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  • Hardcover: 467 pages
  • Publisher: Wheeler Pub Inc; Lrg edition (June 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587247046
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587247040
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16.4 x 2.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,503,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Enter the enchanting world of the Carpathians, where dark adventure, mystery, and love await, and the desires of two daring hearts unite in one irresistible passion

A telepathic hunter of serial killers, Raven Whitney’s work has drained her body and spirit, and now, in need of rest and rejuvenation, she embarks on a vacation far from home.

The powerful leader of the Carpathians—a wise and secret ancient race that thrives in the night—Mikhail Dubrinsky is engulfed by despair, fearful of never finding the mate who can save him from the encroaching darkness.

From the moment they meet, Raven and Mikhail are helpless to resist the desire that sparks between them. But just as fate unexpectedly brings these life mates together, malevolent forces threaten to destroy them and their fragile love.

With an additional 100 pages of new material, Christine Feehan’s magnificent tale of forbidden love mesmerizes as never before. Experience Dark Prince as it was always meant to be!

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lotusland Lady on April 12 2011
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The Dark Prince was the first Christine Feehan book I read. Since then I have gone on to buy and read everything published, and reread all of them. The book is thick, overwrought, dramatic and maybe a bit silly, but impossible to put down. It is the foundation for all the other lovely books about those sexy Carpathian men.
The author's cut version is interesting. On one hand it is better than the version I read but also shows what a good editor can do to present a novel.
For those of us who were fascinated with the character of Gregori, he is a much more prominent character in this version. The relationship between Mikail and Gregori makes better sense and Raven's affection for him is better understood. Raven is more interesting as she was originally written and I liked her backbone and intelligence in this version more than the edited Raven. The nature of the Carpathian male is clearer. Feehan was creating a creature as much animal as man, and this is more clear when you read what she originally put on the page. The necessity for the female to balance the "dark" nature of the male is better understood.
On the other hand, there is a lot of extraneous exposition, particularly toward the end. I can see why an editor suggested she tighten it up a bit. I am delighted I bought this version and it is the one I will reread from now on.But I might give someone new to the series the edited version, particularly if they have a smaller tolerance for molten lava, hot silk and purple prose.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By a reader on Dec 12 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Let me just start by saying I HATE romance novels with a passion (pun intended), but decided to give this one a try since I like the vampire genre. I like this book, and coming from me, that is saying a lot!
What I didn't like: This book still has the stigma of romance novel cheesiness, although it is not as prounced in this story as in some. Using words like "sheath" and "member" to describe body parts - that just sounds stupid to me. The author is especially fond of the words "satiny," "silky," and "velvety," and she uses them on every other page, which gets old fast. Another thing I didn't like, but can't really fault the author for because her fans probably want and expect it, is the multitude of sex scenes that became repetitive and didn't really move the story along.
What I did like: Carpathians are hot. They are handsome, powerful, and when they find their life mate, they are physically and emotionally incapable of cheating on their woman. This is very much a woman's fantasy and done in a sensual way that I thoroughly enjoyed. It's also told mainly from a woman's point of view, which I also like. The story was good, and there was enough mystery, excitement, and surprise twists to keep my interest throughout.
I will definitely read the next book in the series, and I recommend this book as it is well written for its genre. If you want to read a supernatural book that has romance in it without the cheesiness and tells the story from a female perspective, I also highly recommend Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris (vampires) or Bitten by Kelley Armstrong (werewolves).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chele B Review on March 28 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
At this time, I have just read Dark Symphony (No. 9 in the Dark series)--I loved every page. And, as you can see, I wrote the review below almost 2 years ago. I just wanted to remind readers where the Carpathian legacy began and what a great book this really is to read.

Some readers will tell you that the characters fell in love too quickly; that there was no climatic "tug-of-war" of the heart. However, I believe that when you find true love, you'll know it immediately, and grab on to it with both hands, body, heart, and soul. (I knew my husband all of two months before we married--we just celebrated year number 14--and we are more than in love, we are friends, partners, and parents). For this reason, I can relate to the immediate chemistry between Mikhail and Raven.
During these times of wars and rumors of wars, I will forever keep this book on hand to reread again and again on those days and nights when I need a reminder that the simple love between a man and a woman is the reason our existence continues; even as bombs are bursting, towers are falling, and mankind's hatred seeks to destroy anyone who is of a different race, religion, gender, sexual preference...
So far I have reread Dark Prince and Dark Gold*****
An ingenious novel that takes romance to a new realm,
August 2, 2001
Reviewer: Michele Bowie (see more about me) from Marietta, GA United States
A good romance novel is an interesting read. An excellent one touches your heart. However, a masterpiece is truly an unforgettable piece of art that will be forever etched in nostalgia like the Beetles, Woodstock, The Wizard of Oz...and anything written by the late Barbara Courtland. For me, Dark Prince is such a novel.
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I know fans of Chrstine Feehan will shoot me for not absolutely loving Dark Prince...but I just plain didn't see much to love.

The book was VERY wordy (tons of boring descriptions) and actually really repetitive (I thought maybe someone moved my bookmark because I could have swore that I had read this passage...once, twice or maybe even three times before).

Most of the characters I found to be very dull. The inconsistencies with Raven's actions and way of thinking bothered me quite a bit. Also parts of the story was rather inconsistent as well (the amount of power the Carpathians possessed as well as why they would logically fear any of the things that threatened them were a little unbelievable).

Also many of the events in the story I thought were completely unnecessary...and just there to try to make the story move forward...but really failed to do so.

The one thing I can say I thought was the saving point of the novel was the character Gregori... he was the single most interesting thing written in the entire book.

Lastly...this edition of the novel also featured the short story "Dark Descent"...which I found was slightly better the Dark Prince...only because it was MUCH shorter and pretty much managed to get through the same amount of story as Dark Prince.
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