Dark Storm (Carpathian Series #23)

Dark Storm (Carpathian Series #23)

by Christine Feehan

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Return to the “steamy and dreamy” (Publishers Weekly) world of Christine Feehan’s #1 New York Times bestselling Carpathian novels as thundering passions signal a dark force on the horizon...

Buried alive for hundreds of years in a volcano in South America, Dax worries that he has become the abomination that every Carpathian male fears, a victim of the insidious evil that has crept relentlessly into his mind and body over the centuries. But Dax isn’t the only one emerging from the darkness...

His name is Mitro, and he once stood by the side of the prince of the Carpathian people. Now he is the epitome of malevolence, and perpetrator of one of the most shocking killing sprees known to man. No one escaped the bloodshed, including his lifemate, Arabejila.

Now, between Dax and Mitro, a violent game has begun—one that has marked Riley Parker, the last descendent of Arabejila, as the reward.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780515151565
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/27/2013
Series: Carpathian Series , #23
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 72,007
Product dimensions: 4.13(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.19(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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Praise for Christine Feehan, “the queen of paranormal romance...The one who started it all”(J. R. Ward), and her #1 New York Times bestselling Carpathian novels:

“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

“She is the master.”—The Best Reviews

“The erotic, gripping series that’s defined an entire genre! Must reading that always satisfies!”—J. R. Ward

“[An] out-of-the-ordinary romance…deeply sensuous…exquisitely detailed.”—Booklist

“One of the best vampiric romance series on the market today.”—Midwest Book Review

