Saturday, September 12, 2009

Review of Dark Slayer by Christine Feehan


Dark Slayer by Christine Feehan

Wow. Wow. Wow.

In a million gazillion years, I could have never guessed that Christine Feehan would completely, irrevocably, inexplicably, undeniably redeem herself with this beautiful love story. I am in complete shock. This book was wonderful, and....sweet! And, the hero was....a beta male, not an alpha male!!!!! A freakin' Carpathian beta male hero....will wonders never cease??? This is completely unlike any other book in the Dark series, and in my not so humble opinion, one of the best. I LOVE Razvan, the gentle Carpathian hero. I LOVE Ivory, the kick-ass survivor heroine. Their love story is truly beautiful. Feehan has not lost the magic, but she sure as hell is taking a convoluted path with her other violent books. (See my rant against violence in romance novels).

Finally, the mystery surrounding the constant miscarriages in the Carpathian race is answered. Finally, a solution has been found. And I LOVE the mother earth angle! Feehan outdoes herself in several regards with this book. One is the gorgeous description of the gem cave...it is breathtakingly beautiful. Another is the tension-filled battles, which are at once gory, horrifying, and invigorating. I also love the relationship between Ivory, Razvan, and the Carpathian wolves (that's right! Carpathian wolves!!!! Feehan's creativity knows no bounds!- what a totally cool concept!). I always like the books where she brings back old characters we have grown to love, and the magnificent scene where Savannah's twins must be saved rocks the house. Syndil, Shea, Natalya, and Skyler are fabulous here. Girl power! ;)

My only criticism (which is more like a unfulfilled wish) is that I wanted Skyler to have a bigger role in this book. She is my favorite character of this whole series, and I can't wait for her and Dimitri's story. 

Well, Holy Guacamole, Christine Feehan just hit one right out of the damned park. I hope and pray this is a kinder, gentler approach to her novels, and that the trend will continue. This book is really wonderful, and I think that Feehan fans everywhere will be overjoyed to read it.
Grade: A

Penelope

5 comments:

Amy said...

I've not read any of the Dark Slayer books but I might pick one up. Thanks for the review!

Penelope said...

Hi Amy! This is a VERY long series by Christine Feehan...some folks love these melodramatic, alpha-male oriented, super intense paranormals (for the most part, that would include me!!!)- however, some people can't stand them. Try the first one, Dark Prince, and see what you think. I got hooked right away. (They also have frequent, long-winded love scenes, just so you know!) :)

Anonymous said...

Bla... i think it flatlined right before the big fight with her brother that left Razvan nearly dead. not to mention how many times she repeated the same diologue and thoughts over and over.... seriously there is this one part where i shook my head and was like what??? wait didn't i just read that 50pgs before? It was like the two never had the discussion before... i was really injoying it until that point... what a waste... and yes i havent' read any of the other books, but if you get really good a writing can make it so you don't need those other books. For example Shannon Drake (not her real name!!) She has a series like this... kind of... and you don't need to read the other books to understand any choosen one you pick to read. When they intoduced the whole dark book that belonged to the evil guy I was like... hold on stop... where was this? I don't know... i just think it could have been better...

Anonymous said...

*sorry writter....

Penelope said...

Well, hello anonymous! I cannot imagine reading this book without reading the rest of the series...you must have been in the "dark" (hee hee). I agree that a good book should be able to stand alone, but with this series, and all of the myriad details of this paranormal world, it's close to impossible to read it without knowing the background. And yes, Feehan, is very repetitive...that is one of the things that drives people nuts about her work. However, I still really enjoy this whole series, and I especially loved this book because the hero was a huge departure from the other Carpathian males. If you want to give these books another chance, you might want to start with the first one, Dark Prince, and see what you think!