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Sept. 2 2008 Dark Series (Book 19)
Lara Calladine is haunted by childhood memories of being held prisoner in an ice cave and kept sane by the whispered stories told to her by her imprisoned aunts. They instilled mage and Carpathian magic deep within her and then helped her escape. She has spent years searching for the cave in hopes of finding the answers to the riddle of her past as well as finding her aunts who may have given their lives saving her. Nicolas De La Cruz has returned to the Carpathian Mountains--his homeland--on orders from his eldest brother, Zacarias, to bring news of a conspiracy to the prince of their people. He is weary of his long existence and plans to end it away from his brothers where they will be unable to stop him once he has fulfilled his duty. Lara and Nicolas' paths collide in an explosive adventure that rocks the Carpathian world.

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'Feehan has a knack for bringing vampiric Carpathians to vivid, virile life in her Dark Carpathian novels...' Publishers Weekly 'satisfying action adventure romance ... Love and danger are a winning combination in Feehan's latest' Booklist 'The exciting and multifaceted world that impressive author Christine Feehan has created continues to improve with age' Romantic Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Christine Feehan - I live in the beautiful mountains of Lake County, California. I have always loved hiking, camping, rafting and being outdoors. I’ve also been involved in the martial arts for years - I hold a third degree black belt, instruct in a Korean karate system, and have taught self-defense. I am happily married to a romantic man who often inspires me with his thoughtfulness. We have a yours, mine, and ours family, claiming eleven children as our own. I have always written books, forcing my ten sisters to read every word, and now my daughters read and help me edit my manuscripts. It is fun to take all the research I have done on wild animals, raptors, vampires, weather, and volcanoes and put it together with romance.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Does this mean it is nearing an end... Dec 7 2008
Format:Hardcover
First of all I was wary about what this book would be like after being disappointed in Dark Possession, however I very much enjoyed this book. I liked how Lara and Nicolas interacted, with him coming to understand Lara's needs to take it slow and not force her into anything, after he saw how it affected her when he tried that. Her traumatic childhood, while it helps bring some answers and hope for the Carpathian people's race, it also affects her in many ways. I thought it was pretty realistic the way she reacted to things that reminded her of those times. They are not events that one could just get over, nor did she let it permantely stop her from doing what she felt was right.

Now my only concern is how many more books are there in this series now that there is an answer for why the woman have so many pregnancy issues. Of course there will have to be a solution, but it is not something that can be dragged out forever...I can only hope that the future books do not drag like Dark Possession. I would rather see an amazing ending the the series then to see it just drag out indefinitely with medicore books.

And that is my 2 cents!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Much better that the last one. Feb. 16 2009
By Astrid
Format:Hardcover
I was greatly disappointed with Dark Possession novel so I borrowed this book from library before I would commit myself to spend money on hardbound title. It is my pleasure to admit that Ms.Feehan went back to the roots of Dark series and Lara's story is very much sensual with a touch of spice just the way I find it in her first novels. But like other readers I wonder how many more Dark warriors are we going to meet , especially that few new names are added to this installment. Dark Series have grown out of proportion and for new readers is hard to follow who is who which was very visible in Dark Celebration.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Curse Feb. 21 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I love Christine Feehan, shes a talented author and i started to collect her books once you read the story you cant put it down until you read the whole story.It is worth buying her books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wow, I really liked this one a lot!! One of her best in a while! Sept. 21 2008
By Book Lover - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Okay, I'm really surprised by some of the negative reviews of this book. As I was reading it, I kept saying to myself, "Wow, this is one of the best Carpathian books in a long time!! Yeah for Feehan!" I enjoyed it immensely. It's not perfect, but it has so many great aspects to it that I really enjoyed reading it and can't wait for the next one.

First off, Nicolas De La Cruz was a very refreshing South American hero. I really really liked him, and thought, darn! Lara is one lucky lady. :) In the previous books that featured De La Cruz brothers, I thought they were obnoxious with their overly-chauvinistic attitudes (even for Carpathian males, they were way too chauvinistic - except for Riordan). Nicolas isn't really like that. He kind of starts off that way for about two minutes, but he catches on pretty quickly that his attitude just won't work with a partner in his life. He quickly evolves into a really nice, supportive (and hot!) lifemate for Lara, and you can see the evolution occuring in his mind. He's very aware of himself, his attitude, what Lara needs, and how he needs to adapt himself to meet her needs, etc... I thought that was very refreshing.

