Series: Carpathian/Dark series Book #25
Author: Christine Feehan
Blurb: In Dark Lycan, Christine Feehan journeyed into the heart of the Carpathians, and into the souls of two lifemates stirred by the flush of passion and the threat of annihilation. In Dark Wolf, the breathtaking story continues as the bonds of family are imperiled, and the fate of two lovers lies hidden in the seductive shadows between life and death. Skyler Daratrazanoff always recognized the miracle that was Dimitri Tirunul, a man beyond any dream that had ever engaged her nights. But she was human. Vulnerable. He was Carpathian. Nearly immortal. She was nineteen. He was an ancient. Yet she held half his soul, the light to his darkness. Without her, he would not survive. Caught between the two warring species, Dimitri has spent centuries hunting the undead to keep his people free, and humans safe. He had survived honorably when others had chosen to give up their souls. But now, marked for extermination by the Lycans, Dimitri found himself alone, and fearing for his life. But salvation was coming…No Lycan would ever suspect someone like Skyler to dare mount a secret rescue operation. A teenage girl. A human of untested abilities. But she had something no one else had. She was predestined for Dimitri—as he was for her. And there was nothing stronger for Skyler than her desire to see her life-dream come true. Whatever the risk.
Thoughts: I knew I was taking a chance picking this book up. I’m of the opinion of many of Feehan’s other readers in that the series is really just falling apart. This is a shame how much I absolutely adored her earlier works, the Carpathian series in particular. The series has really started to decline for me – so much so that I have not even bothered to read the last couple of books (which is unheard of for me when it comes to not just a series, but one of my favorite authors). I made an exception for this one, since it featured Skyler, which fans of the series have been waiting years for.
To be honest, it was difficult to get into the book…but I somewhat expected that since I skipped a few of the last books. And I really tried to find that love that I used to have for this series. That however, seems almost impossible at this point…..the series is simply missing it’s magic. I long for that little bit of magic that used to be so strong in this series….so much so that I would remember each book and go dig it out of bookshelves just to re-read it because it lingered so much in my thoughts. I think I have finally reached the point where the series is just done for me, so it’s a sad, sad day indeed.
I’m going to rate it a C, but to be honest I’m not sure how much of that will be based on nostalgia alone. To me, Feehan is a great writer, and will always be a great writer. I just wish her books had the same ‘oomph’ they used to have.