Another wonderful addition to the series I loved Dimitri and Skyler Plus we got Fen Fans of Christine Feehan s Dark series have been waiting a decade or so for this book For some, there is no way anything she were to write would satisfy after a build like this Others will be so glad to get the story, that it will be an automatic 5 star read I ll be honest, I went into this one with my expectations at an all time low The past few books have been so disappointing that I was ready to quit the series Until I found out that Skyler and Dmitiri were finally on the horizon I m pleased to say that I enjoyed this book much than I thought I would.As the story begins, Dmitri is in the custody of the Lycans He is being tortured for being a mixed blood None of the Carpathians can find him In fact, Skyler doesn t even think they are looking So she teams us with her friends Josef and Paul for a rescue mission Let me stop here and share a few thoughts right off the bat Skyler is one powerful young woman She is also smart, resourceful, and determined to save her man I loved that But what I loved even is that Dimitri accepted that Of course, he wanted her to stay safe, but unlike most Carpathian males, he did not forbid her assistance He was worried for her, but he listened to her He respected her need to help him and her ability to be smart about it.Back to the story Dimitri is really messed up like, almost dead Yet he never succumbs He fights to live for Skyler And about the first third of the book is tied up in his rescue From then on, it s about healing and dealing with the increasing tensions between the Carpathian and Lycan people Tension, that could boil over into a war.The plot was fairly good But the best thing this book had going for it was the romance and its key players Dimitri is everything you could want in a Carpathian man He is strong and powerful without ever being an alpha hole He is patient and kind to his young lifemate He loves her unconditionally and here s something unusual he respects her He never berates her never makes her feel foolish or less than him in any way His care and generosity don t ever make him look weak, either He s easily one of the best heroes the series has seen Their love story is gentle and sweet I believed in their feelings for one another There s no real internal conflict, just the two of them banding together to survive the threats against their lives and their people.The supporting cast is a who s who of the series From Gabriel and Francesca, to Lucian and Darius, Zacharias, Nicolas, Razavan, Ivory, Byron, Mikhail almost everyone is here I loved catching up with old characters and getting to know about the next generation that includes Josef and Paul The whole book felt like a homecoming in a way.It wasn t perfect, mind you The spells Skyler cast got on my nerves to no end The chanting and rhyming have GOT TO GO I also had a gripe about how the story dealt with the sex Such a fine point has been placed on Skyler s sexual abuse in the past It was the big stumbling block to her accepting Dimitri as a lifemate Yet, when it s time for these two to get horizontal, it was way too easy It was like she just decided she was over being raped and passed around in the sex trade for years She decides she is over it and everything is fine True, there is a point later in the book where she has a moment of fear, but it s really small potatoes considering her history and considering the build up.And speaking of the sex, I have two other observations One, I stand by the last review where I said I think Feehan has a ghost writer for her sex scenes They are unrecognizable from the earlier books I mean, I almost fell out of my chair when Dimitri referenced his cock And two, that flower ritual is just damn stupid.Overall, I was satisfied with book, and pleasantly surprised I think most Carpathian fans will be too.Rating BARC Provided by Berkley New York Times Bestselling Author Christine Feehan Delivers Her Most Eagerly Awaited Novel Of All In The Erotic, Gripping Series That Has Defined An Entire Genre J R Ward He Is Carpathian Ancient And Unassailable She Is Human Young And Vulnerable Without Her, He Will Not Survive Caught Between Two Warring Species, Dimitri Has Spent Centuries Hunting The Undead To Keep His People Free And Humans Safe He Has Survived Honorably When Others Have Chosen To Give Up Their Souls Now, Marked For Extermination By The Lycans, Dimitri Finds Himself Alone, And Fearing For His Life But Salvation Is Coming No Lycan Would Ever Suspect Someone Like Skyler To Dare Mount A Secret Rescue Operation A Teenage Girl A Human Of Untested Abilities But She Has Something No One Else Does She Is Predestined For Dimitri As He Is For Her And There Is Nothing Stronger For Skyler Than Her Desire To See Her Life Dream Come True Whatever The RiskIncludes Never Before Published Original Bonus Material The Battle to save Dimitri begins This gets 4.0 Werewolves gone wild Stars Dimitri has gone missing and no one can sense his location, not even his mate The Carpathains know that the werewolves have him, but they continue to deny it How much time do they have to find him before he dies.Skyler has always known that she and Dimitri were mates But she was young and they were waiting to claim each other But time has run out and he