Dark Need (Darkyn Novels) Mass Market Paperback – 27 Nov 2008
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"Tense multifaceted thriller...superb...Fans of Lori Handeland's 'Moon' novels will want to read Lynn Viehl's delightful tale."
Lynn Viehl...treats the vampire universe to a sharp new set of fangs. (Holly Lisle)
About the Author
Under her own name and pseudonyms, Lynn Viehl has published over twenty-five novels with ROC and NAL since her debut novel was published in January 2000. She and her family currently live in Florida.
Top Customer Reviews
Lucan has a darkly wicked sense of humour and is perhaps the most overtly sexual of the Darkyn we have encountered so far. His relationship with Samantha is complicated, in that as much as he wants her, he tries to push her away. The reason for this becomes clear at the end of the book, but it makes for a strange courtship. I'm aware from reading other reviews that some readers found this unsatisfying, but I think it's a case of having to look at the reasons for a characters actions, rather than just the actions themselves.
One thing I did find confusing was how Alex knew about the bad guy. At the climax of the story she calls out his name but I'm not clear on how she knew who he was.
There is a continuation of several plot threads from the two previous books including Michael and Alex, Alex's research and John Keller's quest. Indeed the more John tries to escape from the Darkyn/Brethren conflict the further he seems to entrench himself in it. I think this is more of a standalone story than Private Demon (book 2), though you will get more out of it if you're familiar with the backstory.
Some new plotlines are started here - we learn more about Tremayne's condition, the changelings are introduced, and some new characters are mentioned.Read more ›
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Sam is a no fuss homicide detective with a strange gift, She can read the blood of the dead with her hand. A neat trick to gain after nearly dying herself. With her attacker attempting to come back into her life, a freaky killer on the loose, and Lucan the strange new nightclub owner all vying for her attention she needs every gift she can use.
Sam and Lucan are fantastic together. Watching their stormy relationship play out is entrancing. BUT, the problem is we don't get to see enough of it! Their story gets no more time in this book than the machinations of Michael Cyprian and head boss Richard and possibly less time than John Keller and his trials with the Brethren. If you haven't read the other books in the series, If Angels Burn and Private Demon, you will be completely lost in the vampire world and its counterpoint of the creepy priests. The book gets very creepy at times with the doings of a mass murder out after Lucan.
Everything is unmasked at the end, but comes to a jarring cliffhanger that won't be resolved till atleast the next book is released in April '07. Sam and Lucan don't even get an epilogue and only end up together on the last page. I want more of this couple. It is a romance afterall!
A pleasant surprise and a fabulous new author to add to our list.
My list of issues: our "heroine" is ugly, dresses in ugly clothes, yet is somehow constantly approached by men and lesbians alike? She doesn't appear to be a very good cop and it's not even really a main thread of the plotline. In 2006, as a cop, she doesn't know what "goth" is?
Our "hero" is a heartless jerk - really - who up until basically the last two or three pages, doesn't want to have anything to do with Sam other than toss her on a desk here and there. He has mindless sex with anything that moves and continues his little obsession with his rival's wife, marveling at her beauty, even while involved with Sam, if you can call having emotionless sex with her being "involved." He has sex with her, he sends her away, he has sex with her, he has his servant call her and tell her he wants nothing to do with her, he has sex with her, he basically threatens to kill her with falling glass. Charming guy.
Really, all of these Darkyn books (I can't believe I actually bought them now) are awful, but this is the absolute worst of the three. As with the others, the point about the Darkyn fighting some whacko branch of the church is mindnumbingly boring and confusing. I have no idea why the former Father John Keller (brother to the heroine in the first book) keeps showing up because frankly, by this last book, when I saw his name, I skipped ahead.
I have had the same feeling with the other two.
This is my favorite so far.
I find that it's hard to get into each book, but right around the middle of the book, I can't put it down.
She is unlike any paranormal romance author that I have read before.
Anyone could read these book.
I think that people who enjoy Laurell K. Hamilton, would like these books also.