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Dark Legacy

Narrated by: Jim Frangione
Series: Dark, Book 31
Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
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Publisher's Summary

The new Carpathian audiobook from the number one New York Times best-selling "queen of paranormal romance" (J. R. Ward).

The victim of a terrible vampire experiment, Emeline Sanchez fears she will never be free of their taint. But can an ancient Carpathian heal her heart, body, and soul, or will she always be caught between the vampire and Carpathian worlds?

©2017 Christine Feehan (P)2017 Recorded Books

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Very good story/addition to the series :D

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This was a very good story and addition to the series. I liked both Emeline & Dragomir very much and was happy with their story.

Emeline is a woman with psychic abilities, one of which is prophetic dreams. She grew up and is BFFs with Blaze (the heroine from book # 23.5, Dark Crime). Emeline was captured by some vampires while she and Blaze were trying to save some young children. Emeline went through hell and came out of it with issues but she felt so tainted that she refused to let anyone near her most of the time, even to help.

Dragomir is an ancient in the race of Carpathians. Carpathians are born vampires with other abilities like shape shifting (to any form, even mist), magic spells and psychic powers. The males of the Carpathians have a darkness in them and if they don't find their lifemates, they can lose their souls and become evil. Dragomir used to live in a hidden monastery that's filled with ancient Carpathians that are too far gone to hunt the vampires any more but don't wish to meet the dawn. Renewed hope of finding his lifemate prompted Dragomir to reemerge back into the world.

Dragomir was in the area and got called in to help when a master vampire started threatening the local hunters, their lifemates and some children the Carpathians had saved. The compound everyone is staying on should be safe but the master vampire is being much more tenacious then normal, insisting on sticking around and continuing to cause trouble with his minions rather than tuck tail and run as is normal for their kind. Emeline was given a house to use on the compound and stays there all the time, refusing to see just about everyone except the children she helped rescue. Emeline has seen Dragomir in some of her dreams but she sees what she believes is his death while trying to save her so she tries to avoid his notice.

When Dragomir does finally meet Emeline, it's in the middle of an attack and his sudden return of emotions and colors certainly hinders his normal fighting abilities (at least for a bit). Regardless, Dragomir is able to hold off the attack with some help and ends up finding his lifemate in Emeline. Unfortunately, the vampire that tainted Emeline can talk to her in her head and she's been under constant emotional abuse for weeks (as well as physical pain) and because of her state of mind, she doesn't believe Dragomir when he tells her that she's his lifemate. Emeline did have reasons to fear being completely open about what was done to her but Dragomir is completely supportive and does whatever is needed to keep her happy while convincing her that they're lifemates...which does eventually happen. Dragomis makes sure she has the home and acceptance she needs while taking out threats to their well-being and the story ends with Dragomir and Emeline happily starting a HEA (with a bit of a head start).

This was a very enjoyable story. Emeline went through hell for a few weeks and I could understand what drove her to that place, so while I found her doubts in Dragomir a bit annoying, I could understand how she got there. Once she was free of the vampire taint and was doing better under Dragomir's care, I liked her very much. Dargomir was a really good hero...sweet and supportive while still being badass. Overall, the story was very good and kept me engaged throughout so I'd recommend the story/series. :)

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Narrator Jim frangione great but story is not

This was the worst dragging story of all this series. I'm so disappointed that Ma Feehan has continued the trend of shorter and shorter story content. I will not be reading this series anymore. It seems selling books is her career instead of writing. Sad day for this one time fan.

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Great audiobook

While I enjoy the ongoing storyline of the Dark series, it has become so fantastical that it feels far off from the beginning books within the series. There is more description and feelings for each little thing that a reader can tell it is filler to make a longer book. I'm usually not one to complain about that, yet the last few books seem to be all that and little substance. If I was reading the book I would have skipped chapters that felt unnecessary. As it was listening to it, I got sidetracked several times which is beyond abnormal for me. I usually get so engrossed into an audiobook that when I drive I seldom remember driving from A to B, all I remember is the chapters it took to get there. I hope the next book doesn't have the endless descriptions and repetitivness (is that a word?) that these last few in the series have had.

The narrator was great as usual.

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Dark Legacy

Great story! Listened to the audio continuously. Has several couples and other hunters in it. My favorite type of the dark series is when there are several hunters/groups together. There is clearly a story of one couple but other people introduced and former couples and people brought back. New developments has really added dimensions to the overall plot and continued conflicts. Bad guys are given more depths. Looking forward to next one!! Thank you! Good performance. Only type better is when there are more than one reader for female and male parts. But that is just personal preference.

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  • vivian
  • Orlando, FL, United States
  • 09-25-17

Don’t like narrator

This is a good series of books, but I do not like this narrator, you can’t tell which charter is which. If I hadn’t read all the books in this series already I would have not gotten this book because of the narrator, there is some books I haven’t gotten because he narrators them, so I would think twice before I get this book

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Another Hit

I am so glad that she is back to writing full stories with a little sex in it. This is another hit in the line of the Dark series. I can't wait for the next ancient to find his mate. I know Gary's story is a ways off but I am glad to hear he is a second. Can't wait to see what power will happen when he and Tariq have to merge. I remember when the Prince had to merge and that was one powerful book. I know that the next book is coming just hope it does not take too long. I have all of them and in spite of it, all Dark Symphony is still my favorite. If you have not had the chance to listen to them all you should and even though each one is a stand alone they are so much better together. Audible does not have them all so visit your local library. They are better when you listen to them. She has several great narrators in her series. The books are so long that you would probably lose your job trying to read them because you will not want to put them down. The other three series that she has are great also.

