Dark Celebration (Carpathian Series #17)

Dark Celebration (Carpathian Series #17)

by Christine Feehan

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ISBN-13: 9780515143546
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/25/2007
Series: Carpathian Series , #17
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 54,066
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Christine Feehan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Carpathian series, the GhostWalker series, the Leopard series, the Shadow Riders series, and the Sea Haven novels, including the Drake Sisters series and the Sisters of the Heart series.


A Message from the Author

Dear Readers,
One of the most difficult things a writer does is cut out scenes we love. One such deleted scene is included here, especially for you. The scene showcases an ancient Carpathian ritual. I really wanted Dark Celebration to be about a way of life before the years had burdened the Carpathian species with so many troubles. I wanted the memories to be beautiful and bright as they remembered the ancient rituals and rediscovered ancient secrets crucial to the survival of their race. The men and women need one another to be complete. The men are shadowed with darker, powerful talents, but the women, in their own right, are just as powerful, made in the light to complement the men. Their gifts heal and change the world around them. Carpathians are a species of people who inhabit our world and try to blend in and live side by side with us. They have lived so differently for so many centuries that they have forgotten what it is like to live in a society of their people. By bringing them together again, they slowly come to understand what value there is in blending both old and new, how much they've gained -- and how much they've lost. This book is a book of hope and renewal. It was wonderful to write it even without all the difficulties of not having a hero and heroine and trying to find a way to transition chapters from couple to couple. It was really a great experience revisiting old friends and learning more of the secrets of the Carpathian people. I hope you enjoy the book and especially the wonderful recipes, the Dark Desserts, sent in by so many readers from around the world.

Warmest regards,
Christine Feehan

Now, here is the special deleted scene from Dark Celebration, an exclusive for Heart to Heart:

Barack stared out over the blackened ruins of the battlefield. The vampires had reduced a once beautiful land to smoke and ash. The trees wept poisonous tears that dripped and ran down twisted trunks. Brittle branches had sheared off leaving jagged stumps along the cracked and bleeding trunks. Below, on the ground stripped of all green, lay broken branches like fallen warriors. A lone woman walked barefoot in the middle of the massacre, her arms widespread, her head thrown back, looking up at the heavy, snow laced clouds. Her mass of long hair blew around her like a silken cape, caressing her shapely hips with every step she took. She wore a simple skirt that fluttered and a brief peasant top, yet she looked a queen as she moved through the barren land. Behind her, like a bright carpet of hope standing out starkly against the devastation, in each print of her foot, green grass and tiny sprouts pushed through the blackened soil. The wind carried the sound of her voice, soft and melodious, as her chant coaxed the ground to give up new life. She began to sway with the rhythm of her song, her feet following a centuries-old pattern known only to the women of her lineage. Her hands wove an intricate graceful design in the air and with every sweep the wind rustled through the wilted leaves and breathed life back into them. Barack held his breath as he watched Syndil perform the dance of healing over the scarred land, his heart keeping time to the music, his pulse thundering in his ears. She was beautiful. Ethereal. She was a legend come to life, moving with such grace and beauty through the utter devastation of the land that the contrast brought to light the struggle of life and death and good and evil. Syndil seemed oblivious to the ring of watchers, but Barack was acutely aware of them, of the awe on their faces, the respect and shock. There was such power in her feminine magic. The males of his species were warriors, dark and dangerous, calling down the storms, using the lightning, yet their women had such influence in harmonizing the universe. They were gathered as well, standing shoulder to shoulder with the men. The wind ruffled their hair and, as one they stepped forward, lifting their arms and swaying to Syndil's rhythm. Desari lifted her voice first, her song rising to blend with Syndil's chant. The ancient words, unlike the more guttural sounds of the healing chant, were a blend of melodies pleasing to the ear. One by one the other women joined in, until the forest rang with their song, aiding Syndil's power, so that energy crackled in the air all around the blackened field. New shoots sprang up even faster, leaves on trees burst forth in vibrant hues of greens. Their feet found the pattern of Syndil's dance and the graceful movement of her hands, and they moved in a circle around the area where she was working, all the while feeding their strength to her. The men formed a tighter ring of protection, wary eyes seeking the interior of the forest surrounding them, taking in the tops of the trees and the ground where Syndil performed what amounted to a miracle. Barack almost missed the slight rise of the soil, as something sinister followed Syndil with stealth, moving just beneath the surface, pushing the dirt up no more than a half an inch. Syndil! Behind and below you! He called to her on their most intimate path, knowing, even as he took to the air, that she never heard anyone or anything when she healed the earth.

