Dark Demon (Carpathian Series #16)

Dark Demon (Carpathian Series #16)

by Christine Feehan

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ISBN-13: 9780515140880
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/28/2006
Series: Carpathian Series , #16
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 87,452
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.10(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.

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Dark Demon (Dark Series #16) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 227 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
After the death of her brother by, she believes Carpathians, Natalya Shonski continues her quest of fighting vampires. At the same time the solitary female warrior continues her vigil, Carpathian Vikirnof Von Shrieder fears he on the verge of becoming a vampire as he failed to find his soulmate who would anchor him. Vikirnof thinks that Natalya is his woman and begins his search for her. He finds her as she duels two vampires he helps her. --- Natalya rejects Vikirnof as she distrusts Carpathians. However, in spite of her rage, she knows she cannot allow Vikirnof to die from wounds he received while fighting at her side. As she comes to know him better while he heals, she realizes he is her soulmate. They learn that a devious powerful mage plots to destroy all the Carpathians unless they can stop him, but neither knows who he is though Natalya assumes her evil grandfather is the culprit. --- DARK DEMON is must reading for long time fans of the Carpathian novels, not just because it is a terrific action-packed romantic thriller, but also because many subplots dangling from previous books tie together. The lead duet are fantastic star-crossed soulmates, but they have so much trouble ahead that it makes their path to eternal happiness look bleak. Natalya and Vikirnof make this a superb entry that can stand alone as a fabulous paranormal romantic suspense, but to savor the full taste newcomers would be better suited finding much of the backlist. --- Harriet Klausner
MauiGurl More than 1 year ago
Wow. I mean, wow! This book was amazing! It brought on a whole new level of other wordly beings and the strength that they wield. All in all, I say this book was filled with action and suspense around every corner. New secrets arose and questions that were unanswered are being answered while more begin to arise as the Carpathians find out that their age-old enemy, Xavier, is back with a vengence. Vikirnoff first got a picture of Natalya when he was with his brother Nicolae. The picture was shown to him in color, and color he saw when he gazed at the photo of his lifemate. From then, he hunted down the female in the photo, the one who would be his lifemate for all time. But little did he know of who she was, or what for that matter. Natalya is a strong-minded female. She has the blood of the mage, Dragonseeker and Carpathian flowing into her veins. A rare female, truly power unto herself, she will come into this series with a fire of action and adventure as she looks for her brother who has been tortured by her grandfather. A life of torture and questions sprung up from Natalya's past as we delve into an action packed part of this series. I loved this book. There was action around every corner. Natalya is truly power and she comes to learn her place besides Vikirnoff, not as a lifemate, but as a partner and his right hand. The two will learn to love each other with an unbending love that can't be doubted. But she will have to doubt the lies that her brother had planted in her memories so long ago. This book is a ride thriller and I love how Christine just keeps the goods coming!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm so ready for the next in the Dark series. Dark Demon was fantastic! I ended up finishing it in about 7 hours. If you loved her other books, it'd honestly be hard not to like this one. I'd rate this as one of my favorites in the Dark series (but then I've rarely been disappointed with any of the books.) I won't bore you with a synopsis! But I will say that it was great to revisit favorite characters from past books and learn more about the world of the Carpathians.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Dark Series has been one of my favorite series in the past. Dark Secret, the previous book in this line, was rather disappointing also, but I know that in series' books, some are better than others. In Dark Demon, I expected the normal angst of a 'lifemate couple' as they found their way to each other, along with romance, and, of course, danger! The fighting with the bad guys took up so much space in this book. Then, it almost seemed like, 'oh, we need to throw some romance in here, it IS a romance.' And then, right back to the fighting. I didn't come to a point where I even really liked the characters, or even really cared what happened to them. This was too bad, because I have really enjoyed this storyline(I have them all!)and have always waited impatiently for the next book! I hope for better romance, in the Dark series, in the future!
