Sunday, March 21, 2010

Christine Feehan-- "Dark Slayer (Carpathian series)

A rumor has persisted in the vampire world of a dark slayer--a woman--who travels with a wolf pack and who destroys any vampire who crosses her path. Mysterious, elusive and seemingly impossible to kill, she is the only hunter who strikes terror in the hearts of the undead. She is Ivory Malinov. Her only brethren, the wolves. Long ago betrayed by her people, abandoned by her family and cast out by everyone she held dear, Ivory has lived centuries without companionship or love. She sustained her sanity by preparing for one mission, to destroy her greatest enemy. That is, until the night she picks up the scent of a man, her unexpected salvation. Her lifemate. The curse of all Carpathian women. He is Razvan. Branded a criminal, detested and feared, he is a Dragonseeker from one of the greatest Carpathian lineages, yet he has been raised as its most despised enemy. Fleeing from his lifetime of imprisonment, Razvan seeks the dawn to end his terrible existence. Instead he finds his deliverance in the Dark Slayer.

***(spoiler alert) Book 17? I feel it is time to move away from this series. I was bored, bored, bored, and skimmed thru most of the book. I have read 16 books worth of the chanting and healing spells, and I don't need to read the Carpathian words for beloved a hundred more times. This book started off well enough but lost it's spark quickly. I forced myself to finish it because i wanted to know if they finally defeated Xavier. Xavier has been an enemy throughout the series, but his final scene was disappointing. After so much buildup to his death you would think it would have been more than the few pages it was given. It did leave the series with a new enemy, a master vampire who has taken on part of Xavier's dark energy. And Razvan was reunited with his sister and children (some he didn't know he had). But I don't think i will continue with this particular series unless there is absolutely nothing else to read.

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