Dark5_challenge_2ndArea Info

Series: Dark/Carpathians 5
German \ Paperback, 430 pages
Debut: November 27, 2000
@: GoodReads

Read: April 30 - May 3, 2014

Julian Savage was golden. Powerful. But tormented. For the brooding hunter walked alone, always alone, far from his Carpathian kind, alien to even his twin. Like his name, his existence was savage. Until he met the woman he was sworn to protect...
When Julian heard Desari sing, rainbows swamped his starving senses. Emotions bombarded his hardened heart. And a dark hunger to possess her flooded his loins, blinding him to the danger stalking him. And even as Desari enflamed him, she dared to defy him with mysterious, unparalleled feminine powers. Was Desari more than his perfect mate? Julian had met his match in this woman, but would she drive him to madness... or save his soul?

Rogue Chronicles Entry No. 114

Well... this to a while to get into. After the action-scene opening it fell into the typical Dark insta-love hole, which I felt was rather on the worse side for Julian and Desari. Don't get me wrong, Julian turned out to be much more fun than I expected him to be, and Desari was one awesome (rather kickass) female, but putting their heat right at the beginning and with the typically repetative vocab... it's just not the smartest move to make.

However, once all the family members (well, Darius for the most part) got involved and the story gained some vamp-hunting speed, it was good. Quite alot of action, really. But I mostly liked that this whole bunch of new characters got introduced, namely Desari's "family members", a group of children that secretly got away from the vamp hunts centuries ago, trying to blend in with the humans as much as possible, not knowing there were others of their race out there. Just like Julian, I really came to admire Darius, but I am also looking forward to the further development between Barack and Syndil, because there's just something about those two... We'll see!

Oh, and of course, I am also curious about the first real family reunion, since Desari and Darius are actually Gregori's younger siblings. That should be interesting. The same goes for Julian's and Aidan's reunion. Since they are Carpathian twins, they share a very special bond, and Julian is now finally rid of the wall he had to keep up even for him. And now they both have their mates. Have I mentioned that I find big families like this very confusing, so entwined, but also fascinating?

Area Scan: Flow: 3/5 -- Vocab: 3/5 -- Plot: 3/5 -- Heroes: 3.5/5 -- Villains: 4/5 -- Sidekicks: 4/5 -- Romance: 3/5 -- Drama: 4/5 -- Smut: 2.5/5 -- Action: 4.5/5 -- Suspense: 3.5/5

Discovered: 3 Hoods3hoods

Challenge: Fangs & Fur Reading Challenge 2014

Dark/Carpathian Series:
#1 Dark Prince -- #2 Dark Desire -- #3 Dark Gold -- #4 Dark Magic -- #5 Dark Challenge

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