The Only One (Dark Descent / The Star Queen / Sacrilege)

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This trio of stories explores romance with an otherworldly edge. In "Dark Descent," the newest installment of Feehan's mesmerizing "Carpathian (Dark)" series, an aggressive, multitalented professional body guard/secret service agent who never lets danger or the unknown stop her becomes the lifemate of a powerful immortal embroiled in a battle with the vampires. In "The Star Queen," Susan Grant's prequel to her popular Star books, a munitions developer/producer finds love with a rebel leader who begins the peace process in one corner of the galaxy. In "Sacrilege," a spinoff of Susan Squire's popular Sacrament, the vampire heroine (a recovering "addict") is quite strong but generally seeks to avoid rather than embrace adventure. This highly sensual, exceptionally well-done anthology by three of alternative reality's top writers will appeal to devoted fans and is well worth the notice of readers who have not experimented with this subgenre. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780843951707
  • Publisher: Dorchester Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2003
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 4.22 (w) x 6.82 (h) x 1.06 (d)

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    strong trilogy

    ¿Dark Decent¿ by Christine Feehan. Ancient Carpathian hunter Traian Trigovise realizes tracking this cunning vampire won¿t be easy as Gallent is no fledgling. His belief proved right when the trap is sprung. In Austria, Joie Sanders takes a bullet protecting a US senator and his wife. Many miles apart, a psychic link between the injured duo sends Joie climbing the Carpathian Mountains to rescue Traian, not realizing the danger she is in and the love she will find. <P>¿The Star Queen¿ by Susan Grant. On Sienna, Taj Sai believes life would be better for the decimated survivors of her devastated planet if the warlords were eliminated. She blames men like her childhood friend Romijha B¿Kah for the destruction of their orb. Romijha joins the woman he loves to save what is left of their failing world. <P>¿Sacrilege¿ by Susan Squires. To contain her need to kill, vampiress Magda Ravel has resided in Mirso Monastery for about two centuries. Judging she is ready, Brother Pietr throws out so that she can prove that she can live among those whom she renounced. In San Francisco, Magda must relearn to live, but still thinks of her mentor back in the European monastery. <P>Though the Susan Grant science fiction romance tale is different than the supernatural novellas of Christine Feehan and Susan Squires, all three well-written stories will make believers out of readers. The terrific tales are set in the trademark realm that each author is famous for having created. Fans of any of the three authors will enjoy this worthy collection and seek other books by the remaining writers. <P>Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted October 1, 2011

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    I Also Recommend:

    The Only One

    The Only One anthology was a book where I had mix feelings of, starting: I loved Dark Descent.It was another amazing Carpathian story filled with the best of romance and plots and as always, this small story hints of something much bigger-Christine's signature! I loved Descent because Joie was the best heroine ever, smart and witty and most of all very open to Traian and who he was, Probably because she was a psychic.I also hearted the sibling bond between Jubal, Gabrielle and Joie.Very sweet and strong! The Star Queen was another well written story.I loved the post-apocalypse inter galactic plot! So different and made me fascinated.The heroine,Taj , such an odd name that I kept mistaking that for a man's name! lols, but the romance was very fiery and at the same time sweet.Taj always gets angry when she wants to block out her fears and Romjha truly helped her with that.The last story, Sacrilege left me feeling strange. It felt so intriguing at first but as I read on,I felt that it was so familiar to the vampire genre stories I've read that I did not really like it at all.Sure the Companion and a vampire monk was cool but that was all the story was really good for,besides that.Really nothing captured me and I was surprised! This was a romance filled with paranormals and fantasy anthology and I recommend this to Carpathian fans and romance lovers. Definitely worth reading!

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  • Posted November 3, 2009

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    Dark Descent (The only one)

    I had a hard time with this book. It is only a short story 133 pages and I felt robbed. Their story wasn't even half told. This book is shared with two other authors with short stories. I was intrigued to hear about Mikhail again as he is my favorite character and felt there was more to the story than was given. Traian is an intriguing character, and Joie his lifemate has a lot to offer. I sure hope to hear more of them in the next book. Over all it was a disappointment, but I hope to hear more later on.