jozlynscar More than 1 year ago
This book is something else. I couldn't put it down. The plot has so many twists and turns I never knew what was going to happen next. There was never a boring moment. Christine Feehan is a wonderful author. She doesn't put a whole lot of humor in her books, but they will keep you on the edge of your seat. This book is good for people who like to read books that have a twist most vampire stories don't have. Dark Demon is one of the best of the Dark series. I loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Christine Feehan¿s Dark Demon is a tale of two enemies, Natalya, a fierce vampire hunter, and Vikernoff, a Carpathian warrior. It tells of how they fall frantically head-over-heals for each other in passionate desire. Love seems to turn up in the oddest places in this narrative. Natalya, stubborn as she may be, finds it in her heart to save Vikernoff as he is almost eaten alive by evil vampires. Vikernoff, stunned by her heroic bravery, feels ashamed to be saved by a woman. Natalya takes him to her home and treats his injuries. When she discovers his true identity and realizes he is a Carpathian, she can not turn away from his love. They fight battles together and learn to live with their differences. As the storyline takes a new spell of twists, Natalya is caught between believing Vikernoff or trusting her own family. Will the truth set her free? Will it bind her to this horrible past forever? What twisted secrets still lie behind Vikernoff, her family, even Natalya herself? Christine Feehan really ¿hit the spot¿ with this twisted tale. She takes the readers to a new way of thinking. This is her thirteenth book in the series, and also the best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first ever book i read from Feehan. I picked it up in store intent on buying another novel but the cover caught my eye. Dark Demon is a soft romance compared to other Feehan novels i have now read. The action scenes were great but i didn't like the sex very much so skipped that. Vikirnoff is just a really really nice guy. No other way of putting it. Maybe other reviewers like the hard mean type, i don't know. Overall, i loved this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first of Ms. Sheehan's books I've read. I really did like it. I ordered it online, though, and didn't realize it was a romance. I'm not a fan of romance. Thankfully there was enough action and story of the Carpathians in it to make it good, even though I had to skip over all those sex scenes. Reading the other reviews, if there is more sex and all that in the rest of the series, this will be the only one I read. But I do recommend this one. Good book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've thoroughly enjoyed most of Ms. Feehan's books and most of them have been similar. Out of all her series I prefer the ¿Dark Series.¿ There have been 1 or 2 I wasn't crazy about, but this one is right up there. Natalya is a great heroine who can shape-shift. This novel mixes it up with a stronger heroine who can battle alongside the males with just as much skill. It's a bit different, in that it features a mixed blood female lead - Carpathian, human & dragon seeker. I'm really interested in hearing more about the dragon seekers and hope Dominic gets his own story, and I truly hope so because he¿sexceptionally strong and magical individual. It¿s a good change from Ms. Feehan. The dark series fans will also appreciate the appendix of Carpathian language, glossary, and healing chants. Recommend to ALL readers out there who are interested in this genre.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was absolutely an outstanding book!I found myself reading it into the early hours of the morning! Feehan is an amazing writer and I love all of her work, but this one sold the ticket! She ties in romance, suspence, action, and the paranormal all into one. Feehan is quite hard to beat when it comes to Dark Demon. It's a definite must-read and I recommend it to ALL readers out there. It doesn't disappoint!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all the previous 'Dark' books (and short stories) and have enjoyed them all however, this one is hands-down the best so far! Natalya is a modern woman with some very interesting powers of her own. She is a warrior who doesn't need a chauvinistic Carpathian lifemate to protect her from the bad guys ¿ she really can take care of herself. The romance in the story is perfect for these two characters. Both Natalya and Vikirnoff are lonely, weary fighters who long for contact but are too jaded to trust. The introduction of the Mage-lore gives a fresh storyline to this series. The only thing I did not like about this book was the prominence of the Carpathian language. I really didn¿t think it was needed and it was a bit of a distraction.