This is book #24 in the Dark Series from Christine Feehan, but also it is book #1 from the new Dark Serie trilogy which seems to focus on the Lycans/Carpathians; Guardians of all.
“The erotic, gripping series that has defined an entire genre” (J. R. Ward) continues as #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan links the fates of two strangers bound by a secret in the shadows of the Carpathian Mountains…
Tatijana of the Dragonseekers spent centuries encased in ice with her sister, trapped in limbo between life and death, never speaking to a soul other than those who tormented her. Now, she has been freed from her frozen prison by an unknown descendent. Awakened in human form, Tatijana yearns to explore the modern world in which she now lives — a world with more mysteries than she is prepared for.
Fenris Dalka has returned to the Carpathian Mountains after a long absence to be with his brother. He is scarred by centuries of battle, and every hard-won victory. But the real reason for his return home could prove deadly if discovered by the wrong man — or woman. Upon his arrival, he is compelled by a beautiful and enigmatic stranger who carries the scent of fresh earth, of forest, of the night itself.
In time Tatijana and Fenris will discover all that unites them — their secrets and pasts, their predators, and the hot flush of passion that stirs their souls. Yet just as surely, seduced into the silvery darkness of a full-moon night, they’ll also discover everything ancient and evil that exists to destroy them.
Tatijana was, together with her sister Branislava, the ones story I was looking forward to since they got freed from their ice prison in Xavier’s mountain. Their own father imprisoned them and they’ve never seen or remember anything else than their ice prison, and all the victims Xavier brought in. Their power was/is knowledge and they sucked up as much as they could from the many victims from him. That is a trait that proves quite handy now they are free and are able to adapt a bit better to normal times.
When Tatijana decides it’s her free choice, her freedom, to rise without the knowledge of the hunters guarding them (which is quite extraordinary already as there have been blood exchanges so she’s a very strong female to be able to hide her presence of rising) of course her sister knows.
Fen is half Lycan, half Carpathian. By battling with and against Lycans he has made blood exchanges and now feeling the changes that has been made/done to his body. We already read about 1 other Lycan/Carpathian duo: MaryAnn and Manolito De La Cruz. So it was quite nice to get more info on the Lycans.
I really liked Fen and Tatijana, both of them respected them for who they are and didn’t shy away from their lifemates duty and care they have for eachother. Fen respected that Tatijana wanted her freedom and granted it her and she on the other hand learns that real freedom means making your own choices including the choice to bind yourself to your lifemate, figuring out it is not s against her free will but working with her.
I was quite surprised that Lycans are now a new threat to the Carpathians and that they are not able to detect them at all until it’s too late!
Fen knows he’s being hunted/captured by the Lycans once they realise he’s half half as the Lycans don’t see the difference between Lycan/Vampire and Lycan/Carpathian. Of course this is a very interesting development of the story as Lycans are able to see and figuring out the safeguards the Carpathians set to protect themselves, how on earth are you going to protect yourself from this new threat?
It was nice to see some oldies coming along, Mikhail and Raven and their son, but also Gregori and Savannah and their twin girls. They are going to be a handful!
This story I loved, not only the romance but also the fight scenes, they are different! Also I finally got a glimpse of Dimitri and Skylar and man they are a fab combination I can’t wait to read about in Dark Wolf! Yes definitely a good and fantastic story Dark Lycan is with many new threats to the Carpathians and their lifemates/children. I loved how Mikhail decided on a new name for the Lycan/Carpathian as he realises that it won’t be a one-off change within their species. Will there ever be a happy ending for the Carpathian species?
And man…. The ending! It was just there… BOOM! Definitely happy I had Dark Wolf ready next to me to read…