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6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

The latest Dark Carpathian romantic fantasy contains a wonderful refreshing premise

An ancient Carpathian warrior Dominic decides on what he knows is a suicidal mission to destroy the South American vampires. To achieve his objective, he swallows parasites needed to control the urges which will enable him to go undercover and infiltrate the vampiric h...
An ancient Carpathian warrior Dominic decides on what he knows is a suicidal mission to destroy the South American vampires. To achieve his objective, he swallows parasites needed to control the urges which will enable him to go undercover and infiltrate the vampiric horde. Dominic keeps his sanity by dreaming of a shapeshifting female Jaguar warrior who keeps him focused though he doubts she exists.

Although she knows this is suicidal to be at war with her evil father Broderick who killed most of their family and clan, shapeshifter Solange Sangria has kept up the fight to rescue other shapeshifting women and her sanity due to her fantasy of a heroic lover. She and Dominic are stunned when they meet because each assumed their dream lover was a fantasy they made up, but now have each other. With both on death quests, they need to find a way to survive yet also achieve their respective objectives as they now have a reason to live.

The latest Dark Carpathian romantic fantasy (see Dark Slayer) contains a wonderful refreshing premise of two individuals on suicide missions who have found solace in their dreams of the other. Although the tale would have been stronger if either or both fail in the flesh and bone to live up to the image each has of their dream lover, fans of the long running saga will enjoy the action-packed aptly titled Dark Peril as her father and the vampiric horde are a formidable foe.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on August 9, 2010

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23 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

This book is a let down!

I imagine many of you have been waiting for this book as long as I have. Let me tell you -- it's NOT worth the wait. Normally, I love C.F.'s books, they might be a bit formulated, but there is an enjoyable story in the discovery of the lifemate and the forces that keep ...
I imagine many of you have been waiting for this book as long as I have. Let me tell you -- it's NOT worth the wait. Normally, I love C.F.'s books, they might be a bit formulated, but there is an enjoyable story in the discovery of the lifemate and the forces that keep them together, while others try tearing them apart.

In this case (don't read any further if you don't like spoilers) Domonik dreams about Solange before physically meeting her. They both think they have made up their dream mates (although Dom knows that lifemates can reach out to each other before meeting), and they don't realize that they are real people until Dom says "Goodbye" to Solange when he feels he only has a couple of risings left. That makes Solange scream out "Don't leave me!" Suddenly Dom can see everything in color when before he could only see her eye color in their dreams. Suddenly he has full emotions, although he was already feeling before -- he had just convinced himself he wasn't.

At this point our lovebirds come together and we discover that strong, powerful Solange, the last of the purebred females has poor self esteem. She keeps comparing herself to women who are conventionally beautiful. She doesn't even see herself as pretty. At one point she even thinks that she has thunder thighs. She keeps thinking of herself as some huge cow no matter what Dom says, even though she admits to herself that he makes her feel petit.

In this book they only speak to one other Carpathian, Zacarias, who is on the verge of turning. He's not even in the book much. There is no hint of there being any hope for him. His eyes actually start turning vampire red. It becomes clear that he's closer to turning BECAUSE his brothers have found their lifemates.

There isn't enough interaction between characters in this book. 90% of this book is Dom trying to boost Solange's self esteem and bringing out her submissive tendencies. He convinces her to wear clothing that she's not comfortable with purely to try to please him. At one point he thinks to herself that he only cares what she is on the inside, simply because the outside doesn't matter because as Carpathians they can look however they wish. I don't know about you, but that seems double edged doesn't it?

In the end it turns out our Dragonseeker will get over his vampire virus infestation because Solange's pure royal jaguar blood kills black magic. The book is too pat. There isn't much drama. There isn't much to overcome (other than how she see's herself), there aren't many characters.

Oh... and the book has many boring spots where C.F. translates all the big sentences and endearments that she writes in Carpathian. I don't mind a few translations here and there... I don't mind the index that's always in the back that you can translate the larger portions if you want... but this seemed more like page filler.

All in all... a major disappointment. There is no one to share their joy. No one to help really since Zac is more of a danger than a help. It would have been nice to have more interaction between other characters.

posted by 3296010 on September 1, 2010

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  • Posted April 27, 2011

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    A complete wast of time!

    I read all 20 of the "Dark Series" and loved them soo very much, I waited patiently for book 21.
    If I did not have such respect for CF as a writer, I would think this book were written by another! A COMPLETE WAST OF TIME!
    It felt as if CF was Just trying to fill the blank pages. I was like reading a two person play!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2010

    what happened!!

    just got finished reading dark slayer and thought to just go ahead and dive into this book because the other was so AWESOME!!! not so....this book is very boring! B O R I N G! i cant even get through acouple of pages without getting up and trying to find other things to do. this is a real let down especailly coming off the heels of dark slayer which was AWESOME!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2012

    AWFUL!!!!!!!!!

    DON'T READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!

    Look, I have read 98% of the dark books, and I get there's a formula. I don't even mind. I started on this series because I wanted to read about men who put there women first and couldn't live without them. I read them a bit out of order, and I liked some guys waaay more than others, but every one was a fun read. I even over-looked a lot of the violence against the women I wouldn't normally fogive due to the supernatural genre of these books. But ever since these "ancient" dudes started showing up the only saving grace of these Carpathiens, total devotion to their lifemates, has taken a back seat to protecting Prince Wussbag Mikhail. All these ancient guys care about is king and country which is the dang same as every other warrioir type out there in romance novels. The Carpathians have now lost their edge to regular romance novel dudes, especially in light of the fact they are most often domineering bullies who force a painful species conversion on their women.

    This guy Dominic is the worst example so far. He's already on a suicide mission when he finds his lifemate. And despite the fact that all of us long term readers know that finding one's lifemate was supposed to be the most important thing to the male, he decides to kill himself anyway. Oh, also small thing, every character since the first book talks about how the remaining lifemate will kill themselves if their mate dies. So baaasically he not only doesnt care he met his lifemate, he's also going to condemn her to death. I figured that would probably change-as appalling as I found it- once he actually had some contact with her. Solange is Dominic's lifemate, and a series-rare butt kicking female. I hung on for her through the first part of the book despite my immediate loathing of Dominic after his decision to still kill himself. I never got to the part where he did or didnt change his mind. This is the first of the Dark books I stopped reading. The average jealous, over-protective Carpathian male would never pass his lifemate off to be a snack. But thats exactly what Dominic did after a battle with vampires he fought in with Solange and his battle buddy Zacarius. Despite the fact he knew she didnt want to, Dominic pinned her to him and offered up her wrist as a tasty snack to his homey. It reminded me of holding my dog so my husband can clip her nails.

    I put up with a lot from these guys. Even with my favorite Gregori, I have to mentally block out the fact that his inner beast brutally raped his wife. I ignore the constant implications that women hold the men back from being good fighters despite the fact that this offends me as both a woman and a combat veteran. I overlook the way a lot of these guys bully their women, who universally seem to respond by clutching their necks. I even look past the fact these women are frequently compelled under mind control to do a bunch of things they dont want to. But give me SOMETHING Ms. Feehan! If these guys have stopped treasuring their lifemates above all else, then there's no point in reading this series, as Carpathians are largely jerks.

    DO NOT READ THIS ONE IF YOU WANT TO CONTINUE TO ENJOY THE DARK SERIES!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2010

    Very Disappointed

    I was counting down the days till C.F. released a new Dark Series book, but I was very disappointed in this one. I found myself skipping sections and very bored with the reading. Too much detail in describing the character's surroundings and not enough action. Hopefully the next one will be better.

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