Dark Destiny …. A Carpathian Novel by Christine Feehan
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Her childhood had been a nightmare of violence and pain until she heard his voice calling out to her. Golden and seductive. The voice of an angel.
He had shown her how to survive, taught her to use her unique gifts, trained her in the ancient art of hunting the vampire.
Yet he could not bend her to his will, no matter how great his power.
My review …..
This is one of my favourite stories in the series.
Destiny as a small child was duped by a vampire, seducing her with his beguiling voice, he slaughters her family and takes her as his captive. Abusing her physically and mentally, her captor converted her from mortal to vampire. In one desperate moment, she links mentally with an ancient warrior, he helps her, shapes her into a warrior, honing her skills.
She kills her vampire captor and sets her on a journey to rid the world of this most vile creature, but always she hears her rescuers voice, asking for her name, telling her to call out to him, he can help her with her burden. But Destiny won’t be fooled again. He might have helped her kill the vampires, but she won’t trust anyone ever again.
Nicolae Von Schreider was sent out by the previous prince of the Carpathians (Mikhail’s father) he knew their race was on the brink of extinction, and when his son Mikhail finally brought his people together, he didn’t want the ancients to influence him. So Nicolae and his brother Vikirnoff travelled around the world searching for vampires, knowing their chance of finding their lifemate a near impossible task.
Centuries later, a young girl connects with Nicolae telepathically, in such fear and agony. He can do no more but to aid the young child, helping her to distance her from the brutal bearings and abuse that is being inflicted on her. Commanding her to call to him, he wants only to help her…. but she remains silent, he knows she won’t trust him, so he teaches her the ways of a carpathian hunter.
Years go by and still Nicolae searches for her, it seems by aiding her it gives him a quest of sorts, it keeps the darkness from spreading, but it won’t be long, he can’t hold out for much longer ….
Destiny is now a young woman, in constant pain from the poisonous blood coursing through her veins, from the vampire converting her many years ago. He thought she would give him back his emotions, but Destiny was not his lifemate, so he continued to abuse her, until she manages with Nicolae’s help to kill her tormentor.
The story then goes on to the usual conclusion, but unlike a lot of the dark carpathian novels, it’s not full of sex, Nicolae has to come to terms with Destiny’s past, and so does Destiny. It’s shaped her to be the woman she is today.
And it also shows her that monsters are also in the guise of humans (there are things going on in the book that makes Destiny think that a vampire is behind it all)
We meet some really fun characters, we also meet his brother Vikirnoff (who gets a book) and a really strong female in the shape of Mary-Anne, who we get to see run rings around a carpathian male 😉
But my favourite characters were a pair of geriatric sisters (they were so funny)