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! I loved the new Feehan book. It was amazing. I was sort of weary to begin it because truthfully I did not enjoy Dark Secret that much. I love that we get to see old characters again. I love Gregori and even though he did speak in the book I loved that he suprised me in the end. Wow, everyone seems pregnant in this story. ANyways, I loved Vik he is an amazing bossy arrogant Carpathain that I love from the early dark series. Can't wait for Dark Celebration in September, I already pre-order it. Natalya is an amazing women and I love when the tigress comes out espacially the part when she gets jealous of Slavica. I feel so sorry for Gabrielle and I hope she ends up with Gary. Totally READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Christine Feehans Books. But like most of her readers I like the Carpathian books the most. Since this is another chapter to that series it is the best to date because it answers a lot of questions that were left unanswered in her last books. I highly recommend this book because not only is it romantic but it is entertaining. Chrstine Feehan will draw you into her world and not let go.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Christine Feehan really out did herself this time! She went back to the feeling of Dark Destiny, a strong female vampire slayer (although she never REALLY slays one until she meets Vikirnoff)Natalya is her strongest female character yet. Although the two main characters are expecting different characteristics from their lifemate they really have the fasted understanding of any of Feehan's characters that love can overcome anything. The Mage/Dragonseeker/Carpathian story is the icing on the cake. Although Feehan answers many questions asked in her other Dark books she also leaves a billion more unanswered. My only complaint is it did get a bit crowded with all the previous Carpathians mentioned or included in the action so I would recommend reading the earlier Dark books first. But the last 50 pages will blow readers away!
Appliquetion on LibraryThing 2 days ago
In a land where vampires and demons lurk below the surface of society, unknown to most humans, there is one woman who has fought them all her life. Natayla, part Carpathian, part Human, part Mage, has been alone for almost a full century since the loss of her twin brother to the hands of a Hunter - her mortal enemy. Stalked to the end of the earth by her enemies; she finds her self drawn to the hills of the Carpathian Mountains in search of something unknown calling out to her. Her journey is fraught with danger from all sides from humans and monsters with no one to call friend she is forced to accept the help of a stranger, Vikirnoff. In the heat of a battle. Natayla finds herself indebted to Vikirnoff and must care for him as he was gravely wounded while protecting her against the demons who seek her life. They discover they have a bond that reaches far back in time but Natayla won't have any of it as she will take orders from no one and Vikirnoff just wants a woman who will obey him. But Vikinrnoff has a secret which will destroy their blooming love...he is a hunter... and she is his prey.This is a pretty good paranormal love story about vampires, demons and slayers. The two main characters are pleasant enough. I liked Natayla as a character and felt she could have had a bit more fleshing out on her past but I suspect that is being held for another book since the ending kind of just left it open. Vikirnoff is a typical alpha male.. all about being the man. I was disappointed in the ending since it felt a bit rushed. Plenty of action all though out the book, one moment in a huge battle the next in each other arms happily making out. The side characters really didn't get fleshed out much. I really felt that the writer could have given more information on their pasts or personalities but it was more of Hi, I am so-so, I am with so-so, and that is all you get to know. I will admit I do not read many romance novels so this might be in the norm for them. I just normally expect to get to know the supporting cast a bit more. I think the story line has the makings of several more books to come.Over all it was an enjoyable book to read. I do not regret reading it and would recommend it to my friends.edit: Ha! I should have done a bit more research on the series. This book is actually the 16th book in the series. The supporting cast are featured in the previous books so if you want a long series to read.. this is it.
shelleyraec on LibraryThing 2 days ago
First I have read in this series - really enjoyed it. Good action, romantic, a storyline to pull you along and a witty, sharp characters. On the look out for more..