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Dark Celebration (Dark Series #17) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 279 reviews.
wolf-lover More than 1 year ago
I have been reading this series faithfully. I did however stop because the stories were just the same over and over just with different characters. I love Mikhail and Raven, they are my favorite couple of the series. I read the back of this book and could not resist. Mikhail is the focus of this book again. Raven decides to have a Christmas Celebration and all the Carpathian warriors and couples are invited to the Carpathian Mountains for the celebration. All the characters and their loved ones are there. Each chapter tells a little about each one. Mikhail's heart weighs heavy with his duties, but sees to it that the celebration goes off without a hitch for Raven. I loved the part of him asking Gregori (the dark one) to be Santa.....I was laughing out loud as I read this book. There are so many funny parts. It is not like any other of her books in this series. Shea gives birth to a son, Savannah is pregnant with twins, Tempest is pregnant, Sara is also. It is nice to see that life is moving on with these characters. Raven is at a time she can conceive, although that story was not told (a little disappointing to me) as Mikhail wants another child. And Julian and Desari decide to try and have a baby. The celebration at the Inn, is wonderful, and filled with magic. I really enjoyed this book and hope that Christine continues to tell the stories of these other wonderful characters. We have to know if these women have their babies. I will read on!
harstan More than 1 year ago
The Carpathians and their human companions come together to celebrate Christmas. However, the clan knows there is not that much to rejoice in this Yuletide season. Fear of extinction is real as there is already a very low birth rate, many are stillborn and even many of those who enter the world alive die as the infant mortality rate is high. On top of that their demonic, vampiric and hunter enemies are mounting serious well planned assaults to eliminate females. Prince Mikhail Dubrinsky worries that he cannot save his people as he knows the evidence is overwhelming that they are an endangered species. He also fears for the safety of his soulmate Raven and their daughter Savannah, but still Mikhail wants more offspring not just to procreate but because he cherishes his two females and wants more to love and nurture. --- His bother Jacques is also concerned especially over the safety of his ¿lifemate¿ Shea, a former human medical doctor, who carries his child. Other Carpathian males are just as worried about the females and the children, but none understands that a betrayal that abets a dark mage may prove more dangerous to survival than the vampires, hunters, and demons that seek to leave the species extinct. --- Though well written, DARK CELEBRATION feels more like a transition book setting the table for future delights. The plot is thin and no couple takes charge of the story line. Still this is well written and will help newcomers obtain a deep understanding of Carpathian customs, lifestyles, and natural enemies while long term fans will know that the treats of 'Dark Desserts' (recipes included) will soon follow with future tales. --- Harriet Klausner
MauiGurl More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best book in the Dark series! A celebration of their race, of how they can come together as one now that they are growing. A celebration of Christmas and a new future for the Carpathian people. I love how all of the characters come back into this book. Every hardship that they carried is brought together as the people learn of each other. Some females have limitations with their sociable behaviors and it is interesting to see how they come together as one, going against the solitude that most have lived through their whole lives, and banding as one with a single purpose: Life. New characters come into play too. Dimitri and Skyler are introduced as a Carpathian couple, though they were introduced initially in the Dark Legend book. And also, another couple comes into play as Christine introduces Manolito De La Cruz and Mary Ann. This book packs on action as, even though all the Carpathians have banded together, their enemies seems to come in and tear them apart. Their enemies are also banding together and now they are faced with a greater threat, and maybe even the beginning of a war. I have read this book just as much as I have read Dark Prince. I found it captivating around every turn of the page and it is good to see how all the couples interact together, as they come as one.
CTPEARL More than 1 year ago
It is good to find out what is going on with the past characters from the series, as they all come together for Christmas in the Carpathian Mountains. I've read this series twice and i have to say that I have ton disagree with the suggestion that Skyler is in anyway mistreated or in danger because of Dimiti's claim on her. On the contrary. He is very aware of the trauma that her life has been as he lived every moment of it with her. He has not invoked his rights to her as she is too young and fragile emotionally. Although I do suspect that young Skyler will prove herself far more capable than anyone expects in her upcoming story.
