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Dark Prince: Author's Cut (The 'Dark' Carpathian Book 1) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Christine Feehan has had more than forty novels published, including four series which have hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. She is pleased to have made it onto numerous other bestseller lists as well, including Publishers Weekly, USA Today, Washington Post, BookScan, B. Dalton, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Waldenbooks, Ingram, Borders, Rhapsody Book Club, and Walmart. In addition to being a nominee for the Romance Writers of Americas RITA® Award, she has received many honors throughout her career, including a Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times and the Borders 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- Publication Date : March 8, 2011
- File Size : 1290 KB
- Publisher : HarperCollins e-books; Special, Reprint Edition (March 8, 2011)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B004FEF6EM
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 497 pages
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #14,341 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I read this series when there were only a handful of books and got an itch one night for a reread. Then saw some harsh reviews which I think were unfair. The romance paranormal/vampire genre has blossomed and changed since this novel was written. Are there some better ones out there? Sure. But considering the time in which it was written its still fantastic.
There's a history with a solid background on where the vampires came from and a plot/romance that moves along at a great pace. An alpha male that is trying to save his people and a woman that knows how to handle herself.
Still a good read many years after publication and still a fan.
I didn't realize before what a dumb childish, impulsive broad Raven was. She irritated me to no end.
There was nothing about her character that was appealing. All she was, was a blow up cute doll come to life, who happened to be psychic and therefore could be converted from human to Carpathian successfully without becoming a deranged vampiress.
Sex, sex and more sex that's all she was good for. The author wrote her character as a mindless twit with the naivete and impulsive nature if a toddler. She demands that Mikhail, the lifemate understand her, but she makes no attempt at patience and understanding with him. She just whines and cries a lot about being independent, yet she show time and time again, she has no good judgment. Sounds like teenager behavior to me. Perhaps Christine was subconsciously incorporating the attitude and behaviors of her teenaged kids into Raven's character because in no way did she come off as the grown mature intelligent woman she kept declaring herself to be.
Even after getting stabbed in the stomach 5 times, the very next night she wakes she stupidly leaves the safety of the house for no reason other than she felt caged in.
She has no sense. She cried at the drop of a hat.
Seriously Raven irritated me to no end. She was too childish to be a lifemate.
Mikhail was controlling and domineering. The usual strongly protective dominent male of the Carpathian race. He was enraged over the thought of another man touching Raven even though he was a stranger to her and had no claims on her. He said she defied him early on in the novel when she hadn't done anything at that point but simply sit in the tavern with fellow patrons eating a meal. How was that defiance? Yet he was patient with Ravens childish silly ways. And despite his controlling ways, he didn't get in my nerves nearly as much as Raven.
This book was somewhat uncomfortable. The relationship is not that if equals, rather it is like a father daughter relationship but with sex involved. That's unsettling.
Raven pouting arguing crying, Mikhail indulging, guiding domineering, controlling and then they have sex.
I have to wonder about the minds of these authors to write the dynamics of a supposed, husband/wife relationship, that us anything but.
I think that Raven is cool and I even like how they all protect her. Maybe it's because the writing style is a little dated? I don't know but I just don't find myself imagining myself as Raven. That's the mark of a great story, in my opinion, and this just doesn't do that for me.
It's still really worth reading, especially if you have ever read any of the other dark Carpathian series. I used to pick and choose books in the series, but reading it all the way through really was great! I highly recommend it, because the lore of the series is amazing when read like that. I love it. Christine hit gold with the overarching plotline but I am beginning to wonder if it ever ends... 😂
In case you don't know, this book is the first in a long series about the Carpathian race, a vampire like species whose males can go full evil Dracula if they don't find their soulmate. They're super powered, super passionate, and their lifemate is their whole reason for existence. That makes them overprotective, overbearing, and over-the-top controlling once they find them. The whole series centers on why they can't procreate like they used to, with the female population dropping alarmingly fast and no lifemates available to save the males from the dark sides of their own natures. They're dying and Mikhail is the man in charge of making sure that doesn't happen.
And Raven is just the woman to make sure that doesn't go to his head. Or let it rule his entire life. She's the perfect mate to a leader like Mikhail and I love the scenes they appear in in future novels. This book just isn't my favorite. I would give it 3.5 stars. Still recommend it, just don't give up on the series if it doesn't pull you in!
Top reviews from other countries
There are creatures there are more than vampire.
It's seems an interesting story, but I had problems to get connected with the characters.
Mikhail and Raven two characters find each other. Emotional, I felt jumbled. Description wise not much, I hope for more information and description about history and the surroundings in this area, but nothing it would have lifted the storyline a bit.
The storyline development is very slow, and I struggled to believe that a woman can follow so fast a total stranger. Raven seemed to be a strong character, but she lose her free will. Mikhail is demanding, arrogant and knows no bounds.
I would have loved more involvement with the people in the village it was not enough. The action is written well, but that's all. I liked Griorgi good character. Overall the story lacks on something, I don't think I will getting the second one for this price, to high.
I found it really hard to complete Dark Prince and honestly it’s not my favourite in the series BUT I do absolutely adore Mikhail and Raven in future books
The author has created a whole world around a different species living secretly alongside humans. They are the humans only defence against the undead but would be hunted and destroyed if humans discovered their existence. However they are dying out without the female half of their soul.
It's a very different spin on the vampire genre/paranormal romance and worth a try for fan's of Gena Showalter, Lynsay Sands, Sherrilyn Kenyon and Nalini Singh.
This was recommended to be by a friend and given that all her previous suggestions lead to amazingly well written books I did not hesitate to buy the first book of this series - this book. I started reading with quite a bit of hope for a good story but almost from the start I felt my attention wandering. The writing style is not my cup of tea - it's fractured at times, tangles at others and the perception of each character seems to have no boundaries. One moment the paragraph you are reading it a summary of one characters emotions and suddenly it's switched to another characters with little pause or consideration for the previous character. It felt jumbled.
Writing style aside, the story itself was slow. It had some moments where I had high hopes - I began to think that it was a slow starting story leading to more excitement as it went on, but sadly I was mistaken. I had the occasional moment where my interest is pinned to whats happening, but then its over and its back to overly long and repetitive descriptions of often shallow and usually misguided emotions.
Raven, as a character, at first felt strong and resistant, but as the novel moves along its as though she pales. Also given the long emotional descriptions, the characters or perhaps more accurately - the writer - starts to remind me of a teen, all emotion, not too much common sense or logic. Yes, its a romance, but romance and over the top descriptions of emotion do not a novel make.
I honestly struggled to finish reading this book, and its not often that happens to me. I do not drop books I pay for, ever, but this one tempted me more than a little by the time I was half way through.
Good idea for a story, poorly delivered and written in a way that reminds me of a teenage forum role-play session. Wish I'd spent the money elsewhere and I don't think I could stomach the rest of the series even if I were not paying for them. Very sorry for the harsh review, but that's my honest opinion.