Dark Slayer (Carpathian Series #20)

Dark Slayer (Carpathian Series #20)

by Christine Feehan

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Overview

After a century of longing, the instinct for survival unites a betrayed woman and a cursed man in this seductive Carpathian novel by #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan.

Ivory Malinov’s only brethren are the wolves. Abandoned by her family, and cast out by everyone she held dear, Ivory has lived centuries without love. She has sustained her sanity by preparing for one purpose—to destroy her greatest enemy. Then she picks up the scent of a man. Her salvation. Her lifemate. The curse of all Carpathian women.

Branded a criminal, Razvan is a dragonseeker borne of a great Carpathian lineage, only to be raised as its most despised captive enemy. Escaping from imprisonment, Razvan now seeks the dawn to end his terrible existence. Instead he has found his deliverance in Ivory, the Dark Slayer. In spirit, in flesh and blood, in love, and in war, Ivory and Razvan are made for each other. For as long as they dare to live.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780515148435
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/2010
Series: Carpathian Series , #20
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 66,669
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.71(h) x 1.03(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 Slayer (Dark Series #20) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 443 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The vampire hunter Ivory, and her seven Carpathian wolf pack and her normal wolf pack head home after killing two vampires only to find a dying man. To her horror she knows this Carpathian is her lifemate. He tells her to leave him die as the evil Xavier uses his body to cause death. He is Xavier's grandson and sold his soul to save his daughter and sister. Ivory knocks him out and takes him to her hidden shelter while Xavier searches for Razvan. She will heal him and if he still chooses death, so be it. Ivory sees a child tied in snares, which is a trap. With her wolves she kills a ghoul, but her brother master vampire Sergey escapes before the Carpathian healer Gregori and Prince Mikhail arrive. They offer to heal her, but she refuses as she wants nothing to do with Carpathians. Though not fully healed Razvan knows his lifemate is in trouble. She has given him hope that she can kill Xavier as she told him that is why she lives. Razvan arrives placing a knife to Mikhail's neck. Mikhail calmly tells Gregori to heal Ivory. He does and is stunned that she was once sliced into many pieces and should be dead. Ivory and Gregori heal Razvan. She explains her only friends are the wolves as her brothers chose the power of the vampire and sacrificed her. Ivory and Razvan plan to kill Xavier or die trying. The relationship between the lead couple is fresh and gender bending as she leads the excursions against Xavier. The Carpathian support cast is strong especially the wolf pack, the prince and the healer while the malevolent villain is brilliant using modern science as well as magic to attack his foes and the heroine's brothers, though we meet only one of them, are pure evil. This is a super entry, which long time fans will enjoy including the addition of background information appendices though newcomers will feel awed by the Feehan mythos. Harriet Klausner
Vjay More than 1 year ago
I have all of Christine Feehan's Dark Series and they just keep getting better and better. I espically liked Dark Slayer, all though I really found the explantion of Ivory's excaping death a little, ok maybe a lot, hard to swallow but it didn't stop me from thourghly enjoying the story. I also recommend Christine Feehan's other two series, the DRAKE SISTERS and GHOSTWALKERS. Also Lynaay Sands' Argeneau and Roge Hunter Series.
Kathie17 More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of all of the Dark books, but I have to say this one is amazing. I loved the characters, Ivory and Razvan. Neither are your typical heroes yet both prove truly unforgetable. This book is one of the most profound and powerful novels I have ever read. I'll be reading it again and again. It's not often I come across such a wonderful read. Heartfelt thank yous to Christine Feehan for writing this keeper!
hcbm More than 1 year ago
To say this book is outstanding is an under statement. It has everything danger, betrayal, action, suspicion, compassion, love and retribution. In my humble opinion you could not ask more from a book. The two main characters Ivory and Razvan are meant for each other. I have include a blurb from the book.
Amy Bell More than 1 year ago
Feehan has had me hooked from book one, but this book reaffirmed my love for the carpathian novels. The entire time I was reading i was on the edge of my seat. This book really added so much more depth to the carpathian world, and amazing twist in the fight with Xavier. Keep them coming please!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!!!!!
