Dark magic ….. Christine Feehan…. A carpathian novel
Back cover …..
Young Savannah Dubrinsky was a mistress of illusion, a world-famous magician capable of mesmerizing millions. But there was one-Gregori, the Dark One-who held her in terrifying thrall. Whose cold silver eyes and heated sensuality sent shivers of danger, of desire, down her slender spine.
With a dark magic all his own, Gregori-the implacable hunter, the legendary healer, the most powerful of Carpathian males-whispered in Savannah’s mind that he was her destiny. That she had been born to save his immortal soul. And now, here in New Orleans, the hour had finally come to claim her. To make her completely his. In a ritual as old as time . . . and as inescapable as eternity.
My review ……..
For centuries Gregori has battled the vampire, but he’s also battled the darkness inside himself. The more battles and kills he makes to keep his carpathian brethren safe, the more of his soul he loses. He is the greatest healer they have, and he has dedicated his life to finding the cause of infantile deaths in his race.
Their beloved females don’t seem to be able to carry children anymore. Most lose them early in the pregnancy, and if they go to full term, most lose the child within its first year of life.
Gregori has worked out that human psychic females can be safe turned into a carpathian, (the other half of a male carpathian soul,) guaranteeing he doesn’t turn into a vampire.
But Gregori hides a terrible secret…. he made sure that the female child being carried by his best friend Mikhail’s lifemate Raven was to be HIS lifemate!!! He knows dark magic and used all his talents and healing skills to ensure the female would be his light, his other half of his soul, and he’s kept that a secret since the child was born. And through her childhood he has been her guardian, her protector, her shadow….. And now he needs to claim her, he can’t hold out any longer, the darkness calls to him.
Savannah has always known “the dark one” a family friend, her fathers best friend. But he scares her, he is domineering, arrogant and totally focused. She doesn’t want to be his “mate” she wants a life, she wants her freedom. And escaping from the Carpathian Mountains to become a world famous illusionist seemed like a good idea, Savannah loves her job, but lives a solitary life. She can’t form emotional attachments, another’s touch can’t be tolerated.
And when her job brings her into contact with a vampire and Gregori, savannah knows her time has run out !!!
Their journey is an interesting read. Savannah wants freedom and independence, but she knows of the struggles that the Carpathian male face. But why shouldn’t she choose ? She doesn’t want to be put in a cage.
Gregori thinks he has taken a lifemate meant for another carpathian, he finally faces his doubts, all his confidence and bravado doesn’t make him feel any less guilty, does his need outweigh another of his brethren ? Would savannah actually been his ?
As always the author brings their world to life. Very descriptive, and very entertaining.
Love the fight scenes, always full of action.
We also get to meet Gary (he plays a huge role in the ongoing story that appears soon) a human scientist that gets more than he bargains for when he meets up with savannah and Gregori.