Dark Storm … A Carpathian Novel by Christine Feehan
Awakening after all this time in a world of absolute darkness and oppressive heat, Dax wonders in how many ways the world above must have changed. But it is how he has changed that fills him with dread and loathing. Buried alive for hundreds of years in a volcano in the Carpathian Mountains, Dax fears that he has become the full-fledged abomination that every Carpathian male fears, a victim of the insidious evil that has crept relentlessly into his mind and body over the centuries. But there are some things that never change.
His name is Mitro, the vampire Dax had hunted all these long centuries. Second in command to the prince of the Carpathian people he is the epitome of everything malevolent, and perpetrator of one of the most shocking killing sprees known to man – and beast. Even his friends and family weren’t safe from Mitro’s bloodlust. Neither was Mitro’s lifemate, Arabejila, an extraordinary woman with extraordinary gifts. But now that Dax has re-emerged, so too has Mitro. The ultimate battle between good and evil has been re-engaged. Between Dax and Mitro, a violent game has begun – one that has marked Riley Parker, the last descendent of Arabejila, as the reward.
To be honest, I was never sure why this one was written. Yes I enjoyed it, yes more information was added to the back story of the Carpathian’s fight for survival. And it was great to read about another ancient. But it could have been a Novella.
Dax is an ancient, he had been fighting vampires for a long time, and his last adversary was a master vampire, they had fought for what seemed like forever. Seizing his chance Dax locked both himself and the master vampire together under the Carpathian Mountains. He was prepared to give his life up for his people. He couldn’t let Mitro free ……..
Riley and her mother have been coming to the Carpathian Mountain’s for as long as Riley can remember. Her family have been with great magic protecting the mountain’s, there is a family duty that must be done, if not a great evil will be released upon the earth. But time is running out, Riley and her mother need to get there, they know something is emerging ……
Dax has woken, something is different …. something is very wrong ….. Mitro is awake!! He needs to waken and finally destroy the master vampire, but he’s worried that he’s already turned himself!!
Riley is on the run!!! They killed her mother and now they are after her!! She needs to get to the mountain to say the words to keep the monster contained (she doesn’t really believe the legend, but she promised her mother)
The battle between Mitro and Dax is very intense, they know each other’s weakness. But Dax can’t lose, if he does, then an evil will be let lose, and to add to his burden, his lifemate has been found!!!
We catch up with a few old characters from previous books.
It’s a good read, but as I said it could have easily been just a Novella.