Plot Summary: 1st of Feehan's Dark Series, this book introduces the Carpathians (read: generally "good vampires"). A Carpathian male (they have a serious woman shortage) seeks his soul mate, and upon finding her, wishes to bond her to him completely. The romance was in the foreground, in the background they were being hunted by vampire hunters.
Main Characters: Mikhail and Raven. Mikhail is alpha male, a bit archaic, but tolerable for the most part. Raven was tstl (too stupid to live). Some reviewers already noted that she continuously put herself and others at risk. Yup. She also took an absurdly long time figuring out that Mikhail wasn't human. (She hadn't figured it out even after he drank her blood, attributing that to "cultural differences").
Best about this book: the intensity between the hero and heroine was very romantic. They were completely engrossed in each other.
Worst about this book: Again, as others pointed out, some phrases were over-used to the point of bringing me pain: Mikhail's coffee colored hair, Raven's slenderness. She was described as slender so many times I wanted to buy the author a thesaurus (how about slim? Delicate, perhaps?!@!)
Absolute WORST about this book: the emphasis on women as breeders. When a woman is treasured by the man she loves its romantic. But when women are treasured as walking wombs its just species survival. It was a foregone conclusion that Raven would agree to "breed" and another character already determined that should she conceive a girl, that child would be his mate! Ick.
Summary: I would recommend it to anyone who wants to read the Dark Series (which I hear improves over time) for the background. But, I for one, am hoping for more intelligent, less breeding obsessed heroes and heroines in her next books.
This book includes the bonus (long) short story, "Dark Descent".
"Dark Prince" the story of Mikhail, Prince of the Carpathians, and his lifemate, Raven. So far, she is my least favorite of the Carpathian lifemates. Her name alone - "Raven" to signify her long, black hair - is somewhat archaic. The book follows the formula of all the Carpathian books I've read so far. Carpathian male meets lifemate; his strong, posessive personality causes potential lifemate to resist him; she eventually succumbs (in between very sensuous, graphic sex) and agrees to acknowledge her lifemate status with Carpathian male. Given the controlling nature of these men, it's understandable that the potential lifemates would keep fighting for their identity and independence. However, these guys are so thrilled at finally finding their lifemate they become totally besotted with the women and end up compromising bit by bit. But Raven's fight to keep her identity is beyond common sense. Refusing to believe Mikhail's warnings of danger and her inability to handle it, she rushes into very dangerous situations resulting in harm to her and other Carpathians. Yet they're all indulgent with her; none point out the risk she poses to others. Beyond that, the male Carpathians were interesting characters, especially Jacques and Gregori. Their hunters are stock, one-dimensional characters who exude ignorance and evil.
Joie (where does Feehan get these names?) in "Dark Descent" is a much more attractive character than Raven. A lot brighter than Raven, she "gets" her lifemate Traian. The story formula doesn't operate here. Joie is the one who searches for Traian and once she finds him, she doesn't waste a lot of time fighting him. Joie has lots of courage and is secure in her own identity. Both stories are full of erotic lovemaking which I think is one of the main attractions of Feehan's Dark series. She does write eroticism well.
This book had 50 pages of story and 250+ pages of sex. It's unfortunate that I won't be continuing this series. This author had an interesting story to tell, but after skimming pages and pages of sex to find the story again, I decided it wasn't worth the headache. This author has to be the worst author I have ever read.
My introduction to Feehan's Dark Series was "Dark Melody", which was excellent. I'm now trying to get my hands on every book in the series. I just finished the novel that started it all - "Dark Prince" (Mikhail & Raven's story). I loved this book! It includes bonus short story "Dark Descent", which is a reprint from "The Only One" (anthology including works by Feehan, Grant & Squires).
While I love a good vampire read, this book was very disappointing for me. I couldn't get over how these "men" acted towards their love interests. To me, they all seemed like sexist, male chauvinistic men who use the excuse of "protection" for their controlling, abusive behavior. If I had been the heroine in this novel, I'd have seriously killed myself before ever being with the hero.
Great beginning to the Dark Series to learn about the history and starting family in this 20+ series. Both Mikhail and Raven are great characters to experience while you are learning the ways of the Carpathians. Added bonus to a great story...sensual romance that leaves nothing out!
what a boring book. another reviewer said "this book is 250 pages of sex and 50 pages of plot." ordinarily, i might like such a book but this is not well-written sex. this author needs to learn the technique of "show don't tell". i think it had potential but it was so terrible, and there are so many wonderful books out there - i gave up halfway through. waste of time.
