Monday, March 22, 2010

Dark Slayer

Dark Slayer by Christine Feehan

A rumor has persisted in the vampire world of a dark slayer—a woman—who travels with a wolf pack and any among the vampires who meets her is slain. Mysterious, elusive and seemingly impossible to kill, she is the one hunter who strikes terror into the hearts of the vampires.

Ivory Malinov is that woman, betrayed by her own people, by her family, by everyone she held dear and she hunts during the night with only her pack to sustain her sanity. She has not spoken to or been with any other person for a hundred years other than to feed from or slay. She stumbles across a body on her way back to her lair and discovers—her lifemate.

He is Razvan, branded a hated criminal, detested, feared and loathed by all Carpathians—he is also a dragonseeker of one of the greatest lineages of all Carpathians Held captive nearly his entire life by his grandfather, the Carpathians bitterest enemy, he is seeking the dawn to end his terrible existence.

This is a story of two people, horribly betrayed, wounded in spirit, fighters to the death, who must struggle to unite against a common enemy.
--Dark Slayer by Christine Feehan, Copyright © 2009

My Review:

I think this is the first time I’ve listened to an audio book where I wish I’d been reading the actual physical book instead. With a book, I can go slower and re-read a passage, taking a few precious moments to savor what I just read before going on. It’s not quite the same as when listening to a book and driving down the highway to or from work.

This is (I believe) the 20th book in Christine Feehan’s Carpathian series, so if you haven’t read any of the books in this series, do not, absolutely DO NOT start with this one. You will be so lost and confused as to the intricate details of the back-story ant it might turn you off to the series all together. Seriously, this is why I stopped reading Archangel’s Kiss after only one chapter.

If you have read the series, then read on.

Ivory Malinoff is known among the vampire community as The Slayer, a dark, beautiful woman who delivers death to any vampire foolish enough to cross her path.

One night, returning to her lair, she spies the body of the man splayed out on the ground at the base of her mountain home. He is Carpathian, and he pleads with her to leave him where he is so he may meet the sun and end his long, painful existence. Ivory is tempted, but in the end, cannot comply with his wishes and takes him into her home to begin healing his many wounds.

He is Razvan, scourge of his race and believed these many years to be in league with Xavier, the sworn enemy of the Carpathian people. But Razvan was merely a puppet, a body to be used by Xavier to commit his legion of crimes as he worked to find a way to eradicate the entire Carpathian race.

Ivory had once been Xavier’s student and had learned much under his tutelage, until the day he betrayed her to the vampires. She survived beyond all odds and applied herself to learning all she could about Xavier and his work so she could one day destroy him.

Now allied with Razvan, her lifemate, and with the backing of the Carpathian prince and his people, the two must set out on an impossible mission: destroy that which does not want to be destroyed.

I love Christine Feehan’s Carpathian series and I would be hard-pressed to give any of her stories less than four stars. There is one that I think I would …but this isn’t that one.

I give this story FIVE STARS.

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