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Even new readers daunted by 40 pages of appendixes and a two-page family tree will love the tender romance in the 20th installment of Feehan's Carpathians series. Benign blood-drinking Carpathians turn into evil vampires if they fail to find their destined life mates. Broken and left for dead after a family betrayal, Ivory Malinov gradually heals, becoming a loner and dedicated vampire slayer. Razvan's evil grandfather, the mage Xavier, forced him to commit unspeakable deeds against fellow Carpathians. Ivory discovers Razvan near death, and after realizing they are life mates, she nurses him back to health and they plot to combine forces and defeat Xavier. The slow-to-trust Ivory fights her growing feelings for Razvan, whose self-hatred juxtaposes brilliantly with his innate gentle nature. Fans looking for a departure from Feehan's usual alpha male heroes will enjoy this lengthy but powerful tale. (Sept.)
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I live in the beautiful mountains of Lake County, California. I have always loved hiking, camping, rafting and being outdoors. I’ve also been involved in the martial arts for years—I hold a third degree black belt, instruct in a Korean karate system, and have taught self-defense. I am happily married to a romantic man who often inspires me with his thoughtfulness. We have a yours, mine, and ours family, claiming eleven children as our own. I have always written books, forcing my ten sisters to read every word, and now my daughters read and help me edit my manuscripts. It is fun to take all the research I have done on wild animals, raptors, vampires, weather, and volcanoes and put it together with romance.

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Product Details

  • Series: Carpathian (Book 20)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Jove; Reprint edition (September 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515148431
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515148435
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (291 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,470 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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115 of 119 people found the following review helpful By melindeeloo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Deviating a bit from the normal formula of her other 'Dark' Carpathian books, Feehan's Dark Slayer was a unique entry into the popular long running series and ended up being one of my favorites of Feehan's more recent offerings. Though fans who live for Feehan's uber alpha males may be disappointed, I really liked long time series villain Razvan as he takes his turn in the spotlight. That Feehan decided to give us an atypical leading man is just as well because leading lady, vampire slayer Ivory Malinov, was an atypical leading lady as well and wouldn't have fit as well with some of the more dominating and arrogant of the Carpathians. And another part of what made Feehan's latest offering so good was that that she gave us a starring pair who have both had enough pain and suffering in their interesting backstories, and in their experiences with family members turning to the darkside, to add greater depth to both of the characters and their relationship.

Other things I really liked: Lots of cameos of old starring pairs are worked in thoughout the story and there were some really cool aspects to Ivory's wolf pack and her magical connection to the wolves. I also liked that Feehan waited longer to consumate the physical part of Razvan and Ivory's pairing, allowing Razvan and Ivory to work through some issues instead of forcing it - and, after a gazillion other books in this series, I had been starting to feel I feel as if I had read all of the love scenes many times before, so having less of them here than normal worked better for me and in them Feehan used a lighter touch with Razvan which made them feel fresher too.

My nits: Yet another chauvinistic stubborn effort to `protect' a `helpless' woman by Gregori.
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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 3, 2009
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Typically, as a popular series advances the intrinsic center "charm" seems to fragment as the author tries valiantly to keep up his or her excitement in the story. (Uh, BDB ring a bell?)

In "Dark Slayer"...Christine Feehan comes back to what entranced us in the beginning....a species simply trying to survive. Granted these males are gorgeous, sexy and come built-in with speeches that bind a womans' soul to theirs. They are gut-wrenchingly honorable..fighting vampires who were once the same as they were: Carpathian warriors.

In "Dark Slayer", Ms. Feehan brings us back to this essential problem but twists it as the villian of several novels, Razvan the mage/Dragonseeker is shown to be a victim of an "immortal" wizard. Zavier, the ageless evil has to have Carpathian blood, preferably a family member, to continue his his seemingly endless persecution of Carpathians. Zavier wants them all to die in a revenge-ridden quest for absolute power.

Zavier captures and victimizes his grandson, Razvan, for hundreds of years, starving him and taking over his body to impregnate psychic women for the babies that carry a Carpathian blood supply.

Zavier used Razvan's body in an earlier novel (Dark Demon) to attempt murder on Razvans' sister Natalya.

After the latest destruction of one of Zaviers' evil labratories, Razvan escapes into a blizzard half-naked, and starved for blood. Half mad with guilt and unable to process the searing evil of his life, Razan wants to die. So he wanders off into the woods collapsing in the snow....and waits for the morning sun.

Instead, another legend of the Carpathians: Ivory the presumed-dead sister of the evil Brother Malinov stumbles across Razvans' body after a lengthy battle with vampires.
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57 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Blue Note on September 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I am still reading the book and about halfway there. It's OK but not my favorite. I'm losing patience with Ms. Feehan's tendancy to delve so extensively into the carpathian language. I find that more of a distraction than anything else. I enjoyed her books more when she didn't do that. She seems to delve deeper and deeper with each book she writes in the dark series. Why does she feel this is so important to the story line...it isn't to me. In this book over 30 pages are used at the end for the Carpathian language index. That was a total waste, I'm not bothering to read that. I feel at some point she just may write an entire dark series book in the carpathian language and expect her readers to learn the language to decifer the book. This book has less romance and more violence and gore with a lot of pages wasted with reading lines first in carpathian language and then in English. Are these just page fillers? I think she should have edited this out. Who cares? Just stick with the story and stop trying to introduce a new language to the readers. I'm not interested in learning carpathian language, I just want to enjoy a good story written by her without having to learn the language to do it. I was a bit disappointed in this book but I'm still a big fan and I like her a lot. I'll be glad when dimitri and skyler get together, I've been waiting on that storyline for a long time.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By R. McFeeters on September 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I don't mind change, I love it in fact, but when it comes to the series I follow I'd like the writer to stay on track.

I know this book got a alot of Die Hards fans in a huff over the bad reviews from some, like myself...but this was a bad read plain and simple, I don't care how much you like Feehan; eventually you have to come to terms with the fact that this book sucked!

The chants and spells were a total bore. I skipped thru them. Some reviewers compaired this to poetry, okay fine, but if I want poetry I'll pick up Poe or Longfellow. I think it was clear that these songs and chants were filler for the hard back.

The battle scenes went on and on for chapters and then all the healing the two main charaters had to do was just too much. I feel like I need to heal after trying to get thru the book.

Oh, and this Carpathian language crap, who cares? I'm not a Trecky or a Lord of the Rings groupie so I don't need made up languages. Another filler for the hard back.

I never felt for the charaters, and there was no sexual tension what so ever. By the time Feehan got around to the sex 300 pages in I didn't even care if they hooked up or not. Which is a shame considering that this book is a Vampire Romance???

I wish Feehan would just get back to how she was writing the books before, I don't need all the charms, spells, and chants. I also don't need to read about the past charaters over and over again.

If you have not read this series, do not start here, go back to the beginning and work your way up to this one, but if you skip then no worries, you didn't miss a thing.

Oh and why was this a hard back and man I wish I didn't pay 20 bucks for it!
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