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Return to the “steamy and dreamy” (Publishers
Weekly
) world of Christine Feehan’s #1 New York
Times
bestselling Carpathian novels as thundering passions signal a
dark force on the horizon...
Buried alive for hundreds of
years in a volcano in South America, Dax worries that he has become the
abomination that every Carpathian male fears, a victim of the insidious
evil that has crept relentlessly into his mind and body over the
centuries. But Dax isn’t the only one emerging from the
darkness...
His name is Mitro, and he once stood by the side of
the prince of the Carpathian people. Now he is the epitome of
malevolence, and perpetrator of one of the most shocking killing sprees
known to man. No one escaped the bloodshed, including his lifemate,
Arabejila.
Now, between Dax and Mitro, a violent game has
begun—one that has marked Riley Parker, the last descendent of
Arabejila, as the reward.

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Feb 23, 2014

3.5 Old One Stars

First read Oct. 2012 Reread March 2, 2016

*Spoilers*

You called me palafertiilam. Yes. There was no hesitation. He exuded complete confidence. She felt another surge of heat curling through her body like a wave. I asked Gary for the translation. He said it meant lifemate and that there is only one. Gary is correct. You possess the other half of my soul. You are the keeper of my heart. Again, she felt that wave of heat rush over her. How do you know? I know. He spoke with that same 3.5 Old One Stars

First read Oct. 2012 Reread March 2, 2016

*Spoilers*

You called me palafertiilam. Yes. There was no hesitation. He exuded complete confidence. She felt another surge of heat curling through her body like a wave. I asked Gary for the translation. He said it meant lifemate and that there is only one. Gary is correct. You possess the other half of my soul. You are the keeper of my heart. Again, she felt that wave of heat rush over her. How do you know? I know. He spoke with that same confidence. How will I know? This time she felt his smile, his joy. I will share my mind with you. Court you. Persuade you. I can be quite charming when necessary.-Riley and Dax



I think I've fallen in love with you. Right here in this rain forest in this terrible, awful, ugly situation. She made the confession as she walked along the trail, keeping her head down as if she was watching the narrow trail. All the while, she held herself still. You're so beautiful, Dax. Your heart. Your soul. I don't think I could ever find a better man.-Riley

Dark Storm the 23rd book in the Dark series was better than the last book, Dark Predator, but not nearly as good as some of the past books. Seeing as this is the 23rd book in this series, and the 23rd review I am writing about this series, I am keeping this one short and to the point. I loved Dax the hero, who by the way was totally new to the series. Dax was an ancient hunter who allowed himself to be trapped in a volcano with the evil vampire Mitro so he could destroy him. He knew nothing of what was happening in the world. He didn't even know who the prince of his people was. He was a very sexy, playful, and sweet hero. I also really loved Riley the heroine. She was smart, sweet, funny, and brave but not over the top bad-ass. She also didn't really fight her bond with Dax. She just went with her gut and accepted her feelings for him almost instantly, which I loved. I loved the way Dax and Riley were together. I thought their relationship was very sweet and romantic. The only problem I had with this book was it went really slow in the first 40% or so. It took a while for Dax and Riley to even meet, and at times I found myself becoming bored. I did enjoy Jubal and Gary in this book and I also really liked the hint of a budding romance between Jubal and Jasmine. I would love to see them get together and get their own book. Just sayin' Overall a good read just a slow build up to the action.

You're a courageous woman, Riley. I'm proud that you're mine. I'll live my life making certain you never regret giving yourself to me, or making the resolution to join me in my world.-Dax
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Oct 01, 2012

The first half of this book was like reading the series for the first time. I experienced that same sense of excitement and enthrallment that I had when I picked up Dark Prince for the first time. I enjoyed seeing each character's actions/reaction before they met the other. And once they met each other, I very much enjoyed how they connected and bonded.

But around the middle, the story started getting stretched out and slow. There were definitely scenes I skimmed because they were boring or to The first half of this book was like reading the series for the first time. I experienced that same sense of excitement and enthrallment that I had when I picked up Dark Prince for the first time. I enjoyed seeing each character's actions/reaction before they met the other. And once they met each other, I very much enjoyed how they connected and bonded.

But around the middle, the story started getting stretched out and slow. There were definitely scenes I skimmed because they were boring or to detailed. The last half of the book fell flat for me. I also didn't like how certain coincidences emerged to resolve the ending and provide a link to the evergoing reason while Carpathian women can't/don't have children.

I'm beginning to feel about this series like I do about Lora Leigh's breeds...Just go ahead and solve it already and move onto another issue. Overall, this book wasn't bad, but it was okay. I think I would have rather had the whole book just be "okay" rather than experience a great beginning only to see it fizzle in the end. ...more
5

Mar 27, 2012

Ive been a fan of Christine Feehans Carpathians for years now, but the last few books havent WOWd me like the earlier books did until now. Dark Storm is, start to finish, an action packed and passionate story! Blurb

Awakening after all this time in a world of absolute darkness and oppressive heat, Dax wonders in how many ways the world above must have changed. But it is how he has changed that fills him with dread and loathing. Buried alive for hundreds of years in a volcano in the Carpathian I’ve been a fan of Christine Feehan’s Carpathians for years now, but the last few books haven’t WOW’d me like the earlier books did… until now. Dark Storm is, start to finish, an action packed and passionate story! Blurb…

Awakening after all this time in a world of absolute darkness and oppressive heat, Dax wonders in how many ways the world above must have changed. But it is how he has changed that fills him with dread and loathing. Buried alive for hundreds of years in a volcano in the Carpathian Mountains, Dax fears that he has become the full-fledged abomination that every Carpathian male fears, a victim of the insidious evil that has crept relentlessly into his mind and body over the centuries. But there are some things that never change.

His name is Mitro, the vampire Dax had hunted all these long centuries. Second in command to the prince of the Carpathian people he is the epitome of everything malevolent, and perpetrator of one of the most shocking killing sprees known to man - and beast. Even his friends and family weren't safe from Mitro's bloodlust. Neither was Mitro's lifemate, Arabejila, an extraordinary woman with extraordinary gifts. But now that Dax has re-emerged, so too has Mitro. The ultimate battle between good and evil has been re-engaged. Between Dax and Mitro, a violent game has begun - one that has marked Riley Parker, the last descendent of Arabejila, as the reward. The Carpathian world is so intense, so detailed, and so exciting. It’s a complex world filled with compelling people and beings. It’s a world of hunters vs. vampires, good vs. evil, and in Dark Storm the very best of this world comes into play. Dax and Riley are perfect for each other. They are both are solid, mature people who trust their instincts and each other, so there isn't a lot of relationship drama and back and forth bickering, which helped make this one of my favorites of the series.

