Dark Series, Book #30
By Christine Feehan
Author Website: christinefeehan.com
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Caro
Stolen from her home at a young age and tormented for centuries, Elisabeta Trigovise is scared to show herself to anyone. Even though she has been rescued and is now safe within the Carpathian compound, she has lived in fear for so long she has no idea how to survive without it. She wants to answer the siren call of her lifemate–but the very thought terrifies her.
Before he found Elisabeta, Ferro Arany was an ancient warrior without emotion. Now that his senses have come alive, he knows it will take more than kind words and soft touches to convince the fractured woman that they are partners, not master and prisoner. For now, he will give her his strength until she finds hers, allowing the steady rhythm of his heart to soothe Elisabeta’s fragile soul.
But even as she learns to stand on her own, the vampire who kept her captive is desperate to claim her again, threatening the song Elisabeta and Ferro are writing together. (Goodreads)
Christine Feehan keeps fueling fans with her series! It has been ten years since I started reading the Dark series and I can’t believe we’re on book #30! Readers have met so many of the Carpathians and their lifemates, of which I have my favorites along with some of the other characters. I still have a special place in my heart for Mikhail and Raven.
Finding Elisabeta was quite a surprise. Traian never stopped searching for his sister after her mysterious disappearance, yet he never imagined who her captor would be. Elisabeta’s confinement has been going on for centuries, so much that she could barely remember how to walk due to the conditions she was forced to be in. The world is too big for her during her initial days of freedom after healing. Her childhood memories have been erased and she suffers from a severe Stockholm syndrome. Everyone at the compound is trying to help her adapt while they face a threat only Elisabeta can sense.
Ferro is very overprotective of Elisabeta. He knows she will have a difficult time adapting to her regained freedom and the new world. She was a child in another time when she was taken away and Ferro spent years in the monastery, his secluded life will help him understand Elisabeta and her view of the new surroundings. I did feel he was a little too overprotective compared to some of the previous Carpathians.
There were some interesting elements to this story. I was so excited to read about Josef and Gary even if it may be a while until we know who their lifemates are, I can’t wait. Josef has become a more recurring character lately, especially being one of the few younger Carpathians who uses technology, something previously banned, his different physique also attracts attention since he isn’t built like the other men. Some interesting facts were revealed about Josef that I hope get explored in future books. Gary is now a second-in-command, quite a promotion from where we first saw him in Dark Magic, not to mention that he’s now a Daratrazanoff.
It was also interesting to read about, and slightly funny, how the Carpathians are vulnerable to technology. Vampires they can fight, but internet viruses they can’t. Josef was a big help to them and we got to see some of his potential as a modern age Carpathian warrior. Like it or not, Carpathians have to come into the new technology era and learn to coexist with it.
The vampires are becoming more dangerous and violent, not caring who they hurt and are obsessed with finding psychic women. Feehan delivers interesting and detailed action scenes when it comes to confronting the vampires and she didn’t fail this time around. The vampires making their lair in the woods with spiders and other creatures guarding it was spooky good! The compound is still in danger of being attacked, some of the children and women still need to recover from previous attacks and now the Carpathians face technological attacks as well.
There’s still one more Manilov brother to defeat, but more vampires are rising to power and are determined to kill the Carpathians. It’ll be exciting to see how this battle concludes in future books and which Carpathians the series will focus on afterwards. I don’t lose hope fans will get a big reunion in the future in the style of Dark Celebration 🙂
If you’ve made it this far into the series you can’t miss this book, if you’re new to the series it’s never too late to catch up. Congratulations to the series on its milestone!
*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*