vickieann More than 1 year ago
Christine does it again with another hit! I love how prior characters are brought back into the story line. As an owner of each of the Dark Series books, I love to be able to catch up with them. This Author always impresses me with each story and the characters she creates. She has a great writing style. I captivated by every book she writes from the first page to the last. Christine Feehan weaves her spellbinding magic into a plot that has it all, action, romance, sensuality and intrigue sporting a story line that is unique and different from the rest. A fast paced adventure that never gets boring
lottsabooks More than 1 year ago
i had never read a vampire book until one day i picked up one of christine's dark series. read it in one day cause i couldn't put it down. i am now the proud owner of all of her books. this book is very interesting because we get to met a female fighter. i wasn't sure if that would work in this series, but feehan pulled it off with style. add this book to your library, you won't be disappointed
A_Dark_Reader More than 1 year ago
Christine Feehan always finds the emotion and connection between her love interests and this one did not fail. I was so glad to read Razvan's story and have him find love and it was great to see how Ms. Feehan tied in Ivory and original Carpathians. Loved the intteraction with the wolf pack. It was amazing. An instant classic among all the stellar Carpathian novels,.
Carpathian59 More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with the dark series from the first book and I haven't been disappointed yet!
MaryPatK More than 1 year ago
Finally! Finally! I've been a faithful reader for years. Many of my friends quit reading the Dark Series because they said all the books sounded the same. Personally, I can relive the same "other half of my life-mate" love story forever. But finally this book ties up so many loose ends and the bad guy actually dies! I'm so glad that other characters will have their own books later because I love me some Carpathians! and I don't want the series to ever end! But I'm also relieved to finally have some resolution and finality to a Feehan book for a change.
bankerterri More than 1 year ago
Christine does it again with another hit! I love how prior characters are brought back into the story line. As an owner of each of the Dark Series books, I love to be able to catch up with them.
Leigh30 More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book and I'm totally in love with Razvan. I had been patiently awaiting the arrival of "Dark Slayer" and I have to say that I was in no way disappointed, it was amazing. I've read read all of the "Dark Series" so far, the "Drake Series" and now I've started on the "Ghostwalker Series", I just love Feehan's writing.
phar More than 1 year ago
My first read from this Author left me impressed at how easily I got involved with the story and the characters because of her writing style. Not only was I captivated from the first two pages of the book but I was also introduced to a new concept on what the characters were. Christine Feehan wove her spellbinding magic into a plot that has it all, action, romance, sensuality and intrigue sporting a story line that is unique and different from the rest. A fast paced adventure that never got boring with too much useless vocabulary or disinteresting because the plot became over involved. If this is an example of Christine Feehan's writing ability then I am a willing captive and can't wait to read the rest of her Dark Series books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this latest entry in the Dark Series was great! I had been disappointed in Dark Possession and not entirely satisfied with Dark Curse. But this book more than makes up for both of those. The characters of Ivory and Razvan are so outside the norm even for Carpathians that they instantly fascinating. Especially when you learn their history and all they have endured. Ivory's backstory requires quite a leap of faith but it is well worth the effort. Together these two people forge a strong bond born first from a common purpose and then from a deep abiding respect and love. It was nice to see characters from previous books show up as well as plot points from other books resolved. Dark Slayer was well worth the price in hardcover and I am now happily looking forward to Ms. Feehan's next book in the series.
MauiGurl More than 1 year ago
Dark Slayer is about two people who had been betrayed and lost from their people. Ivory Malinov, sister to the Malinov brothers, had been beloved once when she was young. However, she had been sent away by her prince to Xavier's school, and then betrayed by her people as she was killed by vampires. However, still she remains alive by her strong will and determination for vengeance. Razvan is twin brother to Natalya and has suffered much in the hands of his grandfather, Xavier. When he finally escapes after hundreds of years being prisoner, he stumbles upon his lifemate, Ivory, and from then on the two embark on a journey of finding trust within each other, and love, when they had both been brutally tortured and betrayed in their past. Oh I loved this book! When I read the first chapter on Feehan's website I knew it was going to be good and I waited patiently for it to come out. When it did, I reserved it at Borders and got it with excitement. Even the first few chapters got me hooked. I like how Feehan captured the two worlds that they had both come from and how their past shapes them now. They have a hard time trusting and loving because of what they had to endure in their past, which only makes the book more suspenseful. I love how Feehan brings Natalya's feeling about the way she's seen her brother into the book, it was touching and uplifting. And I love how Skyler and Lara was able to finally meet their father. I do, however, wonder where Feehan's going to go next because of the last chapter in the book. I wonder what's going to happen now. Is there still an enemy? Or are the Carpathians just facing the remaining spells from the enemy? I don't know, but I am eager to find out!
jupiterlee79 More than 1 year ago
I like this book. I have read all of the series. I waited patiently for this book. It didn't disappoint me. It had some of the older character from the ealier series in there, which I love! It has strong emotions. That was a good! I like how Christine Feehan reunited Natalya and Lara with Razvan. I wished she talked a bit more about Ivory strong emotion towards the De La Cruz. However, still good. Razvan is different from all the other Carpathian males and I like that the best. Overall, this book is really good. I can't wait to see what she has next! I hope she write about Skyler and her lifemate next cause I've been waiting on that one forever!!