The bottom line...

I was captivated from the start, unable to put it down, and I'm excited to have the next book in my hot little hands! ...more
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May 10, 2012

New characters when we already have soooo freaking many OLD ONES!!
When the fu*** is she going to write about all of those old characters?!?!?

What about the dragon sisters?
And Skylar, Solanges cousin, Gabriela, and all those new warriores -- What about all of them??

Is she going to write their storys when we are all old and senil?? IN 2050?!?!?

God, Im really royal pissed!!! ÒÓ

PS - Dax?!?! Really!!
I think that i,m really going to give up on this series .. Its just draging and draging and it never New characters when we already have soooo freaking many OLD ONES!!
When the fu*** is she going to write about all of those old characters?!?!?

What about the dragon sisters?
And Skylar, Solange´s cousin, Gabriela, and all those new warriores -- What about all of them??

Is she going to write their story´s when we are all old and senil?? IN 2050?!?!?

God, I´m really royal pissed!!! ÒÓ

PS - Dax?!?! Really!!
I think that i´,m really going to give up on this series .. It´s just draging and draging and it never develops! And C.F: is always introducing new chacarcters but never does their storys and that really thicks me off!!!! ...more
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Mar 11, 2012

* 3 1/2 stars *

I enjoyed this one for the most part but had a few issues. There were some really strange scene transitions between chapters, we would suddenly be in a new place and were barely given information on what happened between scenes. There was too much time spent in the character's thoughts and conversations and not enough action. I felt the book had potential to be more exciting than it was, though the romance itself was nice. The hero was a much better guy in this book than the last * 3 1/2 stars *

I enjoyed this one for the most part but had a few issues. There were some really strange scene transitions between chapters, we would suddenly be in a new place and were barely given information on what happened between scenes. There was too much time spent in the character's thoughts and conversations and not enough action. I felt the book had potential to be more exciting than it was, though the romance itself was nice. The hero was a much better guy in this book than the last one.

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5

Oct 10, 2012

SPOILER ALERT!!
At first I was worried about the reviews, despite Christine being one of my favorite writers. I make sure to research my books through reviews before I purchase them (My hubby puts me on a budget, otherwise I would break the bank with my reading obsession)☺.

However I really enjoyed this book and can understand why Christine went the way she did and my conclusions are as follows:

1. Xavier is gone. He happened to be the main antagonist in relation to the Carpethians. However his SPOILER ALERT!!
At first I was worried about the reviews, despite Christine being one of my favorite writers. I make sure to research my books through reviews before I purchase them (My hubby puts me on a budget, otherwise I would break the bank with my reading obsession)☺.

However I really enjoyed this book and can understand why Christine went the way she did and my conclusions are as follows:

1. Xavier is gone. He happened to be the main antagonist in relation to the Carpethians. However his evil legacy lived on namely the parasites in the soil. This brings me my second conclusion...
2. The lack of female children born and the child mortality rate. We have had hints here and there through out most of her books that there was more to this situation than the obvious conclusions and I think it fitting that the solution to their problem might be as simple as the courtship ritual. You have to remember that even as long lived as the Carpethians are they are more solitary creatures in nature; add to this the fact the species was going extinct, it is safe to say that a lot of traditions and rituals were lost or forgotten.
3. In reference to Christine speeding through towards the end...I don't think that is fair to say. The characters were so well developed because of the difference in the way she wrote his book by the middle of the book; that giving every single detail from the helicopter ride, to getting the De la Cruz house, to the meeting of all the characters would have been redundant and repetitive making this a tiresome read.
4. Last but not least I think that this book is a segway into more, we're still not sure if the flower is the answer. Also Mitro might not be completely dead and gone...he might have had more slivers out there that we are not aware of.

Like I said with Xavier gone the main antagonist is history, but with so many unanswered questions in reference to certain characters and issues Ms. Feehan has the liberty to take us anywhere from this point. Also I'm really glad we got a happy ending for Arabellija (I hope I spelled that right), sort of at least through her strongest descendant...she was an enigma, always one character there but not there with so much mystery surrounding her.

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5

Oct 03, 2012

This review is from: Dark Storm (Carpathian) (Hardcover)
First let me say I don't understand the 1 and 2 star ratings, this is a very good story an a bit different than the other Dark series books, which makes it totally interesting. Sometime I think other authors send their devout minions to do harm to other better selling authors. I have seen this pattern for a few years now and It's just not right!!

I loved Riley she is a descendant of Arabejila the "Flower Lady" as some refer to her from This review is from: Dark Storm (Carpathian) (Hardcover)
First let me say I don't understand the 1 and 2 star ratings, this is a very good story an a bit different than the other Dark series books, which makes it totally interesting. Sometime I think other authors send their devout minions to do harm to other better selling authors. I have seen this pattern for a few years now and It's just not right!!

I loved Riley she is a descendant of Arabejila the "Flower Lady" as some refer to her from previous Dark series books. Christine Feehan has given us and intelligent young women, who has eminence powers of her own. She is not a warrior'hunter like Natalya Ivory and Destiny' but she could be with the power she wills. Riley is very feminine and makes a great Lifemate to Danutdaxton "Dax", the Carpathian hunter who has voluntarily imprisoned himself to trap Mitro the most vile powerful vampire so far in the Dark series. They have be imprisoned their for centuries inside a volcano.

The story is fast paced the battle scene between Dax and Mitro are amazing. I couldn't believe Mitro's family linage you will be shocked when you find out who's family he is from, but it does explain why he was the most powerful vampire so far. The love scenes are not as many, but are just as scorching HOT AND SEXY!! Dax is the oldest Carpathian alive and he can do amazing things, He is so deserving of Riley. They are my all time new perfect couple. We also, get to visit old friends the De La Cruz family.

The story has a bit of humor to it. Making it not so depressing as PR sometimes can be. I really liked that Gary Jensen and Jubal Sanders were main characters in the book. They lived up to what we have come to expect of them, as being human companions to the Carpathian people.

THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ!! and like I said I really don't get the 1 an 2 stars for this book and I always respect others opinion, but I had to speck out this time and say they must have had other motives. I will say one thing that I agree with it is time to bring the series to an honorable happy close!!! VERY WELL DONE CHRISTINE!!!
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Oct 06, 2012

Alas, I may be coming to the end of my time with the Carpathian series. For so long, it has been my guilty pleasure. After all, you can't get all that white lightning, feminine sheaths or velvet over steel just anywhere. In these books, you are guaranteed to find the most alpha of the alpha-males and the most flowery euphemisms for sex, along with a familiar and predictable tone that's like slipping on an old pair of shoes that you've had forever.

Unfortunately, I think these shoes are getting Alas, I may be coming to the end of my time with the Carpathian series. For so long, it has been my guilty pleasure. After all, you can't get all that white lightning, feminine sheaths or velvet over steel just anywhere. In these books, you are guaranteed to find the most alpha of the alpha-males and the most flowery euphemisms for sex, along with a familiar and predictable tone that's like slipping on an old pair of shoes that you've had forever.

Unfortunately, I think these shoes are getting too old to remain comfortable. The last book in the series was a tough read, because the hero was an enormous asshat to his heroine. He was downright mean to her at times --and who wants to read that? Here, Feehan takes us in the complete opposite direction, with a hero who is simply too good to be true. But I'll get to that in a minute.

Let me set up the story. Riley is a descendant of a Carpathian woman named Arabejila. Every five years, Riley and her mother venture to a volcano in the Andes to perform a ritual began by Arabejila centuries ago. Riley has grown up hearing stories about her ancestor locking a great evil inside. Of course, she thinks it's all an old legend. But the stories are true. Arabejila trapped her lifemate Mitro because he has become vampire and she thought nothing else would hold him.

Mitro isn't inside the volcano alone. An ancient hunter named Dax is in there with him. The two are so evenly matched that neither has managed to kill the other in all this time. But Arabejila's bloodline has started growing weak and Mitro is about to break out. Using his powerful influence, he lays trap after trap for Riley's mother before she can strengthen his bindings and eventually, both he and Dax are freed.

Riley gets a crash course on Carpathians and vampires as she learns her own power of an affinity with the earth. She and Dax are lifemates, so they must work together to vanquish Mitro before his great, evil plans are realized.

There's a dragon involved. A fertility flower. Gary Jansen. Jubal (remember Joie's brother from Dark Descent?) A De La Cruz and his lifemate... but no big ties to our core Carpathian families. Unless you count Mitro. He is a Daratrazanoff, but for the life of me, I can't figure out how he is related to Gregori, Lucan or Gabriel. Which bothered me greatly.

Also bothering me greatly... it takes forever for the hero and the heroine to so much as lay eyes on each other. The first half of the book was painfully slow. Frankly, the book was boring. As angry as the last book made me at times, with this one, it was an effort to just keep turning the page. The relationship had no conflict. Dax is too perfect. Patient. Strong. Caring. Sensual. Blah, blah, blah. And Riley loves him right away. No fear. No lies. No hesitation. No fire.

I kept waiting to care, but I never did. The relationship was too easy. The external conflict was exactly the same as in every other Carpathian book. The only emotion I was left with was annoyance that I squandered $12.99 for the ebook. If you're on the fence about this one, I advise you to pass... or if you absolutely must read it, rent it from the library.

Velvet count: 10

Rating: D+

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Mar 15, 2012

Can't wait!! I so hope it is Dominic's story, but that is probably hoping for too much... Then again you never know!!! :)
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Mar 02, 2012

Honestly, after reading the other reviews for this book I was totally set up to think I would hate it. But I loved it.
The last few stories in this series have been thoroughly disappointing, following almost the same cookie cutter story line. The mating was just too soon leaving so much angst and need for additional creation of problems.
This story however, gave some great lead up, with both characters growing and learning about themselves before they were through into an overly intense romance. Honestly, after reading the other reviews for this book I was totally set up to think I would hate it. But I loved it.
The last few stories in this series have been thoroughly disappointing, following almost the same cookie cutter story line. The mating was just too soon leaving so much angst and need for additional creation of problems.
This story however, gave some great lead up, with both characters growing and learning about themselves before they were through into an overly intense romance. The battles and character growth were awesome, reminding me why I originally started this series in the first place.
Yes granted the first 100 pages or so are slow when you think about just the romance aspect, but they are by no means boring.
Well written plot line keeps you from really getting bored in my opinion. When the lovers do finally meet they have grown enough to easily accept each other and work together to overcome the ultimate evil.
I loved all the little plot twists to both the overall storyline of the Carpathians and Dax and Reilly’s individual story.
This book has renewed by faith in this series and I can't wait for more.
5.5 stars!!
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Oct 03, 2012

Half way thru this book and all I can say is THANK GOD!The first couple of chapters were on the boring side with so much info dump that I found myself just skimming a few pages.The main 2 characters have yet to meet.
When Riley and Dax do finally meet,the book became more interesting,but still lacked luster .I hate the rainforest setting ,then throw in the jaguar people,secondary characters had prominent parts and just what type of female is Riley anyway?Is she a witch ? or some sort of Earth Half way thru this book and all I can say is THANK GOD!The first couple of chapters were on the boring side with so much info dump that I found myself just skimming a few pages.The main 2 characters have yet to meet.
When Riley and Dax do finally meet,the book became more interesting,but still lacked luster .I hate the rainforest setting ,then throw in the jaguar people,secondary characters had prominent parts and just what type of female is Riley anyway?Is she a witch ? or some sort of Earth Goddess?I thought maybe the Drake sisters had invaded with all the earth majic going on.

UPDATE Oct 5,2012
Well, I finally finished this book this am.This was an okay read for me.I think that this series should be a wrap now,nothing new and the series just seems to be lacking in the excitement that I used to get when reading this series.
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Oct 15, 2012

I did something rather unusual with this book, I waited over a week to read it AND I read other reviews on it first. Now that may not seem like a big deal to you but it is highly irregular for me. That being said, this review will reflect those concepts and will have include some questions that come to mind.. some might consider those questions spoilers.. *grins* ok, disclaimer done.

