Dark Prince: Book Review by Dinh.
Raven Whitney is on a needed break from her job as a telepathic hunter of serial killers. Whilst resting at an inn in the Carpathian Mountains, she hears a lonely and desperate voice that gets her attention.
The voice she hears is of Mikhail Dubrinsky, the Dark Prince of the Carpathians. The Carpathians are not a race of human but an immortal race that look like humans and have telepathic powers and the ability to change into animals as well as mist.
At the onset of their meeting, Raven and Mikhail have a chemistry that connect the two. Soon, Mikhail is in love with Raven who he believes is his his life mate.
Raven is swept into Mikhail’s bizarre world and while the two are trying to get their relationship going an evil force threatens to kill the Carpathians and anything in their way.
If you like paranormal romance then this book is for you!
The subject matter is what got me interested in this book in the first place. It’s about vampires, or the Carpathians who can become vampires.
Those that know me know that I love supernatural things like that. I love watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer the TV series, Underworld and other similar movies to reading the Twilight series. They all fascinate me.
This is the first book I have read by Christine Feehan so I didn’t know what to expect. The only facts I knew going into this book was that she’s a number 1 New York Times best selling author and that she authored numerous books in this Dark series.
On research, Feehan has authored over 50 books, including 6 series, 5 series of which have made it as a number 1 best selling list in the NY Times!
The Dark Prince is what I would classify as trashy supernatural romance, and the library would classify as paranormal romance genre.
I have mixed feelings about this book.
Let me explain.
The Dark Prince is a cheesy and trashy sort of book. It’s trashy in the sense it’s more fluff than anything. There’s no substance to the book at all. The characters are stereotypical and don’t have any dimension to them.
Even the name of the female protagonist is a cliche.
I couldn’t connect to Raven Whitney although I like the character she is suppose to be – strong and able woman. She is a modern day woman who is a psychic and who hunts serial killers. What a great skill! In using her psychic powers however, she gets drained and needs a respite to recover fully.
Mikhail Dubrinsky is the Carpathian hero in this romance. He is pulled back from committing suicide when Raven mentally reaches out to him and gets his attention. He’s your typical hero/vampire- possessive and dominating. From the beginning, once he identify Raven as his lifemate he is just way pushy. The relationship is pretty much determined by Mikhail as Raven just caves into his demands.
The weak characters and the cliches were not all of the negatives!
Most of the book is dedicated to Raven and Mikhail building their connection and having sex. The romance part is just them wanting each other and then having steamy sex. It got very repetitive and boring.
“Raven’s arms slid around his neck, her legs around his hips, opening for him. Slowly he lowered her body over his, impaled her on the thick length of fire so that she surrounded him with such a moist, tight sheath he shuddered, somewhere beyond mere pleasure, a kind of erotic heaven and hell.”
This could be Fifty Shades of Grey with supernatural story line. There were so many of the same scenes like the above quote that it got mind bending boring.
And what’s a story without a good plot?
Somewhere in between these sort of sex scenes we have a malevolent force hunting the Carpathian to destroy them. That’s somewhat of a plot.
I was more interested in finding out more about the Carpathians and how they were different to vampires and the meaty parts of their history but there wasn’t much explanation. What was explained gave me just enough information to keep me interested and to finish the book.
Well, what did I like?
On a good note, I actually enjoyed reading this book because it was so trashy. I can see how Feehan has made a whole series of these books. It feeds into the masses because of the romance (I mean to say the steamy sex scenes) and the paranormal themes!
I did like that I learned a bit about the Carpathians. It’s another angle on what are vampires. The Carpathians in this book are in essence good but when they don’t find their lifemate, they lose the ability to see in color and all their abilty to feel.
The only feeling they get is when they make a kill; this done by draining all the blood from their victim and that changes the Carpathian into a vampire. The Carpathians are a dying breed and a female Carpathian has not been born over 500 years. The choice is be a vampire or walk into the sun and die. This is an interesting view of the Carpathian and vampires and one I would have loved to find out more about it.
My final thoughts:
Some times we all need a not so good book to read to appreciate one that is good. So while I don’t think this is a particularly good book, the soft porn just didn’t do it for me, I did enjoy reading it some what.
It did keep me entertained and I did finish the book without falling asleep! I will be picking up the second book of Feehan’s Dark series- Dark Desire just because it left me curious about the Carpathians.
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Have you read any of Christine Feehan’s paranormal romance novels (Dark series)? Did you find them enjoyable?