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The Only One (Dark) [Mass Market Paperback]

Christine Feehan , Susan Squires , Susan Grant
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Books; Reissue edition (1 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843951702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843951707
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 442,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In three novellas, vampires and an underground warrior on a devastated planet struggle to find and win their one true loves--the only women who can match their passion and bring them salvation.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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Christine Feehan does another Carpathian tale – Dark Descent. Triain is another of the hunters sent out so many centuries ago when the fate of the Carpathians was first anticipated by their prince. Traian’s lifemate is Joie Sanders who is a bodyguard and security expert. She comes well armed and prepared to defend herself and those she loves. They meet in the Carpathian mountains, which is a nice return, although much of the story is set in an extensive cave system, or in Joie’s hotel. Joie is sure she is going crazy, because after an ‘astral’ meeting on her part, she keeps hearing a voice in her head. Triain is delighted to find his lifemate, although presently taken up with fighting a master vampire. Until Joie comes looking for her delusion, bringing her family too. The trio of humans are great, their relationship very strong and well developed in a short time. Gary (from Dark Magic) reappears here, and I was very glad to continue his byline in the connected tale. A great, if short, addition to the series.
The Star Queen by Susan Grant jumps into the formation of the alliance that forms the Galatic Council and the writers of the Treatise of Trade (used so cleverly in ‘Star Prince’). I have enjoyed that a number of Grant’s sequels (Contact and this story) have been prequels, each going back a step – we have the foreknowledge of our dealings with the ancestors and what they have wrought to add to the enjoyment of the struggle to get there.
The premise of Susan Squires ‘Sacrilege’ is a very interesting one. It treats vampirism and the need for blood in a religious way so that the blood lust can be overcome or at least managed.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It is "The Only One" 19 May 2003
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I bought this book initially for Christine Feehan's The Only One. As an avid reader of the Dark Series I have all her previous titles. As with "After Twilight" another colaboration with other authors I enjoyed the M/s Feehan's contribution, but unlike "After Twilight" have yet to read the other authors. However, as a continuation of the Dark Series this is a must. Traian Trigovise, our Carpathian hulk, is one of the ancient warrior we read about in After Twilight, who is like Falcon is returning to his home land and before reaching his homeland meets his lifemate, Joie Sanders, Traian lifemate is a warrior in her own right. As with all lifemates Joie has psychic abilities. However, unlike other lifemates, with the exception of Alexandria in "Dark Gold", has close family members. I hope M/s Feehan expands on these family members, they sound very entertaining. This book also give news on what has been happening in the lifes of characters from other titles.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 12 May 2003
By Detra Fitch TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Three dark romance stories unfold within this single novel.
First is Dark Descent by Christine Feehan. Joie Sanders was one of the best bodyguards around. Wounded during duty, she ended up in a hospital for treatment. Joie dealt with the pain by imagining herself in the mountains. It was a trick she had often used, never suspecting that she really was traveling outside her body. In those mountains she met Traian. He was wounded as well and lay in a dark cave. Once their minds touched Joie could not escape Traian's voice. He had linked with her, knowing instantly that she was "the one". He had waited several life times for her.
The second is The Star Queen by Susan Grant. Romjha B'kak was leader of an elite group called Raiders. Tai Sai was th group's bombmaker. The group was about to meet some royal outsiders from the stars that would change their lives!
The third is Sacrilege by Susan Squires. Magda had been at the Mirso Monastery to overcome her addiction of taking the last drop of blood from her victims. Those within the monastery taught against pleasure and emotions. Love was to be avoided at all costs. Those who failed the teachings were hunted down by the Harrier and executed. When Brother Pietr believed Magda ready, he sent her to San Francisco. She was met by Davinoff and helped to blend in. But Pietr had done the unthinkable. He had fallen in love with Magda. When his mentor, Rubius, found out of Pietr's feelings, he sent the Harrier out to assassinate Magda, though she had done no wrong!
**** Paranormal, Science Fiction, and Romance blend together for this collection of novellas. I enjoyed every minute as I read deep into the night. ****
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2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Has she lost the plot? 16 May 2003
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I bought this book because of Ms. Feehan's short story, hoping that it would be better than Dark Symphony (her last book which was about as engaging as watching a snail move 10 feet)but it was about the same level of pornographic nonsense. I finished reading the book last night and felt so dissappointed. I know that this was only a short story, but it is as if she couldn't be bothered to explore the characters in the book. The plot had promise, but Ms Feehan was more interested in exploring sex scenes - the Vamp and heroine having sex in full knowledge that a group of vampires are waiting outside ready to kill them.
