They were masters of the darkness, searching through eternity for a mistress of the light....
Alexandria Houton will sacrifice anything - even her life - to protect her orphaned little brother. But when both encounter an unspeakable evil in the swirling San Francisco mists, Alex can only cry to heaven for their deliverance.... And out of the darkness swoops Aidan Savage, a golden being more powerful, more mysterious, than any other creature of the night. The ageless Carpathian male snatches them from a hideous fate. But is Aidan Alex's salvation...or her sin? If she surrenders to Aidan's savage, unearthly seduction, and gives him the color, the light, the family he craves, will Alex truly save her brother? Or sacrifice more than her life?
©2000 Christine Feehan (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
love this series of stories from Christine Feehan they are my all time favorites and I listen to them over and over. if you are looking for not just a good book but one you'll want to hear over and over give the dark series a try
I loved reading this story many years ago. The narrator brought the book to life. Loved hearing the book this time around.
I'd say an 8-9 out of ten. It doesn't top the Phil Gigante/Jane Brown team-ups which is my absolute ten, and there are very few who can challenge that rank. And it's not THE best single-narrator performance I've heard, but it is very, VERY good.
Years ago, when I read this book for the first time it was not, I must admit, a favorite. It was good, no argument, but I had just read the first two books in the series, and had found them much more compelling, and it was followed by what is probably my all time favorite of the series, so it did not fare well by comparison.
Fast forward some years, and past the boom of the paranormal genre with its plethora of plucky, kickass, take-no-crud heroines, and I've come back to this book and found it a breath of fresh air. Alexandria, to me, is a far more relatable heroine.Thrust violently into a situation over which she has no control, her life totally turned upside down, her ability to fulfill her responsibilities to a beloved 6-year-old brother severely compromised, and her ONLY frame of reference for understanding these events being the research she had done on vampires for a particularly gory and violent set of video games and the sadistic SOB who turned her, she does what any normal, rational, strong-minded individual might do.
She freaks. Badly.
And I have far more sympathy for Aiden this time around. He seemed a little lacking to me on the first read, but finally realized why. I tend to prefer my heros darker and Aiden isn't. He's not an angst-hero, no tortured past, no deep, dark secrets. He's not sweetness and light either, and he has a distinct streak of arrogance, but really he's just a good man stuck in a terrible situation, trying to do the right thing by his woman.
Another thing I found refreshing about it this time is the lack of save-the-word syndrome, or everybody's-a-bastard politics. I enjoy world-building as much as the next girl, in fact my other primary preferred genres are sci-fi and fantasy, but sometimes you just want something simple, black and white, good and evil. At its heart, for all the high emotions and drama, this is a quiet book, and a gentle romance.
He was an excellent choice for this book. Unlike far to many narrators, Mr. Bachmann doesn't simply read the story, he brings it to life, catching just the right tones and rhythms to bring out the drama without going over the top.
Difficult to say. I have insomnia issues and tend to find listening to romances useful for settling my brain down so I can get to sleep, and it can take me awhile to get through a book. On the other hand, I'm sitting here, bleary-eyed, because I finished the last half of this book in one night. Part of that was insomnia, but the other part is because I was enjoying the performance.
Please, please, please use this narrator in the future for romance productions! He has the right touch for dark-heroic archetypes in the genre, something all too hard to find.
Golden God please find me I want more Please, Marc voice was great. Christine
Feehan rocks this world.
Yes, I would much rather listen to the audio version than printed version because it seems to come to life more.
Aiden was the perfect dream husband. He listened, protected yet did not dominate Alexandria. The author brought alot of Alexandria's parents traits from the first book into her character in this book.
Marc is very good with the voices. He took some getting use to because the other narrators were women but he did a great job.
I just like the entire book. It was a very good pace - not too boring or long, with just the right amount of romance and adventure.
Overall excellent book.
I was happy to hear the new narrator. It always baffles my mind how one narrator pronounces a name one way and then the next one reads it totally different. Pronunciation can be so off that you think a whole new character was being introduced. Is there no cross checking these issues?
There were a few mispronunciation of names that differs from the other books but other than that, the story was intriguing. Draws you in and doesn't let you go, which makes you yearn for the next story. I have this book in hard copy, iBooks and audible. As I do with most of the books in this series!!!
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