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  • Audio CD
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596077484
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596077485
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 14 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan has over 30 novels published and has thrilled legions of fans with her seductive and sensual 'Dark' Carpathian tales. She has received numerous honours throughout her career including being a nominee for the Romance Writers of America RITA, and receiving a Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times, and has been published in multiple languages and in many formats, including audio book, e-book, and large print.

Visit her website at: www.christinefeehan.com


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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best of the "Dark" series 18 Jun 2001
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I bought all the dark series in one go as they were on my "recommended" list. I have mixed feelings about the series as a whole but not about this book. My major complaint about the others revolved around the massive difference in age and ability of the hero and heroine in the others. I just don't find that sort of uneven paring believable even in fiction. That said the books were well written and a good read but left me feeling just a bit frustrated. Dark Challenge was different. For the first time Ms Feehan paired an ancient female with one of her "dark" heros. Here the heroine was as powerful and skilled as the male and the result was a much more even relationship and a much more enjoyable read. I look forward to her next installment - hopefully it will be more in the same vein
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an exellent edition to a brilliant series 7 Sep 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a great book and a MUST read. A big plus that in this book the heroine (Dasari) is just as powerfull as as our hero (Julian) but in their own unique ways and it's makes for a truly intresting and dynamic relationship between the two. The book also introduces some new and VERY intresting characters to the series, in particular Darius....Gregori's younger brother.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Out Of This WORLD 1 Dec 2000
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I have read all of the Dark Series books, and this is yet another superb addition to this truly addictive writer. Christine Feehan has managed to amaze me yet again with the breath-taking talent she displays for our enjoyment. This book is the much antipicated tale of Julian and his unusual life-mate Desari, but also introduces a host of new characters. The most notable of these is Darius, whose tale will continue in Dark Fire a book that is already on my MUST BUY list.
I am sure that her many fans will agree that NOBODY does vampires like Christine Feehan, and I cannot overemphasise the depth of her talent.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!!!!! 8 Jan 2004
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At long last we meet the lost children. Julian one of the golden twins has found his lifemate Desari. She is travelling with her family & there is something about Darius, her brother that is very intruiging. He reminds Julian of Gregori, the healer. When he realised who they all are he contacts Gregori, who is very pleased his brother & sister are still alive. He tells Julian they will all meet up later.
Julian is the 1st carpathian to find an ancient as a lifemate which will prove very interesting. All the others have been young & inexperienced.
This is a fantastic continuation of this series & one which I will continue to reread everytime a new one comes out.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Dark Challenge is the 5th book in Christine's immensely popular "Dark" Series. In the 3rd book we had the pleasure of reading Aidan's story, now we have Julian's (Aidan's twin) story.
Desari and her travelling band have been living for hundreds and hundreds of years believing that they were the only Carpathians left on the earth, as others they have come across have been vampire and intent on harming and destroying them. It is a shock to realise that there are other Carpathians roaming the earth. Desari has much to learn about her culture, as though she knows the basics of being a Carpathian she is unaware of the concept of a lifemate and that finding a lifemate represents hope to the male Carpathians who are in danger of succumbing to darkness. While she was under the protection and guidance of her brother Darius, the leader of the band, Desari had a fair degree of freedom and independence. However as Desari becomes Julian's lifemate (albeit unknowingly), she realises that are new rules she has to heed, and new dangers to face. However she is not without her own powers and is more than capable of aiding her lifemate. Julian has his own demons to fight literally and figuratively, and these demons have become more of a threat then ever as Julian realises that his one vulnerability is Desari. However together with his new found friends, he is more than equipped to deal with any evil that threaten him and Desari.
Christine has yet to disappoint, though at the rate her fan club is growing, I doubt this lady is capable of disappointing anyone! Dark Challenge is an enthralling read, beautifully written and best of all it reveals a little more to Carpathian history and yet more intriguing characters. For those fans out there mourning the loss of Gregori (to Savannah), fear not; as another has arrived! He is just as deadly, just as gorgeous and just as dangerous and furthermore he is still available!. I shall not give any more away, go and get the book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not as great 14 Jan 2001
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The book is good...but not as spellbinding as the previous ones.....the waiting for the meeting between Julian was and his ancient enemy was more than 300 hundred pages long..and the meeting took only 4 short pages...it made me say: that's it?? But I agree with the other readers.. nobody does vampires like Christine Feehan
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book 19 Nov 2000
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Ms Feehan just gets better and better with her Carpathian books, this time it is Julian who meets his lifemate Desari, Julian is close to turning and unknown to Desari has a dark shadow on his soul. This book was worth waiting for and I hope we do not have long to wait for the next one. One thing though I would like to read more about the other Carpaththian's. A great book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars mmm 28 Sep 2007
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Well the heroin lasted till page 78 before she found Julian irresistable. Ever heard the phrase "its all in the thrill of the chase?" Well there is never much of a chase. You could wrap the books up in about 100 pages.

The formula is old and my heart never misses a beat because every cliche has been used in all the other books

silken hair

light to his darkness

fire licked her skin

blah blah blah oh dont forget narrow ribcage, my personal favourite.

The best advice I can give you is read the back cover of them all and pick 3 you fancy.

After that you have read all the plots available with different names inserted.

Seriously!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I really love this series, the characters and story lines are really good especially loved Julian an dasari can't wait for the next book highly recommend this series
Published 3 months ago by Anita Woolven
5.0 out of 5 stars book
love this serise carnt get enough totaly can get lost in these would one day like to own them all
Published 5 months ago by mrs c whiley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Love the dark series this one was a great read
Great story line, im a big fan of the dark series :)
thank you
Published 10 months ago by kayley farley
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark challenge
Loved it but not sure what went wrong at the end it went into another story made no sense at all the last chapter only?
Published 11 months ago by JT
5.0 out of 5 stars good
i loved the book
it was funny, made me laugth and cry.
will get my mother to read it and try get my friends to read it
one of the books was by one of my favorite... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mizz Amanda
3.0 out of 5 stars its ok
getting a little bored with the carpathian format over-bearing male finds woman woman gets pissed at over-bearing male they have sex over-bearing male turns woman into carpathian... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Hope
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark challenge
brilliant book, very book i am reading in the dark series is brillant, always feel like you are in the book
Published 15 months ago by sharon williams
5.0 out of 5 stars addictive books
the carpathian books are very addictive but as i have reviewed before I do sometimes find that there are phrases that seem to repeat in order to fill out the books.
Published 17 months ago by moanies-mum
4.0 out of 5 stars Another cool Carpathian..
A well written romp that follows the expected format. If you liked the other Carpathian books you'll like this one too.
Published 19 months ago by L. Hugill
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but there are better books in the series
Female lead was a let down, a golden opportunity missed. Julian could have been so much more; I was expecting soooo much from his character, the reality was bland. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Red Moose
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