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Dark Celebration (Dark Series #17)

Dark Celebration (Dark Series #17)

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by Christine Feehan

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Christine Feehan has enthralled a legion of fans with the seductive world and unforgettable characters—both human and not—of her dark Carpathian series. Now, as Christmas draws near, she reunites all of them for a Dark Celebration

After centuries as the Prince of the Carpathians,



Christine Feehan has enthralled a legion of fans with the seductive world and unforgettable characters—both human and not—of her dark Carpathian series. Now, as Christmas draws near, she reunites all of them for a Dark Celebration

After centuries as the Prince of the Carpathians, Mikhail Dubrinsky fears he can’t protect them for long from their greatest threat: the extinction of their species by the immortal enemies who are devising a scheme to slaughter Carpathian females. But even with his own lifemate Raven and their daughter Savannah vulnerable to the encroaching evil, Mikhail’s hope is not lost.
Carpathians from around the world are gathering to join their souls and their powers to bring light to the darkness. But so too are their adversaries uniting—hunters, vampires, demons, and betrayers—bringing untold dangers into the fold of the Carpathian people.


Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for Christine Feehan and her Carpathian novels

“The queen of paranormal romance! The one who started it all! The erotic, gripping series that has defined an entire genre. I love everything she does.”—J. R. Ward, #1 New York Times bestselling author 

“After Bram Stoker, Anne Rice and Joss Whedon (who created the venerated Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Christine Feehan is the person most credited with popularizing the neck gripper.”—Time

“Feehan has a knack for bringing vampiric Carpathians to vivid, virile life in her Dark Carpathian novels.”—Publishers Weekly

“Red-hot romance and great storytelling...a treat you can’t refuse...Thrill-a-minute fantasy with complex characters and a story that captivates from beginning to end.”—Fresh Fiction

The Barnes & Noble Review
Christine Feehan, queen of paranormal fiction, marks her first Carpathian novel in hardcover with a first for the bestselling Dark series -- a Christmas celebration that brings all the major characters together. This makes Dark Celebration a great introduction for new readers and a treat for those who have followed the series intently. Just don't expect a holiday event full of merriment: Christine Feehan always does dark.

(For those just tuning in, Carpathians are an ancient, shapeshifting nonhuman species who read minds and hunt vampires. The males -- alpha to the core -- are intense and passionate, committing to one lifemate; without that mate, they lose their ability to see color and feel emotion, then finally become vampire.)

As the story opens, the Carpathians are in grave danger of extinction, not only from their enemies but also from the propensity of Carpathian women to have miscarriages. At Raven's suggestion, the Carpathians are gathering for their first community holiday event; but to her lifemate, Prince Mikhail, it presents an excellent opportunity for their enemies to strike. Feehan brings us up to date with familiar couples, Raven and Mikhail, Desari and Julian, Shea and Jacques. She introduces the early stages of a possible new love story between Skyler and Dimitri. Feehan adeptly shifts between danger and humor, cooking disasters and passionate sex, as the group fights vampires and a dark mage, their oldest enemy. The book concludes with a special section of Dark Desserts (chocolate, chocolate) sent in by Feehan fans across the country. A holiday treat indeed! Ginger Curwen
Publishers Weekly
The blood-drinking, mind-reading, shape-shifting Carpathian clan and their human friends gather for Christmas-and to stave off encroaching enemies-in bestseller Feehan's latest entry in her Dark series (after Dark Demon) and her first in hardcover. The guests hunt vampires, confront a dark mage and, most importantly, face the extinction of their species due to a mysteriously low birth rate and high infant mortality. Shea-once a human surgeon, now a Carpathian healer-studies the Carpathian's procreative problem even as she carries the child of her "lifemate" Jacques, whose brother, Prince Mikhail, also hopes for more children with his mate, Raven. The action suffers from the author's efforts to feature each of these couples and others, but the stage is set for future, more plot-driven books. A section of recipes by Feehan fans, "Dark Desserts," rounds out this sex- and magic-filled treat, which makes a good entry point for newcomers. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
Dark Series , #17
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Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.13(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet 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.

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Dark Celebration (Dark Series #17) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 273 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....
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!
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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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!
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I haven't a clue why I waited to read this book as my last installment of Christine Feehan Dark series. But it was really a well thought out piece of work. Not an easy thing to do with so many characters and twists. I have been a fan of Feehan's series, The Dark, and I don't think you can go wrong reading this particular series if you are into paranormal. I didn't, really get into the last 2 installments but this book just was interesting and entertaining to read.
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Enjoy reading this book.
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