xorscape on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Don't ever buy this book in audio format. For some reason, the director has the readers use a very bad Bela Lugosi accent for the dialogue. ("I VANT to DRRINK your BLAWD.") Not only is the accent bad, but the sing song nature of it makes it had to understand. We listened to this in the car and had to keep adjusting the volume to try to catch what was said.The book itself is exciting if in need of some editing (but many of Ms. Feehan's books could stand a little pruning, especially on the sex scenes.) I got tired of repetition which I can skim when I read in print.Recommendation: Read this, but don't listen to it in audio format. I gave it three stars for the story but no more because of the poor directing of dialogue.
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When Ivory Malinov and her Carpathian wolf pack encounter the near-death Dragonseeker Razvan, she has no choice but to admit the soul-deep connection between them. Ivory's found her lifemate at long last - but no one ever said she had to be happy about it.For a change Feehan actually seems to have written a Carpathian novel in which the males of the species are willing to admit a female might actually be an effective warrior. But is anyone else getting really tired of all to soppiness? Seriously, it feels as if I've read a lot of the incredibly gooey description once or twice (or three or four times) before. Tortured hero meets tortured heroine, insert evil vampire, nasty parasites, must protect the innocent, but possibly corruptible humans, battle, battle, torrid sex scene, more blood, more angst, deathless romance and self-sacrifice... I'm just not feeling the enthusiasm this time.
shelleyraec on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think I will have to admit defeat with the Carpathian series. I want to like them, really I do - the world buiding is fantastic, the premises usually great, sweeping romance, plenty of action - but I just can't because the writing is so repetitive and I end up stalled, rolling my eyes and skimming - which I hate to do.Every other chapter or so in Dark Slayer the entire story of what happened to Ivory is repeated, and then the story of what happened to Razvan after he is introduced and everytime Razvan thinks about his sister we get the story of why she distrusts him again. There are more incidences where the same story, dialogue or motivation is repeated - no new information, or a new perpective, just repetition and it drove me nuts.The repetiveness is evident in other books also, as well as the obsession with a 101 ways to describe - in Dark Slayer its dirt - in others its dark eyes, or auburn hair. I was really hoping that Dark Slayer would be different - the plot certainly is and there are some wonderful moments but I have to give up and accept that I will never be able to see past my irritation to enjoy the series.
susanbevans on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Oh my goodness! I know I say this (almost) after reading every book in this series, but here I go again - Dark Slayer it the BEST of the series so far! It is different from most of the other books, in that we finally get a hero who is powerful and confident, but COMPLETELY without ego! Due to the horrors endured in his life as a prisoner of Xavier, Razvan has a quiet strength, and is definitely the only man who could possibly be a match for Ivory. A former long-time villain and enemy of the Carpathian people (before they understood the truth behind Xavier's treachery,) Razvan is supportive of Ivory and greatly admires her vampire slaying skills. He is easily the least domineering of all Carpathian males so far, and is more than willing to let Ivory take the lead and to learn from her when it comes to fighting the undead.Ivory, a female Carpahtian and warrior, has also experienced unspeakable barbarity at the hands of Xavier and the brothers who betrayed her. Her nature would never have allow her to cope with Feehan's typical alpha male hero - Razvan is the perfect lifemate for her. If any Carpathian ever had reason to turn to the "darkside" as it were, it would be Razvan and Ivory. They have both endured much pain and suffering, molding them into the strong willed individuals they have now become. Their separate ordeals in life make them that much more grateful to have found each other, and to appreciate the true meaning of being lifemates.As always, we get a glimpse into the lives of the Carpathians we have come to know and love in the series: the dialogue between Mikhail, leader of the Carpathian people, and his Gregori, "The Dark One", protector of the prince, it truly hilarious at times - especially when Gregori is (unpleasantly) surprised by Razvan. We also see some of our favorites girls: Savannah, who is getting ready to deliver her twins; Syndil, working hard to heal the earth; Natalya, twin sister of Razvan, distraught with the knowledge of what her brother has endured to keep her safe; Lara, daughter of Razvan, who trying to keep Xavier's microbes from killing the Carpathian babies. Dark Slayer also introduces us to some new ancients, hopefully giving hints as to where the series will go in the future. Andre and Tariq, along with brothers Mataias, Lojos and Tomas, have returned to the Carpathian Mountains at this critical time for the people, to help protect the prince and hopefully hold out against the gathering darkness they all feel without lifemates. As a side note, there is a particularly good scene in Dark Slayer in which Ivory and Razvan teach the ancients a lesson in underestimating their opponents. I don't want to give too much away, but that scene (which also contains powerful Carpathian hunters Nicolae, Vikirnoff and Gregori) is well-written and simply hilarious!I am enjoying the way Feehan is solving the big issue of the Carpathian people - few children are born, even fewer survive childhood, and fewer yet are female. The creativity she is using in finding a solution to this problem is really interesting. I also loved the creation of Mother Earth as a real character - thinking, feeling, and speaking to her children. Dark Slayer is the best of the best so far! However, this is not a series you can just jump into at book 20 - you really need to go back and read the rest of the series first. There is a lot of character development and Carpathian history that you really need in order to enjoy this latest book. On the whole, this really is a good series, definitely worth a look if you enjoy paranormal romance.