onyx95 on LibraryThing 2 days ago
The only thing keeping Vikirnoff Von Shrieder from seeking out the dawn (to end his existence) was the search for a specific psychic woman that had started in the US (Dark Destiny) and finally brought him back to his home in the Carpathian Mountains. The miracle of her being his lifemate brought on fear and terror first because his first site of Natalya Shonski was of her in battle with a vampire. Growing up, Natalya and her twin Razvan learned the art of magick and she knew of Carpathians, vampires and others and was taught to fear them all. Now this hunter wanted her and her need to protect him was just as strong too, even with her doubts about their compatibility. Book 16 ¿.. Fun - We met Vikirnoff in Dark Destiny and started to hear about Natalya (even though we didn¿t know much about her back then). Then we met her briefly in Dark Secret and got to see more of him, now to get to the story for them. Natalya is a riot, she watched so much TV over the years that she actually nicknamed a vampire after Freddy Kruger. Her references to the old classic movies and TV shows (used to alleviate her nervousness and fear) had me laughing most of the way through this book. Vikirnoff was not what I expected, I was not sure I could take another cooking cutter Carpathian, after his emotions returned I expected the protectiveness and bossy attitude, but he had a wonderful sense of humor to be able to match wits with Natalya. The return to the Carpathian Mountains brought a familiar cave into more light and also allowed a touch with Mikhail, Raven, Falcon and Sara. ***** Bonus (in the book I have), in the back of the book, Ms. Feehan has added an appendix with information on the Carpathian language, their healing chants and a bit of history. It doesn¿t change the stories at all, but it is kind of neat to have some of their native language in the book and the information too.
susanbevans on LibraryThing 2 days ago
Dark Demon is book 16 of Christine Feehan's wonderful Dark Carpathian series. This is the story of Natalya Shonski and Vikirnoff von Shrieder. We first met Natalya in Feehan's Dark Secret and Vikirnoff in Dark Destiny. Always on the run from vampires and Carpathian hunters, Natalya is part dark mage, part human, and part Carpathian. Her Carpathian bloodline is from one of the oldest and most respected of all Carpathian families: the Dragonseekers. Poisoned against the Carpathian people by the treacherous dark mage Xavier, she has been trained to fear all immortals equally, and is an accomplished slayer. She never imagined she would feel anything other than disgust when facing an immortal, until the day she comes face-to-face the man that is her lifemate.When his brother Nicolae's lifemate Destiny asked him to find a woman who needed their help, Vikirnoff knew he could do no other than find and defend her from all enemies. As soon as Vikirnoff saw the photograph of the woman, he felt a strong compulsion to locate and protect her. He will follow her across oceans, back to his homeland, the Carpathian mountain range.Vikirnoff has lived a colorless and emotionless existence for centuries, and is astonished at the gut-reaction he has when he finds his one true lifemate: Natalya. Although she's not at all what he imagined, Vikirnoff feels the instant age-old pull to her. Natalya is a clever and capable warrior with battle skills that rival Vikirnoff's. He knows she is not quite human, and not quite Carpathian, but she is the light to his darkness, the woman he is destined to love and protect for all time. Together, they must uncover the secrets of Natalya's past, and try to protect their people from certain destruction. Dark Demon is the best Carpathian book I've read since Dark Destiny (book 13). It is the longest Carpathian book I've read so far, and was full of the legends of dragons and wizards. I loved seeing some of the characters from the other books - especially Mikhail, the prince of the Carpathian people. The illumination of the Dragonseeker line added so much to the existing folklore in the series. Natalya is hands downs one of Feehan's best heroines to date and maybe my favorite lifemate in the series so far. She is so modern and sassy, and full of pop culture references that Vikirnoff (or Vik, as she sometimes referred to him) had no hope of understanding. She is a sharp and witty woman with immense combative and magical abilities - a true kick-butt-heroine! Dark Demon shows Feehan's great versatility and is truly an original. For me, this book represented an enormous amount of growth for the Dark series. The storyline is taking an interesting turn and I can't wait to see what happens next.
