Book Review: Dark Wolf – Christine Feehan (Dark #25)

Dark Wolf is book #25 in my Carpathian series, also it is book 2 of Christine’s new trilogy (this started with Dark Lycan, Dark Wolf and Dark Blood will be released in September this year).

Release Date: January 7, 2014
Number of Pages: 432 pages
Publisher: Berkley Hardcover

WHERE DARK LYCAN ENDED, DARK WOLF BEGINS…

BOOK NUMBER 25 IN CHRISTINE FEEHAN’S ACCLAIMED CARPATHIAN SERIES

#1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan now delivers her most eagerly awaited novel of all — ten years in the making — in the “the erotic, gripping series that has defined an entire genre” (J. R. Ward).

In Dark Lycan, Christine Feehan journeyed into the heart of the Carpathians, and into the souls of two lifemates stirred by the flush of passion and the threat of annihilation. In Dark Wolf, the breathtaking story continues as the bonds of family are imperiled, and the fate of two lovers lies hidden in the seductive shadows between life and death.

Skyler Daratrazanoff always recognized the miracle that was Dimitri Tirunul, a man beyond any dream that had ever engaged her nights. But she was human. Vulnerable. He was Carpathian. Nearly immortal. She was nineteen. He was an ancient. Yet she held half his soul, the light to his darkness. Without her, he would not survive. Caught between the two warring species, Dimitri has spent centuries hunting the undead to keep his people free, and humans safe. He had survived honorably when others had chosen to give up their souls. But now, marked for extermination by the Lycans, Dimitri found himself alone, and fearing for his life. But salvation was coming…

No Lycan would ever suspect someone like Skyler to dare mount a secret rescue operation. A teenage girl. A human of untested abilities. But she had something no one else had. She was predestined for Dimitri — as he was for her. And there was nothing stronger for Skyler than her desire to see her life-dream come true. Whatever the risk.

My thoughts:

Wow just wow! I’m still reeling about this book! I’ve been looking forward to Dimitri’s and Skylar story for a long time, but wasn’t expecting this! Skylar has grown in such a lovely young lady, and I was frustrated that no one within the Carpathians even considered her as an adult. Yes she’s been through a lot but that doesn’t mean she’s not smart or is oblivious to what happens with her lifemate. Which brings me to Dimitir, ahhh Dimitri! My new hero. I loved everything about him really, he gets kidnapped by Lycans and just holds on because of his love for Skylar. They have such an unique bond together it’s unreal.

Right, now onto why I think Skylar is a lovely young lady, she just took her 2 friends (all knowing what the consequences would be as they are all related to the BIGGEST and most dangerous families within the Carpathians; Daratrazanoff and De La Cruz). I loved Josef and Paul both knowing that the only way to see Skylar safe is to help her and get her to Dimitri. Those 3 ‘youngsters’ are holding a rescue mission to save Dimitri. Skylar has got so much power, but there is quite a lot of mixed blood in her, she only needs to embrace her past and embrace what is running through her veins. Those three were hilarious and ass kicking at the same time.

The action never really stops in this book and it was difficult for me to put this down, I was glad I started this on Saturday morning and finished it very early Sunday morning… Not sure I could have handled a working day in between haha ^_^. It really comes to a head with the Lycans and the Carpathians; endangering the Prince on numerous occasions as well. But I can’t shake the feeling there is a bigger source driving these rogue attacks, especially when some Sange Rau are only recently turned but have been trained with military precision. I hope it all unfolds in the 3rd book within the trilogy as I have way more questions.

Now back to Dimitri and Skylar, yes Dimitri is a very ancient hunter and would like to see his lifemate safe at all times. But he also accept her and respects her and her choices. He’s not overly happy (and that is the understatement of the year) to have her there planning her own rescue missions with her 2 best friends. But he also knows her powers, or still learning how great they are, he knows that she wont stop and knows that he can’t hold out any longer without going to die. So he will aid her in anyway that he can, and Skylar is amazing! Healing and bending the silver doing her way and from such a great distance, she’s a great healer in the making. She uses and embraces her powers with Mother Earth but also more importantly with her mage side as she now realises mage powers can be used for good not only for evil. And plans the best rescue mission in the history of all Carpathian books!
How Dimitri handled their intimate lifes was precious and lovely to read, however where in the previous books I really liked the flower scene, in this it felt wrong to read? I’m not sure how I am able to explain it, but it made me giggle and the images in my head were not helping haha. But for the rest how he makes her realise and feel that sex, or making love is something beautiful. Yes Dimitri is lucky to have Skylar and the other way around. We will see what the future holds for them with their Mixed Blood; Guardians of all.

I can highly recommend this book, I would as always suggest to read Dark Prince (Dark #1) first. But you might be able to get away with just reading Dark Lycan (Dark #24 and 1st in this trilogy) first, but this book on its own might be a bit strange to read as this book starts off where book one has ended.

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