Secondly, what I really really loved about this book is that so many characters are in it. Mikhail and Raven (and her pregnancy), Gregori and Savannah (and her pregnancy), Francesca, Virkirnoff and Natalya, Lucien and Jaxon, Jacques and Shea and their baby son, Destiny and Nicolae, Skyler, Syndil, Dominic, and Dmitri are all in the book to varying degrees. And a couple of new Carpathian men and unmated women were introduced, and they are sure to show up in future books! But Mikhail and Raven, Gregori and Savannah are in it quite a lot, as their endangered pregnancies are the key crisis in this book. I don't want to give too much away, but Lara is the key to the Carpathians understanding why their women miscarry so often, as well as why their babies often perish in their first year of life. I found this plot line absolutely wonderful, and I loved how these secondary characters played such an important role in this book. I also found the very heated debate that is going on in the Carpathian world about the role of women in their society to be very intriguing, and can't wait to see how it gets resolved in future books (good luck with that one, Mikhail. :) My favorite scene in the book is between Lucien and his little brother Gregori; after reading Dark Curse, I had to immediately reread Lucien and Jaxon's book (I think I'm in love with Lucien again!!)

Lara herself starts off pretty strong, but we quickly see that she's carrying a huge amount of emotional baggage with her because of her very twisted and tortured childhood. She turns out to be a pretty "flawed" individual, but I think that adds to her charm. It doesn't take much to set her off, and Nicolas does a good job of trying to take care of her. Ironically, she turns out to be the key to the survival of the Carpathians, so that just adds a lot more interest to the plot, as well as complications to her relationship with Nicolas.

The downsides of this book are that it ended way too quickly. I turned the last page, fully expecting a new chapter, and found that there were no more chapters. It had ended on the previous page and I hadn't even realized it. I was like, huh? It should have been a longer book. Several key scenes are summarized in a couple of paragraphs, when you know it should have taken several pages to get through those scenes. As I was reading it, I felt like the editors told Feehan to cut out X number of words, and so those scenes got dropped. Either that, or she was just tired of writing. Some less important scenes went on for pages, and could have been edited down significantly, and some key scenes were simply glossed over. That was really odd and confusing. Also, there was too much "Carpathian" language in this book. It's a weird language, and doesn't add anything to the book. And definitely lose the glossary and dictionary at the end of the book; that just took away from pages that could have contained story in them. Another problem was trying to keep track of the relationships of the Dragonseeker people. Trying to keep track of who is whose brother/sister/aunt/great-aunt/mother/father made my head hurt. Even though these are flaws in the book, they're minor problems in comparison to all the many things I loved about the book.

I think if you're a Carpathian fan, you'll enjoy this book a lot. I felt that it was a turn in a better direction for Feehan, and I'm looking forward to the next book. This book reminded me a lot of the Christmas book, and I really like that one. I like seeing a lot of characters interacting with each other, and finding out what previous couples are up to. In this book, you find out that several couples have moved back to the mountains to be closer to their people, and I really liked that.
46 of 51 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Another great series bites the dust Oct. 9 2008
By J. D. Witt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Like everyone who loves Feehan I thoroughly enjoyed the early books. The characters stand out vividly in my mind and I could recognize each one of them by a brief description. In the last few books the characters all run together and Lara and Nicholas are the worst. She's a whiny cry baby and he's just bland period. And I am so sick of the whole mage line of the story. But the foreign language part is the worst. I have always loved the words the men used to bind their mate. Now the whole rhythm and beauty of their chant is broken because she is obsessed with this new language. It pulls you out of the story and adds nothing but losing your place as you skip it to find English words again.

I thought it would be so interesting to find out why they were losing children but instead it was just boring. So many parts of the book were boring. I read steadily through the first third of the book and then just started skimming and skipping pages. I never do that!

I know people complained that the early books were too much alike so she had to add some new elements but I find the early books much more interesting. When I need a Feehan and Carpathian fix I'll just stick with the first eight or ten books. I still love re-reading those books. The books after Destiny I'll never open again. Once was more than enough for such forgettable and boring reads. But Oh, Gregori, Julian, Darius, Jacques, Lucian, and Gabriel? Now those were the days.
115 of 134 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Feelings On This Offering From Feehan Sept. 4 2008
By 30 Book A Month Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
For those of you who are fans of Feehan's Dark Series, you are already familiar with Lara, who escaped on the back of a dragon from the evil mage's cave. Flash forward and Lara is an adult who has spent a lifetime searching for the same cave in order to give her two aunts a decent burial. Reaching the village of the Carpathians, Lara is found by Nicolas De La Cruz, her lifemate. Nicholas is so close to turning vampire that he actually begins to feed on Lara before her voice brings him into the light. Lara and Nicholas begin to work out their differences and also begin helping to solve the low birth rate of the Carpathian women. Why mixed feelings?

Positive - A truly excellent hero. Even when Nicholas is doing things the reader doesn't approve of, Feehan still manages to create sympathy and empathy for her tortured hero. By the end of the book, Nicholas is a terrific lifemate and one you won't soon forget.

The mystery surrounding the Carpathian women's low birth rate is becoming clearer and clearer and the answers are intriguing and complex.

As Lara is a Dragonseeker mage, she uses various "rhyming" spells to work her magic. Some of them in the book are very descriptive, touching and very well done.

