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Subject: Christine Feehan's Dark series
Date Posted: 12/17/2008 1:22 PM ET
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Has anyone read these?  I'm a fan of her other paranormal series and I love paranormals in general.  I know this is a big series so I don't want to jump into another one if its just "ok".   I've had my fill of "just ok" lately and I want 2009 to be a better year for reading.

Date Posted: 12/17/2008 2:14 PM ET
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I really like the series, though I didn't like the last one as much as the others.  If I were you I'd get the first book and read it before I started collecting the rest.  I started doing this after I bought 4 books in a series  and didn't like the first one at all.

Date Posted: 12/17/2008 2:25 PM ET
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I've glommed her Drake sisters series but not all of these..seems like she has 2-3 doesn't she? I thought they might be a bit 'dark' for me though I'll probably give them a try..I think my library has them or at least some of them.

shannon, what are they like?

Date Posted: 12/17/2008 2:28 PM ET
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i think Feehan's Dark series is one of the earlier paranormal series.  i read several of the early ones, and a couple in the middle, and gave up on them.  the men in nearly all of them are *very* overbearing and always know what's best and so on, and i find it extremely aggravating the way they waltz in and just take over.  i like her Drake sisters series much better.

Date Posted: 12/17/2008 2:29 PM ET
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I've read the first 2 and loved them, I have the rest here now except maybe the last, so I need to go on a marathon. I have heard people say they all start seeming like the same story after awhile. But I haven't read that far, so I can't say. I really loved the first two!

Anne

Date Posted: 12/17/2008 2:51 PM ET
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I throughly enjoyed the Dark series but didn't like the Drake Sisters series. I suggest you read one or two of the early or middle books in the series (they don't really need to be read in order, up until the last few) if you like them you will probably enjoy the rest of the books. It is true her stories are all VERY similar and all the men are over the top Alpha males. If you like the series don't read too many in a row, too much of a good thing so to speak. Have fun exploring.

Date Posted: 12/17/2008 3:05 PM ET
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I believe I love anything Christine Feehan writes. I have read all her series:  The Drake Sisters--The Dark Series --and The Ghostwalker series --She is an auto buy for me on any of the series.

I don't know if I could read the Dark series books one after the other because the are a lot alike but I love that a lot of the characters are in each book a lot of the time you get to read something about the hero of the next book or maybe even two or three books  later.  The Dark series is like reading about one big family but I would recommend you read something in between the books and not all at once.   I read Sherrilyn Kenyon"s books one after the other and I believe I would have enjoyed the series more if I had spaced them out.

Date Posted: 12/17/2008 3:19 PM ET
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I couldn't stand them. It was sooo hard to get through the first book. I felt like banging my head against a wall. I have no idea why I didn't just stop. I guess I wanted to torture myself. I read 2.5 more before I got rid of them.

I think I could have almost stood it if the stupid heroines didn't become suicidal just from being apart from their man during the day.



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Date Posted: 12/17/2008 3:47 PM ET
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I've read some and listened to some on audio.  It's ok. I'm not big on vampires and paranormals but these were pretty good. She is very repetative.  She uses the same phrases over and over again.  Many of the stories are very similar as well.  But they are entertaining.  I read them out of order and had no trouble following the story line. Although the last few should probably be read in order as she starts a continuing storyline towards the end of the series. But overall they can be read of order.  I would recommend a break in them though while reading as the repetisious (spell?) phrases can get a bit much. 

I have the first 7 on MP3CDS if you're interested PM me.  I'm willing to do a deal on them. I don't have them on my shelf. I don't have the boxes or the ISBNS. I bought them used. 

 

Date Posted: 12/17/2008 3:57 PM ET
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So - if I were to read them out of order, its ok?  Which one would you say is "the best" one to start with?  Would I be lost if I didn't read the first one first?

Date Posted: 12/17/2008 4:04 PM ET
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Well the first one is about their "king".  I don't know that you have to read it first, though.

Anne

Date Posted: 12/17/2008 5:01 PM ET
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The best way it to read them in order.  Because when things happen in the books....it tends to go back and forth and it helps if you've read previous books so you know what is going on. I loved the Dark Series.  And the Ghostwalkers. Didn't like the Drake Sisters at all tho.  Christine's Website list all the books in order, thats what I referred to when I went to read them all. Def worth it. Good luck!

Date Posted: 12/17/2008 5:14 PM ET
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Well I read most of them in order. But I read a couple of them out of order and had no problem following it keeping up.  Like I said she repeats a lot of stuff.

I listened to Dark Possession on audio.  That was the first. Then I got the 1st 7 on ebay on MP3CD.  Then I read the others.  I listened to Dark Curse the most recent one.  I actually liked that one the best.  The later ones are best read in order. But the earlier ones it isn't that crucial.

Date Posted: 12/17/2008 5:31 PM ET
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I keep getting her books mixed up with Kenyon's...

Date Posted: 12/17/2008 6:23 PM ET
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Sherri,

I started with one out of order but they grew on me and the character's do repeat throughout. The latest books are getting a little convoluted (I haven't even read the last and I'm bummed they come out in hardback now first  - don't know if they are quite worth that). Since they are so convoluted the later ones are especially easier to read when done in order. The earlier ones are a little better. 

My favorites were:

Dark Desire (the brother of the Prince)with an American doctor; Dark Magic (the daughter of the couple (Prince and heroine in the first one --- they don't age much) - though this one is a little rough in the beginning;

Dark Fire I liked but  ---  Dark Challenge - Comes before Dark Fire and introduces another group of vampires in America that link with the European onesso though it's not one of my favorites, best to read first.

Dark Guardian - has a heroine that's a cop and the heroine is a little toughter than most of hers. Also liked Dark Destiny - girl who goes through a pretty wicked childhood and introduces a couple interesting secondary characters

Dark Celebration - a holiday book from last year or the year before, has both groups together and little vignettes that are interesting -- interesting to see the characters as couples later on. After this one it started getting a bit more bizarre.

Least favorite - Dark Symphony and Dark Secret - though the characters/secondary characters  appear in later books just couldn't get into as much.