Dark Prince Hardcover – Large Print, Jun 2004
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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.
From the Back Cover
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. See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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).
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.Read more ›
Mikhail is the Prince of the Carpathian's long since lost his sight of color and slowly losing his grip on the world. Just when Mikhail was about to let go and rejoin the earth to forever sleep, a sensitive human, capable of picking up on others emotions and thoughts tapped into his thoughts and feelings. Feeling his sadness, she is drawn to speak to him,through mental link.
Mikhail is intrigued by this human female who is capable of speaking to him in a way only those bonded or really close(strong) in his race are capable of doing. Raven doesn't know it, but she saved this lonely carpathian from the ultimate death. Thus a path is etched before them both,that they follow...Pick this book up at your local retailer or preffered e-reader and find out more...get lost within the world of the Carpathian's.
Most recent customer reviews
Love all books from Christine Feehan but this by far is my favourite as it introduces you into her Carpathian world.Published 9 months ago by emeraldkemp
Some sentences were repetitive throughout the book but I guess that goes with it being the author's cut. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
A great start to the Carpathian series. Sets the scene for what is sure to be a thrilling adventure. What will come next?Published 12 months ago by K Killins
The first book I read of Feehan was Dark Magic about 5 years ago and I loved it so I thought I'll go ahead and look for the rest of the series but start from scratch. Read morePublished on March 18 2013 by Angie
What a sexy guy,well done miss Feehan. You had me biting my nails with this one. Please don't stop writing these great Carpathian novels. MandyPublished on Nov. 20 2012 by Elaine
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. Read morePublished on June 17 2009 by Trang T. Ly
I am an avid reader of all of Christine Feehan's books, I just love her "Dark" series and have kept all of them instead of "recycling". Read morePublished on April 16 2005
From the back of the book...
He came to her in the night, a preadtor-strength and power chiseled his features. The seduction was deep and elemental; he affected her soul. Read more