I've only recently discovered this series and decided to start at the beginning. I highly recommend this author and this book if you are interested in the paranormal romance genre and I guarantee you will not be able to put it down once you start to read it!
This is the second book by Christine Feehan that I have read each from completely different of her series. Both characters, inadvertantly, had black hair and blue eyes and are very slender, small-boned, waiflike (Kate Moss anyone?). Feehan's heroines were "trying" to exert a type of "strong, 'I am woman, here me roar'", but both of them were whiny and in turn was very difficult to get into. Raven wants Mikhail to understand that she will not settle for him if he doesn't let her help him find a killer. (Boooooring!)
As some members have written that her books get better, it is hard to see that as authors have talent or not and Feehan's books are like reading Romance 101; overly-flowerly love scenes, whiny heroines, too Neaderthalic heroes, and chapters that go on forever and in essence does not leave you wanting to read again.
I ordered the book because I was hoping to give the author another shot as her first book I read could have been a fluke. I will not be choosing anymore of Feehan's books and in turn, if anyone is truly thinking of choosing anyone of Feehan's books, I highly recommend going and looking for another author as she just spits out books without thought and true revision. (Found MULTIPLE errors in both books I read.)
I have read many books by many different authors and she has definitely become one of the WORST authors I have ever read.
I just could not really get into this. I thought that Mikhail had many "caveman" characteristics and the story never really seemed to keep my attention. It was easy to put down, whereas with authors like J.R. Ward and Stephanie Meyer I would stay up have the night dying to know what would happen next.
It was okay but not great.
This book was excellent. I really like the chemistry that Mikhail and Raven have. I enjoyed reading their telepathic conversations. An excellent start for me this is my first time reading Christine Feehan and it certainly won't be my last.
A great book! It grabs you from the first page and never lets go! It is a wonderful vampire romance novel with some great action. I love how both the females and males in this book are heroes with great courage!
Wow, wow wow! This was a hot steamy book that left me dying to read the whole series. I just couldn't put it down!! The insights into the other Carpathian males really improves the readers understanding of those men in later books. I am trying to read the series in order as it seems to flow a bit better that way.
This book will be sure to hook you and there will be no escaping. These Carpathian men are hot, powerful, and the ultimate alpha males.
Raven is the perfect match for Mikhail, who just happens to be the prince of the Carpathian race. They are a proud bunch of immortals with a wicked way with women. They cherish and protect the females of their group-- to the point that it can be a bit cumbersome to an average independant american woman like Raven. But never fear she can handle Mikhail, and does! And she's quite sexy about the way she goes about it too!
Well, this was my first try at a Carpathian novel and I hate to admit that I couldn't get into it.... I saw one that I thought interesting and got great reviews, but it was about book five. I didn't want to start in the 'middle of a series' so I got Dark Prince(Book 1)...well, I couldn't even finish it. I am not a book snob, but I just thought this book was instantly lame....I had a lot of questions and felt that there were some 'unrealistic' connection and chemistry between the Mikhail and Raven. I thought that by getting the first in this renown series I would get some history and depth and see where it all began, and that was not the case. I was instantly confused and curious and just felt tugged along and expected to understand WHAT a Carpathian was and how there were supposed to be as a species....I was annoyed at how instant and easy they hooked up without any realistic concern or question about who the heck was this dangerous mysterious strange otherworldly man that just decided he owned you. This is not my first Feehan book, so I knew I enjoy her writing, but I guess that this being the first in the series, Ms.Feehan had some room to improve the development. I'm fine with that. Now that I see that starting from the beginning, I will just pick and choose which stories interest me. I assume that I won't be as disappointed.
If this is your first book in the series, I can't stress enough...KEEP READING!!! This is far from my favorite book in the series, and the 2nd book isn't much better. But they are necessary to the story line & this series is best read in the correct order. If you persevere, you will be rewarded. I have been reading an average of 2 books a week for the last 25 years, the Carpathian series (as a whole) is one of the best series I've ever read.
This was the first Christine Feehan book I read and I loved it!! I can't wait to read the rest of the series. This book also has a short story called Dark Descent at the end and I loved that too! I hope to hear more about Mikhail, Raven, Traian and Joie in the future.
I had a hard time getting through this one and I found myself continually wondering why such the big hooplah over this series. Perhaps it's because this is Feehan's first book, but I swear if I had to read once more about Mikhail's coffee-colored hair, or Raven's blue-violet eyes, I was going to gag. The love scenes were too long and drawn out—how many times did I have to read the same thing over and over?
