Among others, Christine Feehan is also one of my favorite authors. I remember the first book I read, it was Dark Demon, the story of Natalya and Vikirnoff. I fell in love with her writing the minute I finished that book. That was the first time I was sucked into the Carpathian World and the way of their lives. The idea of lifemate, one will not survive without the other captured my heart. Then I decided I had to read and own the whole series. I started reading the series from the beginning, and when I came back to Dark Demon, the story line made more sense and made me fall in love with her writing and books even more.
Ultimately, I would love to review all of her books, but for now, the most recent book I read from the Dark Carpathian Series will have to do. Dark Lycan is book 23 from the Dark Carpathian Series and is the story of Tatijana and Fenris Dalka. One thing you need to know about this series is that the male cannot survive without the women, they are a race that survive with blood however, if they do not find their lifemates, the potential of the males becoming vampires are high. Some of the males prefer walking in the sun meaning burning themselves to death than become a vampire, well if all the males chose to do that then I do not think we would have a long running series like these.
So essentially, the way they find the lifemates are kind of the same, inclusing mating rituals and so on, the only thing that differs and distinguishes each and every book is the way the males court the females and ofcourse the main storyline that the author have been building from the beginning. You can read the books as stand alones, but reading the whole series would actually make better sense and helps with the understanding of the main story. Many of the characters from other books often make cameos in the books, so if you're planning to read this book or any book from this series, I suggest you start from the beginning, starting Dark Prince.
So, lets start with Dark Lycan...
The synopsis of the book:-
Tatijana of the Dragonseekers spent centuries encased in ice with her sister, trapped in limbo between life and death, never speaking to a soul other than those who tormented her. Now, she has been freed from her frozen prison by an unknown descendent. Awakened in human form, Tatijana yearns to explore the modern world in which she now lives—a world with more mysteries than she is prepared for.
Fenris Dalka has returned to the Carpathian Mountains after a long absence to be with his brother. He is scarred by centuries of battle, and every hard-won victory. But the real reason for his return home could prove deadly if discovered by the wrong man—or woman. Upon his arrival, he is compelled by a beautiful and enigmatic stranger who carries the scent of fresh earth, of forest, of the night itself.
In time Tatijana and Fenris will discover all that unites them—their secrets and pasts, their predators, and the hot flush of passion that stirs their souls. Yet just as surely, seduced into the silvery darkness of a full-moon night, they’ll also discover everything ancient and evil that exists to destroy them.
Fenris Dalka is the main/leading character or the protagonist of this book. He isn't like any other Carpathians, he is part carpathian and part lycan (wolf) known as "Sange Rau". For the first time in this series, we are introduced to Sange Rau, as all of the previous books only included mages, vampires and carpathians.
Fen is a deadly mix of Carpathian and lycan. None of the carpathians have come across this, as the cross between humans and carpathians were also an issue in the previous books. So when Fen came along, the carpathians had hope of saving their dying race.
He then teams up with the carpathians (cameo from various characters from the previous books, including gregory and mikhail) after much persuasion from his new found lifemate Tatijana. Together, they make a strong team and support one another despite Fen's protectiveness towards his lifemate, they try to defeat the enemies.
In my opinion, Fenris Dalka is strong both physical and with his values. He is protective of his brothers (one of whom's book is a much awaited!) and his lifemate. He is loyal and there were situations where he had to put his life on the line many times for his new found people, the carpathians. Of course they accept him, one of the many reasons would be he is the lifemate of their oldest lineage, dragonseekers.
Tatijana is the protagonist and the heroine of this book. If you have read the previous book, you would know that she was held captive in a cave most of her life with her sister. She can shape shift into a dragon by the way, how awesome is that?!
She found Fen when she was recovering from the trauma she faced in the caves as a captive. One would think she would be the needy and had to be protected type of heroines, but nope! She is one tough dragon, did I mention that she can shape shift into a dragon? A fire breathing dragon to be precise. She works hand in hand with Fen and her fellow carpathians for the survival of their race.
Together Fen and Tatijana create magic and love! It was an amazing journey reading this book. To see the world through the eyes of the tortured and bruised, is truly a wonderful thing. The way Feehan captured their world was fantastic.
Feehan truly is the Queen of Paranormal Romance.
I'd give this book 4 stars!
A must read!
Happy reading peeps!