Dark Storm is the 23rd in Christine Feehan's Dark Series.. or as I like to call it her Carpathian Series. In many I did something rather unusual with this book, I waited over a week to read it AND I read other reviews on it first. Now that may not seem like a big deal to you but it is highly irregular for me. That being said, this review will reflect those concepts and will have include some questions that come to mind.. some might consider those questions spoilers.. *grins* ok, disclaimer done.

Dark Storm is the 23rd in Christine Feehan's Dark Series.. or as I like to call it her Carpathian Series. In many ways it reads as a stand alone and can easily be read without ever having read another book in the series and without ever reading one again. That being said it also touches on aspects of the series that have been on the fringes.. bringing them more into the forefront. A necessary evil if Christine is to take this series further. Sure we could spend all of our time with Mikhail and his buds.. but that is not how this particular series has been engineered. I know many people find the lack of continuity for better word, disconcerting but I find they are missing the point. I will come back to this, later in the review.

Riley Parker and her mother are on their regular visit to the rain forest. Every five years they have made this trek to return to the place of their births. But this year, things are off. First off they are a bit later than normal and everything seems to be collapsing around them. Annabel, Riley's mother is suffering from the loss of her spouse. In Riley's family, they marry for life.. when the spouse dies it seems like the light completely leaves the remaining spouse and they follow soon after. Annabel has chosen to hang on as best she can so she can make it to the rain forest. She is gifted woman with an affinity to plants.. It seems they all but grow where she walks, and create trails for her in even the most dense of underbrush. This year though, it seems like nature is trailing her, her gift seems to be departing from her and evil stalks her. Riley is desperate to protect her mother and doesn't understand why she is such a hurry to reach their destination. Added to that, this time it seems their regular tour guide was unavailable and they end up traveling with three other groups. One of which consists of some pretty horrid men.. just skeevy. Honestly, I am not sure why they were included in this book.. other than to point out that both Annabel and Riley are beautiful and desirable women but they wasted space in this book as far as I am concerned. Annabel knows that Riley must learn the secrets of their people and tries to warn her of what is happening..

Danutdaxton (and I thought Shaughnessey Steenburgen was cruel), Dax is an ancient. Trapped in the bowels of the volcano with an unimaginable evil. A Carpathian who not only denied his mate, his chance at redemption but attempted to destroy her, Mitro Daratrazanoff. Centuries have passed since they have been trapped and still neither can kill the other. Over time each has evolved into something "more" than Carpathian/Vampire. They have acquired new talents, skills, gifts and in a rather symbiotic way have evolved together. The earth has chosen Dax and offers him a chance to absorb more power if he chooses, something we discover later that he really must do, all he has to do is absorb the soul of an ancient dragon.

As Riley travels towards the ruins of the Cloud People, the place of her birth.. Dax fights with Mitro trying to kill him before he escapes the prison that has been created for him. The barriers grow ever weaker. Conveniently enough two of the men that Riley and Annabela have been forced to travel with are Jubal Saunders and Gary Jansen.. they are on a hunt for a flower that the Carpathians have long thought extinct, something that might be beneficial to their people. It was good to see Gary and Jubal without all the drama surrounding them, aka Gabby. We see in Gary the man Savannah and Gregori, befriended. The man who would willingly fight for what is right even at his own expense but years have passed since that fateful meeting and Gary has grown. This was a wonderful portrayal of Gary and those of you who wish to off Gary, this might just change your mind. Jubal, also comes off extremely well. Seriously, I would so jump this man's bones if I had the chance. He is strong, commanding, a presence.. his Jaguar lineage shines through over and over again.

When Riley and Dax finally meet, each has suffered serious feelings of failure.. each feels that they could have done more and each has a strong need to defend and protect those around them. A strong connection is formed instantly on both sides. None of this wishy washy crap we have seen from some of Christine's other heroines.. nope, these two get it. Even if Riley is human.. she recognizes the bond and the attraction and she accepts it!!

As they progress together to fight Mitro, we see insecurities arise.. which I would think would be normal. But together they battle, the insecurities, the traps set before them, the gruesome murders and yes Dax's complete and utter incomprehension of modern society. It was a good story and I completely enjoyed it!

Now back to the beginning.. throughout the Dark Series, Christine has brought in totally unrelated characters that become integral to the over all story arc. Usually out of the blue and we have no idea who these people are. For example:

Gabriel.. when he showed up in Paris, we had no idea who he was. Oh Julian mentioned two great Carpathians/Vampires in a story he told but we didn't see them as integral characters (and no names were mentioned).. and yet over time their importance has shown.

Falcon.. I know he showed up in a novella but still he really was a no one and yet as time and the storyline have continued his importance shows through. If for no other reason, he brought those children in.

Traian.. yes Joie had been mentioned in Dark Symphony but as a body guard and we still had no clue who these people were and yet.. the Saunders family is an integral part of the storyline.

Nicholae.. seriously? Who was this guy came out of nowhere.. and yet without Nicholae.. there would be no Vikernoff *sigh*

Riordan.. I tend to say Rafael I forget that Riordan actually came first but either way had anyone heard of the De La Cruz family until now? Nope, they were brought in to intertwine with the arc. A story arc within the main arc.

I don't Mention Dominic because we did meet him in Dark Symphony and by they time he shows up we have met Dragonseekers and are pretty much expecting him..

And the troubadours.. well, we meet them through Julian, whom we do have a passing acquaintance with.

Christine has a history of bringing in seemingly unrelated characters and showing us how they fit in the big picture later on. Sometimes WAY later.

While we didn't see the characters we love the most. We do get to spend some time with Riordan and Juliette, see a tease of maybe a future book in a maybe romance between a couple of secondary characters that are not named Gabby and Gary AND find out some more secrets about that dwindling baby pool.

Now for my questions.. and yes I consider these spoilers so don't read further if you don't want to know

If the De La Cruzes are so spectacular and powerful, how is it they were not on top of this? How did they not know that a great evil was resting right there in their back yard?

How can Riley be a descendant of Arabejeli? I thought Carpathians could only have children with their mates?

How is Mitro related to the other Dara's is he a brother, uncle, second cousin twice removed..?

What happens if the wife dies first? (in Riley's family) does the male spouse also die immediately? Or is the lineage sorta kinda immortal, being that they remain young until their spouse dies then sorta whither and die? Does that mean if they didn't marry they wouldn't die? and does the lineage always have daughters?

