Friday, August 24, 2018

Dark Prince by Christine Feehan ~ Review

Carpathians are an immortal race of beings with animal instincts. Every Carpathian male is drawn to his life mate: a Carpathian or human female able to provide the light to his darkness. Without her, the beast within slowly consumes the man until turning vampire is the only option.' Raven Whitney is a psychic who has used her gift to help the police track down a serial killer. Now she is determined to escape the glare of recent publicity for the peace and quiet of the Carpathian Mountains. Prince Mikhail Dubrinsky is the leader of his people but, as his ancient Carpathian race grows ever closer to extinction, he is close to giving in to the heavy weight of loneliness and despair. From the moment their minds touch, Raven and Mikhail form a connection. But there are those who incorrectly view all Carpathians as vampires, and are determined to give their extinction a helping hand.

I read book 24 in this series a few years ago and enjoyed it, Dark Ghost.   I remember wanting to read more from this series then but never got to it.  Recently, I've been devouring a lot of paranormal and I ended up re-reading Dark Ghost.  Then I had to start at the beginning.

I'm listening to these books so I will admit now that I wasn't a huge fan of the narrator.  She has a drawn out way of reading the book that was annoying.  I was grateful to see that the narrator changed for the second book.  I'm trying very hard not let my dislike of the narrator effect my feelings about the book.

The book I read was the author's cut and is 100 pages longer than the original.  I probably should have read the original because one of my issues for this book was how long it was.  I felt like the author talked around things a lot where something was explained in more than one way until it became theatrical.  

I already love the world.  I fell in love with it in Dark Ghost but the author has grown a lot since this book was written.  The world was so much more defined in Dark Ghost.  In this book, I was unclear about a lot of things like it was just an outline and things weren't certain yet.  I do love the idea of the Carpathians and the twist on vampire lore.  The shape shifting was perfect as well.  The wolf pack.  The owls.  I loved all of that.

The characters were not favorites at all.  I think I enjoyed Mikhail more than Raven.  Mikhail is the Prince of his people but his strength seemed to be convenient to the situation.  If he was the Prince, he should be strong always.  But I do love how protective and loving he is of Raven.  He is old world in his thinking and tries to demand from her.  But he's sweet in his feeling for her.  As for Raven, she took too many risks that she shouldn't and it seemed she did it just to prove she was capable.  Of course, then when things went wrong she cried out for help.

Overall, it was enjoyable.  If I hadn't read the later books, I would probably stop now.  It's good but not great paranormal reading.  But I know what comes farther down the line and I think the author comes into her own as this series continues.  So I will continue to read.


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