maita on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Natalya hates vampires and hunters with a vengeance but suddenly Vikirnoff von Shrieder falls from the sky and declaires her to be his lifemate. She tried to break every bond she thinks he creates but she finds herself falling for his Carpathian charms.Good read. Less sex, more action and secrets. Will Xavier really be defeated? What of Razvan? Is he truly evil?A must read to understand more of the plot against the Carpathians. Natalya is so funny. She loves to talk about movies and Vikirnoff has no clue about what she's talking about. He puzzles over who Freddie Crueger is.Some characters will be introduced here for the later books!
klarsenmd on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Probably the best in this series to date. Lots of action, sex, ect. but still hard to really believe fully in the character developement.
rocalisa on LibraryThing 3 months ago
I can't help myself. I keep going back to Christine Feehan's Carpathian books, even though some of the recent ones have been less than stellar. (I gave the previous one 6/10 and wasn't exactly bowled over by it.) I still like the basic premise and I like the way she's been developing an overall story arc lately. I like the addition of the wizards and now there are dragons as well, which always gives a story or series extra points in my book. So I read the bad ones, enjoy the good parts of those and keep hoping the next one will be good.I had high hopes for Dark Demon. More for the heroine - we met Natalya briefly in Dark Destiny where it was clearly indicated that Vikirnoff would be her lifemate - than the hero, who seemed to be a typically over-alpha male such as Feehan writes regularly and really needs to tone down. Happily, she did. Vikirnoff had some nice, steady character development as he discovered that he hadn't really had a clue when he's imagined the perfect lifemate and that Natalya is exactly what he both wants and needs. Natalya too moved steadily from seeing him as an enemy to loving him. She also had a good and sensible reason for disliking and distrusting him at first, that dissolved as she got to know him. Too often, Feehan's heroines move from "I hate you, I hate you, I hate you" to "I love you" over the course of about a page and without any truly sensible reason for doing so beside the fact the author deems it time. Dark Demon escaped this common problem and was a much better and stronger book for it.Natalya is part Carpathian, part mage, part tiger - the granddaughter of a Carpathian woman stolen away from her lifemate by a dark wizard to bear his children and thereby make him immortal. She has been indoctrinated since childhood to hate the Carpathians, seeing hunters and vampires as the same kind of evil. She has come to the Carpathian mountains under a compulsion she doesn't understand, aware she is followed and hunted all the way. Virkinoff is one of those following her, determined to find her for reasons he doesn't fully understand himself since seeing her picture back in his brother's book, Dark Destiny. Their meeting shows him she is his lifemate - something she's not convinced about - and from there the story takes off, mixing romance, vampires, dark pasts, Carpathian history and a whole lot of potential disaster. While the immediate problems are solved within this book, there's clearly still evil out there with plans against all the Carpathians and especially the prince.We're clearly building towards a major confrontation here, which may or may not take place in the upcoming reunion book Dark Celebration. Like I said, I can't help myself I keep reading the books and hoping each time I'll get a good one rather than the opposite. I hope Feehan can stay with the tone and set up she produced in this book. It was a good self-contained story and a good step along the overal story arc as well. Keep it up, Christine. Please don't backslide again.Oh, and I loved the revelation of previously unknown elements to the long time alliance between Mikhail's family and Gregori's family.
Darla on LibraryThing 3 months ago
A true guilty pleasure. In this one, the heroine is part Carpathian, and a mage, and can turn herself into a tiger. She knows about Carpathians, but Carpathian hunters killed her brother, so when a hunter announces she's his lifemate, she's not particularly enthused by the idea. Intriguing mystery re: what really happened to her brother, and her grandfather, with missing memories. And what I really, really liked about this was how Vik not only accepted her strength and ability, but loved it. He's still got the instinctual imperative to keep her safe, but it doesn't keep him from feeling exhilarated fighting at her side.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My own character))Walks in. Her ruby red hair shimmers around her shoulders. Eileen looks around and smirks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely wonderful! I love getting lost in the world of the Carpathians.