“Intense, sensual, mesmerizing.”—Library Journal

“Wild, uninhibited romance.”—Publishers Weekly

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Dark Storm 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 237 reviews.
DEAMD More than 1 year ago
This review is from: Dark Storm (Carpathian) (Hardcover) First let me say I don't understand the 1 and 2 star ratings, this is a very good story an a bit different than the other Dark series books, which makes it totally interesting. Sometime I think other authors send their devout minions to do harm to other better selling authors. I have seen this pattern for a few years now and It's just not right!! I loved Riley she is a descendant of Arabejila the "Flower Lady" as some refer to her from previous Dark series books. Christine Feehan has given us and intelligent young women, who has eminence powers of her own. She is not a warrior'hunter like Natalya Ivory and Destiny' but she could be with the power she wills. Riley is very feminine and makes a great Lifemate to Danutdaxton "Dax", the Carpathian hunter who has voluntarily imprisoned himself to trap Mitro the most vile powerful vampire so far in the Dark series. They have be imprisoned their for centuries inside a volcano. The story is fast paced the battle scene between Dax and Mitro are amazing. I couldn't believe Mitro's family linage you will be shocked when you find out who's family he is from, but it does explain why he was the most powerful vampire so far. The love scenes are not as many, but are just as scorching HOT AND SEXY!! Dax is the oldest Carpathian alive and he can do amazing things, He is so deserving of Riley. They are my all time new perfect couple. We also, get to visit old friends the De La Cruz family. The story has a bit of humor to it. Making it not so depressing as PR sometimes can be. I really liked that Gary Jensen and Jubal Sanders were main characters in the book. They lived up to what we have come to expect of them, as being human companions to the Carpathian people. THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ!! and like I said I really don't get the 1 an 2 stars for this book and I always respect others opinion, but I had to speck out this time and say they must have had other motives. I will say one thing that I agree with it is time to bring the series to an honorable happy close!!! VERY WELL DONE CHRISTINE!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My only complaint was that it was too short! I could have read another 300+ pages! I enjoyed the fact that Riley accepted him right away and didn't fight their relationship. It put a different spin on her books. Well done ... can't wait for the next one to come out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story is a good one since the bad vampire is from a well known family. I really liked how Feehan modified usual vampire vs carpathian traits, abilities etc. Gave them more power. Riley was an intriguing heroine with an amazing gift. Dax is an awesome hero in the mold of Razvan (dark slayer) - his strength has been forged through pain and he's not as arrogant though he seems to be the most powerful carpathian Feehan created. I would love to see Dax use his incredible abilities and physicality in a future Dark book helping Carpathians. That said, My problem is that it took over 100 pages, most of it without any dialogue before Dax and Riley met. That's way too long! Their love story was great if you stayed patient through the first chapters of no dialogue. I too noticed Feehan's style on the Dark series started changing to focus more on the battles than the love story. She also focuses more now for lack of a better term "healing properties" of the earth and chants etc. She might lose start to lose Dark series readers who like dangerous men with a strong focus on relationships. Lastly I missed steel/ice eyed healer/warrior Gregori, Oh wherefore art thou Gregori D?
MaggiemaeNY More than 1 year ago
Let me explain to those who don't understand the 1 & 2 star ratings some of us have given this book.  The reason is that we read the "Dark" series because we love stories which mainly compromise the relationship between lifemates.  This book was short on that, and long on horror and gore.  Add to the mix additional, unnecessary characters (particularly Gary & Jubal - if you want to give them a story, please do so without infringing on the Carpathians), and a somewhat convoluted story because 2 stories were going on at once.  Very disappointing.  I've been reading Feehan's Dark series since she began writing them, and this was probably her worst.  Dark Prince, Dark Legend, Dark Predator, Dark Slayer, stick to that...if it ain't broke, please don't try to fix it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Carpathians rock - good job CF But $13 was a bit much
Kellmark More than 1 year ago
As usual Christine Feehan has provided an excellent book. I have read every one of her books in the Dark Series, the Ghost Walker Series, the Drake series & the Shape shifters. Everything she produces is top notch. She had tons of research on the Carpathians which are a whole different breed of species which she has made to come to life in her Dark Series books. Each book is awesome & so well written. I have a hard time putting any of them down. I usually read one book in a week and that is after work & all the other activities I do. I would recommend this author's work to anyone who likes paranormal romance. Her books are the epitamy of romance, suspense, mystery and adventure. I love her books!!
AleshaH More than 1 year ago
I Love the Dark Series I am HUGE fan. BUT this story was way to short definitely not worth the $13 I paid. Ending could have been better and it was really challenging to finish b/c it was so predicable. Last couple of books have been a disappointment. I will give her another shot but if its as bad and/or as short as this one I think I will stop reading the series :(
bookcrzy More than 1 year ago
It was bad, it was horribad, I had higher hopes for it. I mean for universe sake the vampire was a Daratrazanoff and neither Gary nor Jubal mentioned it to Gregori, the other brothers weren't even mentioned. and then the ending was just sooooooooooo bleh. I expected more but what can ya do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a retread. With a dragon thrown in for a different mix. Author uses a lot of filler to disguise that this is a very short book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slow start, its pretty much a horror thriller the first 100 pages then finally gets into the romance. I found that alittle irritating bc this book isnt so focused in the romance the way i thought it woukd be. Herione is too accepting and i know she already was paranornal but id like to see a more strong indepedent woman who doesnt give in too easily. Thats a guy shes going to spend the rest of her life with. Feehan has a great theme of dragons here a bitof horror-cringeworthy especially since i just watched a pirahna movie. I kinda didnt like this one. And why was it 13 instead of 8!? I miss the old christine feehan books rather than recent. Dark prince, dark desire, they focused on the relationship betwween the two characters not just some thriller!
