Dark Symphony …. A Carpathian Novel by Christine Feehan
Back cover …….
Blinded and scarred in a terrible accident, Antoinetta Scarletti made music that thrilled the world with its beauty and passion. Descended from a long line of psychics, Antoinetta has learned to rely on her other senses to “see” the world around her, but nothing could have prepared her for Byron.
He came to her, drawn by her music, and became her secret obsession. Others fear him, sensing that he is dangerous—a predator—but for Antoinetta he is her ultimate fantasy, her dream lover. He woos her with kisses full of erotic allure, whispering that she is his light, his salvation. Byron has waited an eternity for her, and he will let nothing stand between him and the woman born to be his lifemate..
My review …..
Byron has gotten into trouble a few years ago (the problem with the authors books, there aren’t any real timelines, and as Carpathians live for a long time, we don’t have any real reference to when in time) he had mistaken his best friend’s lifemate was a carpathian female and he wanted that connection with her, and when his friend Jacques (dark desire) claimed her, he thought his friend was forcing Shea and wanted to take her away from him, (don’t want to go into to much detail, but Jacques has been captured, tortured and left for dead in a tomb, Shea rescued him, but it wasn’t an easy time for Jacques and Shea) then Byron himself had been caught and held prisoner (but he was rescued before too much had been done to him)
So he decided to leave and become a hunter like many Carpathians have (their brethren are turning into vampires quicker with each passing year, they have to either find a lifemate or face the dawn, or become the thing they most hate) but Byron wasn’t always a hunter, he was a jewellery maker, (he finds jewels beneath the earth and makes them into beautiful pieces of jewellery)
He is in Italy when he connects to music and a pianist …… she is his lifemate, and unlike the last time, he will make sure she is his, before he claims her for all time.
Antonietta is a world famous piano player. She’s also blind, an accident as a child, but that has never stopped her, she is a strong female and rules her family with a firm but fair hand. Connecting with Byron has awakened something within her, but she won’t leave her family, in fact she only intends to have an affair and move on 😉 But there are things about Byron she can’t explain.
Antonietta has a secret🤫 will she be able to tell Byron? Or will it be the secret keep them apart ? Byron has to convince Antonietta that they will be together forever, whereas Antonietta is only looking for short term 😉 she thinks the age gap will be their downfall (little does she know that Byron is a lot older than her)
There is a murderer in the Scarlatti family, or someone close to them, things are happening and Antonietta doesn’t know what to do !!! Why is her family being targeted ?
Now, I have to admit, Byron’s book was never a favourite of mine. I didn’t get the same connection between Byron and Antonietta as I did for the other couples.
But It was good that another layer of the back story has been added, and we see other races join the Carpathians, the jaguar race have always been a secret race, keeping away from the rest of society. The jaguar males have been brought up with the attitude that women were there to serve, to give birth and not much more. (We meet a few jaguar women in later books that show they don’t all take orders😉)
Oh ….. and for readers of Christine’s books, if Antonietta surname rings a bell, then it’s because of a different book she wrote (it’s about a cursed family) yes it’s her ancestors, but no you don’t have to read it.
The scarletti curse.