Thursday, 9 September 2010

URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: Dark Carpathians 18: Dark Peril - Christine Feehan

Release Date: 09/09/10


Dominic of the Dragonseeker lineage - one of the most powerful lines the Carpathian people has - ingests vampire blood laced with parasites in order to infiltrate the heart of the enemy camp and learn their plans. This is a one-way mission. He plans to get in fast, relay the information to the leader of the Carpathians living in the area and go out fighting - an honourable way to end his life. Solange Sangria is one of the last of the jaguar people, a royal pure-blood. Her people, once many, are now nearly extinct. She has long been alone fighting to save the remaining women who are able to shift from the hands of Brodrick the Terrible, her own father who slaughtered everyone she loved. Wounded, weary, she plans one last battle, hoping to stop the man who has made an alliance with the vampires, accepting she will not come out alive. They are two warriors who have lived their lives alone. Now, at the end of their time, they find each other, a complication neither sees coming.


Having released a few books that had concentrated more on the language than the action, Christine finally returns to the type of tale that won her fans in the first place. There’s action, there’s danger but above all else there is a love story interwoven that makes this a real gem. Whilst it’s the 18th outing for the Carpathian series it can be read with no prior knowledge and will return a lot of the readers faith that sustained them over recent offerings. Great stuff.

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