Oh one other thing.. a few of us a while back got a little silly and spoke of the Flower Lady.. maybe as a lifemate to Zac (obviously before Predator) but then we sort of started having a little too much fun, coming up with alternative options.. I won't mention all of them but somehow Dirt Girl became another character.. so they were Flower Lady and Dirt Girl.. in this book Dirt Girl has risen to power. She is Not the Flower Lady but like Robin she finally has her own movie..er book. (sometimes you have to mention the sillies)

As usual, Christine made me think, seriously think.. no matter if I like one of her books or not (and yes there are at least two of the Dark books that I really didn't like) they have information in them that gets my attention and makes me think about the overall arc. Well done.

I was convinced, after reading the reviews that I was going to not like this book.. I have been disappointed in the last two. Maybe because I wasn't expecting anything all that spectacular, I find I really enjoyed it. It is a wonderful transition book and I can't wait to see where they are going next.

Shauni

Oh one final thought.. Christine has this history of creating "the most powerful Carpathian ever" with each book. Because of this she seems to constantly have to alter their basic genetics, ie Manalito absorbing the Lycan, Solange giving Dominic her blood, and now Dax and his evolving. While she manages to write these in and make them work. Sometimes I think she forgets one of the great mandates of world building. If you (the author) say it can't be done, it can't be done.. Write within your parameters don't keep changing them. I think in a way this can destroy a series.

For more reviews by Shauni check out Tea and Book and
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Sep 20, 2012

I hate to do it, I really do because I loved this series--I have EVERY one of these books, but I can't take it any more...this book may be my last Dark Series book. (My heart just broke!)

I just felt this book was slow and too drawn out. I miss the old gang of characters and how their books were written. I think my favorites in this series are the first ten books or so...I loved Mikhails, Juilian, Gregori, Adian, Darius, etc., but the last few books have not done much for me.

I'll just stick to I hate to do it, I really do because I loved this series--I have EVERY one of these books, but I can't take it any more...this book may be my last Dark Series book. (My heart just broke!)

I just felt this book was slow and too drawn out. I miss the old gang of characters and how their books were written. I think my favorites in this series are the first ten books or so...I loved Mikhails, Juilian, Gregori, Adian, Darius, etc., but the last few books have not done much for me.

I'll just stick to the other series that Christine Feehan writes and maybe I'll jump back on the Dark Series train in the future, but right now I think I'm gonna just reread some of the earlier ones that I love!

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Oct 06, 2012

2.5 stars. Decent enough story, but it adds nothing to the series.

When I started reading this book I asked myself: "Who are these people?" "Why should I care about them?" After finishing the book, I'm still asking myself those questions.

I'm frustrated because I feel that 23 books into the Dark series, Feehan needs to be writing a resolution or at least working towards one. Instead, she's introducing characters that no one (not even the main characters) know exist and all we get in the end from 2.5 stars. Decent enough story, but it adds nothing to the series.

When I started reading this book I asked myself: "Who are these people?" "Why should I care about them?" After finishing the book, I'm still asking myself those questions.

I'm frustrated because I feel that 23 books into the Dark series, Feehan needs to be writing a resolution or at least working towards one. Instead, she's introducing characters that no one (not even the main characters) know exist and all we get in the end from them is "I guess we should meet the new prince". Really? *pulls hair*

After this book, I will not be continuing this series until the final book is written. I can no longer stand this seemingly never ending storyline.


On the other hand, while the Dark series is going from lukewarm to cold, Feehan's other series seem to be heating up. I really enjoyed the last few books in her Sea Haven, Leopard, and Ghost Walker series. I sincerely hope that they won't share the same fate as Dark. ...more
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Oct 04, 2012

I used to LOVE the Carpathians. Back in the day before e-readers I would park my plump butt outside of the bookstore until they opened for these books.

The last few installments have been disappointing for me and this latest one was so blah I don't even know where to begin.

It's set in the jungles / rainforest of Peru. Right there was the first strike against it. I am so weary of these South American rainforest settings I could scream. It's time to move the storylines elsewhere. Anywhere but the I used to LOVE the Carpathians. Back in the day before e-readers I would park my plump butt outside of the bookstore until they opened for these books.

The last few installments have been disappointing for me and this latest one was so blah I don't even know where to begin.

It's set in the jungles / rainforest of Peru. Right there was the first strike against it. I am so weary of these South American rainforest settings I could scream. It's time to move the storylines elsewhere. Anywhere but the bug infested jungle (and Ms. Feehan writes PAGES about the damn bugs). And those jaguar people.....just move on.

The hero, Dax, was wishy washy at best. The villian, Mitro, was disappointing. The heroine, Riley, was so accomodating, she was like a 'Stepford Wife'.

Dax displayed very little of the usual possessiveness, jealousy or dominating traits that I expect from the Carpathians.

When Riley is told she's a lifemate her response is sooo bland. Oh, OK I'm a lifemate, now what?

There was no disagreement between the characters and no sexual tension.

The overall story arc of saving the Carpathians from extinction has become an after-thought and readers get a small bone tossed at them but there is no expansion or conclusion to entice the reader to wait another year for another book.

It's time to wrap this series up. Save the Carpathians from evil and let them live happily ever after.

Moving on to my personal pet peeve regarding romance books. Giving the heroines 'boy' names. WTW?? In Dark Storm Riley is 25 years old. I looked back at the most popular names for girls in the mid-late 80's and 'Riley' ain't there! I want the girls to have girl names and the guys to have manly names. Especially in a long running series. It's hard enough keeping the characters straight but with the confusion of gender neutral names it's even worse. I'm beginning to think that author's do this intentionally just to vex their readers. If I can take 30 seconds to do a name search than so can authors!

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5

Feb 02, 2013

Actually 4 3/4 stars
Why you ask well it's beacause of this...
"So deep. She swore she felt him piercing through her stomach. Over and over." Wtf OUCH!!! Not hot, to me, perhaps if you are heavily into S&M. Which is fine. I've just had 3 c-sections and when the anesthetic wears off or is spotty it feels like you are getting pierced, so no I'm not so much into that.

