This is part of the book series Dark Carpathians from Christine Feehan. The first book is Dark Prince, which I can recommend reading first, the best way is to read this series in order. Not only because I love reading series in order, but sometimes some things that are happening within the book can be explained or understood better when the series have been read from Dark #1. Reviews of the other books in the series are coming, but I like to start with recent read books so I can make honest reviews.
Mass Market Paperback Release Date: September 25, 2012
Number of Pages: 464 pages
As brutal as the undead he hunted, Zacarias De La Cruz was a master executioner. Over the long, dark centuries, he plunged into so many battles they blurred into an endless lifetime of evil that hardened the soul of this merciless, ruthless and implacable dark predator.
Now his stark and savage journey is over. After a thousand years in a gray world, he has accomplished everything he set out to do. His brothers are safeguarded. Each has found a woman who completes them. And they are at peace. For his brothers, Zacarias has walked the edge of madness, but with centuries as a killing machine now left to the past and without a hunt to define him, Zacarias wonders, for the first time in his life, who he really is.
The answer awaits him back home in Peru, in the betrayal of a woman who is readying her trap, in the vengeance of an old enemy, in the inevitable consequences of a bloody family legacy, and in the deliverance of a lifemate he never could have imagined.
This was one of the difficult books I’ve read in this series. It was also the book that took me the longest to read. I didn’t liked how rough Zacarias was with Marguarita, but at the same I could understand why he was like that. He’s been so consumed with darkness his whole life, protecting his brothers his whole life and that is going to cost you dearly as a Carpathian. Especially when you read about his earlier memories he’s got from his parents and his need to protect his brothers, why he’s so protective of them and why you will find in his thought the need/the will to die with honor by the sun.
Marguarita, has been terribly wounded by a vampire in the last book so I thought she might have more fear of someone as dark as Zacarias, but she seemed to completely, well almost completely, do everything he needed/demanded from her. He’s so rough and tough with her and it was sometimes on bordering the lines with abuse. But I could read past that as he is a true Carpathian and bound to his honour and to his lifemate that you know he will figure it out. Although hoping that it won’t be too late.
I found it interesting to read about how colour might not always be completely restored to someone with so much darkness in him, someone who has been close to turning (as read in Dark Peril). The battle with the master vampire Ruslan was interesting to say the least and the fact that Zacarias finally drew on his lifemate and figured out why she’s his other half, drew her into the battle without the master vampire aware that he’s bound to his lifemate.
The ways he’s slowly trying to enjoy his surroundings, trying to figure out his feelings, is quite beautiful to read. I wanted to weep for Zacarias one minute and shake him and pound him on the chest out of anger, to his behaviour towards Marguarita. But as always I knew he would be smart enough to figure it out for himself, how do you know what the binding ritual words actually mean if you have been cut off from those emotions for centuries… They don’t come rushing back with the knowledge what each emotion entails.
All in all I would highly recommend again to read this book, although I would advise you to start from book one, Dark Prince, to understand this particular journey.