Review: Dark Blood by Christine Feehan (Carpathians #26)


Dark Blood by Christine Feehan // VBC ReviewDark Blood (Carpathians #26)
Christine Feehan
Published: Sept. 2, 2014 (Berkley Books)
Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon
Review Source: Provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Reviewed by: Candace

Rating (out of 5): 3.5 stars

Branislava is Dragonseeker. She spent hundreds of years encased in an ice prison alongside her sister Tatijana while dark mages did completely despicable things outside of the ice. Cut forward centuries later and Branka and Tatijana are free. But what kind of a lifemate does it take to keep up with a Dragonseeker, who has spent centuries on ice?

A mixed blood, smoking hot, growling, alpha wolf, namely Zev. Lycan fans, watch out. Zev wears his alpha like a boss. He exudes heat, he’ll go to the gates of hell and back to protect his woman, and he’ll also concede that Branka (his pet name for her) is one hell of a warrior, indeed.

Long time fans of Christine Feehan know that she creates a phenomenally visual world, where the colors and the imagery pop off the page as you read the words. Dark Blood is no different. Feehan is also a champ at incorporating her former heroes and heroines into her current books. Dark Blood provides a veritable buffet of the Carpathian series.  Including my two favorite bromances of the series, Gregori and Mikhail, and Fen, Dimitri and Zev. These guys provided some much needed humor.

“Dimitri.” Fen continued to hold Tatijana close to her sister and Zev while they danced. He waited until Dimitri was very close to him and leaned over. “She calls him Wolfie.”  

That line earned a 2 a.m. snort from my house.

The problem that I had with Dark Blood is the intense, gruesome fallout from the dark mages.  Lycans throwing themselves into fire because of mind control was a bit much. Combined with grotesque, mind-controlled frogs that attacked the home team, parts of the battle were a bit hard to get through.

But, again, you have a kickass couple in Branislava and Zev. Their sex is scorching hot. Their love is obvious from the word go. And I am completely digging the more modernized Carpathian males who will fight back to back with their women. High fives all around for that.

The big question now remains: What is next in the Carpathian series? There is a bit of a cliffhanger at the end, so there are more books. I am jonesing to see who the next hero will be, and who he claims as his lifemate.

Sexual content: Graphic sex

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