Reviewed by: Candace
Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars
From the very beginning of Christine Feehan’s beautifully visual world of the Carpathians, there has been an inherently lyrical communication between life mates. If a woman is mated with an Immortal warrior, she can rest assured that there is someone who will protect her, worship her and love her as long as the earth turns. Twenty-four books into the series have given readers relationship after relationship such as these. We have waited to read about the same love between Skyler and Dimitri. It was worth the wait.
To give those who haven’t read this series, here is a bit of history. The Carpathians are from, obviously, the Carpathian mountains. Much like many other literary vampires, these guys can’t take daylight, don’t eat and must take blood for sustenance. They shapeshift, communicate mentally and have one mate destined for them. After approximately two centuries of life, without finding a mate, the Carpathian male loses the ability to see color. If they never find their life mate, they can turn into a vampire. See, the life mate is described as the light to their dark.
Dimitri, as someone with both lycan and Carpathian blood, has known for years that Skyler is his. Series fans have followed their story. Skyler is the biological mix of both Dragonseeker and Mage, raised by Carpathians. She has had the protection of both the strongest of the Carpathians and her life mate. She knows her destiny. She accepts it. She loves Dmitri.
He, on the other hand, lives for Skyler, but worries about the consequences of his mixed bloodline. Dimitri does not have to chase her (as has been the case in past Carpathian books), but instead marvels at the strength and tenacity of his mate. Skyler does not give up. She has the will of a centuries-old Carpathian male. And she is perfect for Dimitri.
Dark Wolf, just like its predecessor Dark Lycan made me so very glad that I found this series. When I closed book, there was satisfaction in Dimitri and Skyler’s relationship, but things that are on the horizon that threaten our beloved Carpathians. Feehan masterfully incorporated characters from earlier books, including Prince Mikhail and Gregori, which always makes this reviewer happy. I am looking forward to getting my greedy paws on Dark Blood this fall, because Feehan has opened new doors of possibilities for the Carpathians.
Sexual content: Sex