ruin the whol
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Angela Sweatman
Mar 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
finally here is a woman in a carpathain story who is just as bad as the rest of the males. its about the infamous Ivory Malinov, the young girl thought to have been killed. left for dead and with the help from some furry friends and mother nature she survives a horrible ordeal and lives with one purpose. to kill Xavier the evil mage responsible for her unspeakable attack. She finds a male laying in the woods. He is Razvan. Branded a criminal, detested and feared, he has managed to free himself f ...more
Gardavson
Aug 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, 5-star
Jeez Louise! The book was a monster! How in the world did she pack all that into this one, average-long book? This was Ivory and Razvan's story. I didn't think I was going to like Ivory, pinning her as another Natalya/Destiny/Jaxon combo. Turns out, I really liked her. She wasn't macho he-woman wannabe that i'd expected. Her strength came from her intelligence and perserverence. She suffered without being man-like tough or whimpy whiney fetal position girl. Razvan was extremely likeable. He came ...more
July
Jan 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: home-library
Dark Slayer has to be the best so far. Ivory is the strongest of the female so far. And Razvan actually has suffered for his whole life that he most grateful to have a lifemate like Ivory that he accepts he for how she is. Which for a carpathian male is unheard of. It makes him most attractive.

Ivory has been alone most of her life. She grew up surrounded be 10 strong males her 5 brothers the Malinovs and there 5 close friends De La Cruz brothers. She was treated like a princess by them. When the
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