Friday, January 10, 2014

Review: Dark Wolf (Dark #25) by Christine Feehan

Dark Wolf (Dark #25)
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by Berkley

My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

#1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan now delivers her most eagerly awaited novel of all — ten years in the making. 

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.

It has been a long, long time in the writing and now that I finally have this hardcover edition of Dark Wolf in my hands, I am happy. Happy, happy, grinning madly, and loved every single word that involved Skyler and Dimitri.

I first met Skyler when she was just a wee little girl and Dimitri was already this quiet, strong, lethal Carpathian warrior. When I discovered he was her lifemate, I was just so mad at author Christine Feehan for making one of my favorite warrior suffer. As I continued to follow the series, I found myself  stalking the stories. I so wanted to read about these two that every little hint given or line written into the previous books were bookmarked. So yes, stalkish. I just wanted these two to finally realize their life as mates together.

Well, naughty, naughty Ms. Feehan, after teasing us with all of the books and videos, she finally gives us Dark Wolf. 

And the wait was hard, but it was all so worth it! 

As the blurb hints, Skyler, along with best friends Josef and Paul, cooked up a plan to save Dimitri. Long story short, they do rescue him but at a huge price. Lives in danger, the rescue uncovers an evil plan involving the extermination of the Hän ku pesäk kaikak, assassinate the Lycan council and wage war of the Carpathians. Whoever thought up this plan was just plain evil for it involved the creation of Sange rau newbies - all of which had only one goal: war.

True to the author's signature writing style, the story does not just focus on a romance, she also integrated action packed battle scenes that were gory, deadly, suspenseful and thrilling. Not necessarily in that order. There is also a focus on political moves that involved a serious lot of council meetings that may or may not result to a satisfactory resolution. 

What really made me smile was how the relationship between and Skyler and Dimitri was written. Remember, this has gone on for ten years and their love and devotion for each other grew right in front of all the fans. It was a beautiful relationship based on a Trust which heights maybe not have been reached by the other characters. Their link was very strong that no matter how deep one or the other is gone from the rest of the Carpathians, somehow, they still manage to find each other and just hold on. Saving each other, keeping each other safe. 

Fans, like myself, of the Carpathian novels, will find the closure they needed for these two individuals. It has been a long time coming and this did not disappoint. 

This was such a fabulous read.

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