I loved the setting and the story line was different and as other folks said the beginning for them was an "information dump" I Actually 4 3/4 stars
Why you ask well it's beacause of this...
"So deep. She swore she felt him piercing through her stomach. Over and over." Wtf OUCH!!! Not hot, to me, perhaps if you are heavily into S&M. Which is fine. I've just had 3 c-sections and when the anesthetic wears off or is spotty it feels like you are getting pierced, so no I'm not so much into that.

I loved the setting and the story line was different and as other folks said the beginning for them was an "information dump" I really enjoyed that part of the book and the explanations of the rainforest
and other characters.

Keep in mind I'm a huge fan of this series, and really like learning more about the world and characters the author has created. ...more
4

Dec 28, 2019

Riley Parker and her mother, Annabel, come to the volcano in the mountains every five years. They perform a binding ceremony to bind the evil within the volcano. "[But] this year from the moment they had arrived in the village to find their usual guide ill, Riley felt as if a dark cloud hung over the trip."

Danutdaxton, better known as Dax, has been trapped in a volcano for over 500 years with a master vampire, Mitro Daratrazanoff. Being locked inside has evolved both Dax and Mitro into Riley Parker and her mother, Annabel, come to the volcano in the mountains every five years. They perform a binding ceremony to bind the evil within the volcano. "[But] this year from the moment they had arrived in the village to find their usual guide ill, Riley felt as if a dark cloud hung over the trip."

Danutdaxton, better known as Dax, has been trapped in a volcano for over 500 years with a master vampire, Mitro Daratrazanoff. Being locked inside has evolved both Dax and Mitro into something more. Where once before Dax survived on blood, now he is more. "Dax had pursued him through the caverns and tunnels of the volcano, hunting, tracking, fighting to destroy him."

Riley can feel the urgency to reach the volcano before the evil escapes. Dax realizes Mitro is planning to escape if he can get the volcano to explode. Can Riley reach the volcano to renew the ritual for another five years? Will Dax succeed in killing Mitro?

This novel was a good story. I would read it again. However, I feel the plot was too neatly tied up. I was expecting more interaction between Riley, Dax and Mitro. More conflict. I don't feel that Mitro was as cunning or crafty as he was written up to be. That being said, I still enjoyed the interactions between the characters. Each novel in the Carpathian series is uniquely written to be individuals while the setting might be similar. Another great book by Christine Feehan. ...more
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Oct 11, 2012

These books are an insult to the countless trees that have given their lives for them. This one is no better than the rest in this series, in fact, it's among the worst. Bad writing, stupid people, totally unbelievable situations, even for fantasy.

I need help to stop reading them. They are so awful I've run out of ways to describe them, and yet, when the library posts a new one, I have been one of the first to reserve it. I think I'll start a support group. I can picture it now..."Hi, my name is These books are an insult to the countless trees that have given their lives for them. This one is no better than the rest in this series, in fact, it's among the worst. Bad writing, stupid people, totally unbelievable situations, even for fantasy.

I need help to stop reading them. They are so awful I've run out of ways to describe them, and yet, when the library posts a new one, I have been one of the first to reserve it. I think I'll start a support group. I can picture it now..."Hi, my name is Miki, and I read really bad books."

This is my pledge to no longer waste precious time reading these impossibly horrible books.

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Mar 06, 2012

Dark Storm is Christine Feehans 23rd installment of her widely popular Dark series. Where to begin with thisI must say, I was completely surprised throughout the majority of this book. A good surprise you may ask? Yes.and no.

Firstly, I want to warn fans who have yet to read; that this book unfolds like a single title. Come to Dark Storm expecting a vastly original, unique premise, unlike anything else we have encountered prior. Much of this novel is made up of content as unknown to this series; Dark Storm is Christine Feehan’s 23rd installment of her widely popular Dark series. Where to begin with this…I must say, I was completely surprised throughout the majority of this book. A good surprise you may ask? Yes….and no.

Firstly, I want to warn fans who have yet to read; that this book unfolds like a single title. Come to Dark Storm expecting a vastly original, unique premise, unlike anything else we have encountered prior. Much of this novel is made up of content as unknown to this series; as it’s main couple. There is not much familiarity at all; to the World we have come to know with our Carpathians. If you are a fan of cohesiveness compared to previous installments. If you crave for everything to make sense at the end of the journey. Loose ends being tied up. NOT feeling somewhat confused, or that you have more unanswered questions upon completion, than you did when you began–this novel may not be as likable for you.

Moving on to said content, let me begin with the high notes. As always, Christine has a beautiful gift with words. I could see clearly within my mind the lush vegetation of the Amazon. I could feel the heat of the majestic volcano. I could hear the sounds of wildlife. The descriptions were quite vivid, colorful, and I always appreciate when an author can form images within my mind as clearly as if they were pictures. I truly felt as if Ms. Feehan brought us to a whole different place than ever before. Everything felt…new. Instilling a feeling within me akin to how I felt upon reading Dark Prince for the first time. I spent the several opening chapters trying to soak up the details, and learn all I could about this unfamiliar place.

As the pages continue to turn, we see familiar faces come to the fore. One of whom we finally get the chance to know, and one of whom we see a whole new side. Jubal Sanders and Gary Jansen. I was pleasantly surprised with how much I found myself drawn to Jubal. We were given little previous information about him, so although known; he felt like a secondary character newly being introduced. This polite, quiet, loyal man; came out of left field. Sneaking up on me, touching my heart before I even realized it was happening. And then my beloved Rambo…who I must say…has DEFINITELY earned his nickname. These two surprised me with their grit, and tenacity. I was impressed by their willingness to travel into danger, risking their lives for the race who depends upon them. The reason they have traveled to this remote location, is in search of something rare, believed to be potentially vital for the survival of the Carpathian race.

This is where we meet our heroine. Riley Parker. Descended from a powerful line of women of whom Mother Earth considers her children. Riley possesses gifts that are very unique unto this series. The ability to harness elements such as fire, water, air, and the very earth itself. I have read about such gifts in other literary works, and have found them to be quite fascinating. In addition, we see healing abilities unlike that of even the most powerful of Carpathian healers. We spend several chapters with this mysterious female lead, and her mother Annabel.

