Friday, December 14, 2007

Dark Celebration by Christine Feehan

Book Description

After centuries as the prince of the Carpathians, Mikhail Dubrinsky fears he can’t protect his people for long from their greatest threat: the extinction of their species at the hands of their immortal enemies – who are devising a scheme to slaughter Carpathian females. But even with his own lifemate, Raven, and their daughter, Savannah, vulnerable to the encroaching evil, Mikhail’s hope is not lost.

Carpathians from around the world are gathering to join their souls and their powers to bring light to the darkness. But so too are their adversaries uniting – hunters, vampires, demons and betrayers – bringing untold dangers into the fold of the Carpathian people.

Even though I haven’t read any of the Carpathian books, I could still follow this story without too much difficulty. The sheer number of characters who make an appearance here is mind-boggling, but the family tree illustration at the beginning of the book helps to put each character in his/her rightful place and in the general perspective of the story.

The camaraderie amongst the Carpathians is heartwarming, especially when there are many who left their homeland and settled elsewhere so long ago. For them to be together amongst their own kind for the holiday season (even though they don’t celebrate Christmas) is a wonderful experience. And for all Carpathian fans, it’s a rousing celebration, I’m sure, as they revisit some old friends.

Some characters are interesting and I won’t mind reading their stories. Skyler and Dimitri and Syndil and Barack are two couples who intrigue me. Gregori, the scary and efficient killer, too, is a remarkable character.

After a while, however, the Carpathians begin to feel the same. All the males seem to come from the same cookie cutter - alpha to the core, extremely loyal to their prince, very handsome, dangerous, ruthless, protective … just to cite a few characteristics. Most, if not all the women seem to have survived some horrifying experience in their past, before they met their lifemates. It is this aspect of the story that feels repetitive, and it is tedious.

The Carpathians are gifted with all kinds of power, and since they are all gathered in one place at this time, their cumulative powers should be unsurpassed … yet their enemies manage to catch them unaware, and almost get the better of them. I don’t know why Shea’s friend didn’t trigger their danger alarms for closer scrutiny, when I immediately suspected her the moment her name was mentioned. The women seem to have little sense when it comes to danger – the more the men tell them to stay safe, the more they want exert their girl power and help vanquish the enemies. Some of them seem really stupid to me.

The premise of the Carpathian story itself is interesting. But with so many books in the series, I wonder how much more can the author expand the story? Already in this book itself, tediousness has set in … maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think I can read book after book of the same old things.

Oh, and to make it worth your money, there is a whole section of extra treats to sink your teeth into ... deleted scenes, Dark Dessert recipes, Carpathian Healing Chants and Carpathian Language.

I do have three Carpathian books in the TBR – Dark Prince, Dark Desire and Dark Magic. Maybe I’ll get to reading them someday soon.

My rating4
Sensuality ratingHot

TBR Hill Challenge: 7 down, 3 to go

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