The writing also got to me. Usually when authors write in the third person but want you to be able to get inside a character's head, they break from one character's point-of-view to another's via logical divisions, whether that be chapters or simply sections within the chapter itself. However, after only a few pages into this book, I found the author jumping from Mikhail's point-of-view to Raven's from one paragraph to the next. This was very disconcerting, and I found myself having to reread many paragraphs a few times just to figure out who was saying or thinking what.
I've heard that this wasn't the best book in the series and that it gets much better going forward so I'm willing to give this series the benefit of the doubt and continue with it nonetheless.
Dark Descent short story previously available in The Only One anthology.
Hmmmm... I liked this a little better than Dark Prince. Could be that Feehan has grown into her writing a bit and is no longer all over the place as much. Or possibly I just got used to it. Unfortunately, the love scenes are still entirely too flowery for me: "her velvet sheath enclosed his strong manhood..." And after a paragraph or two of that, my eyes are crossing or I'm nodding off (if reading in bed). No, it didn't come off as erotic to me, too flowery perhaps, I don't know.
The premise of the story was very simliar to Dark Prince though: good-guy Carpathian male meets human lifemate female, all the while battling off rogue undead vampires in between bouts of "white-hot lightning" sex. I hope Feehan can mix it up a bit in some of the other books in this series or I don't think I'll continue reading them.
This series was recommended to me by a friend, and I bought the first 4 to start out (except book 2, I couldn't find it in my used book store). I was confident i'd love it, since I love romance and I love vampires!
HOWEVER, I was disappointed in this book. I enjoyed the first 1 or 2 times the characters made love, and the discovery of eachother in terms of the whole "bloodlust/Vampire" thing was kind of hot. After that, it just got tedious. I found myself skimming the love scenes just to get back to the story. I never thought i'd hear myself say such a thing! lol.
I also thought the character development was poor. I never found myself liking Raven. Feehan went over and above trying to portray her as compassionate and caring, but to me it came across as weak and stupid. She continuously got herself into trouble. She's like the heroine in the horror movie who goes outside in her nightie, unarmed, to look for the killer. You just want to scream at her and tell her to run the other way! I like to admire the heroines in my books. If you're not strong enough to assist in a fight between vampires (Jaques vs. Andre), then please be smart enough to run the other way! I wanted to shake this girl.
I have books 3 and 4, and I hate to read books out of order, so I think i'll go find Dark Desire (#2). I've read good things about the author and series, so i'm determined to give her another chance. Well, I suppose I'm giving her 3 more chances...
This is book one in Christine Feehan's epic "Dark" series. Not the best of the bunch, not the worst, it gives us a little taste of Feehan's immense universe as well a whole lot of romance.
Mikhail is the prince of a dieing race known as the Carpathians, a people with an endless array of magical abilities who drink human blood to survive. Carpathian males are charged with the protection of their race, both from human slayers and vampires. Vampires are Carpathian men who have lost their souls and turned evil. This happens because over the many years of their lives, the men loose color and emotion and become cold and disconnected unless they can find their one true love, their lifemate. Mikhail is shocked to find that his lifemate is in fact a human woman with psychic abilities, Raven--who has no awareness of his race's existance.
As previously stated, this book has a classic feel to it. It's simple and uncomplicated. I choose to say this rather then call it predictable, because in this case, knowing what's coming does not make the fall out any less beautiful. The romance between Mikhail and Raven is a true fairy tale.
The world that Feehan has built is truly unique and intricate. This first book only offers a peak at the wide scope of her ideas, but it's enough to keep you entertained.
Raven is pretty much the standard damsel in distress for the most part. Yes, she has an inner strength about her, but nonetheless much of the conflict involves her being rescued by Mikhail. If you like that sort of thing, then it's not a negative, but I would have preferred a stronger heroine.
This series is vast and overgrowing. It has it's ups and downs. I consider Dark Prince to be the necessary exposition to a much greater saga. I highly recommend it to paranormal fans.
LOVE THOSE CARPATHIANS!!!!!! STARTING READING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SERIES AND LOST SOME OF THE CONNECTIONS OF CHARACTERS BECAUSE OF THAT. iF I'M NOT MISTAKEN THERE ARE 18 IN THE SERIES AND READING FROM THE BEGINNING HELPS TO UNDERSTAND WHERE SPECIFIC CHARACTERS ARE COMING FROM.
Probably one of the better written Feehan books. Still numerous typos, you'd think they would have fixed those the second time around. I thought that the characters were fleshed out and liked the plot. Typical Carpathian males and there alpha male ways. Lots of the usual endearments. Thought that it was a more realistic depiction of how a human woman would really react... (no more or I could spoil it) I thought the bonus short story, Dark Descent" was good too.
