5 Xena warrior woman Stars *Spoilers* First read August 2012 Reread February 10, 2016 February 8 2017 "Do you think I'm going to make it easy on you? His cool demeanor was rapidly being challenged, not by vampire, but by his own lifemate.-Vikirnoff Dark Demon the 16th book in the Dark series was a game changer! I think my heart stopped for a few minutes with the last fight! In all those late night movies the stupid teens know they are in danger and they take time to kiss and touch just like this..." She groaned when his tongue flicked her nipple and sent waves of desire shooting through her bloodstream. "And then Freddie comes and kills them and they deserve it."-Natalya and Vikirnoff "I have to agree, I do not like it either, but I feel the need very strong in you. If you plan on spending any time at all around me, strike words like 'forbid' and 'allow' from your vocabulary."-Vikirnoff and Natalya I loved everything about Natalya! Natalya was no docile little woman needing a man to save her she was a warrior through and through. Vikirnoff was a man of few words. "My entire life has already changed." She held out her hand to him. "You can't possibly think you're going to get away with bossing me, right? So once you're past the fact that I'm always right, we'll get along just fine."-Natalya and Vikirnoff "You know, when you started in about the entire lifemate thing, I didn't protest too much, because you were kind of cute." Natalya pulled her gaze away from a shimmering face with its mouth open in a scream. "In all your late night movies did you ever come across a character named Pinocchio?" Natalya burst out laughing. The way Vikirnoff respected Natalya even though he wanted nothing more then to lock her away and protect her from everything. "I can see this is going to be one of those difficult days." She tossed her head so that her tawny hair fell around her face in waves doing things to his heart he didn't want to examine too closely. High-maintenance." "I do not doubt that for a minute."-Natalya and Vikirnoff "I love it when you get all bossy on me. It's silly and never works, but it's kind of cute."-Natalya This book had some big things happen in it. The scene with her and Natalya broke my heart You must cling to life. He would want you to choose life. Take the blood your prince offers you and choose life.-Natalya and Gabrielle (hide spoiler)
Dark Demon is book 16 of Christine Feehan's wonderful Dark Carpathian series. We first met Natalya in Feehan's Dark Secret and Vikirnoff in Dark Destiny. He knows she is not quite human, and not quite Carpathian, but she is the light to his darkness, the woman he is destined to love and protect for all time. Dark Demon is the best Carpathian book I've read since Dark Destiny (book 13). Natalya is hands downs one of Feehan's best heroines to date and maybe my favorite lifemate in the series so far.
Vikirnoff finally catches up to Natalya, the woman in the photo, as she's facing off a couple of vampires and some crazed wolves in the Carpathian mountains. But glaring oversights common to the series (and Feehan's writing) were really hard to ignore here - like the fact that these women never eat. Another is that, before the men find their lifemates they're always going on about how they can't feel emotions - fair enough, I like that bit - but in this book Vikirnoff is lamenting the fact that he feels nothing "but loneliness" (well that's something!) and then Natalya sends a telepathic message that his emotions are distracting her from her fight with the vampires - and lo and behold he feels emotions and sees colours again because she's his lifemate!
Wow, this book takes the story to another level by introducing the mage storyline. As if the Carpathian series wasn't intricate enough. This book would make a great movie! Great love scenes, if I may say so. I haven't read a handful of the books, so my interest was perked in seeing some of the Carpathians I wasn't introduced to. I was really glad that I enjoyed this book, since I definitely got intrigued with Vikirnoff from his appearances in Dark Secret and Dark Destiny.
Loved that stoic, solid, ultra-supportive, badass hero. I think the relationship between Vikirnoff and Natalya was wonderful though. Loved all the old characters who showed up -- it was even better than the last book where so many showed up (I think it was Dark Melody).
When one such fight goes awry, she unwillingly summons Vikirnoff, a Carpathian on the verge on darkness- who turns out to be her lifemate. Together they along with Mikhail and some new additions fight the evil vampires, the Troll king, the Shadow Hunters while decoding the mystery behind the Dragon warrior clan as well as Natalya's clouded memories.
Because of lies and mind manipulation, Natalya doesn't have an accurate idea of her family history and thinks that the Carpathians are as bad as the vampires and would kill her on sight. Natalya is alone in the world and on the run as vampires and human hunters seek to capture her. He helps her but because of Natalya's history, she thinks that Vikirnoff wants to kill her and she doesn't trust him. When they drive the vampires off, Vikirnoff is severely hurt and Natalya finds that she has a strong need to help him and can't leave him behind. Natalya and Vikirnoff have a lot to deal with as well because in addition to the vampires, there are human hunters that are determined to cause trouble as well as someone from Natalya's past. The story ends with Vikirnoff and Natalya solidly together and starting a HEA.
Vikirnoff, who i loved in Dark Destiny, has been in search of Natalya since and now finds her in the Carpathian mountains fighting off Vampires with no fear. Her personality required a certain amount of freedom and it didn't always matter what he deemed best." While learning to trust each other, they have their own adventurous time fighting off vampires, entering the cave of the dark mage Xavier and learn of family ties, betrayal and manipulation in Natalya's life. This book had a lot more happening in it than the other ones, and the ending was absolutely amazing - not the normal, she converted, small vampire fight and they lived happily ever after - a lot more here. This is the first book i think where Feehan actually showed the man showing fear and this much of concern - making me like Vikirnoff all the more. And then there were lines like these that made Natalya and Vikirnoff my favourite couple: I love when Vikirnoff first meets her in the forest and he orders her to leave the fight expecting her to obey: Vikirnoff: "Get out of here. I will take care of this while you make your escape." Natalya: "You've got to be kidding me!..You couldn't fight your way out of a paper bag right now." Vikirnoff: "You will not address your lifemate with such disrespect. And these things should come with an instruction manual on killing them." Vikirnoff : "I do not want to embarrass you and force your obedience." Natalya: "Are you out of your tiny little mind?
Her debut novel Dark Prince received 3 of the 9 Paranormal Excellence Awards in Romantic Literature (PEARL) in 1999. She also has earned 7 more PEARL awards since Dark Prince.