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  • Posted August 14, 2009

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    Dark Descent

    I found the beginning to be quite dramatic as Joie takes a bullet and ends up in the hospital. With her unique psychic abilities, she has teleported her unconscious self to a cave where Traian has been injured in. While her body remains at the hospital, her spirit form is in the cave with Traian and the two talk as if they had known each other before then. Then, she leaves him and Traian is determined to find her through their psychic link.
    Joie is determined to find the handsome mystery man she had met in the cave and journeys nearly halfway around the world to find him. There she is thrusted into the world of danger that the Carpathians know too well of. The two succumb to their deep, dark desire to be together and they join as one just as they had done in the past.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2009

    Love this story!

    Dark Decent - I absolutely love the story of Traian and Joie! I actually wish there was more to it. It seemed too short. There is something seductive about this series that I cannot get enough of it!

    I didn't care for "The Star Queen".

    I enjoyed "Sacrilege" too! I guess I'm just a vampire junkie! I didn't read her first novel, so I will have to get that one as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2009

    Dark Descent

    Absolutely one unable to put down. Christine Feehan has brought these characters to life in everyone's mind. This author has created an adult version of Twilight.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2003

    Yeah great book

    Omg it was such a great book, the romance and everything!!!!i loved it gtg bye

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2003

    Got me hooked

    I'm a frist time reader of Christine Feehan.... she has hooked me on her books I can get enough of them.... I just love those Carpathian Men!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2003

    Newcomers to these authors MIGHT be a bit lost.

    Three wonderful authors combine in this anthology to prove that you can get a gift anytime of the year, not only Halloween or Christmas. ............ Ms. Feehan returns readers to the shadowed world of her Carpathians. Troian long ago lost his ability to see color or to feel, as he searched for centuries for his lifemate. He has almost given up when he has a one of a kind meeting with the woman who is his destiny. Loving Joie gives him not only his life back, but a family. Yet, the evil threat of the fallen members of his race threatens to steal his newfound joy. It will take everything not only he and his lifemate have, but call upon the resources of her family as well to defeat them. .............. Susan Grant provides her fans with a bit of history on the people who have made hers a beloved series of futuristic novels. Fans will appreciate the added depth the prequel gives to her other books. ............ Ms. Squires' contribution is an extremely well written continuation of SACRAMENT. She dares to take a villain and turn her into a heroine. The gothic mood is often lightened with quirky humor as Magda deals with the confusing world of the present. Yet before she can achieve her goals and prove herself, she may find that her reputation is more of a handicap than she anticipated. Truth, love, and the importance of the past are all themes that are tenderly portrayed. ........... **** Love is the one thing no one can live without, as each novella reveals in its own unique way. Though newcomers to any of the authors may find themselves a bit lost, it is a reward for fans, and a book that will definitely be a special keeper for more than just this reviewer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2003

    Three TALENTED AUTHORS Share their Stories!!!!!

    The Star Queen<BR> <BR> In the same tradition as The Star King and The Star Prince, Susan Grant continues her meteoric rise to best-selling A-List author with ¿The Star Queen.¿ This prequel to both ¿Star King¿ and ¿Star Prince¿ is alive with action, adventure and romance.<BR> <BR> Romjha B¿kah, leader of a rebel group on the planet Sienna, an imposing figure of strength and drive, is a man who exudes power and sensuality. An alpha male who is sex incarnate. Devastated by past loss, he draws within himself, to prevent his heart from leaving it¿s locked steel cage. When he is hit by a lightening bolt.<BR> <BR> Taj Sai, the aforementioned lightening bolt, is the orphan of the rebel group¿s munitions officer. She is strong, self-assured, but vulnerable. She loses her mentor in the munitions lab and takes over the creation of explosives, a warrior at heart, she doesn¿t allow apathy and inaction to lure her into a sense of complacency.<BR> <BR> Sparks fly between these two individuals, their mutual struggle to win over the warlords of their war-torn planet. And hope blossoms as, one day, they receive a visitor from off-planet. Showing them that there is hope, there is a future, they just need to embrace their shared destiny.<BR> <BR> Sensual, provocative, and stirring, this title introduces you to the world of Susan Grant¿s ¿Star¿ Series. You will want to go out and purchase the other titles in the series. Just for the simple fact that one book is not nearly enough in this talented author¿s repertoire.<BR> <BR> <BR> Dark Descent<BR> <BR> A continuing saga in Christine Feehan¿s smash best-seller series, ¿Dark Descent¿ brings us the story of an ancient Carpathian hunter and his all-too-human lifemate. This story continues to evolve and expand the Carpathian world and shows us more traces of it¿s history and challenges.<BR> <BR> Traian Trigovise, a Carpathian hunter, encounters a unique situation when he is faced with a group of vampires searching in vain for something they seem to desperately need. Traian himself is also searching. He seeks either his lifemate or an honorable way out of his existence. Though he has no hope of the former, he intends the latter after paying his respects to his Prince. When he encounters her¿<BR> <BR> She is Joie Sanders, a bodyguard by trade and a spelunker and extreme sports addict by hobby. Focused, sure, and daring, she has as much strength and cunning as ten men, but possesses an innate joy and compassion which makes her stunningly beautiful, both inside and out. She connects with Traian in a way neither of them are completely prepared for.<BR> <BR> A story of love found, a story of joy, ¿Dark Descent¿ is also full of action and suspense, where we discover that what one sees may not always be what is. This is a story of the tight bonds of family and what the discovery of your soulmate brings to your life. This story reunites us with a favorite old friend and informs us of what could be.<BR> <BR> Steamy love scenes interspersed with love of family make this a true book of happiness and peace, in the midst of the possibility of failure. This, as with any of Ms. Feehan¿s previous titles, could be a place for new fans to embrace her series. Or, it feels like an old friend to those who know and love her Carpathian world.<BR> <BR> <BR> Sacrilege<BR> <BR> A sequel to her enormously successful Sacrament, ¿Sacrilege¿ brings us another story of the Mirso Monastery and the unique race of Immortals Susan Squires created. Ms. Squires continued high-quality writing allows us all to enjoy this unique talent, whether writing contemporary fiction, historical romance, or gothic paranormals.<BR> <BR> Magda Ravel, whom we first meet in Sacrament, has been centuries ensconced within the monastery. Rejected by her maker, she is confused and hurt. Seeking Mirso as a place of refuge, she is forced out, sent to ponder what she wishes to do with her immortality.<BR> <BR>

