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Subject: Christine Feehan Dark Carpatians series.. worth reading past book 1?
Date Posted: 10/29/2008 4:18 PM ET
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I got Dark Prince by Christine Feehan on audio book and am trying to get through it.. There are so many books in the series and it looks like such a good series but book 1 is killing me! lol

My question.. Can they be stand alone books or is it a series that has to be read one at a time and in order?  Certain books I feel have to be read in order since some details link the series...  I hope this isn't one of them..

Do they get better? I have heard they get good after book 5... should I just skip to book 5?

Sorry if this question is clear as mud.. lol

Date Posted: 10/29/2008 4:32 PM ET
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You can read them however you want in my opinion.  I read Book 16 first and didn't have any problems with it.

Date Posted: 10/29/2008 6:21 PM ET
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while they do reference back to previous couples, i don't think you have to read them in order.  i think it's fine if you jump to a later one.

Date Posted: 10/29/2008 7:36 PM ET
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I loved almost all of the books in the series, I have read them all. They can be read out of order but I think with some of the references to the issues they are having that they are best read in order. But that's just my OCD lol, I won't even start a series unless I have all in print in hand. ;)

Date Posted: 10/29/2008 8:30 PM ET
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Thanks for your input! I will try #2 but this one I will read the print book.. Maybe the audio narrator was what didn't do it for me?



Date Posted: 10/29/2008 9:22 PM ET
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It is a good series, but I agree with what others have said here - they don't have to be read in any particular order and some of the stories are better than others.

Date Posted: 10/29/2008 10:17 PM ET
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IMO they aren't worth it. I read a few, and while they did  seem to get better, I still thought they were horrible. It's the same plot with different names, and they women were so annoying to me lol It was a big struggle for me to get through 1 too

Date Posted: 10/29/2008 10:46 PM ET
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I liked the series to start with, I read them in order but you don't have to as the others have said.    The last two in the series have led me to believe she should bring these guys to and end and start something else. 

Date Posted: 10/30/2008 8:00 AM ET
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it's not as order dependent as many series, but I do think you'll find it more enjoyable to read them in order. There are some subplots that run throughout the series, growing stronger as you get further along.  For intance, the most rececent book in the series has a lot of connections to previous characters and stories.  The Christmas one she wrote a while back is almost a "where are they now" set of vignettes of couples from the past books.

Date Posted: 10/30/2008 11:27 AM ET
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I agree with Jo.  I think it best to read the books in the correct order.  I also think that the earlier books were the best!!  As a series goes on it is hard to keep plots interesting.  You end up changing the characters from what you really liked about them into something else all-together.  That drives me nuts, of course I still buy the books---------------so I guess I am nuts.

Date Posted: 10/30/2008 3:59 PM ET
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I read them in order, but like most series, it's really not necessary. However, the ladies are right, some were better than others, but I really think that depends on the reader. I loved the one with Gregori, and others might not. I'm reading the most recent, Dark Curse. Yes, I bought it in hard cover, and it's great, one of the best. I loved the way Feehan taught the Carpathian male a lesson in this book. I do not want this series to end.

Date Posted: 10/30/2008 11:40 PM ET
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I'm with Ashley on this one -- if you've read one, you've read them all.  But then I've never thought Feehan was a very skilled author.  She just had the luck of being already established on the paranormal front when paranormals started getting really popular.

So anyway, if you love the first one then you've got a lot to look forward to, and if you didn't like it then I suggest either bailing on the series or hitting the library before shelling out any more cash!

Date Posted: 10/31/2008 1:59 AM ET
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Definitely a formula.  But they are a light tasty read.  I don't go out of my way to get them.  Won't pay hardcover prices for them.  But I have read them all.  And order follows a timeline but isn't really important.  One of the things I like about them is the lack of need to remember the details of the world; no need to reread the last one when the next one comes out.

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