It really is a shame because Ms Feehan can write some sexy (not "sex" - but "sexy") and intelligent stories that can put a smile or two on your face (ie. Dark Fire). In relation to the other stories in the book - held no interest for me, kind of boring.
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82 of 84 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark Descent by Christine Feehan 23 July 2003
By Kelley Hartsell - Published on Amazon.com
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Traian Trigovise is one of the ancient Carpathian hunters, sent out over a thousand years ago by the former Prince. He has dedicated his life to hunting the undead, evil vampires, once Carpathians, who have chosen a life of evil and power. Traian was returning home to see his new Prince when he happened across a pack of vampires working together, incessantly searching for something unknown to him, that can only be incredible power, the only thing strong enough to make these usually solitary creatures join forces. He was severely injured in a battle with them, and was going away to heal when a vision of beauty, unlike anyone he had ever known, comes to him.
Joie Sanders is a self-employed bodyguard, selling her protection services to those in need. She is injured on the job, not for the first time, and uses her psychic abilities to astral project out of her body and away from the pain of her wounds plaguing her. While free and floating she ventures far, into the Carpathian Mountains, where she happens upon a beautiful ice cave and sees him.... One she thought but a dream.
Both are startled to find each other, Traian especially, when he sees color for the first time in hundreds of years, realizing she is his lifemate, the other half of his soul. As they both heal from their injuries, much time passes while they take advantage if their mind link, though Joie is convinced she is going crazy... hearing that voice in her head. When she is on a caving expedition, they meet in the flesh, him again being severely injured, trapped by the vampires, in a mysterious wizard's cave, where Traian is sure the answers sought by the evil ones can be found. Joie comes to his rescue, with the help of her brother, Jubal, and her sister, Gabrielle.
All is still not well though for Joie and Traian. While she adjusts, remarkably well, to being mate to such a wonder of a man - who is very old-fashioned - the vampires are still seeking their elusive answers, which Traian needs to prevent, as he is convinced only something able to grant unsurpassable power would be reason enough for vampires to unite. They are in a race against time... to prevent the vampires from finding their answers, all the while they lean what it is to be lifemates.
Ms. Feehan has written yet another gripping tale of passion in the incredible Dark saga. Joie is probably one of the most memorable heroines to date in this series, showing a fierce independence and strength of her own, as do all the heroines, but she just stands out in the memory banks, making her a more then perfect mate for one of the ancients, the strongest of the Carpathian race. Traian is the typical alpha male in most ways, his desire to protect his mate as strong as is normal for his kind, but with an understanding and respect for Joie's need to feel empowered and strong in her independence.
Also of note, Ms. Feehan expands her world even more, adding a fantastical element in the form of the wizards' world, complete with magical spells, curses, and dragons. She has added new factors, evidence that her world is far from being complete. As always, one will be captivated from the first paragraph, featuring the vivid battle of Traian vs. the band of evil undead. She holds the reader in her spell all the way through the final climactic scene resolving one storyline, but leaving another wide open, hopefully to be carried into future books in the series.
Those skeptics out there who claimed the Dark saga was getting old and stale are in for a surprise as that couldn't be farther from the truth. Ms. Feehan's voice is as fresh as ever, and with all the new elements to the saga being added in this story, the excitement is bound to continue for a long time coming. The only thing wrong with this story was that it was way too short!
© Kelley A. Hartsell, April 2003. All rights reserved.
33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for Newbies! 3 Nov 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
There have been lots of plot synopses and comments for the various stories... I'm going to step forward with some important info that a casual reader may not notice about this book:
THE ONLY ONE is an anthology of three novella--each a sequel in some way, shape or form. Presumably the idea is that readers of one world will buy the book, read the other novella, and search out the other volumes to the various worlds. An interesting concept--but with one flaw. Unless you read these series, these short novella are NOT going to be as interesting.
