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
Many say I am easily entertained because I have given many 5star ratings, but I KNOW what I like, have my favorites, and choose accordingly.
I love this series. My only complaint...Gregori...should br pronounced...European Greg-OR-ee...not American Gregory...GREG-er-y. Anyone else agree?
I've read all the books in the series, so far and they're starting to run together. Although the writing is good, the storyline has become more than monotonous. Carpathian meets life mate, life mate wants no part of being tied down and losing her independence, life mate reluctantly falls in love and gives into Carpathian male who tells her what she can and cannot do, blah, blah, blah! I mean, come on already?? Write a story line where the life mate actually wants the male and the male is reluctant. Or that they equally want each other and are torn apart, SOMETHING! ANYTHING, except the same old, worn out story line.
Very bad narrative, could not wait for the story of Gregory, well it stunk. Read book one and stop! Trust me!!!!!
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.
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.
I loved how Gregori was so different from what I had learned from the previous books.
The Name of The Wind the plot is nothing close to similar, however both books had me enthralled.
all of them
No I am sure it could be if you had hours on your hands. I however did not listen to it all in one go.
Dark Magic is a wonderful story, rich with the imagination you'ld expect from Ms. Feehan . The narrator however needs help. Mr.Chrisden has a pleasant voice but needs help with pronunciation. The main character's name is pronounced Gregg-gor-ry not Greggery. Also Savahana is not a "valley girl" and it is doubtful that she would whine the way Mr. Chrisden read so much of her dialogue.
have always loved christine feehan. great book I am looking forward to the next one
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