Negatives - Lara is a heroine that is too hard to like or to figure out. She is by turns insecure, confident, weak, strong, indulgent, selfless - the reader has a hard time figuring out her true nature. I realize that Feehan was trying to show that Lara was damaged emotionally as a child and is growing as the book goes along. However, the mixtures of emotions don't seem to ring true. At one point in the book, Lara tries to commit suicide. This was such a departure from the heroine's character that I was like, WTH? This is the same woman who escaped from a mage, became an adult, practiced her magic and went all over the world trying to find one ice cave. Someone that determined decides to throw it all in? I don't think so.

Feehan once again used the new Carpathian language which she introduced in Dark Demon. Her hero uses it constantly and the reader is forced to skim it, looking for the next English word to understand what he really said. It jars the reader from the story and makes it very frustrating to get a flow going - especially when you realize that it isn't really a true foreign language, but rather an imaginary one.

Feehan spent 32 pages at the end of the book on this so-called language to give translations to various words and phrases. I felt cheated and ripped off. Those 32 pages could have been used to write more to the story. At the end, I briefly considered taking the book back to the bookstore and asking for a return on my money.

So definitely mixed feelings about this book. I would recommend it to other fans of the Dark Series, but just be aware that along with a really good story are some serious flaws.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars disapointed..... Sept. 4 2008
By Dark Dreamer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I've been an avid fan of the Dark series since I read the first one (Dark Prince). That being said I was disapointed in Dark Curse and I reccomend waiting for paperback! For the cost of a hardcover book I expect a whole book, and Dark Curse left too many issues up in the air to even list, I feel as though I didn't read the ending. This story certainly needed another 100 pages or more to tie things up. I did enjoy what we did get in the story, which is good since I did not like Dark Possession at all. I do look forward to the next in the Dark series, but I do not think I'm going to buy them when they come out, I will borrow, then buy the paperback to complete my collection.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Die hard fan having a hard time here Nov. 2 2008
By D. Cook - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I discovered Feehan's series two years ago, and at the time I systematically devoured all of the books released in about two weeks time. I have to say that Dark Legend and Dark Demon are two of my favorites.

Once caught up, I began the fan's burden of waiting impatiently for new books to come out one by one as the year progressed. I tried getting into her other series as a means of distraction, but as enjoyable as some of them are, they don't really compare to the mythos she's created here in the Dark series.

Well, when Dark Possession came out, I had a really hard time. Feehan's blatant theft of White Wolf's World of Darkness games has always been a bit bothersome, especially when she pulled the mages in (mages who get corrupted into vampires by way of greed is the storyline for house Tremere in Vampire, the Masquerade), but injecting "eco-protectors" that are nature magic using Werewolves got a bit much, even for me.

On top of the plagiarism of ideas, Dark Possession was not very well written. The dialog and flow of events would get jumpy and confusing at times - like she didn't have as good of an editorial staff telling her where to go back and check flow in certain passages. Also, her heavy handedness with Solange and her obvious lifemate status with Zacarias was a bit harsh going down.

I thought maybe that I was imagining the drop in quality, so I went back and re-read the series from the beginning - nope, I wasn't imagining it. Books like Dark Desire and Dark Challenge are just much better framed, with better development, more seamless transitions and dialog, and more character development. They're also a bit longer - and the pages used for development show the benefit of the work.

So, it was with a bit of trepidation that I picked up Dark Curse. I wanted to know about the De La Cruz brothers and I had high hopes for their lifemates.

Unfortunately, I was disappointed. I didn't have the problems that some other reviewers had with Lara as a character - having a flawed heroine is not a problem and I agree that her fractured nature seems like a deliberate attempt to illustrate her mental scars. Unfortunately, Feehan has done the same kind of damage better in characters like Destiny, Jaxon, and Skyler.

Using language is not a bother - I've gotten used to it in my plethora of fantasy novels, and she was very good about giving us an approximate translation immediately after for those of us that didn't want to break pace to look up crap in the back of the book.

My biggest problem was the book itself. Again, jumpy imagery and flow, again, confusing switches between character focus, description, and dialog. Again, poor plot diagram and obvious places that needed better fleshing out - again, it looked like she isn't using or listening to editors of the same honesty and caliber as her previous work.

The book ends abruptly, with no resolution on Lara's status in the Carpathian society. The inclusion of extremophiles feels well researched but not well communicated and not embraced enough to connect the reader well with what Feehan is trying to convey.

I feel she needs to go back to her roots, spend time in the heads of her characters and spend the pages making us love them as opposed to trying to come up with the next weird gimmick to toss into the story line.

Most of us are here to find out what happens to our favorite characters, not to have to filter more incidental facts into an already convoluted storyline. Finish what you started with the mages, let us fall in love with your characters, stop adding more layers to a stack of problems that you haven't finished developing yet.

I'd rather read a sweet story about Skyler falling in love with Dimitri - focused on character development , a strait forward plot and no more weirdness piled on top - then another book like the last two.
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