They were masters of the darkness, searching through eternity for a mistress of the light....
The stranger silently summoned her from across the continents, across the seas, whispering of eternal torment, of endless hunger...of dark, dangerous desires. And somehow American surgeon Shea O'Halloran could feel his anguish, sense his haunting aloneness.
Drawn to the far Carpathian Mountains, Shea found a ravaged, raging man, a being like no other. And she trembled. For in his burning eyes she recognized the beloved stranger who'd already become part of her.
But was she to be his healer...or his prey?
©1999 Christine Feehan (P)2012 HarperColilns Publishers
Better than the first book this one drew me in
I can think of no other book to compare this apart from the first int the series.
I don't think I would have change anything
Gregorie's imput into the story for him to find his life mate
"Christine Feehan is Great!"
The plot continues on from the Dark Prince. The Carpathian world gets bigger and more questions are answered.
When Gregori and the prince come to help the second time. The dialogue is great.
It really made me laugh to hear the byplay between the males.
Just a great read. All questions get answered and the story line is set for the next book. I like this narrator.
"Narrator a big improvement over previous version"
I liked this narrator much better. She especially does a good job with the male voices. It's just a better dramatic reading. I've listened to all the books in this series, and I hope some of the other earlier books are rereleased with a different narrator.
Abby Craden does a much better job on this than Juanita Parker. Parker always sounds like she's reading to children.
"Not as Good as the First in the Series"
This is one of those series that I originally started mainly because of the dark overtones that is appeared to have. When it comes to vampire lore I love the more non-traditional version, grounded in more the history than the myth - but still with the dark and mysterious feel. So far this series has proven to be just that.
Grounded in the origins of the vampire legends -- namely the Carpathian mountains and the original asserted origins of vampires in general -- this book and series does a great job of incorporating the two.
Jacque, however, isn't quite as strong a character as his brother, Mikhil. And the story line, or at least the way this one was built, doesn't help that feel. The inability of the main character to have no memory of his life, or how his fractured mind got to be that way, made it hard to really connect with him as a character.
Shay was, however, a more well rounded character than Raven (Dark Prince). She is more grounded in medicine and science -- which makes it a more interesting approach to the concept of science confronting myth and fiction.
Overall -- the story was ok -- but it became a little burdensome by the end. It just started to feel exactly like the first one -- but much more removed from the historical references -- and more anchored in the romance. But I do enjoy the darker nature of the romance, and the Gothic feel overall.
The ending a little cliche. The vampire was one that was interesting -- and it could have been figured out if you were familiar with the story line of the first in the series. Also, there was simply a feeling that too many story threads just weren't quite pulled together.
I didn't really have a favorite in this one. Although the dark nature of Jacque is very intriguing. Her rendering of most of the characters is along a mysterious vein -- and she does a good job of capturing and entrancing the reader.
"How to strong women become weak?"
This was just an ok book, I'm still sticking with the series for now. Fingers crossed.
"loved it. Narration was very good.very enjoyable w"
loved it. very enjoyable and will be listening to more from this author. narration was great
"such a deeply emotional and sensual experience!"
I enjoyed the tale of the Carpathian male who emerges from years of torment and torture into a world filled with love.
i liked this better than the first. very good couldnt stop listening to it. on to the next.
"Narrator = Females Whining"
A different narrator! I've listened to another book by this narrator; it wasn't good. I decided to give her another try. Her narrative female voice makes all of them whiny, weak, always questioning and afraid. I will not listen to this narrator again.
Yes, if the narration is different.
There is a male who performed Elizabeth Hunter's Elemental series....I can't think of his name....but, he is wonderful.
"YES! Book 2, Dark Series: Jacques & Shea"
Feehan does a pretty good job in her world building, and in portraying the depths that Jacques has been driven to. Shea's background adds an interesting development. A few weak points in the logic of certain situations, but not enough to detract from the story or series. One of my favorites- I've collected all ebooks, now I've started on the audio. While I prefer the voice of Juanita Parker in the original recordings, I don't miss her reading "accrost" instead of "across" & many other mispronunciations.
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