“[An] out-of-the-ordinary romance…deeply sensuous…exquisitely detailed.”—Booklist
Title: Dark Wolf, book 25 of the Dark Series
Author: Christine Feehan
Genre: Fantasy, Paranomal Romance
Story Setting: Carpathian Mountains
Published By: Berkley (January 7, 2014)
About the Story: This is the second book of the trilogy, part of the Dark Series. It’s the story of lifemates Skyler and Dimitri. Both characters have been introduced in previous books. Skyler is the adopted daughter of Francesca and Gabriel who are her protectors. She had an abusive childhood and was close to lost when Francesca found her. Once brought to the Carpathian Mountains she met her lifemate, however he didn’t claim her since she was still a child.
He and Skyler communicated telepathically for years getting to know each other, while he stayed in Russia working with his Wolf foundation. One day when she was 19 she knew he was in trouble. She had to find him. She had no choice. No one around her seemed to care that he had disappeared. She asked her two friends Josef and Paul to help her. Both have been in the previous books of the series. They were also very young. Josef was a computer geek, Carpathian, who had many talents—young and underestimated by his family. Paul, still human, was the brother of the wife of one of the De La Cruz brothers.
The three prepared and set out to Russia without the parents knowing. They had a simple plan, a way to find Dimitri. But could they be successful?
My Thoughts: I’ve held onto this book since I pre-ordered it on Amazon at the first of the year. You might ask why I haven’t read it since I pre-ordered. I wanted to savor the feeling of knowing that I could read it, but to delay the pleasure in doing so I haven’t read it until now. I’m a serious avid fan of Christine Feehan’s Dark Series.
I have followed her series faithfully. This is her 25th book. I have read most of the series three times and listened to some of the audiobooks. It’s difficult to explain how this series can hook a person. I don’t normally read vampire books. There are very few that I just love. This series rates above them all.
Ms. Feehan’s books are long enough novels that as a reader you experience so much and so fully. The plot is always well written, exciting and satisfying. I finished this book with a groan of despair. I knew I would have to wait until September, her last of the trilogy releases then, but not the series. Yes, it’s that good. She brings back characters from her previous books which really makes the reader feel that he/she is part of the Carpathian community. If you love adventure, her books are full of it. If you love hot love scenes, it has that, too. If you like to see women treated fairly and properly, this is your series.
This particular story has us experiencing the friendship Skyler, Josef and Paul have; one Carpathian, two human who are part of the Carpathian community and under their protection. None of them are related and it is unusual for this type of friendship—it is quite modern where Carpathians are concerned. Carpathians are very old world and find the age of computers difficult. I foresee that Josef will have a story of his own and most assuredly it’ll involve computers.
Skyler, always shy, retiring, and intimidated by men, comes to her own in this story. She has strengths and determination that she didn’t know nor anyone else had. It was quite enjoyable feeling her growth as a person and also to see how she accepts Dimitri and becomes his lifemate.
This is also a story about honor and doing the right thing. All of Ms. Feehan’s Dark series has this theme. So I can only say that if you haven’t started reading the series, but enjoy romance, adventure and the paranormal it just may be the series for you. And if you love it, just think, 25 books to read and going strong. I have loved every one of them.
About The Author: Christine Feehan has written over 40 novels since she published her first book in 1999. Her first book is Dark Prince, book 1 of her Dark Series. (blogger remark: I have listened to the audiobook of this at least five times and was hooked for the whole series!) It won three Paranormal Excellence Awards for Romantic Literature that year. Since then she has won seven more of the same award and has been on some of the best known bestsellers lists: Publishers Weekly, USA Today and The New York Times. Feehan has numerous other awards but name only two more here. She was the winner of the 2004 RIO Award of Excellence and was nominated for a RITAaward by the Romance Writers of America. For further information and listing of her very successful series, drop by her Web site http://www.christinefeehan.com/catalog/index.php
Interview with Christine Feehan found here. http://writerspace.com/sensualromance/cfeehaninterview.html
If you would like to read a Chapter one of this book, it can be found on Christine Feehan’s website. http://www.christinefeehan.com/dark_wolf/index.php