is missing She regrets not allowing him to claim her and is determined to save hime from certain death.This book was full of action, violence, death, and torture It was easy to forget that this was meant to be a love story I did enjoy this one much than Dark Lycan and think it was worth the wait There was no cliff hanger with this one, thank goodness I look forward to the next installment, Dark Blood Only because I want to know how this war with the Mixed Bloods will end. It wasn t horrible It wasn t great All of the interesting stuff about Skyler and Dimitri was nowhere to be found in this book It was pretty boring, and the intensity of their relationship was gone.I think CF waited too long to write this book.I ll write a longer review later There was one thing that I found extremely hard to believe The Dimitri from earlier books would have FREAKED OUT if he knew his lifemate was about to enter a Lycan army camp to save him He was intense, racked by guilt, super overprotective The Dimitri in this book gave a couple of half hearted Don t come here, it s dangerous lines, and that was it Really Also, the flower scene was creepy And I m a botanist And I still thought it was creepy o.O Dimitri and Skyler s story is amazing It s exciting, romantic, but most of all, it s poignant The childhood hell Sky lived through wounded her, but didn t break her She s stronger than ever and with Dimitri s unconditional love and encouragement she s becoming a force to be reckoned with These last few installments I ve read have blown me away Non stop action, passion, and the Carpathian s world is changing in ways i never imagined, but am totally excited about Off to read Zev and Branislava s story I loved that I finally got to see Dmitri and Skyler together..It was a terribly long gruelling wait but in the end Christine Feehan pulled off an awesome book for them I will write up a review when I have some time but an absolute lovely book, and I just adore this couple I didn t want it to end I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review Christine Feehan s Dark Wolf has been nearly 12 long years in the making and its finally here Fans have been waiting anxiously for Sklyer to grow up and become old enough to have her own novel, while they follow the ever growing world of the Carpathians, Christine Feehan has been working diligently to create bigger plots and to bring us to stories of epic proportions.Christine Feehan is one of the best story tellers you will ever read, because she writes like no one else can From the very detailed world around them, to the amazing intricate language she has created, you have to read each book than once just to take in all the impressive details she adds to each story and Dark Wolf is no exception We first discovered Skyler in book 8 of Dark Legend when Francesca Del Ponce, and Gabriel Daratrazanoff are finally reunited Francesca gave up her hopes that Gabriel would return to her life, so she began the process of attempting to become human Eating human foods, walking in the sun, and working in a medical center where she discovers little Skyler Gabriel wakes from a long sleep after he chose to imprison himself and his brother to the ground, to save his soul Both had been gravely injured after a vicious battle but instead of walking into the light he suffered because he refused to give up on his twin brother Lucian Gabriel finally wakes and finds his way to Francesca, who is known for taking in strays and helping people, she recognizes what he is and willingly gives her life so that he can revive himself Realizing who she is, he refuses to allow her to die so he saves her albeit to her frustration, since him doing so ruins all the hard work she put into making herself human again Refusing to leave Gabriel makes it his mission to convince Francesca that they belong together and that he is ready to be her lifemate After a few comical debacles with a potential suitor Gabriel finds ways to put himself in Francesca s path at the medical center she works at, where Skyler is brought in Recognizing the abuse Skyler was forced to endure both Francesca and Gabriel make it their responsibility to help Skyler, to remove her from her abusers household and to adopt her as one of their own Over the years, readers got to see a few glimpses of her now and again, they even get glimpses of Dimitri Tirunul her future lifemate and the bond that begins to form between the two of them as the years pass But the real deal would take nearly 12 years to come to fruition It was well worth the wait In Dark Wolf, Skyler has finally come of age, and her love for Dimitri hasn t diminished Dark Wolf continues right where Dark Lycan leaves off Dimitri has been taken captive by a pack of rogue Lycans and he is dying the only one that can save him Skyler Daratrazanoff Determined to save her dying mate from the Lycans, Skyler mounts an amazing rescue with her two best friends Joseph and Paul The hilarious shenanigans the trio get into in their journey is down right comical, which really helps lighten the mood during the heart breaking scenes with Dimitri I really enjoyed getting to see Skyler mature and bloom into who she wants to be and how well she takes to accepting Dimitri as her mate despite her past trauma Readers will get to see her be