I have been a fan of Christine Feehan’s for quite a while now, but lately her hero’s have been a major problem for me. I picked up Dark Peril with both excitement and a bit of trepidation. Excitement to read the next installment in her hugely popular Carpathian series, and trepidation that I was going to get another man who, in my opinion, stepped over the line from determined alpha male to rapist. Thankfully, Ms Feehan has returned to the formula that has made her Carpathians dearly loved.
Dominic is of the dragonseeker line of Carpathians and has made a decision to ingest vampire blood. He knows it’s going to destroy him sooner or later. He can feel the darkness getting closer and closer. He has decided that to defeat the enemies of his people he is going to walk into a vampire gathering and destroy as many of them as possible. Dominic knows this will mean his death, but he’s ready to die. He’s been without emotions and color for centuries now, he’s fought and lived with honor and in order to save his people he’s willing to die for them. Something changes when he gets to South America though. Hope begins to bloom for Dominic.
Solange Sangria has been on a mission to save her dying people. Her father, the king of the Jaguar people, has been on a path of death and destruction for 20 years. He killed Solange’s mother and all those she loved. She has made a vow to end his reign and try to save as many of her people as she can. Solange has a plan to bring this about, but it will mean the end of her own life as well. She has accepted that as the natural course of the battle she has been fighting for so long. She’s ready to die, tired of the battle, ready for peace and rest. Things change for Solange when Dominic enters her life.
Ms. Feehan has returned to the men and women that hooked me in the beginning, something I’m glad she has done. For those, like me, who have been disappointed in her last few novels (especially her last couple of Carpathian novels) you will love this latest in the saga of the Carpathian people. For those who have enjoyed ALL her previous works, this will be no different. And for those new to Ms. Feehan’s work this is a good place to become a fan. Ms. Feehan has once again crafted a well written story and enjoyable and loveable characters. The imagery is top notch and the emotions she provokes will have you laughing, crying, happy, and sad and at times wishing for a gun to shoot a bad guy or two. Just be ready to want to go buy the other 20 books in the series so you’ll be fully up to speed on all the Carpathians are facing.