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Dark Storm (Carpathian) by Christine Feehan

Dark Storm (Carpathian) (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Christine Feehan

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Title:Dark Storm (Carpathian)
Authors:Christine Feehan
Info:Berkley Hardcover (2012), Hardcover, 384 pages
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Tags:2012, paranormal romance

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Dark Storm by Christine Feehan (2012)

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After centuries buried beneath a South American volcano trapped in deathless battle with Mitro, once a Carpathian prince, now a malevolent evil, Dax feels the walls of his prison weakening.

For Riley and her mother, the trip deep into the South American jungle isn't for pleasure - it's a race against time to reforge the bonds that hold a terrifying evil. And the jungle itself, not to mention their companions, are conspiring to kill them.

This book just screamed for editing. Repetitious, recycled... whole sections of description could have been removed without sacrificing a bit of plot. At 250 pages, this might have been a worthwhile purchase. At 400+, it's going on my borrow, don't buy list - unfortunately too late, but still. ( )
  SunnySD | Nov 16, 2013 |
Every time I read a new Carpathian book I feel Ms Feehan is throwing us a little something new, and I like it! Dax and the Old One are a different kind of blend but they make the same kind of great Carpathian Hero. I liked Riley and thought her powers were more interesting than some of our previous female leads. I wonder if they will get stronger after she converts? I was thrilled to see Jubal and Gary. They are some of my favorite non Carpathians. I hope we hear more from them in the future. ( )
  bookjunkie57 | Oct 8, 2013 |
Dark Storms is the most recent in the Carpathian series, and I really liked this newest addition. Not as good as the earlier books, but was still a fun and enjoyable read. Dark Storm was a bit different than her other books in the series. For one we have never dealt with a volcano in her series before, so it was nice reading a scenery that was a bit different. I also liked how there was a dragon aspect added to the hero. I really liked how not only was Dax a powerful Carpathian but he also had his soul combined with a dragons (which I thought was so neat), so he is even more powerful than before. I also enjoyed Riley as the heroine, she is very independent and likes things her own way, but she easily accepts Dax into her life, and doesn't fight her feelings for him. She accepts Dax as he is, and accepts being his lifemate, and I just loved her sense of adventure and fun. I also enjoyed how Dax is not all "he man" and knows how powerful Riley is, and knows that she is key to helping him defeat Mitro. I also loved the chemistry between Dax and Riley, as usual with Feehan, very hot and sexy. One other aspect I enjoyed was seeing some other characters we have seen in other books (such as Gary and Jubal), playing a very active role as well. The one thing that I didn't like very much about the story, was that it didn't start out very excited. We don't see Dax and Riley meet for quite some time. It was almost half way through before we see them interact with each other. So I had to be patient, even though there were some action scenes that happen during this time, then it gets really good in the middle once Riley and Dax explore their relationship more and start their hunt for Mitro. Overall a thrilling and exciting new installment in the Carpathian Series. Even though in the past few years I haven't necessarily loved the later part of the series, I found myself really liking this one, and it has been quite some time since I have felt this way about her series. Definitely a fun tale of adventure, love mixed with danger that will leave you breathless. ( )
  addictofromance | Mar 8, 2013 |
I've been a huge fan of the Dark Series from her very first book, Dark Prince. I was hooked! This book... Well, it was lacking. I've never before had the urge to skim through chapters because it was so slow and so uninteresting. There were so many questions about the supporting characters that were brought up, and then… on to the next scene. What happened? I read somewhere that Ms. Feehan became seriously ill while writing this book. If so, I hope that she is doing well. That could explain why the beginning seemed so much more detailed. There was so much build up to the encounter, that when they finally met it seemed like a letdown. I actually put off reading the last half of the book for over a week, when I usually stay up all night and read them straight through. Between the holes in the plot line and the introduction of plot lines not followed, there were a lot of times that reading this became frustrating. However, I can’t wait for the next installment of the dark series!! ( )
  missylyn70 | Nov 22, 2012 |
Riley Parker is on a trek in Peru with her mother Annabel. Riley’s father has died from a heart attack so Annabel and Riley are pressed to make it their scheduled pilgrimage to the ancient volcano where Riley was born. Riley doesn’t understand the magical connection her mother has with the mountain or the danger the mountain holds but she knows this trip is very important to her mother. Slowly, Riley starts developing a connection to the earth like her mother while her mother seems depressed over the loss of her father. Tragic events keep slowing their progress and her mother reveals that her ancestor, Arabejila, locked an ancient evil away in the mountain and if they don’t reset the bonds in time this evil will escape.

Danutdaxton, Dax has been locked in a volcano for over 500 years. He chose to be locked away with his arch enemy Mitro Daratranzonoff. For years Dax and Mitro have battled and they never could defeat each other. Arabejila is Mitro’s life mate, but he chose to reject the bond and turn vampire. Arabejila and Dax team up together to entomb both Dax and Mitro, they effectively stop Mitro’s evil from infecting the world. But over the years the Arabejila lines magic as been decreasing and Mitro has been chipping away at his bonds and about to escape.

It is a rush against time and magic to see who will win. Dax is assisted by a bond he makes with a dragon spirit. Riley gains the magical bond with earth and becomes the strongest in Arabejila line. Will it be enough to overcome Mitro’s evil and a new found power.

I am a huge fan of the Dark series. I’ve also read every book Christine Feehan has released, so you can say I am a big fan of Feehan as well. She did build an extremely interesting story but it seemed slow going. Riley and Dax don’t even connect until we are more than 30% into the story. I enjoyed Jubal and Gary’s part of the story but I missed how the interaction with other Carpathian characters we come to love was almost non-existent. I got excited when the De La Cruz copter was coming only to be disappointed when it again was a no show for any other Carpathian until the last 20% of the book. I found the dragon, old one, fantastic and loved his role. I liked Dark Storm but I didn’t love it. In the end, Dark Storm was a very likable read and I’m giving it 3 ½ stars.
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  tometender | Oct 28, 2012 |
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Buried alive in a volcano in the Carpathian mountains for hundreds of years, Dax discovers that Mitro, the evil vampire he has been hunting for centuries, is still alive.

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