So--if you enjoy Grant's STAR series, or SQUIRES' Sacrament, or if you collect Feehan's DARK stories--you may want this anthology. If you read all three, it's a definite must-buy, just to see what these authors add to their worlds... if you haven't read anything from any of them... give the anthology a skip and pick up the first book from the world that MOST interests you.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 12 May 2003
By Detra Fitch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Three dark romance stories unfold within this single novel.
First is Dark Descent by Christine Feehan. Joie Sanders was one of the best bodyguards around. Wounded during duty, she ended up in a hospital for treatment. Joie dealt with the pain by imagining herself in the mountains. It was a trick she had often used, never suspecting that she really was traveling outside her body. In those mountains she met Traian. He was wounded as well and lay in a dark cave. Once their minds touched Joie could not escape Traian's voice. He had linked with her, knowing instantly that she was "the one". He had waited several life times for her.
The second is The Star Queen by Susan Grant. Romjha B'kak was leader of an elite group called Raiders. Tai Sai was th group's bombmaker. The group was about to meet some royal outsiders from the stars that would change their lives!
The third is Sacrilege by Susan Squires. Magda had been at the Mirso Monastery to overcome her addiction of taking the last drop of blood from her victims. Those within the monastery taught against pleasure and emotions. Love was to be avoided at all costs. Those who failed the teachings were hunted down by the Harrier and executed. When Brother Pietr believed Magda ready, he sent her to San Francisco. She was met by Davinoff and helped to blend in. But Pietr had done the unthinkable. He had fallen in love with Magda. When his mentor, Rubius, found out of Pietr's feelings, he sent the Harrier out to assassinate Magda, though she had done no wrong!
**** Paranormal, Science Fiction, and Romance blend together for this collection of novellas. I enjoyed every minute as I read deep into the night. ****
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not The Only One - Just 3's A Crowd ! 13 May 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am a great fan of Mrs. Feehan Dark Series books. I have just finished Dark Symphony and I enjoyed it very much. I ordered this book "The Only One" book from Amazon.de and I had to wait so long for this book (I don't know why it took so long to get here). I was really excited when I finally got it last week.
But after reading 3/4 through the book, I was ready to chuck it away. Sure, the story of Dark Descent by Christine Feehan was good (though not long enough! what happened to the evil vampire?), and The Star Queen by Susan Grant was also OK - not so exciting and looked like rushed writing, it seemed.
But the vampire story by Susan Squires was really a yawn. There were many terminology/events in there that it took me a while to read and grasps the story. I realized it's even more far-fetched and unbelievable than the Carparthians series by Mrs. Feehan. After reading about evil vampires in Mrs. Feehan's books, I can't switched immediately to read about good vampires after that. Hence, it would be advisable in the future not to mix them in one book! It's really a turn-off. That's why I am giving this book a 3-stars.
My recommendation is that if you have not bought this book, I would advise you to just either read Mrs. Feehan's story in the bookstore or borrow the book from a friend. Don't waste your money.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three for Three 19 May 2003
By "runuts74" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
On rare occasions you find an anthology that produces winning stories from all authors involved. The Only One is one of those rare finds.
Susan Squires' Sacrilege took on the awesome task of making Magda's less than lovable character from Sacrament into a heroine that you are cheering for by the end of the story. Course if you had a hero like Pietr working for your love, *sigh* well read Sacrilege and you'll see.
Susan Grant has done a prequel to her Star series, showing us where the Star King, Star Prince and upcoming Star Princess received their honor and integrity. Taj inspires Romjha to be the best that he can be while rebuilding their world that has been destroyed. A story that shows how tragedy and a difficult challenge can make us all better people. A love story that is truly inspirational.
Christine Feehan continues her Dark Series with Dark Descent. Traian, one of the ancient Carpathians is coming home to meet his Prince before facing the dawn when he runs into a pack of vampires, wounded he has gone to ground. Joie, bodyguard extrordinare, is also wounded, performing an astral projection to escape her pain, floats in to Traian resting place, sees Traian and wow colors and fireworks ensue. The humor and action in this story are not to be missed. Ms. Feehan again extends her world of Carpathians, teasing us with knowledge of the growing threat from Master vampires working to destroy the Carpathian hierarchy. The wait for her next Dark story is going to be sooo long.
This anthology was wonderfully well done by all three Authors. The Only One is a definite keeper and an instant classic in this reviewer's opinion.
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