This is a review for Dark Blood (Dark #26) written by Christine Feehan. This book is part of a series, so if you haven’t read any of the Carpathian series before this series might not only involve spoilers but also it wouldn’t make much sense as this is not a stand a lone book. Go start from Dark Prince (Dark #1) and get yourself swept away with the Carpathian way of life! ^_^
Dark Blood (Dark #26) – Christine Feehan
Publisher: Piatkus Books
The fates of a warrior reborn and a seductive Dragonseeker are irrevocably entwined in the new Carpathian novel by #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan, “the queen of paranormal romance” (J. R. Ward).
At long last you are truly back with us…
Zev Hunter was an elite warrior, a dark-blood dealer of death to rogue Lycans who preyed on mankind. He was a loner, never given to personal attachments, and damned fierce at his job. But Zev begins to question his past and his purpose when he awakens in the darkness of the sacred cave of warriors—and is soothed back to consciousness by the sensuously familiar voice of one woman, the woman who has haunted his fantasies for centuries. She was Branislava, member of the Dragonseeker clan…
Mother Earth called the ancients to witness your rebirth…
For this half-mage, half-Carpathian temptress, the ritual of awakening Zev to the council of warriors was the only way to save him. Locked away for his own protection, the time has now come for his rebirth, for his blood to stir with that of the ancient warriors before him. He has been assured by Branislava that their fates are entwined, that their spirits are woven together for eternity and that his new purpose in life is beyond imagining.
Now, with a blood-sworn vow of honor, mercy and endurance, and under the influence of a siren as bewitching as Branislava, Zev begins to wonder what his purpose is, what it means for the future of the Carpathians and what it is about his rebirth that he has to fear…
I have been waiting for this latest instalment of the Dark Carpathian series since January 2014, and with the videos of Before the Dark on Christine’s fanpage it certainly had me wanting this book coming closer to the date. And it did live up to my growing expectations after watching an episode a month!
In here we read about Zev, an Alpha Male Leader of the Lycans, and apparently also the last descendant of the Dark Blood line of the Carpathians. His lifemate Branislava, Branka, is one fierce Dragonblood female. I loved how this last book of the trilogy evolved around the Dragonblood family.
Zev should’ve been dead, but thanks to Branka he is still alive. She kept him alive and I loved it when it later gets referenced to them finally finding their family after years not having one or feeling isolated. Their growth in their relationship is quite sweet – and like always a very Alpha Male, I think he shares the top 1 spot with Mikhail, he can be very sweet and loving towards his life mate. He accepts the fact that she is in on the action and how much it terrifies him, it makes him proud as well.
Although I did heave a sigh of despair when I realised Xavier is dead, well he’s in the soul world and suddenly there is a brother (triplets) well this was a surprise! Not sure if I liked it or not actually… but it did make sense as he needed to do this to get ‘hold’ of and kill the Lycans, Carpathians and Leopards. I loved the battles in this book but also the family sense of all Carpathians, these serene moments being found at any time during these horrific situations. The celebrations for a newborn, even in dark times they still always find times to celebrate the good times.
I found it a good conclusion and I always wondered where Xavier got the blood from, and reliving the memories of Branka made me shiver. I love the new ‘Guardians of All’ explanation for the good mixed blood of Carpathians and Lycans; or known in Carpathian as: han ku pesak kaikak
As Always I would recommend you start reading from book #1 – Dark Prince and follow each Carpathian on their journey from almost extinct to surviving and building up their race again. Love love love this story!