I don't get it. Feehan is rated very high on Amazon etc...but it was tacky romance novel..a TACKY one. I'm not opposed to romance novels. But please...it was god awlful. I could barely finish it. And I made myself finish hoping it would get better. It didn't...and it was incredibly repetitive, after 3 chapters you had the whole story, same stick just kept repeating and repeating. I don't get why everyone loves this book (did I say that already?). I'll stick with the other paranormal romance authors. This is the worse one I have ever read!
The writing is atrocious, the story insipid, the characters flat as the cheap paper within which they reside...and somehow I can't stop myself from reading this. It's like when you eat too many M&Ms, and your mouth starts to taste terrible and the candy coating splinters are in your gums, but you just can't stop yourself because it's CHOCOLATE, and who says no to chocolate? It's sorta the same thing with this. Who says no to terribly written semi-romance paranormal crap? Not me!
This was actually the hardest of the whole series for me - maybe because it presented a lot of 'set up' information. Great series, but I found it best not to read too many in a row - the 'me vampire, you mate' arrogance can get overwhelming.
1. Dark Prince (1999)
2. Dark Desire (1999)
3. Dark Gold (2000)
4. Dark Magic (2000)
5. Dark Challenge (2000)
6. Dark Fire (2001)
7. Dark Dream (2001) (in After Twilight)
8. Dark Legend (2001)
9. Dark Guardian (2002)
10. Dark Symphony (2003)
11. Dark Descent (2003) (in The Only One)
12. Dark Melody (2003)
13. Dark Destiny (2004)
14. Dark Hunger (2004) (in Hot Blooded)
15. Dark Secret (2005)
16. Dark Demon (2006)
17. Dark Celebration: A Carpathian Reunion (2006)
18. Dark Possession (2007)
19. Dark Curse (2008)
20. Dark Slayer (2009)
I enjoyed this book overall. I like descriptive books and this one was interesting in the way he won her over to his side and how caring he turned out to be for her feelings. A new take on the vampire lore...it was nice to see a change from the typical vampire book; however, it started to drag towards the end after she was foolishly headstrong and he (of course) had to rescue her yet AGAIN. I wonder though if this was a way to introduce more characters and explain them as they helped the hero rescue his lady? I was happy to see that she was still held back by her human thoughts and instincts at time.
Raven has been alone all her life, her telepathic gifts have kept her from ever fitting in. She has used them to track serial killers, but the price has been high, leaving her clinging to sanity.
Mikhail, prince of the Carpathians, has been alone for many lifetimes, shut away in darkness for so long that he can no longer feel emotions. But one night, as he considers ending his life, Raven speaks to him, mind to mind. He is amazed that a human can do this, but he soon learns that this human is his life mate.
Now just as they have found each other and the peace and joy that brings, a hunter has begun killing the Carpathians. Mikhail must track him down to protect those he leads, but that will put Raven at risk.
If you are a fan of supernatural / vampire romances, I think you will like this one.
This book is about a group of immortals who's race is dying out. There are few woman and the infant mortality rate is high. The leader is running out of hope, he lost any feelings centuries ago and was about to walk into the sun (which is commit suicide)until a human woman with psychic abilities talks to him. He falls in love with the woman and the book goes on about their trials and love. She becomes the hope for their survival. The book starts off quick and is sometimes hard to follow because the author uses a lot of comparisons but overall I enjoyed it. I am going to read the second book if that tells you anything.
Decent start to a series. Lots of detail in the main characters & the culture & habits of the Carpathians. Uneven, overblown descriptions at times, but worth reading. It didn't put me off reading the next book in this series.
Meh. I'll probably check out the next book to see if it gets any better but I wasn't very impressed with this book. All it seemed to be was the hero and heroine arguing over the same things, having sex, healing, arguing again, rinse and repeat.
I just would have preferred a little more action, a little less angst, and a heroine that was a little less annoying. She says she's "intelligent" yet gets herself nearly killed repeatedly. Obviously you are dumb, so listen to you barbarian man-vamp and do as he says. Not terrible but not very good either.
I loved this story. It was dark, mysterious and incredibly sexy. One of my keeper collection. I thought this series had a better impact when read in order and this is the first. The next book Dark Desire remains my favorite.
I was very excited to get this book and begin it. I have herd wonderful things about this series, but sadly I couldn't even finish the book. I felt it was terrible. There was A LOT of whining from the heroine. The hero needs to explains what he is and stop with the "you're mine","I can't live without you", and "I will never hurt you" in every conversation. It just gets old.....fast. Maybe the next book in the series will be a better read.
I enjoy paranormal romance and I did not enjoy this book at all! I listened to it, so perhaps that has something to do with it. I might have been able to skim all the repetitive parts had I been reading and have been less annoyed.
The heroine has just tracked down a serial killer before this book begins, so you might think she is made of tough stuff, but she is SO dependent in this story. The "hero" is constantly putting her to sleep and she comes across as quite frail in spite of her special telepathic powers. I understand that a lot of explanation is necessary when you are building a fictional world, but readers are not idiots and do not need the same concepts explained over and over again. The premise of a race of people who can only survive if they find their life mate is an interesting one and I know this is a long series. It's just not the one for me! My recommendation for vampires and telepathic humans is Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse series. If you prefer wolves, go with Patricia Briggs.
He came to her in the night,a predator-strenght and power chiseled his features.Theseduction was deep and elemental;he affected her soul.His need.His darkness.His terrible haunting loneliness,her senses aroused,she craved the dangerous force of his body,burned for him and he had only touched her w/his mind.
This book was very boring. I read all the other books in the dark series before I read this one. All of them are basically the same. Nothing really changes but the characters names. I want to read Dark Slayer. I just hope it goes in a different direction, being that the girl and the guy are already Caps.
Some people love this series. I was enjoying Dark Prince a bit in the begining, however found myself struggling to finish it. I was becoming increasing more annoyed with the hero of the story and his reluctance to accept change in everything in the world except a woman's role in the Carpathian society. It just got to be too over the top, almost Victorian in some ways. Which completely oppesed the heroine's independant views. She sort of redeemed herself in the end, but not enough for me to overlook the overall feel of the book.
Aweful!!!!! Was reading it for a book club and had to stop at chapter 6. The writing was terrible, plot was dead, and it never explains how the h/h meet. Very disappointed had high hopes for this, being it was so highly recommended. WHAT A DUD!!!!!!
A vampire contacts a woman's mind. Her need to help him overcomes her fears of him. She brings out things in him he no longer believed existed...
Never having been a fan of romance novels, Christine Feehan really surprised me. A very well-written vampire romance novel. It tends to be a bit corny at times, but not overly so. You can overlook it now and again for the quality story contained here.
Mikhail, having lived for almost a millennium, contemplates taking his
life, as he is consumed by the darkness that only his life mate can
save him from. However, he does not believe he would ever be able to
Except, he does. Raven Whitney, a telepathic mortal, who hunts serial
killers through her telepathy, finds his mental calls of distress, and
she responds to him. He is immediately fascinated by her, and he
pursues her as a decent alpha male from any romance would do, despite
her insistance that she's lived her whole life alone and loves freedom
more than the binding of a couple.
Mikhail, having lived for almost a millennium, contemplates taking his life, as he is consumed by the darkness that only his life mate can save him from. However, he does not believe he would ever be able to find her.
Except, he does. Raven Whitney, a telepathic mortal, who hunts serial killers through her telepathy, finds his mental calls of distress, and she responds to him. He is immediately fascinated by her, and he pursues her as a decent alpha male from any romance would do, despite her insistance that she's lived her whole life alone and loves freedom more than the binding of a couple.