smart, witty, and brave all the while impressing everyone, including Dimitri and the other Carpathians of her growing abilities Readers also get to follow along as the world of the Lycans gets deeper and intense The Carpathians are attempting to agree to a peace with the Lycans but surprise there s an evil enemy in their midst Negotiations with the Lycans come to a very shocking halt that no one will see coming One of the most action packed novels in the entire Carpathian series, Christine really gets down with the nitty gritty and the explosions will rock your world Readers will NOT be disappointed Dark Wolf will be coming to book shelves January 2014 5 At Last Comeback StarsI love you and that doesn t begin to describe what I feel for you 25 books10 years24 Carpathians that found their lifemates.Our only complaint Skyler and Dimitri We got teased We got a promised a lot We had expectations And yes it all delivered Every Carpathian male has one chance at happiness One ray of sunshine in a dark and colorless existence Dimitri met his when she was 8 years old and he had a couple of centuries on her She was broken and abused But she was hisHe had given her time Space Unconditional love He never demanded anything of her He never told her how difficult it was for him that she was his salvation just out of his reach He had always been there for her When it seems that they have a chance at building a life together, a new threat rises for all Carpathian people An alliance with Lycans is just out of reach And Dimitri He might be a weird mix of two species, revered by one and hunted down and tortured by the other.So what is a girl to do when her man is held prisoner and noone except her can reach him Launch her own rescue mission with the help of a fledgling Carpathian and a teenage human, defy her parents, venture into unknown territory and wreck total havoc Skyler is one kickass hell of woman This ladies and gentlemen is how you come back Awesome and thrilling this book was all I was hoping for Badass, emotional and sexy, back to back adventure and mystery Which is this new threat to Carpathians Will Dimitri and Skyler make their complex relationship with virtually everyone their own is totally amazing, no problem there work How about kids The wolves Do the flowers do anything else than haunting me with erotic images Bronnie and Zev Hell, I totally loved this book Where is the rest I need How about a series totally about Dimitri and Skyler Please Pre release anxiety 1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan now delivers her most eagerly awaited novel of all ten years in the making.Finally Dimitri and Skyler Expected publication January 7th 2014 And yes, it s MY BIRTHDAY I wish I was writing about how awesome this long awaited book was but the days of me truly enjoying Feehan s books seem to be gone There were some decent parts to the story but unfortunately the annoying parts happened just as much.First to the good stuff the fight scenes and the set up to rescue Dmitri kept me interested and wondering what would happen Also it was great seeing some Carpathians we haven t seen in a long time Gabriel and Lucien in particular I think the wolf pack thing is cool and hope we get an update on how Skylar and Dmitri are adjusting in the future.Now all the bad stuff the made up language drives me nuts Just stop please I listened to this on audio and the name for the Guardian of us all Carpathian werewolf hybrid in the fake language sounds like that red haired girl in Wedding Crashers using her fake language with her imaginary friends I laughed every time the narrator said it The endless chants, where she goes into long, boring detail are just dumb and annoying The early books did not have this for the better The flower fertility ritual is another very dumb and strange thing Feehan added Skylar basically gave head to the flower in detail, it was weird and funny not in a good way.I barely felt the romance with Skylar and Dmitri, it was overshadowed by his captivity and wounds and all the werewolf politics going on as they deal with the mixed blood issue There were some ok scenes but the romance really felt short changed I know they have known each other for a long time and had a nice telepathic relationship but I wanted to see sparks between them I swear Skylar spent time with Joseph and Paul than Dmitri in the book.I wish the author would stop with the incessant boring details and get back to what made this series interesting the excitement of the doomed warrior finding his lifemate and how he claims her and seeing them learn to live together Skip the fake language, the endless chants to Mother Earth , the creepy flower ritual, the endless politics with werewolves and just get back to the basic romance I have been a fan of this series for many years but it s getting harder to keep going when the books aren t as good and are getting boring I am not ready to stop yet but I am still hoping for better entries into the series in the future.I listened to this on audio so my thoughts about the narrators I loved that it had a female and male narrator The female narrator could have used a little excitement and life in her voice but wasn t too bad Phil Gigante, as always, was great.
- 476 pages
- Dark Wolf
- Christine Feehan
- 04 June 2017 Christine Feehan