o2bnvanow More than 1 year ago
I love reading her books. The men are sooooo mysterious and sexy. The women are strong minded characters as well. The Reunion was great!!! Her next book comes out in September. Can't wait....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't recall laughing so hard in all the past books for this series. It was wonderful catching up on all the warriors & their mates. I do look forward to Skyler & MaryAnn's stories!
booboo36ff More than 1 year ago
Once again Mrs. Feehan has given us another special book. I loved catching up w/ the old characters; And some of the cooking scenes w/ our Carpathian men were hilarius! And, to top it all off, she gives us a new couple & the beginnings of Dimitri and Skyler's story. Another great book in the Dark Series!
LizChapman More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Christine Feehan's Dark Series and this book was the icing on the cake...I had forgotten about some of the different story lines and this was taking a trip down memory lane revisiting characaters from her other books. I love it and recommend it as a definite read for all of Christine's fans. I cannot wait for her next release. I also have read all of her Ghostwalker series and recommend ALL of them, as they are actually my favorite of all her series. I have the Drake Sisters series sitting on my shelf waiting on me to read. Don't wait, go out and buy this book and read today!
susanbevans on LibraryThing 10 months ago
After the recent attack on his life, prince of the Carpathian people Mikhail Dubrinsky has called together all of the hunters and their lifemates for a Christmas celebration in the Carpathian mountains. For some time, his people have been hunted not only by vampires, but also fanatical humans from the Morisson Center for Psychic Research. Now a new threat has surfaced in the form of the evil dark mage Xavier and his grandson Razvan. With enemies joining forces and surrounding his people, Mikhail has begun to worry that they will soon realize that the key to the extinction of the Carpathian race lies not in the destruction of it's hunters - powerful and ancient males - but instead with the annihilation of their lifemates and children. Without the light of a lifemate to anchor the hunter, he would become an incredibly deadly force, capable of unspeakable evil. As one after another of the Carpathian females falls under attack, the people must band together, lending their strength to one another, and work to identify and destroy their assassins.Despite the malevolent forces that seem to constantly besiege the Carpathian people, this book is probably the "lightest" Dark book I've read so far. For the first time in centuries, there are children among the people and someone must play Santa Claus - think about that for a moment... one of the dominant, aggressive, mighty Carpathian males, living legends in their own right, has to play jolly old St. Nick - a much more cheerful and carefree legend. That alone is worth reading the book for - and I'm not going to tell you who receives this grand honor!There is also the small matter of the Christmas feast. As the Carpatians are sharing this holiday with human friends there must also be actual human food, and Raven Dubrinsky, lifemate to the prince, is determined that the women cook the food themselves. The fact that none of them has any real skill in the kitchen seems to have escaped them, and their are plenty of kitchen fires, blown up appliances, and messes in every Carpathian home in the mountains. Even funnier, some of the men attempt to help - picture them in the kitchen with aprons on and flour all over the place!Dark Celebration is definitely a Carpathian book - with new beginnings for some lifemates, pregnancy and birth for others, and revelations about unknown jaguar people and Dragonseekers. It was wonderful to see all the familiar beloved characters from all the other books, and Feehan did a great job of recounting each of their stories as the book went on, to trigger the reader's memory. I enjoyed reading it so much that it was hard to put it down and go the bed. I read it quickly, in less than 2 days, and I really want to re-read the entire series now!
Darla on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I'm not really happy with calling this a romance, because it doesn't have a romance plot. But it's not not romance, either. So I'm going by Barnes & Noble, which says it's paranormal romance. Bah. All these genre definitions...Dark Celebration is a Feehan fan's dream come true. It's like the ultra version of those epilogues in romance series that catch you up on the previous couples. The setup is that all the Carpathians are gathered in the Carpathian mountains for a Christmas celebration. Each chapter shows a different couple, and tying it all together is a suspense plot.Anyone who's been reading the series knows that the Carpathian race is dying out--there are few women, even fewer pregnancies, and fewer yet successful ones. Even when a baby is born, it seldom lives long. They're starting to make headway on understanding and solving the problem, but it's a slow process.So women and children are the race's weakness, and with them all gathered together like this, someone is targeting