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"A Suspenseful and Spell-binding Addition to the Carpathian Saga"

Everyone knows what happens to a Carpathian male who lives too long without a lifemate, but how does this lack affect the female of the species? The women do not lose color or emotion. There wouldn't seem to appear to be the same desperate need to find a mate. But what if the female is aware of her lifemate and he hasn't a clue? Hm.

Gabriel and Lucian are the legendary twins, ancient warriors who had been sent into the world to rid it of those who had given up their souls to become the dreaded vampire. The Carpathians believe them both to be dead, but it is not so. For several centuries the two thousand year old twins had been locked deep within the soil. Gabriel had bound them both there. The twins had promised each other that should one of them choose to forsake their soul, the other would have the sole responsibility for destroying him. Gabriel had yet to find the means to honor the pact he had made with his brother. Was Lucien so much more clever, or was something holding Gabriel back?

Lucian had not been ready to leave this world and had given Gabriel a merry chase. The game had often led them to Paris. It is there that they are both awakened by the activity of modern machinery. Gabriel emerged into a strange new world, a world he would quickly have to assimilate if he was to stay one step ahead of his deadly brother. As he had not fed for a very long time, Gabriel desperately needs blood to replenish his depleted cells and recover his strength. The handsome warrior has the appearance of a withered, ashen, old man when he stumbles upon Francesca. She is a healer as well as a good Samaritan. It is not unusual for her to aid one such as he.

Gabriel does not want her assistance. He knows that in his current state he would kill her unintentionally, if forced to feed on her. He does not wish to repay her kindness by ending her life, however he is too weak to resist her efforts. She offers food but this is not what he needs. Intuitively she realizes what he truly needs, and offers her life freely for his.

He is shocked to discover that she is his lifemate, and even more surprised that she had known long before he had. She had recognized him the first time she had laid eyes on him as a child, but he had been too absorbed by his duty to notice her. Rejected, Francesca had gone on with her life for centuries , believing that her lifemate had a higher calling.

To make her sacrifice as worthy of his, she had found a noble vocation of her own. She had removed herself from her people to spare other males the pain of her presence, and had entered the human world. She had used her gifts as a healer to aid the ill and abused. She had even discovered a way to alter her own makeup in order to work during the day. Now after many centuries she was tired, and had determined to spend her remain years growing old in the human way. She'd considered spending her final years with the doctor whose patients she'd often aided, even though she couldn't return his love. Giving her life so that her lifemate could carry on with his duties would also be a worthy end to her existence.

Gabriel could not end her existence as she had hoped. Francesca is the answer to Gabriel's prayers, but he is not the answer to hers. Instead he had exchanged his blood for hers, forever barring her from the human way of life, now he expects her to rearrange her plans to suit his. She vows that even the binding ritual will not sway her from her chosen end. Although it is his duty as a lifemate to see to her happiness, Gabriel is not about to let her greet the sun. In the face of her determination, he commits what he knows is an unforgivable act to force her to remain in this world with him.

In spite of her determination to remain independent, she soon finds that she needs Gabriel as much as he needs her. She should be furious with him, but the miracle he has wrought has given her much to ponder. Love poses many new problems for her. Lucien is on the loose and Gabriel is determined to honor his vow. He expects to lose his own life in the process. She admires his sense of honor, but she can't bear the thought of losing him to his duty.

Other vampires have become aware of their presence in the city. The pair must deal with them in addition to Lucien, a jealous suitor, their responsibility for a battered teen, and newly acquired human servants. It would seem that they have their hands quite full. Strangely enough, each time Gabriel finds himself in an untenable situation, Lucien comes to his aid just as he had all of their lives. Gabriel begins to wonder if their close bond, or his own new found emotions, have made him unable to carry out his vow to his tainted brother. Who will prevail?

Gabriel is an outstanding hero and Francesca is his equal in every way. Their passion and compassion is truly inspirational. It is interesting to watch Gabriel struggle with his two inbred bonds, that of a twin, and that of a lifemate, both warring for his loyalty.

DARK LEGEND is a suspenseful and spell binding addition to the continuing Carpathian saga. It teases and tantalizes and leaves the reader craving the next piece of the puzzle.

Copyright 2002

Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted December 23, 2001

SUMMARY

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
Paperback
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