We also get the first, telling glimpses of our hero in the opening chapters. Danutdaxton. Or simply Dax. We experience his awakening senses to an uncomfortable resting place. We experience his awareness of being alongside an evil as ancient as himself. Readers bear witness to a harrowing journey taken within this volcano…to claim a rare, forgotten power. We watch the attempt of this Carpathian to become MORE in order to defeat an evil unlike the world has ever seen, because Dax knows that the force keeping himself and Mitro Daratrazanoff imprisoned, is not going to hold this time around…

It is at this point, 8 chapters into the story….our two protagonists, and familiar secondary characters meet. I must say, the clashing of these four lives…and their shared enemy….was something to behold. My heart was pounding in my chest. The breath trapped within my lungs as all hell broke loose in a plethora of misunderstandings on all sides. Who was friend? Who was foe? Terrible sounds of bones breaking…the deafening blast of a gun firing at close range….someone collapsing to their knees. I was truly enthralled, and found this meeting of characters quite memorable.

Now. Doing the math we have something incredible. New characters. New plot threads away from the main story arc. Unique gifts from both the hero, and heroine. Enough fantasy elements to please any fan of the genre. A living, breathing story of good versus evil…so why then did I personally finish with a sense of incompleteness? This is MY type of book. Brimming with content that is a breath of fresh air in a long running series. I like when authors offer me something different, show their diversity, and creativity. The main hero merges souls with something I have been a fan of my ENTIRE life, and still I am left wanting. Why?

Remember my warning to other readers in the beginning of this review? My problem is that I am fan of cohesiveness compared to previous installments of a long running series. I crave for everything to make sense at the end of the journey. Loose ends being tied up. NOT feeling somewhat confused, or that I have more unanswered questions upon completion, than I did when I began. *laughing* An author I discovered this year, has completely changed me as a reader. Finding the good of a novel, and focusing on that, without allowing the things that don’t “fit” for me in a novel to get in the way of my enjoyment, is now very difficult.

When I read I want to FEEL. I crave stories that are brimming with emotion. I crave characters who are not just larger than life, and magical, but fictional characters who move me so deeply that I come to care about them as if they were real. This is my biggest gripe in a nutshell. After the intensity, and staggering emotion of Dark Predator, Dark Storm leaves me…under whelmed. Simply put; Riley and Dax as a couple….did not move me. Perhaps this was from the fact that it take 130 pages for the main couple to meet, in a 387-ish page novel. That throws a serious wrench in relationship development. Also, a big damper for me was the violence. I mean, sick to my stomach, shocking displays that seemed sort of out of place in this world. Instead of making Mitro a multi-faceted, despicable villain it sort of gave off a cartoon-ish, over the top vibe.

To sum it all up. This is a wonderfully written novel, by a master class talent in the literary world. Creatively presented and brilliantly imaginative. I can understand why so many have called this their favorite so far, and how the slow courtship from Dax to win Riley’s heart has soothed the fans who were so angry over Zacarias‘s behavior. I am truly glad that Christine has won back some fans in this regard….but the level to which you enjoy this novel, will depend on the type of reader you are. For me personally, Dark Storm is forgettable, because I did not connect to the characters. Give me the intensity and emotion of Zacarias in Dark Predator, any day of the week.

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Jun 15, 2018

"Dark Storm" is the story of Riley and Dax.
A slighty disconnected plot from the others, this book tells the tale of two souls uniting to fight for good against evil.
The first half of the book establishes the two threads: one is the fight between the vampire Mitro and our Carpathian hero Dax, something that had led both of them to be captured under a volcano, and into dragon bodies by Mitro's powerful wife Arabejila.
Second is of our heroine Riley, who along with her companions and desolate, "Dark Storm" is the story of Riley and Dax.
A slighty disconnected plot from the others, this book tells the tale of two souls uniting to fight for good against evil.
The first half of the book establishes the two threads: one is the fight between the vampire Mitro and our Carpathian hero Dax, something that had led both of them to be captured under a volcano, and into dragon bodies by Mitro's powerful wife Arabejila.
Second is of our heroine Riley, who along with her companions and desolate, recently widowed mother Arabella is travelling to the mountains to complete a long awaited ritual and research.
When Arabella is murdered brutally, the responsibility to complete the ceremony falls on Riley..something that summons both Dax and Mitro.
One is her mate, one her biggest enemy. Filled with strange flower suckling sex scenes, as well as sweet lovemaking- this book was a nice break from the slightly repetative storyline.
Ends with a small hope for the Carpathian fertility, as well as meeting some familiar faces.
Safe
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Jul 20, 2019

Feehan seems to be a Georgette Heyer of paranormal romance. It took ages for the two main characters to meet. I have lots of nitpicks, but it was still an okay read.
It should have been a bit shorter story too since certain things are repetaed many times.
What I liked the most? I don't think anyone hates dragons.
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Dec 25, 2012

Okay honestly?

I give this series, in its entirety, a 4.8, but as for this specific book, a 3.5. I recently picked up Dark Prince on November 22 2012 and today I can proudly say I caught up with Christine Feehans' hectic series.

After a certain point all authors get repetitive and their writing style becomes drawn out when they take on long projects or sign up for multiple book contracts. I was prepared for that and gave her the benefit of the doubt. On her behalf however she has switched things Okay honestly?

I give this series, in its entirety, a 4.8, but as for this specific book, a 3.5. I recently picked up Dark Prince on November 22 2012 and today I can proudly say I caught up with Christine Feehans' hectic series.

After a certain point all authors get repetitive and their writing style becomes drawn out when they take on long projects or sign up for multiple book contracts. I was prepared for that and gave her the benefit of the doubt. On her behalf however she has switched things up in several books, added to the allure and mystery in others, introduced new species and hinted at a future, an almost united species summit(to help with the vamp. situation)

Overall considering the surplus of trash I'm faced with when in need of a good paranormal romance, this series was a good find. Mages, spells, werepeps, vampires...ghosts (shadow warriors), you name it and she's got it. So shout out to her, she actually has talent and a true artistic sense when it comes to writing.

Now my main peevance when it comes to her works is her tendency to abruptly end a story.



Imagine if I had simply left my review there. I build up on the dynamics of her stories, talk of why I respect her work, illustrate some of the techniques she has used to keep me interested; but then state my one complaint and then not explain why I've come to that conclusion. It has an unsavoury flavour and leaves one unsatisfied.

Doesn’t It?

What kind of ending is; "They waited together before the little cat joined them, before holding hands and walking out into the sun." (Dark Peril). Sorry but that utter manure! And not just any manure but blue ribbon garden growing, lawn trimming, 2.5 tulip growing, championship manure!

