"Another good entry in this series"

Something occurs that awakens Gabriel the legendary Carpathian hunter from his self-imposed grave. Gabriel knows whatever caused this has also awakened his twin brother Lucien the vampire. Gabriel remembers how Lucien hunted vampires for centuries before becoming one and how they vowed to kill one another if they ever changed. That is why he tricked his sibling and buried both of them in the Paris cemetery.

He feels old and knows he must feed soon. Francesca Del Ponce offers him aid and he cannot resist her soothing nature. She takes him to her estate and proffers her life to him. Gabriel takes too much of her blood before realizing he almost killed his lifemate. Gabriel realizes he must protect Francesca from his brother. Francesca explains that she is Carpathian, but hid that because her lifemate Gabriel rejected her centuries ago. Though upset with himself over rejecting her centuries ago, Gabriel must continue his vampire quest, stop Lucien, and persuade his lifemate they belong together, an impossible triad of tasks for anyone not Carpathian.

The latest Carpathian tale, DARK LEGEND, cleverly provides background information intertwined in the story of two brothers, a hunter and a vampire, battling while the former has found his lifemate placing him and her in danger. When the novel stays with its main theme, the plot is quite impressive and hooks the audience. When the novel takes detours down sidebars, these subplots never fully develop nor return to the main story line. Still, Christine Feehan has written another strong entry that entertain her fans while leaving readers looking forward to Ms. Feehan's next story.

Harriet Klausner - Copyright 2001

Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 5, 2001


A Carpathian Novel

He woke deep within the ground, and the first sensation he felt was hunger. An overwhelming hunger for blood that demanded satisfaction. But as he hunted the dark streets of Paris for prey, a voice called to him, soothing, calming, giving him the strength to control his craving.

Francesca Del Ponce was a healer, a woman who radiated goodness as powerfully as the sun did light. But surely his obsession with her would turn him as his twin brother had turned, leaving the world with two monsters instead of one.

Though he knew she would be like hot silk in his arms, though he knew the taste of her would be addictive, he feared for her life and his soul if he took her. Then with one mind-shattering vow she gave herself - "I offer freely, without reservation, I offer my life for yours as is my right" - and with a firestorm of long-forgotten feelings, he glimpsed salvation.

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Vampire, Shapeshifter

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Dark Legend
(Dark: Book 8)
by Christine Feehan

Dorchester (Leisure Books)
January 1, 2002
Available: January 21, 2002
ISBN #084394952X
EAN #9780843949520
400 pages
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