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Wasn't a fan of the dangling ending.

I felt very unfulfilled. Not what I am expecting from the author. I'm slightly disappointed.

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A Wonderful Continuation Of The Dark Series!

Really loved the story. Em and Dragomir, are a great couple. Em did get on my nerves a few times, but she came together once her relationship with Dragomir became stronger. This was a great continuation of the dark series, and well worth the wait.

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SOMEWHAT DISAPPOINTED

Would you consider the audio edition of Dark Legacy to be better than the print version?

I Haven't read the Print version yet.

What did you like best about this story?

Dragomir and Gary. All of the Ancient Warriors from the Monastery

Which character – as performed by Jim Frangione – was your favorite?

Dragomir

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Cry over Emelines and Amelia's Fate

Any additional comments?

** spoiler alert ** Dark Legacy could have been one of Christine Feehan's all time great stories in her Dark Series. I debated back and fourth weather to give it 3 or 4 stars. I gave it 4 stars because I absolutely loved Dragomir . Having Gary there as a supporting character was icing on the Cake for me. These two characters along with all the Ancients did not disappoint. We get better acquainted with the Ancient Carpathians that came from the Monastery in the Carpathian mountains. I look forward to each of there stories.

Dark Legacy starts off with a Bang and ends in a Big Surprise. There is lots of action and the story is fast moving. These Ancient Warriors and even the Human Guards did not falter under the constant attacks by Vadim and Sergey Malinov. Ancient Master Vampires with Slivers of Xavier the great evil Mage in them. Thaey were great Villains as villains go. These Evil Master Ancient Vampires were all we have come to expect while reading these 30 books and novellas of the Dark series. As far as evil goes they did not disappoint. But the Ancient Carpathians far exceeded my expectations. The battles were so well written and choreographed. I felt like I was there cringing and terrified.

SPOILERS!!
My great disappointment was what I had feared after reading Dark Carousel. The heroine of this story Emeline Sanchez has been tortured and viscously Raped by Vadim. The worst part was the descriptive details of what Emeline and the young girl Amelia endured from Vadim and his vampire underlings. But it is even worst then that for poor Emeline. Vadim impregnates her. I almost stop reading the story after that. That is a bridge to far for me. I hate reading about Rape to women and I don't see how this adds to a story. Especially her having Vadims baby. Why couldn't it been Dragomirs child since she was his LifeMate? This was Disgusting and Vile. No matter how many Carpathian blood transfusions using Dragomir's blood does not change the fact that this baby is Vadim's. Why Christine keeps trying to make us believe that this will be Dragomir's child because she has is blood doesn't change the fact that she is Vadims child DNA is DNA. Complete Blood transfusion don't change that. This part of the story was horrible I have had a complete blood transfusion because I had extensive internal Bleeding. This didn't change my DNA. I really wish that Emeline had not been Raped and Impregnated. It brought a terrific story down too a big disappointment. A bad feeling I never could get over while reading the story. I also, felt sorry for Dragomir and felt he deserved a LifeMate without carrying the most Evil Vampires child in the Carpathian world. I felt bad for Dragomir and Emeline. After all he has waited thousands of years for his Lifemate and he should have been given a pristine sort of women. The Rape and the forced impregnation was just to much!! In future we will have to deal with Amelia the young 14 year old who Vadim raped also, but she was to young to impregnate. I don't think I will read Amelia's story. I really hope it never come up.






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Enjoyed the more in depth to some characters

Overall decent book. Had fairly good size chunks that seemed to drag. Getting deeper look into some characters was very cool.

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  • claude
  • 01-08-18

Best book in the series.

Love the book from start to finish. Love the the characters, and notators, the story line has a lot of possibility for further books.

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  • Ameworsey
  • 09-06-17

not to impressed

was only worth reading the last few chapters *sigh* yes I was disappointed iv been waiting for this for a year. I think it should of had maybe another life mate pair in it. I found myself bored very quickly. it had the potential to be so much more.
I recommend it just so that you form your own opinion. I plan on listening again in a few months once the hype has died down to see if it's changed my mind (doubtfull)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-05-18

Dark legacy

This book was as good as I knew it would be Christine Feehan has the knack of writing perfection

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  • Julie Burns
  • 10-13-18

Love this series

A great story.
One filled with angst, fear and emotions.
Dragomir has had enough of life, but refuses to end it by going into the dawn, so he fights with honour, he fights to meet his life mate (although he’s sure it will be in the afterlife)
And as a master vampire tries to kill everyone in the compound that he resides in, Dragomir will fight till the bitter end.
Never realising the woman he has seen in the compound is actually his life mate !!! Her voice brings colour and emotions back to him in a wild rush .....
Emaline has been captured by a master vampire in a previous book, she’d been abused by the vampire, infused with parasites that were slowly driving her mad.
The story goes on to unite Dragomir and Emaline and their fight to rid her of the parasites and to be free of the master vampire.
Another great story. Long may this series continue.

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  • Franzine
  • 09-28-17

Excellent Read

Another great story. Loved all the new characters. Looking forward to next story. great narrator

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  • Dolores
  • 09-23-17

AN EMOTIONAL ONE

What can I say except, Christine has gone & done it again.
Gawd how I felt for Emeline, with what she had gone through, with evil of vampires. It Just sends more than a shiver down your spine.
But the joy's she get keeping an eye on the children she had saved from the vampires.
But then comes the strength of rugged, centuries old Carpathian Dragomir, that is there for ALL OF HER. loved it

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  • Debra
  • 12-01-17

Dark Legacy

Another great story in the Dark series. I enjoy the audio books and the narratives. Can’t wait for the next one.