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PRAISE FOR #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR CHRISTINE FEEHAN AND HER CARPATHIAN NOVELS

“The erotic, gripping series that has defined an entire genre…I love everything [Christine Feehan] does.”—J.R. Ward

“Carpathian lovers will be happy.”—USA Today

“After Bram Stoker, Anne Rice and Joss Whedon (who created the venerated Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Christine Feehan is the person most credited with popularizing the neck gripper.”—Time

“Feehan has a knack for bringing vampiric Carpathians to vivid, virile life in her Dark Carpathian novels.”—Publishers Weekly

“She is the master.”—The Best Reviews

“One of the best vampiric romance series on the market today.”—Midwest Book Review

“Intense, sensual, mesmerizing.”—Library Journal

“[An] out-of-the-ordinary romance…deeply sensuous…exquisitely detailed.”—Booklist

About the Author

In addition to her Dark Carpathian novels, #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan is the author of the Ghost Walkers series, the Leopard series, and the Sea Haven series, the Drake Sisters novels and the Sisters of the Heart novels.
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Product Details

  • Series: Carpathian (Book 25)
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; First Edition first Printing edition (September 2, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425271447
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425271445
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (653 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christine Feehan is a #1 New York Times bestselling author multiple times over with her portfolio including over 40 published novels, including five series; Leopard Series, Dark Series, Ghostwalker Series, Drake Sisters Series, & the Sisters of the Heart Series. All five series hit the #1 spot on the New York Times bestselling list as well. Her debut novel Dark Prince received 3 of the 9 Paranormal Excellence Awards in Romantic Literature (PEARL) in 1999. Since then she has been published by various publishing houses including Leisure Books, Pocket Books, and currently is writing for Berkley/Jove. She also has earned 7 more PEARL awards since Dark Prince.

In addition to the #1 New York Times bestsellers list and the PEARL awards, Christine is honored to have made the bestsellers list for Amazon, B. Daltons, Barnes and Nobles, Bookscan, Borders, Ingrams, Publishers Weekly, Rhapsody Book Club, USA Today, Waldenbooks, Walmart, and the Washington Post. Other honors that she has received include being a nominee for the Romance Writers of America's RITA award, receiving the Career Achievement Award for Contemporary New Reality from Romantic Times Magazine in 2003 and in 2008 the Borders Lifetime Achievement Award.

She has been published in multiple languages and in many formats, including audio book, e-book, hardcover and large print. In October of 2007 her first manga comic, Dark Hunger was released in stores. This was the first ever manga comic released by Berkley Publishing and it made #11 on Publisher's Weekly Bestseller's List. Her ground-breaking book trailer commercials have been shown on TV and in the movie theaters. She has been featured on local TV, appeared on the The Montel Williams Show, and her book Dark Legend was featured on the cover of Romantic Times Magazine.

Christine Feehan has also appeared at numerous writers' conventions and book signings including: Romantic Times Convention, Get Caught Reading at Sea Cruise, Celebrate Romance Conference, Emerald City Conference, and numerous Romance Writers of America Conferences. She was also a special guest at the 2013 Comic Con and now has her own FAN convention.

Christine Feehan's upcoming FAN convention will be held at the Lafayette Park Hotel and Spa in Lafayette, CA from Feb 20-22, 2015. Registration is open now.

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129 of 142 people found the following review helpful By 30 Book A Month Reader on September 7, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Book No. 26, Dark Blood, is the third book of a trilogy within Feehan's long Carpathian series. This is the story of Zev and Branislava, which is no surprise, as we could see it building from the first two books. Recently Zev has found out that he is a half-breed, part Lycan and part Carpathian. What he didn't know is that he is also Dark Blood, a bloodline similar to the Dragonseekers in power and respect. Most of the book hinges on the development of Zev and Branislava's relationship, talking about Zev's history, and fight scenes - lots of them.

