In her erotically charged Carpathian tales, Christine Feehan has enthralled a legion of fans with a strangely seductive world and the unforgettable characters - both human and not - who inhabit it. Now she reunites them all in a Dark Celebration...
After centuries as the Prince of the Carpathians, Mikhail Dubrinsky fears he can't protect them for long from their greatest threat: the extinction of their species--a fate that has become the wicked prayer of his enemies. To ensure it they are devising a scheme to slaughter Carpathian females. But even with his own lifemate Raven and their daughter Savannah vulnerable to the encroaching evil, Mikhail's hope is not lost...
In this desperate season, Carpathians from around the world are gathering to join their strengths, their souls, and their powers to bring light to the darkness. But so too are their adversaries uniting--hunters, vampires, demons, and betrayers--bringing untold dangers into the fold of the Carpathian people.
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.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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1 . Love Christine Feehan's novels
Posted May 13, 2011 by sweetmango81 , small town NHI really enjoy all Christine Feehan's novels that I read. I have not once picked up a book of hers and not finished it. I like to read the books in order, though you don't have too, they will make a little more sense to the reader. I like the fact that she knows that women and men can be a half a part, but when together they form a whole soul. This book, as long with the others that she writes is about strong women, that eventually fall in love and they have a man that treats them as equals. If you like this novel then you should read the rest of the books in this series, as well as the other series that Christine Feehan has out. There is one about 7 sisters (The Drake Series) that I also enjoy reading very much. I hope that you enjoy this book as I know that I did.
2 . Good Review
Posted June 01, 2008 by Jade , Wyoming USAThis is a great story. I suppose it would mean more to me if I knew who the people were before I read it. But coming from someone who hasn't read one of the books in this series it is still amazing. I ended with a good idea in who the characters are and, while not going into drastic detail, have some idea of what they went through to get where they are. I'm sure for those who read this series avidly this is a great refresher and just like a family reunion. Some interesting things happen here. Friends and family gather together and two of them actually find their soul mates which is usually good news but doesn't seem to be in this case or perhaps just not yet. The relationships are so complicated but not too difficult to figure out. The bad guy is hurt and so are the good guys.
September 04, 2006
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Excerpt from Dark Celebration (The Dark Series - Book 17) by Christine Feehan
Stars glittered across the night sky and the moon spilled light, illuminating the trees below and turning leaves a glistening silver. A female owl skimmed the canopy, dipped lower to speed through the labyrinth of trees before rising again just in time to avoid a thick branch. A second, larger owl chased her in a wide circle above the forest surrounding a clearing where a large two-story stone house sat. The female plummeted toward the steep roof, talons extended toward the chimney, pulled up at the last heart-stopping second to race away from the male, wings flapping noiselessly, the wind riffing iridescent feathers.
Raven! Mikhail Dubrinsky warned his lifemate sharply. That was far too close.
It was exhilarating.
Raven, you are going to get tired. There was a soft warning growl in Mikhail's voice, as if a wolf lurked inside the body of the owl.
Her laughter bubbled up, soft and warm in his mind as they telepathically communicated. I'm not a newbie anymore, Mikhail, and after all these years, I think I can handle flying. I love it. It's my favorite thing to do. Are you ever going to get over being overprotective?
I do not think it is overprotective to watch over the woman of my heart and soul. You always overdo it when you fly. And you risk much more than you should.
That may have been true, but Raven wasn't going to admit it. Once in the body of a bird, she wanted to stay that way for long periods of time. I feel so free.