GvDaisies More than 1 year ago
don't read for Mrs. Feehan name only. Read it because she is a very talent writer. And this book is a must read book. I love her Dark series the best. Her other series are good, but I am won over by her Dark series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was half over before the couple met. $13.00 threw away. The series is gettin worse. I dont know if i will buy any more
mountainrose More than 1 year ago
Another disappointing book in the Dark Series. Where is the Christine Feehan that use to write these books? Is she writing so many series that she can't focus enough to write the great books that the earlier series were? I wish she'd come back. The first half of the book was so boring that it was hard to keep reading. When the love story finally kicked in it was heartwarming but then the book just hurried to the end. Thank goodness I still have J.R. Ward and Nalini Singh's books to look forward to since I won't the Dark Series anymore.
kateW23 More than 1 year ago
Don't waste your money....if I could give it no stars I would. I couldn't finish the story. CF has become harder and harder to read. I'm going to wait until she comes out with a new series before I buy another of her books.
hedgehog-kgb More than 1 year ago
The characters personality's always grab you each in their own way. You can read them out of order and enjoy them, but if you start at the first in a series and work your way though the story line is more involved and the read more rewarding when you know the history.You watch then grow and change, and you wonder what if, then you look forward to the next step in the series to come out.
Mycirenae More than 1 year ago
Slow start, I found that a little irritating. This book is not as focused on the romance in same the way as others in this series. The heroine is too accepting, which may be because of the resent trauma. I prefer to see a more strong independent women who do not give in too easily. I did not like this one, as It took so long to get involved in; when I did I felt for them and it was redeemed. Looking forward to the next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the Dark books and this is not on the same level as the early ones. It lacks a lot of details that should be there. Not mentioning Mitro's family line. No mention of the meeting of two ancient warriors. I will continue to read the books but Christine needs to do a more through job with character development. It is already at leadt a year between books, you would think they would ve better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I used to love Christine Feehan and could not wait for her books to come out. Now I have to say that I have been disappointed in the last two books. Maybe it is time to end this series but hopefully the last book will be the best. Because I have yet to be able to finish this book when I used to finish her books in a day and a half if not a day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was ok but there really wasn't a whole lot of content. I never thought that the story really ever got started it took forever just to get to the part where they meet for the first time, then she sped through the story so fast she never really created a true plot.
Ozzy12 More than 1 year ago
I read this one this afternoon and I must say I really enjoyed the story.
Cherryreads More than 1 year ago
I was originally afraid to read Dark Storm. I had read some reviews and they weren’t great so I waited a while. I did enjoy the book, but I have to tell you that there did seem to be something a little off with this story. I can’t put my finger on it, but it seemed a little disjointed. I am truly at a loss as to how to review this book. It follows the same formula as the others. Carpathian (Dax) has given up hope for finding a life mate. He only has his honor to keep him from turning vampire. A single woman (Riley), who has some sort of special ability and as it is in most cases, has never seemed to find the opposite sex attractive. The two meet by chance and sparks fly. They have an evil to face and the two of them combat it together. I am a softy and love the series. Christine always writes the best male characters who fiercely, love, cherish and protect their women. The women are always strong in their own right. In this story the evil is Mitro, a Carpathian turned vampire who is as old as Dax himself, has been entombed in a volcano with Dax. They have been fighting for centuries in the volcano never able to defeat one another. Riley and her mother have to get to the volcano to keep it from erupting and letting the great evil out. Mishap after mishap happens and Riley is too late and a new evil is unleashed in Amazon. She and Dax meet and together with a little help from friends along the way have to fight the most evil creature ever created. The story that unfolds is interesting, but it felt rushed in places and dragged on in others. The love scenes in this are extremely hot and almost make me wish for my own Carpathian. As I stated, I did enjoy this book, but I felt it was missing a little something that the others had. I still look forward to reading the next installment in this series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not like her other sexually charged books at all.....MYS MAC
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I requested a refund for this book. This is something I have never done with one of Ms. Feehans books. I had a hard time believing she wrote this one. I have the complete series to date and have read each several times and enjoyed each title completely. That was until " Dark Storm". The protagonist, Dax, is utterly unlike any previous " Uber Masculine " Carpathian male as to be totally unbelievable. Such a disappointment.I wrote the Author asking if this book had been " ghost written" by another writer because the style of writing was all wrong. The characters, especially the men, were different than the ones we came to know in the other books.. I understand Ms. Feehan was ill during the writing of this book but I don't think that would account for the difference in writing. If your thinking to continue with the stories about those sexy Carpathian men forget this book and wait for the next. I want to see where the rest of the Carpathian people lives lead them but if Ms. Feehan has lost her "connection " to these books and turns out another loser than she should quit while ahead and end the series!
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Igbore it