Release Date: 02/10/12
Return to the seductive world of Christine Feehan's New York Times bestselling Carpathian novels as roiling passions collide in a perfect storm of dangerous desire that only a precious few can hope to outrun ...Awakening after all this time in a world of absolute darkness and oppressive heat, Dax wonders in how many ways the world above must have changed. But it is how he has changed that fills him with dread and loathing. Buried alive for hundreds of years in a volcano in the Carpathian Mountains, Dax fears that he has become the full-fledged abomination that every Carpathian male fears, a victim of the insidious evil that has crept relentlessly into his mind and body over the centuries. But there are some things that never change. His name is Mitro, the vampire Dax had hunted all these long centuries. Second in command to the prince of the Carpathian people he is the epitome of everything malevolent, and perpetrator of one of the most shocking killing sprees known to man - and beast. Even his friends and family weren't safe from Mitro's bloodlust. Neither was Mitro's lifemate, Arabejila, an extraordinary woman with extraordinary gifts. But now that Dax has re-emerged, so too has Mitro. The ultimate battle between good and evil has been re-engaged. Between Dax and Mitro, a violent game has begun - one that has marked Riley Parker, the last descendent of Arabejila, as the reward.
OK, I’m going to be blunt here, I’m not going to mince my words so if you like Christine’s writing you may want to stop reading right now. Still here? Well OK then, this book didn’t accomplish anything for me as a reader, the plot was convoluted and quite frankly repetitive and the characters basically 2d stereotypes. Do you want me to go on?
There was no history to help establish the characters in the readers mind, no real hook to want the reader to support let alone like them and when I turned the final page I was left wondering if this was a book that felt like it was more a title to cash in on the authors name rather than inspire and carry on the work that the series had already established. All in a great shame and if this form continues I will not be reading many more.
Release Date: 02/10/12
Rumour says the powerful Nicolai DeMarco can command the heavens, that the beasts below do his bidding ...and that he is doomed to destroy the woman he takes as wife. It is whispered he's not wholly human - as untamed as his tawny mane and slashing amber eyes. Impoverished aristocrat Isabella Vernaducci would defy death itself to rescue her imprisoned brother. She'll even brave the haunted, accursed lair of the lion - the menacing palace of legendary, lethal Don Nicolai DeMarco. Then Isabella meets a man whose growl is velvet, purring heat, and whose eyes hold dark, all-consuming desire. And when the don commands her to become his bride, she goes willingly into his muscled arms, praying she'll save his tortured soul ...and not sacrifice her life.
Currently it feels like I’m more than a little down with Christines writing but I’m not, I approach each book on a new level and whilst I do expect some continuation for the books to fit in with what has gone before they have to stand on their own two feet. Here in this new Historical Paranormal title is a story that takes the reader on an adventure. There’s the usual passion, some solid dialogue that will keep you engaged but it was a story that felt like it could have been slashed quite a bit to keep it not only punchier but on track by keeping the pace at a level so that the reader didn’t have time to consider where it was going.
All in, whilst an interesting read, I’d have been happier had this book been a novella or even a short story that could have appeared in a compendium to give readers a flavour of what to expect from Christine’s writing. It does have some of her trademarks within and if readers fall in love with it, then I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend that they start with Christine’s earlier Dark Carpathian titles, however currently I’m starting to wonder if she hasn’t bitten off more than she can chew with her current schedules.