Series: Dark/Carpathians 4
Debut: July 1, 2000
Read: November 7-10, 2013
Challenges: Series Catch Up Challenge 2013
Would she find magic or madness in his dark embrace?
Young Savannah Dubrinsky is a mistress of illusion, a world-famous magician capable of mesmerizing millions. But there is one--Gregori, the Dark One--who holds her in terrifying thrall. Whose cold silver eyes and heated sensuality send shivers of danger, of desire, down her slender spine.
With a dark magic all his own, Gregori--the implacable hunter, the legendary healer, the most powerful of Carpathian males--whispers in Savannah's mind that he is her destiny. That she was born to save his immortal soul. And now, here in New Orleans, the hour has finally come to claim her. To make her completely his. In a ritual as old as time... and as inescapable as eternity.
Rogue Chronicles Entry No. 90
Continuing right on from Dark Gold, the last vampire of the small group is hunted down and executed. However, Gregori and Savannah bump into the secret order of vampire hunters who've already caused lots of trouble in Dark Prince. After that, the story -- and the hunt -- move on to New Orleans. There, Julian Savage has already clues for them to follow before he had to move on to his next assigment.
This installment was both suspenseful and mythical. New Orleans has a lot of vampire legends, some of them turning out to be very true, and then they collide with the human, yet every bit as real and dangerous threat which is the order of vampire hunters. This time, Gregori really had his hands full trying to protect himself and the Carpathian people, and he sure as hell couldn't have done it without Savannah and all the baggage (emotions, temper, stubborness) she brought with her as his life mate. There was a lot of thrilling, but also not quite so loaded action, and then there was Gary. Gary was a human friend like every Carpathian should have and could only wish for. I really hope to meet him again in further installments! Adding to the myths and falir was also an incredibly magical as well as erotic storm -- an idea/scene I will always associate with Savannah and Gregori from here on out, and doubt there's a book that will be able to top that experience for me in the near future, not even another Carpathian novel.
Gregori and Savannah are an amazing pairing. Savannah, being born Carpathian and knowing everything about life mates, could really appericiate the gift that Gregori made her by giving her five more years of freedom instead of binding her to him right when she turned 18, although he'd had every right to. Although it took her a little time to admit it to herself, and for that she almost lost Gregori to the darkness. However, Savannah takes fully after her parents, making her a fierce fighter and survivor, and enabling her to save them both. Gregori really is one lucky guy. He's one torn, dark character burdened with so much guilt -- especially reagrding Savannah and everything he did to her -- and that made him all kinds of sympathetic and interesting for me. Gregori, the Dark One, will probably remain one of my favorite Carpahtian males throughout the series.
Area Scan: Flow: 5/5 -- Vocab: 4/5 -- Plot: 5/5 -- Heroes: 5/5 -- Villains: 3.5/5 -- Sidekicks: 5/5 -- Romance: 5/5 -- Smut: 5/5 -- Drama: 4.5/5 -- Action: 5/5 -- Suspense: 4/5 -- Humor: 4/5