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2003

    Editors--Stick to the theme!

    From the impression I got looking at the cover, I expected and got terrific vampire/paranormal romances from both authors Feehan and Squires. I'm a bit disappointed as I thought they would have both made great stand-alone stories within their authors' respective series, both having to end too soon plotwise. However, the third story by Grant,The Star Queen,didn't seem to fit in being more of a futuristic romance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2003

    A Good Set Of Reads, but Not Satisfying

    I've read stories by the three authors of this collection and I was extremely disappointed in them. Each story had some major flaw that I just couldn't get over. Christine Feehand's story Dark Desert didn't live up to the other Dark stories book's I've read. I found it hurried and lacking a true closing to the story. I found that it was much more 'lust' oriented then the original 'soulmate/ make me whole'. It was actiony, but it was a such a run on that I couldn't really get into it. There wasn't as much character developement and Trian kept saying that he was big and bad and tough, yet he was constantly getting injured and getting hurt and Joie was a personal, secretive person, yet she was completely open and trusting. Neither of these characters exhibited the characteristics that the readers were told they had. The ending (which I won't mention for obvious reasons) just didn't do what I thought a conclusion should. As far as Susan Grant's The Star Queen, the first thing that you learn about the male lead character is that he has a weak mind. Yes, he did get better throughtout the story, but that first impression remains through the rest of the story. Along these same lines, I didn't find any character developement and it's like there is a missing chapter between Chapter 11 and the Epilogue. But, I have to admit that out of the three stories, this is the one that attracted me the most. As far as the last story, Sacrilege by Susan Squires, I found the characters weak. The Old Vampire monk who was second in command suddenly decides that he must go rescue his love (which was actually done in a very acceptable way) and the Magda loves him, yet doesn't and it just is quite hard to get into. I also found the end to be lacking. Overall, I thought the stories were nice and good for a quickie read since they were short and easy, but as far as fulfilling- they weren't by far.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2003

    Three excellent stores!

    Susan Grant¿s The Star Queen was fantastic! If you have read any of her Star Series, you will definitely want to read this. You¿ll get to learn of The Dark Years and how the Vash Nadah began. As always Ms. Grant¿s detail is exceptional. Both h/h are so likeable and fascinating, and yes, the hero is very sexy. If you haven¿t read any of her Star Series (shame), get them: The Star King; The Star Prince; and in August, The Star Princess. Christine Feehan¿s Dark Descent was wonderful and thrilling, as are all her other books in the Dark Series. As a regular reader, I didn¿t have to read the same background and descriptions. It cuts right to the chase and I though that was very refreshing. Susan Squire¿s Sacrilege was so entertaining. Susan¿s writing makes me shiver, laugh, gulp, and I can¿t seem to turn the pages fast enough.

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