those women and children.Besides the reintroduction of all the characters (I swear I must have missed a story or two somewhere because a couple of the characters were unfamiliar), there are lots of sex scenes, lots of funny scenes, a couple of fights, a couple of revelations, and a couple of lifemates are discovered.It's very typical of the Dark series, both the good--the sensuality, humor, and suspense, and the bad--the uncomfortable dialogue. I wasn't too convinced by the Carpathian women's determination to cook a Christmas dinner by hand: Carpathians don't eat food, and could conjure it. I was going to complain about the sexism of the idea, but, well, this happens in real life, too. And it led to a lot of the funny parts.My favorite parts of the book, though, were those dealing with the as-yet-unattached characters. Teenager Skyler is struggling with the prospect of having a lifemate in her future, Carpathian Manolito is tempted to give in to the dark side, and newly-turned Gabrielle may have to choose between desire and duty. There are hints of at least three future stories.At the end is a collection of dessert recipes sent in by readers. Most of them made my teeth hurt just reading them, but a few looked interesting. And there are sections on the language and healing chants that I think I saw on the website.Bottom line: if you're a fan of the series, it's a must-read. If you're not, you'll probably want to skip it.
onyx95 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
It¿s a Christmas party and all Carpathians, family and friends are invited to the Mountains that so many of them have not seen for many, many centuries. The gathering of so many hunters and their lifemates should be enough to keep any self preserving enemy away, but after several attacks on the women and a strange feeling in the area, some begin to wonder if this party was a good idea. The duty of the prince, Mikhail Dubrinsky is to ensure the survival of his kind, each male helps to see to the safety and happiness of the women and children and this party was what they needed. Quick thinking and strong, the warriors take on the attacks and the show goes on to the delight of the children and all of the adults.Book 17 ¿.. A Carpathian Reunion it is. If you have not read every one of the previous 16 stories, you will not understand everything. The author note states that there is no hero or heroine of this book because there are too many strong characters, yes and no¿ Most of the characters are the heroes in this story. I really enjoyed finally `meeting¿ Dimitri and Manolito and revisiting all the others, I know (from looking ahead) that Manolito gets his story next and the set-up for it is a bit obvious. Really enjoyed the humor that was interlaced throughout the story, Gregori will now live in my mind as a ¿teddy bear¿ and it would be fun to see how that (revenge) plays out. I liked the happy delivery, but the build up was so much better, I expected ¿well, more. Some of it might have been that the story seemed too short (ended on page 298, book has 393 pages), the plus side of that is the neat additions; not only a chapter of Predatory Game, but a section of `Deleted Scenes¿ (which I can see why of them were taken out, but still fun to read them), also `Dark Desserts¿ recipes sent in by Christine Feehans fans (I am eager to try a few), an appendix of healing chants, and an appendix of the Carpathian language. All those extras are fun but the story was a blast, thank you Ms. Feehan for finally agreeing to the reunion, even if it turned dark.
Anonymous 10 months ago
I love the way she wove all of them together.
SunnySD on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Catch up with Mikhail and Raven and all of the rest of the Carpathian lovebirds as they attempt to celebrate Christmas the human way. Cooking - well, kitchen chemistry - ensues. It's fairly banal, but the cooking episodes are entertaining. It would have been nice if the conclusion had actually covered what the dishes turned out like.... Basically, this is a chance to catch up with the couples and set up a few new pairings. The last 30 pages or so are reader contributed recipes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It brings all the past characters into this story. It is hilarious ! Love these Dark series.
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I love all of the books ive read so far. I cant read them fast enough.
AshleyKaye More than 1 year ago
1/5.. maybe even less -_- Not much for me to say about this book. Happy I purchased it at the Dollar Store. This book was insanely cheesy for me, completely unrealistic in a BAD way. I tried to get in to the story because I read some good reviews but I just could not. I'll be donating this or turning it into a craft of some sort.
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Sexy_Triba More than 1 year ago
I love all Christine Feehan books from this series.. I purchased most of them in paperback years ago; Once I purchased my nook color I invested in them once again. I'm not a big fan of TV but I would love to see her series on the big screen!! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't stop reading once I get started. I look forward to reading the next book. What a gift to have, to make people feel that way.WOW!!!