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Dark Celebration: A Carpathian Reunion Hardcover – 5 Sep 2006

4.5 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group (5 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425211673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425211670
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 446,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Feehan has a knack for bringing vampiric Carpathians to vivid, virile life in her Dark Carpathian novels..." (Publishers Weekly) 'satisfying action adventure romance ... Love and danger are a winning combination in Feehan's latest' (Booklist) 'The exciting and multifaceted world that impressive author Christine Feehan has created continues to improve with age' (Romantic Times) --This text refers to the Perfect Paperback edition.

About the Author

I live in the beautiful mountains of Lake County, California. I have always loved hiking, camping, rafting and being outdoors. I ve also been involved in the martial arts for years I hold a third degree black belt, instruct in a Korean karate system, and have taught self-defense. I am happily married to a romantic man who often inspires me with his thoughtfulness. We have a yours, mine, and ours family, claiming eleven children as our own. I have always written books, forcing my ten sisters to read every word, and now my daughters read and help me edit my manuscripts. It is fun to take all the research I have done on wild animals, raptors, vampires, weather, and volcanoes and put it together with romance." --This text refers to the Perfect Paperback edition.


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Format: Paperback
I think I see what Christine Feehan is doing. It seems to me that she is trying to re-establish our conection to her Carpathians. Dark Demon has opened up more avenues to explore and now using this book the author is reuniting her other carpathians and their lifemates to move the reader forward in sharing the struggles and joys of her characters. Even when Christine Feehan writes a duff it's still a good duff. I liked the concept of all those gorgeous males together in one spot, and I always suspected that Dimitri was going to be for Skylar. I thought the running joke about Gregori "THE DARK ONE" playing the role of Santa was great and waited with baited breath for his reaction to the idea. The plot was very thin and really there was no place for this book to go. This book was vehicle to allow us to touch base with the characters of the other books in the dark series and as such it's done the job for me because I'm re-reading mine in order and no cheating and going for my favorites first. I have rated this book three stars because although it does what the label says and cebrates the dark series it cheats the reader by sticking a useless appendange of the Carpathian language in the back of the book, who cares! The recipes don't bother me I can use them. Come on Chritine put up or finish it now with grace.
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This book finally brings my favorite couples together. This book was great and long overdue. This makes `Dark Celebration' a great introduction for new readers and a treat for those who have followed the series intently. Don't expect it to be all bright and cherry because Christine Feehan likes it dark in this particular sequence.

As the story opens, the Carpathians are in grave danger of extinction, not only from their enemies but also from the propensity of Carpathian women to have miscarriages. At Raven's suggestion, the Carpathians are gathering for their first community holiday event; but to her life mate, Prince Mikhail, it presents an excellent opportunity for their enemies to strike. Feehan brings us up to date with familiar couples, Raven and Mikhail, Desari and Julian, Shea and Jacques. She introduces the early stages of a possible new love story between Skyler and Dimitri. Feehan adeptly shifts between danger and humor, cooking disasters and passionate sex, as the group fights vampires and a dark mage, their oldest enemy. This book is everything that we have been waiting for. Having all our favorite characters together plus the added addition of an underline story that includes Skyler & her possible life mate has me counting down the days until this book is released.

`Dark Celebration' feels more like an evolution book setting the table for some upcoming series (thank goodness). The plot is pretty tame and the best part is that no couple takes charge of the story line. Still this is well written and will help newcomers obtain a deep understanding of Carpathian customs, lifestyles, and natural enemies while long term fans will know that the treats of 'Dark Desserts.' Keep it coming Christine.
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I think some of the other reviews are rather harsh. This book does what Ms Feehan says -it brings together a lot of previously met characters in a celebratory setting and gives you glimpses of their current lives. Its rather like a box of chocolates-you dont know what you will get next.I think it works rather well,in fact it turned out better than I expected it would. There is a sort of over-arcing story and several new ideas and themes have been setup not to mention two new lifemate scenarios.Im looking forward to see what Ms Feehan does with Manolito and MaryAnn. I would have given it 4 stars but the appendices with the language and recipes are a waste of time.Ms Feehan is not JRR Tolkein after all
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I was actually delaying reading this book. It came with another book I'd ordered, the latest JR Ward novel, which I just knew was going to be fantastic, and was. This Dark series however, is another story. I loved this series when it started. This author was my number no - whatever she wrote, I had to buy cos I just knew it would be fantastic.

How it has all changed. The last few books have been simply awful. To be honest, I don't know why I've still been buying them, as they weren't keepers. Probably because I was hoping the books would go back to form. This book is big improvement on the previous book Dark Demon which was simply dreadful. However, the conversations between the characters is very stilted and doesn't flow. Infact alot of the conversation between the characters just doesn't make sense and some of it seems very juvenile. Then there was the stuff about the 'cats' I don't think it was introduced very well, and the scene between Mrs Sanders and Mikhail was just strange and I just didn't get the point of it.

I was pleased that it wasn't as bad as the previous book Dark Demon.
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I have been waiting anxiously for the latest in the Dark series (especially after the dramatic ending in Dark Demon) and was lucky enough to buy it whilst in Florida in Sept 2006 along with JR Ward's latest. Deciding which book to read first was easy, Christine Feehan, which I finished in one day whilst sitting by the pool!! Like a previous reviewer I did find the story rather sketchy and indeed stilted on occasion but I will continue to buy these books with the hope that they get back to how they were in the beginning. The biggest disappointment came with the ending. I turned over the page thinking I had at least two chapters left and instead the rest of the book was taken over by receipes!!! The mind boggles.... Is Ms Feehan is running out of gas and using receipies as a filler??? I never would have thought I would be so harsh regarding a book by a once favourite author but it would appear the new kids on the block are overtaking such as JR Ward.
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