This was Tatijana, of the dragon seekers, and Fenris’ (Dimitri’s brother) story. Fenris had exchange blood with Lycans and that had made him a hybrid who were known as Sange Rau. The Sange Rau feared because they were powerful so they were hunted and Fenris had to hide his new nature so he could survive. When he met Tatijana both were attracted to the other but didn’t want to acknowledge their feelings, she conflicted by her experience as a captive and he because of his tainted blood. A lot of descriptions and narrations about their situation where we knew more about both characters. . There was action with the Lycans tracking the Sange rau, suspense, romance, sex, there were some scenes with Skyler and Dimitri and we get to know what happened before with the brothers and some other characters of the previous stories that added to the drama. Interesting this turn from Carpathian male to hybrid. Intrigued me and immediately I was thinking about Dimitri. I had been reading this “Dark” series for a while and it had kept me interested all the time. Already had Dark Wolf because I cannot miss any of this stories that I like so much.
It seems to me that in the first several books they were more like stand alone books. The Carpathian finds his lifemate and the story of how he wins her. So we have the good guys, and there's always a master vampire. So, when we read about Gregory, he was the toughest of them all and he almost died in a fight with the vampire/crocodile. But then there was the group of master vampires, because one vampire was no longer entertainment. Then there was the mage. The baddest of the villains. Then he was killed. So now he have the sang raw. It would seem to me that when you live as long as they do, especially the most ancient warriors would have at least heard about this. So I think it interesting that there's more of a story line now than it used to, but there needs to be a consistency, instead of trying to think "ok, what can be worse than this for the next book?" because it becomes too incredible. And then it makes the heroes from the first books look like wimps.
I find myself attracted to the Carpathians get again. Carpathian/Lycan Fenris Dalka answers the call of his blood and heart to claim his lifemate Tatjiana. Placing them both in danger of discovery by Lycan hunters who must find and destroy rogue werewolf packs before they kill more innocent people. Fen must keep his true identity hidden from the Lycans as he fights to protect those he loves from the sange th and those who view anyone of mixed blood as such.
Do you really think it's a good idea to be walking through the woods with me?" ~Tatijana Dragonseeker.
So begins the story of Tatijana and Fenris Dalka, her unexpected and unwanted lifemate. Ancient Carpathian warrior. Check. Rogue werewolves. Check. Dragonseeker lineage. Check. Intense battle and action. Check. Unforgettable love story. Check. Witty dialogue. Check. Appearances by much-loved former characters. Check.
THIS is perhaps Feehan's greatest offering in a LONG while, since Dark Slayer. I just loved the chemistry between Fen and Tatijana, Fen and Zev, Fen and Dimitri, Gregori and Mikhail, and also a very touching scene between Gregori and Gary Jansen (Kleenex alert). Fenris Dalka is one of the BEST heroes of the series who has become what the Lycans refer to as Sange ray (Bad Blood) or hybrid Carpathian/Lycan. Should it be discovered the Lycan Elite Squad, led by Zev Hunter, will exterminate him by Moarta de Argint (Death by Silver). Fen fears he has also unknowingly endangered his brother, Dimitri (lifemate to Skyler), making Dimitri as he is by exchanging blood after being wounded in battle. This is also the first book that we come to know the daughters of Rhiannon, Tatijana and Branislava. Tatijana has an awesome sense of humor and her quips about her "wolf boy" or even calling Fen and Zev "wolf men" is endearing. The interaction between Zev and Bronnie is hilarious, yet the weft and weave of the plot deepens with Zev, the Lycans, and the continued assassination attempts on Mikhail Dubrinsky, Prince if the Carpathian people.
This is the foundational story that sets up the trilogy stories of Dimitri and Skyler (Dark Wolf) and Zev Hunter and Branislava (Dark Blood). However, although the mastermind behind the plot remains hidden and we know that three of the Malinov brothers have since seen the justice of the Prince (Kirja Malinov in Dark Secret, Maxim Malinov in Dark Demon, and Ruslan Malinov in Dark Predator) which leaves Sergey Malinov who, although wounded in a Dark Slayer by his sister Ivory and Razvan in Dark Slayer, escaped and still lives, and Vadim, whom we haven't chanced to meet as yet in ANY if the previous books. So, I'm betting on Vadim Malinov to be the one behind the master plan set in motion centuries ago with the Dark Blood/Sange rau army to kill the Prince and end the Carpathian species.
So very glad this book had waaaay more dialogue between the characters and a well-developed plot than recent offerings. It was one I couldn't put down.