Dark Melody Mass Market Paperback – Dec 2 2010
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From Publishers Weekly
In the 12th installment in Feehan's paranormal Dark series (Dark Symphony, etc.), she again creates a richly evocative fantasy world in which immortal Carpathian males search for their "lifemates" and battle soulless vampires. When young telepathic widow Corinne Wentworth walks into the bar where Carpathian Dayan, of the legendary band the Dark Troubadours, is playing, he immediately recognizes her as his lifemate ("He heard the soft murmur of her voice, and at once his world changed"). Difficulties lie ahead for the couple, not the least of which is that the men who murdered her husband are hunting her and her sister-in-law, Lisa. Corinne's weak heart is also a major source of conflict. The question of whether it will be strong enough to withstand her transformation from human to Carpathian may leave readers with real doubts as to whether a happy ending is in store for this well-matched pair. Though Corinne's delicate condition forces Dayan to treat her with extreme care, their love scenes still sizzle. Feehan's prose is occasionally melodramatic and her descriptions cliched ("Dayan resembled a sculpture of a Greek god"), but this may be her most emotionally engaging installment to date.
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The twelfth in the Dark series featuring Carpathians, a blood-sucking superior race that battles both vampires and a fanatical antivampire organization, will be welcomed by Feehan's fans, who have superior abilities to suspend disbelief. Dayan, guitar player and singer in the band Dark Troubadours, finds the life mate who will keep him from dying or turning into a vampire in Corinne Wentworth, a pregnant widow with telekinetic powers. She has a heart condition that could end her life at any time, and she is also a target of the people who killed her husband. Dayan cannot turn her into a Carpathian until her daughter is born, but it turns into an epic struggle to keep her alive, with several Carpathians converging to save her. Diana Tixier Herald
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The one major weakness in this novel was a secondary character, Lisa. She is Corinne's best friend and sister-in-law. She is ultimately a weak, needy character that I had a hard time understanding. Her own selfishness causes pain to others and she doesn't appear to have learned her lesson by the end of the story. Instead her needy codependence is enabled by a marriage to Cullen. I can't even begin to imagine how she would deal with Corinne's change and inability to be with Lisa 24/7.
Dayan is a musician w/ the band Dark Troubadoures, led by Darius (of Dark Fire). Dayan stops into a club for an impromptu jam session and finally crosses paths with Corinne - his lifemate. With his supernaturally acute sense of hearing, he picks up her heartbeat and is instantly concerned: What was wrong with her heart? Not only does Corinne have advanced heart disease which will most certainly result in her premature death, but she carries another man's child. Both conditions prevent Dayan from consummating their union - her heart is so weak, she could not withstand the intensity of their lovemaking. Nor can Dayan risk "binding" her to him in the Carpathian way because he has no idea what will happen to the unborn child if they should
complete the ritual of 3 blood exchanges. This story has restored my interest in Feehan's Dark storyline. External threats are brushed over in this story - there is hardly any serious threat from the society that seeks to destroy Carpathians or from the undead. And the union is not consumated at all while Corinne remains "mortal". As a fan, you know you will need to suspend quite a bit of disbelief (how could a woman so near heart failure be walking around living a normal life and pregnant no less - a condition neither she nor the fetus will survive?) but it has been a long time since i had a day to settle down w/ a good steamy romantic fantasy suspense. Feehan delivers.
I like how Feehan is branching out and creating other things to hang books on like the research into why babies have such a hard time surviving the first year, etc. I'd hate to think that each successive book would just be strong Carpathian male finds his mate who loves him but resists him and then relents formula.
I would have given the book more stars were it not for the most annoying character I've ever read who you were supposed to like. Lisa should have been left on a hillside with her memory wiped! Better yet, I wish my memory of her character could have been wiped. Every time she came onto the page I rolled my eyes, worse yet, Corinne was made a thousand times more annoying by simply liking and trying to accede to the woman's ridiculous demands. Each time Lisa demanded something utterly stupid and reckless and Corinne ran to her "sure, whatever you want!" I began to loathe her too. I wanted Lisa to get kidnapped or killed or removed somehow and all of the wishy washy "oh she had such a hard life that she can't be expected to grasp reality" garbage just rubbed me the wrong way. I pray she doesn't show up in later books as Cullen's girlfriend.
In any case, I did enjoy Dayan as I enjoy the whole branch of the Carpathians he comes from. It would be nice though, to have more female characters who are really strong and not so stupid. It's hard, as a strong intelligent woman, not to run screaming into the night when we are supposed to actually believe some of the women in these books are strong (like Joie, who only got a short story in The Only One, but who was truly a strong woman.)
Most recent customer reviews
Very satisfied, i recommend, exactly what i order, fast shipping.Published 14 months ago by cathy eide
havent read the book as of yet, waiting for the complete series - did enjoy the quick service and confition of the bookPublished on July 7 2013 by Tina Limosani
Goodness! Will the horror never end. And, I just don't mean in Christine Feehan's latest contribution to her Carpathians.
Seriously, I love this series. Read more
It was not very good. This is the only one of hers I have not liked. It was dull and slow.Published on April 6 2004 by carol hartford
I never read romance novels, but Feehan's Vampire series is very, very good! I stumbled upon the first book "Dark Prince" and plunged head first into the series afer that. Read morePublished on March 18 2004 by Nikki
Sorry, but the biggest draw for vampire porn is sex. This book had too little of it, and what it had wasn't very satisfying. Also, the typos in this book drove me crazy. Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2004 by Tammy L Green
Dark Melody was a moving story but had a predictable plot. I was a tad disappointed (but not much), as a rule I really enjoy this writer.Published on Feb. 10 2004 by Judith Robards
I really enjoyed this book. It was fast moving and kept you guessing till the end. The love scenes and the struggled that the main characters go through are very realistic and... Read morePublished on Jan. 21 2004