Young Savannah Dubrinsky was a mistress of illusion, a world-famous magician capable of mesmerizing millions. But there was one - Gregori, the Dark One - who held her in terrifying thrall. Whose cold silver eyes and heated sensuality sent shivers of danger, of desire, down her slender spine.
With a dark magic all his own, Gregori - the implacable hunter, the legendary healer, the most powerful of Carpathian males - whispered in Savannah's mind that he was her destiny. That she had been born to save his immortal soul. And now, here in New Orleans, the hour had finally come to claim her. To make her completely his. In a ritual as old as time...and as inescapable as eternity.
©2000 Christine Feehan (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
The performance. This is a dramatic, intense book, where even a simply 'good' narrator would be greatly challenged. This is NOT a good narrator. Not for romance, and probably not for any kind of fiction, which requires being part actor.
Glancing at my bookshelf, I'd say the closest by another author, at least in tone, is Karen Marie Moning's THE DARK HIGHLANDER. Both stories revolve around a dark a hero, who hasn't always made the best choices in the past, and is now struggling to hold onto the remains of their honor despite terrible circumstances.
At about 3 hours in I can safely say this: The reading tempo is repetitive and irritating. The emotional tempo is a constant, sleepy monotone. The characterization, while it receives +1 for differentiating between characters, gets a big -10 for how poorly they're handled. Listening to it is a real struggle - I end up bouncing between utter boredom and disgusted irritation. I will be returning this audiobook and its sequel by the same narrator. I will not be purchasing any others by this narrator unless a sample shows dramatic improvement.
Don't waste your money/credits.
The main character, The Dark One, Gregori, is intense, in total control of his world and is fascinating for the reader. As his world goes from grey to color, from unfeeling to feeling, the reader is taken through an intense, thrilling story laced with love and humor.
The Dark One
I know most readers would think his performance was too monotone but he is telling the story of a creature who has walked the earth for over a 1000 years and is in full control of everything and everyone around him. He has not really been challenged to be anything else until his lifemate demands otherwise, then the humor begins.
Not able to do that but yes I could sit and listen to the whole story in one sitting if given the chance.
The Dark series is not dark, rather the series tell of a struggle among a species to survive, to protect, one with honor and integrity. I am thoroughly enjoying the whole series.
Breathtaking, emotional, sexy
Savannah because she was sexy, tough, tender but able to control the most powerful man alive
When Savannah realizes Gregori is her wolf
Yes but I had to keep backing it up because I kept falling asleep
One of the best Carpathian books in the series so far a must read
Like all of Feehans books in the Dark Series, this one kept you on the edge of your seat. The storyline is good.. though after reading my 3rd book in this series... I am over it.
These stories are a bit romantic and always at the end of the story everything kind of falls into place and it turns out okay. With this book it was no different but what I don't like is the way these Carpathian men treat their lifemates, especially in the sex scenes (sorry, I don't consider this as making love), and believe me.. there are plenty of them.
In this particular book it was extremely violent, Gregori was so twisted and dark that the first time he had sex with Savannah, who was still a virgin.. he almost killed her and to make matters worse he did this without her consent. to me this is rape.
I am surprised nobody ever commented on this before in reviewing her books in this series.
Nonetheless, it is a good, easy read and if you enjoy this particular genre, you will probably enjoy this one as well.
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