"Christine Feehan takes her Carpathian series to new depths of fascinating."
Dark Destiny is another great Christine Feehan
Carpathian series read. It is quite apparent with more
than ten Carpathian books out that an author can get
caught up in their formula when it works so well. But I
must say the last few books in this series were becoming a
bit too formulaic and I was losing some of the excitement
and energy Ms. Feehan can generate. Dark Destiny, however,
turned a corner, I think Ms. Feehan while being somewhat
true to her formula, as she too this book to a new level
of conflict and resolution.
Typically most Carpathian men are searching and finding
their lifemate in the telepathic or psychically oriented
women of our time. They also pride themselves on
protecting them from the vampires that would see harm come
to the lifemates as they want the Carpathian men not to
succeed in and ultimately turn vampire. But in this book
the lifemate to Nicolae, Destiny, is different for she has
already been changed to a vampire. It was done against her
will, but it is through her mind connection with Nicholae
that she is able to survive the atrocity that has become
her life and seeks out to destroy her own kind.
A wonderful concept that had me wondering how Ms.
Feehan would ultimately bring these two together. For
Destiny sees herself as darkness personified. However
Nicolae believes her to be the light to his dark and the
answer to the beast that lives with in him.
I believe what also enriched this book was how Ms.
Feehan humanized the very paranormal issue that Destiny
was dealing with. For although she was taken as child and
turned to a vampire, it was still against her will and the
abuse she endured scarred her just as it would any child
who was abused. And Nicolae comes to realize that all his
alpha-ness was not going to save her but rather his
patience and love would be the key to opening and
releasing the darkness from her soul as each sought the
light in the other.
I think it is safe to say you can't go wrong with
Christine Feehan book as she is a master of
characterization taken to a paranormal level.
Reviewed by Mindy Lobaugh
Posted November 5, 2006