I get no sense of closure from these characters, an extra 5 pages; even 5 paragraphs would have made a difference. Christine rarely touches upon a past couple if she mentions them in another book, and the reference to a previous pairing tends to be vague and not all together conclusive. The only exceptions are The Prince and his Right Hand, otherwise the couples are never touched again.

I treat Dark Celebration as more of a novella; it was just one drawn out prank and a small yet ever elusive vampire hunt. The conclusion in this book was even worse! "Life was good." (Dark Storm). You're telling me you couldn't even have 2 pages on what her first night with him was after the conversion. State if her connection to the earth was even stronger now that she was fully converted? Couldn't have a little tease, a little romance or just something to definitely illustrate the (complete and utter bliss at have the perfect half of your soul connected to you for the rest of your life, and the first rising of being with them was so stupendous that it just had to be captured upon paper for all time)...not even that?

I'm a patient reader, and I understand the time it takes to build suspense and plot holes. Look at The Dark Mage; it took nearly 14 books to fully expose his motives and character. I don't mind that; have no complaints (so long as a decisive picture is illustrated along the lines as some point in time). I've already established that some themes will be restated due to the nature of series but and I must mention, BUT; that is no excuse for ending your novels without any embellishment.
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Aug 08, 2012

Look I liked it, far more than Dark Predator, where Zacarias never really seemed to be redeemed properly.

BUT... Way back in Dark Desire, Shea's existence as a half-human half-Carparthian is considered impossible. Let me say that I let that go, I let the transformation for her being equal with a mortal's level of pain regardless of logic.

However I'm expected to believe Arabejila, can survive not only the rejection of her life-mate and go on to marry a mortal have a human daughter, and every five Look I liked it, far more than Dark Predator, where Zacarias never really seemed to be redeemed properly.

BUT... Way back in Dark Desire, Shea's existence as a half-human half-Carparthian is considered impossible. Let me say that I let that go, I let the transformation for her being equal with a mortal's level of pain regardless of logic.

However I'm expected to believe Arabejila, can survive not only the rejection of her life-mate and go on to marry a mortal have a human daughter, and every five years lock Mitro back into the volcano.
Then over the years her descendant become weaker with their gifts...

So Riley, is the latest descendant of Arabejila and not only is her power to commune with the Earth and heal somehow way more powerful than her mother or any of her ancestors in recent memory - but Dax actually says she is MORE powerful than Arabejila was. AS A HUMAN.

So two big issues for me 1) the existence of Riley's line and 2) Riley being Mary-Sue like in her level of power.

There was some other stuff that bothered me but I'm not sure if it was the book's timeline being messed up or I wasn't paying enough attention.

I understand that Feehan isn't the greatest when it comes to some of that but I can only forgive so much, it still bugs me that the first four Argeneau books have different mythos for the lifemate stuff (and Margeurite and Jean-Claude) and I love that series. I also understand long-running series can start to get boxed in and formulaic. But between Predator and Storm the Dark Carparthians are on their last strike with me right now. ...more
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Oct 07, 2012

Well, I am going to do what I have never done before,and that is give a Christine Feehan book a four star rating. I hate to do it but I felt that I had to. I was disappointed in the first half of this book. The fact that the hero and heroine did not even meet until close to 40% into the book was a huge let down for me. I can understand maybe the first few chapters, but not almost half of the book! In saying that, once Dax and Riley do finally meet then the book picks up for me.
The villan in Well, I am going to do what I have never done before,and that is give a Christine Feehan book a four star rating. I hate to do it but I felt that I had to. I was disappointed in the first half of this book. The fact that the hero and heroine did not even meet until close to 40% into the book was a huge let down for me. I can understand maybe the first few chapters, but not almost half of the book! In saying that, once Dax and Riley do finally meet then the book picks up for me.
The villan in this book is one of the evilest to date in the Carpathian novels. I have to say, that Christine kicked it up a notch with Mitro, he was just an evil guy and the things that he did were beyond frightening. I did enjoy seeing a few old faces and it was nice to see Gary Jansen and Jubal in more of a front line role in the book. I would love to see what happens as far as the connection between Jubal and Jasmine go. I think a novella between the two of them would be something I would like to read!
All in all, I will always love my Carpathians, but I do feel that an ending to the series might be time. I still am eager to read the story of Skyler and Dmitri, but other than that the freshness of the series is no longer there and some conclusions have been a long time coming. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy the second half of the book and the fight scenes between Mitro and Dax were awesome! It is just time to bring this series to an end. It would be awful to drag it on to the point where it isn't enjoyable at all. It is always hard to say goodbye to something that you love but all good things come to an end and the end is definatly near for this beloved series. (in my opinion!) ...more
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Oct 23, 2012

3.5 stars. This was better than some of the more recent offerings in the series but I still had several places where I had trouble with suspension of disbelief.

The heroine was much more likeable than in many of these books and the hero wasn't quite the chest pounding, alpha bone head which made him much more likeable, too.
I have to admit that the amount of time in these books spent with just restating the same thing over and over, always about how wonderful he and she is, how obsessed this one 3.5 stars. This was better than some of the more recent offerings in the series but I still had several places where I had trouble with suspension of disbelief.

The heroine was much more likeable than in many of these books and the hero wasn't quite the chest pounding, alpha bone head which made him much more likeable, too.
I have to admit that the amount of time in these books spent with just restating the same thing over and over, always about how wonderful he and she is, how obsessed this one and that one is, always just ruminations over and over about the romance in which the same thing is restated over and over is tiresome for me. At least in this book there wasn't as much sex and there was more story. There seems to be a new tiny particle of long arc that came out here but because Feehan is slow to divulge the long arcs it's difficult to tell if the new development will be anything significant in the long arc or if it will just be another little tidbit that never gets developed fully (the flower ceremony).

It was good to see Gary and Jubal in this installment, but I'm so fucking sick of the Amazon. I've been sick of the Amazon since book 18 or 19. I want to go back to the Carpathian Mountains.

This book was closer to what I started following this series for, and in truth I can't tell if the books are worse or I've just gotten bored with the style.

Better than recent but still not entirely satisfying.

ETA: I'm pretty sick of all the superlatives in these books. This is book 23, how can ALL of them be "the most fierce warrior to ever live" and "the strongest healer of all"? ...more

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