Fantastic book and beginning of a great series. The author pulls you in with her vivid descriptions - not too wordy so you get bored, and not so lackluster that you can't see it in your mind. It's easy to get to know the characters and really feel something for them.
The action scenes are as well written as the sex scenes, the trials and tribulations of the main characters easily believable.
Brings a slightly new take on the Vampire genre. Very different from Anne Rice or Laurell K. Hamilton, but nonetheless interesting and absorbing.
I believe this is the first book in Christine Feehan's Carpathian series, known as the Dark series.
This is the story of Mikhail and Raven. If you are a fan of the series or just starting the series, this is a good book to start with. This gives the basics of the Carpathians, and the basics of the series. I love this series and can highly recommend them if you are into Love, sex, and vampires. This series presents another side of vampires and how they can love openly and thoroughly.
Wow, I got this cause of a local book club. Didn't know if I'd like the whole vampire romance thing. Let's just say I couldn't put it down. Read it in three days and loved every minute of it. If you like romance, this is the book for you. I will read many more from this author.
Christine Feehan and Paranormal Romance makes for a fantastic read!! I couldn't wait to read the next one in this series. Feehan is an amazing writer that just keeps you wanting to come back for more! It is nice to read a book where the two main characters have a few spats! I love a strong heroine!
Good Vampire book-Prince of the Night-back cover reads: He came to her in the night, a predator--strength and power chiseled his features. The seduction 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 mind.
i love this book. it shows how an independent women need not lose who she is when in a relationship with a dominering man. even though her life completely changed she still able to be herself. this book also shows a man who will always put his womens safty and happiness first(if only they were all like that).
"Dark Prince" is a reissue of the title novel and the novelette, "Dark Descent," first published in the anthology, "The Only One." "Dark Prince" is the first in Feehan's Carpathian series, which as of 1/07 is up to 11 novels and 3 novelettes/short stories. I very much enjoy these modern era paranormal books, but, like cotton candy, I can't take very much at one time. I've caught up with all of them and one, maybe 2, a year is enjoyable.
I finally finished this book!!!! I think she could of wrapped it up in a 100 pages less, BUT, this was the first book and people I trust have urged me to continue as they say they get better and better, so I will try book 2, if I can find it!!! I won't save this one nor will I ever read it again!!!
It is very apparent that this is meant to be an introduction to an extended series. This book concerned itself with a great deal of world-building, some development of characters (including rather extended development of what should have been secondary characters), with frequent breaks for sex, and rather occasional breaks for what I almost hesitate to call plot.
If you're looking for cheap thrills without too much actual story getting in the way, this is a good choice. I understand that later books are better, and do intend to give the next book a try - I am hoping that, with all of the development in this book, the author won't retread all of the ground she has already covered.
I listened to this as an audio book, and unfortunately a narrator can ruin a book. In this case, she did that for me.
Her odd enunciations - over-emphasizing all the Ts but leaving off the "g" every time a word ended in "ing" (as though she were reading Tom Sawyer) - grated on my nerves almost as much as her constant mispronunciations of several common words. I was actually moved to keep a list of mispronunciations, and more than once ripped the headphones out of my ears in disgust at her attempts. Her reading in the heroine's voice was ok, and some of her regular narration worked, but her Carpathian accent (and while I don't know what the author intended, the mountain range is pronounced Car PAY thian, by the way) is monotonous and robot-like as opposed to using some eastern European-type accent, or maybe just reading it. I'm not sure the author intended for her alpha male Carpathians to be so void of emotion as to sound robotic. I personally wanted to hear them be a little more sensual and compelling.
I also downloaded and listened to book 2 in the series, where the narrator used the pronunciation of JOCK for the hero (Jacques, which I would liked to have heard as ZHAK). I stopped there. There is a different narrator later in the series, but I just am not interested any more.
They were masters of the darkness,searching through eternity for a mistress of the light...Prince of the Night... He came to her in the night, a predator-strength and powe chiseled his features. The seduction 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 with his mind..LADY OF THE LIGHT...She came to him at dawn, his bleakest hour. As the beast raged inside him, threatening to consume him, he vented his centuries-old despair in an anguished cry that filled the waning night. And she answered, a ray of light, piercing his darkness. A beautiful angel. Her compassion, courage, and innocene awakened in him an exquisite longing and tenderness. He knew he must possess her, for only she could tame his savage side and lift the dark shadows from his soul. Apart they were desolate, bereft. Intertwined pyysically and spiritually, they could heal one another and experience an eternity of nights filled with love.