Dark Challenge…. A Carpathian Novel by Christine Feehan
Back cover …..
Julian Savage was golden.
Powerful. But tormented. For the brooding hunter walked alone. Always alone, far from his Carpathian kind, alien to even his twin. Like his name, his existence was savage. Until he met the woman he was sworn to protect….
When Julian heard Desari sing, rainbows swamped his starving senses. Emotions bombarded his hardened heart. And a dark hunger to possess her flooded his loins, blinding him to the danger stalking him.
And even as Desari enflamed him, she dared to defy him – with mysterious, unparalleled feminine powers. Was Desari more than his perfect mate? Julian had met his match in this woman, but would she drive him to madness…or save his soul?
My review …..
Book 5 sees Aidan’s (from dark gold) twin Julian sent on a mission to protect a mortal woman from the society (a group of humans bent on destroying vampires and their brethren the carpathians) she has been targeted because of her strange lifestyle.
Julian is different from most carpathian males, he is tall, muscular and blond. Carpathian males are usually tall, slender and black haired.
And his thirst for knowledge sets him on a path that will see him setting a self imposed exile from his twin and the Carpathian Mountains !!!!
Desari is a singer in a group they sing only at night, and never at large gigs. Their music haunts you, makes you believe it’s written and sung just for you.
But death stalks Desari in the form of vampires and a group of humans wanting to destroy her and her family. And they almost succeed, she is targeted at a concert, mortally wounded, she is given blood and is changed for all time.
Meeting a strange and fascinating man, she becomes aware of a few things, her body responds to him (she’s never had this reaction before) and he can talk to her in the way only her family and band members can. Who is this man ? And why does he insist she is his light ? And that they will be together.
But she won’t be taken for granted, and she won’t leave her family.
They meet at one of her concerts and Julian is stunned …… Desari isn’t human, she’s a carpathian female ?!?! How is this possible ? Their women are few and he would have known her or of her. And so is the rest of her group, how has he never heard of them ? And how have they survived for so long ? What is their story ?
Julian needs to find answers.
And what is more …… she’s is his lifemate!!!
But meeting the female proves interesting, She knows what she is, she doesn’t know of her brethren in the Carpathian Mountains, she only knows her brother’s law ….. and Darius is a law unto himself !!!!
The society have found Desari, and she becomes a target. Julian can do no more than protect her, but comes up against Darius (her brother) as far as Darius is concerned Julian isn’t a vampire, but he is a powerful being, and he fears for his sisters safety, and needs to be destroyed. He is their leader and protector, and takes his job very seriously.
Vampires also target Desari (they are under the impression that a female will restore them back to being a carpathian, but once turned, they can never come back)
The story provides some funny moments, and the usual fight scenes. The ongoing struggle with the society that stalks their every move.
Desari’s struggle to unite her brother and her lifemate (both alpha males, neither backing down) she won’t leave her brother, he has spent centuries protecting them, and as he struggles with his own darkness, Desari won’t abandon him now.
And what of the dark and terrible secret that Julian hides ? Will it destroy everything and everyone he loves ?