I struggled on whether to give this book one or two stars, and eventually settled on one due to the fact that author Feehan spent a good deal of time writing "fillers" for the book instead of an actual story. Naturally we did have the 30 page "Carpathians for Dummies" at the end of the book. But there was also a great deal of this imaginary language sprinkled throughout the book. On her Acknowledgement page, Feehan thanks the professor who put this language together at her request. Feehan obviously admires and respects him, and has taken great pains to tell him how wonderful the language is and how much she loves it, so don't expect this stupid stuff to go away anytime soon.

We also had the "mage" spells, which were indented and italicized. As the book went along, they became more and more frequent, especially during the last 25%. I read the first five and skipped the last 30-40 or so. These spells offered nothing to explain the story or make it better, and were entirely skippable, which means they were just threw in to make the story longer for the hardback edition. Both the appendix and the spells were just a way to hit word count, and consequently, were a rip-off for the reader.
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193 of 222 people found the following review helpful By Jen (Red Hot Books) TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 2, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This is easily the very worst book I have read all year. It is actually one of the worst books I have read, ever. There are so many things wrong with it, I barely know where to start. From the plot progression, to the relationship, to the sex, it was all just bad. Even worse was the writing itself.

This is the third book in the sub-trilogy featuring the Lycans. The hero here is Zev Hunter, the Lycan who befriended Dimitri’s brother Fen and helped hunt the vampire-lycan hybrids. The heroine is Branislava, one of those Dragonseeker sisters who was locked away in the cave by her evil father Xavier for all of those years. (If you are familiar with the series at all, you know who I am talking about. If you aren’t, do yourself a favor and don’t start now.) As the story begins, Zev is mortally injured and the only way he can survive is to convert him into a Carpathian. Branka ties her spirit to his in order to help him through the difficult recovery.

I hit my first problem almost right out of the gate: the repetition. By page 11, we had already heard four times that Zev was an “elite hunter.” Over the course of the book, I would dare to say that we are reminded of this no less than two dozen more times. Just as often, we’re told that Branka smells (and apparently tastes) like cinnamon-honey. That brings me to one of my favorite quotes (and by favorite, I mean cringe-worthy): …his tongue plunged deep and drew the cinnamon honey he craved from her body. It was warm and thick, like molasses… Ew.

Anyway, um, repetition. Zev is mixed blood. Reminding us once or twice, ok. Reminding us 874,000 times, not so much. Also that sangue rau = bad; han ku pesak kaikak = good. WTF does that mean, you ask? It means “guardian of all.
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98 of 111 people found the following review helpful By Emereld2 on September 3, 2014
Format: Hardcover
What I liked:

The spells used to reverse evil Mage magic. They were integral to the storyline and actually written in English!

Seeing other Carpathian couples, if only briefly.

What I didn't:

No character development, at all. Zev and Branislava are presented to us as a fait accompli, which is okay since the whole lifemate premise eliminates the individual's free will, but this pairing fell flat for me. Do we even know who they are as characters? Broni more than Zev, but even that is in relation to her sister.

The sex. Enough already. What didn't bore me to tears repulsed me (as in him forcing her to her knees, having sex with her while she was immobile, and don't even get me started on what she tasted like).

The whole notion of the ancient "Dark Blood" bloodline wasn't really explained. I'm not surprised, though, because "Dragonseeker" was never fully explained, either. The reader is just told, over and over and over again, that these are ancient, revered, powerful bloodlines.

Carpathian phrases translated into English - enough already.

Two appendixes that have appeared in just about every book. Does anyone really care about the manufactured language or the various healing spells? I manufactured a language as part of my undergrad studies, but I don't think anyone but my prof was particularly interested in it.

and finally ...

***SPOILER ALERT***

The villain. Xavier was one of triplets? Who knew??? Why didn't any of the characters with "intimate" knowledge of Xavier ever think to mention his brothers before they suddenly appeared in Book 26?
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