Nikk1s on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Honestly, I picked this book because I liked the cover art and read the synopsis on the jacket. I love paranormal romance/fantasy and this had great potential. I loved the main characters and the story, and the minor characters, who I later discovered are featured in previous books. I knew this was part of a series, but I had no idea it was #20. I was completely able to follow the story and the history of the Carpathians without being overwhelmed by back story. Ivory is a very strong and believable heroine, and this is just a great story. I've been inspired to follow this series and more.
dasuzuki on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ivory Malinov, the only sister among five Carpathian brothers, was thought dead after being shredded to pieces by vampires at the orders of the evil Xavier. Yet now she runs with a pack of wolves as her only family now as she is determined to destroy Xavier and prevent him from harming anyone else.Razvan Dragonseeker is thought to be the ultimate betrayer to the Carpathian race and raised as a follower of Xavier is found by Ivory as he flees Xavier. As they come face to face they realize they have found their life mates. Together can they over come Xavier?I was not a fan of the earlier Dark books but I have become enthralled with the series since I read Dark Celebration. The books following just seem to get better and better. Dark Slayer immediately draws you into fight that Ivory and Razvan face to prove they are not traitors to the Carpathians, find a cure for what is killing the Carpathian children and destroy Xavier. Razvan is a far cry from the typical Carpathian males we have seen so far and will still grab your heart. This is another great addition to the Dark series.
Jenson_AKA_DL on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Controlled for a seeming eternity by an evil mage and made to wreak unimaginable horrors on those he loves, the only solace Razavan seeks upon his escape is to die in the arms of the rising sun. Ivory is a legendary Carpathian huntress of vampires, brutally dismembered centuries ago at the behest of an evil mage she roams the night solitary except for the brethren wolves that are now her only family. When Ivory finds Razavan she is amazed to discover he is her lifemate and the only one with the knowledge to help her defeat the evil that has haunted them both.I know that Ms. Feehan always goes out of her way to gives us characters with unique personalities, something I imagine must be difficult after so many Carpathian stories. However, she has really succeeded here. In almost a gender role switch she has given us a female warrior who has strength and great ability and a male Carpathian who is so zen he really seems to stand out. Having read this series from the beginning I was really pleasantly surprised by Razavan who has always been a conflicted character. His actions take on new meaning as we are given his background. In this story the author seems to wrap up some longish plot threads while continuing to dangle enough to keep her series alive for future volumes. As with the most recent of her stories I really enjoy her bringing in the past characters and it is nice that she has them mature and grow over the course of her new stories. Gregori and Mikhail continue to have strong presence in the series and I enjoy their interactions with each other although it seems a shame she has turned Savannah into such a screaming meme. I really enjoyed the wolf pack dimension added in here as well and loved the idea of the tattoos.Overall this was a very enjoyable entry into the Carpathian drama and I continue to look forward to the next, particularly if it turns out to be Dimitri and Skylar¿s story.
LEH0644 More than 1 year ago
Everyone thought Ivory Malinov had been killed by Draven Dubrinsky but her body was never found. Draven had given her to the evil wizard Xavier and he had her body cut up in many pieces and left for the wolves. The wolves took her body’s pieces to the rejuvenating earth where she stayed for many centuries healing. Now she is back and vows to kill Xavier. She finds the body of Razvan Dragonseeker in the snow. He had been chained to the wall of Xavier’s cave and tortured almost beyond endurance. He is ready to die and get away from the horrors of his life. Ivory nurses him back to health and together they will take on Xavier. He has caused enough suffering in the Carpathian world in his quest for immortality and he needs to be destroyed.