Title: Dark Ghost
Author: Christine Feehan
Series: Dark Series/Carpathian Series #29
Date: September 01, 2015
He wasn’t civilized or tame. He had his own code and he lived by it.
Monk. Bounty hunter. Vampire slayer. Andre Boroi has spent centuries battling the undead, holding out against the dark with honor. But now, gravely wounded by master vampire Costin Popescu, Andre will be easy to track—his spilled blood marking the killing trail for Popescu and his hungry band of underlings. Andre’s only chance is to disappear into the gray mist of the Carpathians. To wait. To hope.
She had a healing touch and a scent that was his lifeblood.
In the mountains in search of a precious crystal, geologist Teagan Joanes suddenly finds herself hunted by those she once trusted. Then she comes across the warrior—wounded, wanting and irresistible. Andre has been craving her for an eternity: his lifemate. Her warmth envelops him. Her scent pulsates. And with every beat of her heart, Teagan surrenders to a passion she can’t possibly comprehend.
Now they are bound by destiny, but is it enough to keep them safe from a stalking, relentless darkness that threatens to swallow them alive?
Here we are again. After a relatively inactive week (first time visiting Los Angeles, I was so excited I forgot how to type!), here I am again with a new review, this time a book of my favorite Romance series in the entire world.
Bestselling Author Christine Feehan delivers her new Carpathians novel!
Dark Ghost is the brand-spanking-new installment (#29) of the Dark Series, also known as the Carpathians Series. A personal favorite, the Dark Series was what inspired my Romance Writer dreams, and Feehan’s Dark Prince, the first book of the series, was the first adult romance book I ever read. Such good memories…
Anyways, the Dark Series is a Paranormal/Vampire Romance series in the traditional style of Dracula, with vampires that are grotesque-looking and can shift into wolves, mist and bats. On the other side of the spectrum, we have the Carpathians, an ancient race of beings in the brink of extinction that hunts and destroys the vampires, protecting humanity
With a classic fantasy setting, fairy tale-like magic and ancient languages, The Dark Series is a gift for the Epic Fantasy lovers out there who want a little more spice to their love stories.
More information, visit the author’s website: christinefeehan.com
Now, let’s do this! ———-
I’ve been a fan of this series since the very beginning, and despite the author’s’ literary mishaps over the years (a rather large amount of them, sadly), the basic core of the stories still enchants me to this day, 29 books later.
The concept of the plot is a simple one: Carpathian people are an ancient race of beings that come from the earth. They have amazing powers; they can fly, shapeshift, control the natural elements, and their lifespans are nearly infinite.
However, there is a price for these gifts: they cannot go out in daylight, they have to drink blood to survive, and when they are born, their souls are divided in two. All the darkness in a soul goes to the male, all the light to a female. They must unite in order to be complete. And if they don’t do it in time, the darkness inside the male will overcome him and he will turn into the most despicable creature that there is, a vampire.
The men are forever looking for the other half of their souls, their lifemate, while fighting the whispers of darkness that haunt them night after night. If they don’t find her, they will be doomed, and their minds, hearts, their very souls will be engulfed by the shadow.
The main characters in Dark Ghost are Andre Boroi and Teagan Jones.
Andre is a character that was introduced a while ago, and who got the attention of many of the fans of the series. Some people might be disappointed by the fact that the plot of his book is kind of simple. To those people I say they should revisit the beginning of the series and how the books were back then. Over the last ten novels, the author has been upping the amount of action and plot included in every book, and although that it’s definitely good and interesting, personally, I must say that I have missed the uncomplicated topics of the first books. The times when it was all about the couple, and the villain was but an inconsequential fill-in are long gone from the Dark Series. And, although this is definitely an improvement, sometimes it just doesn’t quite feel like the series I fell in love with all those years ago.
Andre’s book takes me back to how it all started. To the simple charm of a man too haunted by shadows to go on living, and the woman who comes out of nowhere to give him back his soul.
Teagan is a character that I liked a lot. A modern, independent, outspoken woman, she is the perfect counterpart to Andre’s old-world ways. She is funny, she is smart, she is kind. She sees the suffering in Andre and just can’t let it go, even knowing it could mean danger for her. She is not a really deep character, I would say, but even with that, it works in the setting, because she is basically an archetype of the lifemate that Feehan has been creating throughout the last 28 books. You accept that this is the way that she is supposed to be, and don’t expect anything more.
Those who expected Dark Ghost to be a big event are going to be sadly disappointed. Even I am a little bummed at the fact that the author completely ignored the plotline she’s been building for a while now, but even so, it doesn’t bother me that much. Dark Ghost is a simple book, with no real high pretensions. It’s a nice book that it’s not incredibly interesting or groundbreaking, but it’s not boring either. Although it probably will not become a favorite, I did enjoy it, and it brought me great memories of the times books of this series used to be, and why I fell in love with them in the first place.
A very good book, with just a couple of minor details that didn’t appeal to me personally, but that in no way diminish the value of the entire piece.