Destiny’s childhood had been a nightmare of violence and pain until she heard his voice calling out to her. Golden and seductive. The voice of an angel.
Nicolae had shown her how to survive, taught her to use her unique gifts, trained her in the ancient art of hunting the vampire. Yet he could not bend her to his will. He could not summon her to him, no matter how great his power.
As she battled centuries-old evil in a glittering labyrinth of caverns and crystals, he whispered in her mind, forging an unbreakable bond of trust and need. Only with him can she find the courage to embrace the seductive promise of her. . . Dark Destiny.
About the Author
Christine Feehan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many paranormal romances and novellas.
An Interview with Christine Feehan
Meet Destiny, the first female vampire hunter in Christine Feehan's bestselling Dark series. In the richly drawn world of the Carpathians, Destiny is one of Feehan's most complex characters: a beautiful young psychic and vampire hunter who has lived in pain and terror since childhood, when her parents were killed by a vampire who also converted her into a creature of the night. Her only ally -- for years heard, not seen -- has been the Carpathian Nicolae, who has taught her to kill vampires and to sustain herself by feeding on humans without killing. Now that Destiny is fully grown, Nicolae is convinced that she is his lifemate, yet realizes that only if she can overcome the horrors of an abusive childhood and accept her gifts will she be ready for a love that will last for eternity. Destiny's emergence from the traumas of her past and her awakening to passion, even as she battles with the undead and fights for Nicolae's life, will delight the many fans of this series.
Heart to Heart talked with Christine Feehan to find out more about this addition to the Dark series.
Heart to Heart: What was your creative inspiration for the world of the Carpathians, and how has it evolved over time?
Christine Feehan: I began writing the Dark series after the loss of my oldest child in a tragic accident. I woke up every morning and went about my regular business, but felt nothing. It was like being in a dark tunnel, unable to find my way out. Eventually I decided the one thing I had to hang on to was my writing, and I began to write stories about a species who had to live without color or emotion, who existed and did what they were required to do, but needed their other half to really live. Of course I gave them my own problems, the terrible burden of losing children. I also worked with battered women teaching self-defense at the time, so my views of how women and children should be cherished crept into the stories as well. I believe in family, and I gave that trait to the Carpathians as well. Out of my grief, the Carpathians were born.
HtoH: We think readers will love the character Destiny, your first female vampire hunter! Did you have any particular challenges creating the character and the changing relationship with her lifemate?
CF: Destiny was the character I wrote for the women I've met along the way in my life. Brave, enduring, women of honor. I definitely wanted her to be an engaging and sympathetic character so readers would see her in the light I saw her. The most difficult thing was keeping her reactions true to character. I sat up many nights with a friend who is a counselor, and we talked over and over about how Destiny would react in each situation because it was so important to me to be true to this character. I also had to do a very fine balancing act with her lifemate, Nicolae. He had to have the characteristics of the alpha Carpathian male, yet be true to his species and find a way to bring her happiness.
HtoH: Do you prefer writing the Dark series or contemporary stand-alones?
CF: I love writing both. I don't like to write two Dark books in a row. I don't want the books to get stale, nor do I want to get bored writing them. If that were to happen, I would stop immediately. I write for the love of writing. If I never published another book, I would still be writing stories. I love writing my sisters books, and my GhostWalker thrillers just as much as I love writing the Dark series. I feel the same way about my contemporaries!
HtoH: What's coming up next?
CF: I'm working on another Dark book at the moment, just finished a Drake sisters full-length book which was very fun to write, and I'm about to start my third GhostWalker thriller for Berkley!
HtoH: Thanks for visiting with us.
CF: Thank you for the opportunity to touch base with my readers! I hope you enjoy Dark Destiny.