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Dark Celebration (A Carpathian Reunion) Hardcover – September 5, 2006
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The blood-drinking, mind-reading, shape-shifting Carpathian clan and their human friends gather for Christmas—and to stave off encroaching enemies—in bestseller Feehan's latest entry in her Dark series (after Dark Demon) and her first in hardcover. The guests hunt vampires, confront a dark mage and, most importantly, face the extinction of their species due to a mysteriously low birth rate and high infant mortality. Shea—once a human surgeon, now a Carpathian healer—studies the Carpathian's procreative problem even as she carries the child of her "lifemate" Jacques, whose brother, Prince Mikhail, also hopes for more children with his mate, Raven. The action suffers from the author's efforts to feature each of these couples and others, but the stage is set for future, more plot-driven books. A section of recipes by Feehan fans, "Dark Desserts," rounds out this sex- and magic-filled treat, which makes a good entry point for newcomers. (Sept.)
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The seventeenth in Feehan's Dark series, and the first in hardcover, features the Carpathians, their lifemates, and human friends who have gathered in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania to celebrate Christmas with a children's pageant, a feast, and a visit by their fiercest hunter as Santa Claus. Mikhail Dubrinsky, the prince of the Carpathians, worries that his people are dying out because of very low fertility and an extraordinarily high infant mortality rate. It seems that some force may be trying to eradicate the Carpathians. Feehan assembles an enormous and somewhat confusing cast of characters. Fans of the series will be delighted to see old friends again and two new life-paired couples who will undoubtedly appear in future novels. Amidst preparations for the holiday festivities, there are vampire attacks, deadly danger from a mage, and steamy sex between the telepathic, shape-shifting Carpathians, who suck blood yet are deadly enemies of the evil vampires. Feehan even offers holiday recipes sent in by her fans. Diana Tixier Herald
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Top customer reviews
This book disappoints! I forked over $9 for this series installment - a high price to pay for me. I received a book I should have been paid to read. While the story is still quality, the writing and editing are pathetic. I made countless notes over misspelled words, in some sections on every page; their frequency supremely distracting...annoying...irritating...
There are extraneous and random spaces inserted throughout the text. There are even grammatical errors where words are used incorrectly and out of context - not characteristic of this author in the previous 15 books. The storyline is actually interrupted by both the frequency and the magnitude of editing failures. Don't bother with this book if publishing butchery is a problem for you too.
I am trying the next offering in this series, just because. At the first sign of this aggravating shortfall, the book, the author, and the series get sidelined.....pity.
I never before noticed how often Ms. Feehan uses the word "pleasure" until I read this on my Kindle and every time it was separated into plea sure. And every time I read over it - it jarred until I started thinking maybe she could use another word once in a while.
Secondly, I really didn't need a sex scene between each couple. We got how hot they were for each other in the original books. It was much more fun to see how Corrine loved to jog because she never could before and how Savannah turned her dad's joke on Gregori of being Santa into something he could live with and how the younger kids were playing games and staying in touch over the internet. I assume as much as the lifemates are in love with each other that they're having sex. Let me know what else they're doing!
On the downside, this book has 60+ typos in it and that are just astounding. Appalling, really. It is beyond ridiculous that you pay so much for a book and words like "pleasure" are written as two words: "plea" and "sure" and the same applies to the words measure, whatever, tonight, household, housework, housekeeper, independent, stiffness, and stiffen, just to name a few. Really, Kindle? Really? In de pen dent? Stiff en? Ugh!!!!
The discrepancies WITHIN the book are astounding too. In the first chapter Skyler is described as having dark hair shimmering with red highlights, then in Chaoter 9 her hair color is blonde.
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Lots of great characters to read about loved this book.