Feehan’s descriptive tale of paranormal romance and suspense is sure to keep fans of her Carpathian series satisfied! While this installment may not be as exciting as previous novels, it still has all the basic elements to make a story all Feehan fans will love!
Dark Slayer begins with Ivory. Ivory is a Carpathian or more commonly known as a vampire. She is a loner, untrusting of others like her because hundreds of years ago her Carpathian brothers tried to kill her and ultimately all turned evil. For hundreds of years she rested in the earth, trying desperately to heal her body. One of the things that saved her was a wolf pack. Her constant companions for years, they have never left her side and will do anything to protect her.
Razvan was fourteen when he was taken by Xavier, a mage, and the Carpathians ultimate enemy. Under Xavier’s control, he was forced to do many horrible things…things for which he can never forgive himself. One day circumstances allow Razvan to escape and he desperately runs to the deepest recesses of the Carpathian mountains in order to die in peace. Moments before the dawn would take him, Ivory discovers him. Not only is he battered and bruised, but he is her life mate. Her one and only companion for all eternity. She saves him, despite the dangers he presents and together they strive to defeat their common enemy; Xavier.
Fans of Feehan’s earlier work will continue to love Dark Slayer. While each couple’s story follows the same basic principles, Ivory and Razvan are a unique couple. They develop a connection the builds on respect, courage and honor. Razvan admires and appreciates Ivory skill and talent that she has relentlessly built over the years and Ivory is in awe of Razvan’s ability of acceptance and determination to survive and succeed.
Christine Feehan writing creates many wonderful things. When reading the first half, I was amazed at the amount of emotion and heart that was displayed in her storytelling. She is spectacular at describing the pain and joy of falling so deeply and completely in love. These characters become so much a part of the other that you don’t know where one character ends and the next one begins. She is very heavy on the description and characters inner thoughts that you have very little communication or dialogue throughout the book. Which may be a pro or con to some readers. You also have to appreciate or accept the fantasy. These overwhelming emotions the characters feel about their relationship with their life mates are sometimes difficult to understand. The life mates learn more about each other by telepathically experiencing each others lives. Obviously the book doesn’t have the time to take us on that same journey so it is sometimes difficult to comprehend the depth of their emotions and why they feel that way.
While I didn’t feel this novel was as wonderful as previous Carpathian installments, I still enjoyed it immensely. Razvan was different from the normal overbearing males Feehan has written about and was a interesting change of pace. Both of them were loners, alone in the world, forming a bond that nothing could break. Christine Feehan’s series shows no signs of slowing down, so I think we have many more Carpathian novels to look forward to!