09 September 2008

Review: Christine Feehan - Dark Legend



Mass Market Paperback: 394 pages
Publisher: Leisure Books (January 2002)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 084394952X
ISBN-13: 978-0843949520

Summary:
He woke deep within the ground, and the first sensation he fels was hunger. An overwhelming hunger for blood that demanded satisfaction. But as he hunted the dark streets of Paris for prey, a voice called to him, soothing, calming, giving him the strength to control his craving.

Francesca Del Ponce was a healer, a woman who radiated goodness as powerfully as the sun did light. But surely his obsession with her would turn him as his twin brother had turned, leaving the world with two monsters instead of one.

Though he knew she would be like hot silk in his arms, though he knew the taste of her would be addictive, he feared for her life and his soul if he took her. Then with one mind - shattering vow she gave herself - "I offer freely, without reservation, I offer my life for yours as is my right"- and with a firestorm of long-forgotten feelings, he glimpsed salvation.

Review:

This novel within the Dark series was such an amazing thrill to read! A perfect mixture between love, legend and the Carpathian world. In previous books you get a glimpse of an ancient twin, so powerful, wise and old they are known as a legend, they are defenders of their race. This is the story of Gabriel:

A vow bound Gabriel to his twin Lucien, if one of them chooses to turn vampire, the other one will hunt him to kill. When Lucien turns it is up to Gabriel to hunt him and through a trick Gabriel bounds Lucien to the earth, there is no other way for they are equal in power and skill.

Now hundreds of years later Gabriel is disturbed within the earth…..Lucien has risen and now so must he. Starving he cloaked himself, shielding he face from a strange and different world. When a woman approaches him a tenderness and warmth washes over him as the woman’s voice eases his senses. He lets himself be transported to her house as hunger overwhelms him the woman offers something he never expected. That night, in this new world, his life takes a different turn which places new chess pieces on the board, in a game, Lucien and Gabriel have plaid for hundreds of years.

From the first moment I read about Gabriel he thundered his way into my heart. Christine Feehan did an amazing job to make the reader feel his ancient ways, his torment about his brother and the endless battle against the beast that roars inside him. Fransesca as an ancient Carpathian female herself is a perfect challenge for Gabriel. Add Skyler to the mix, the battle dance between brothers and you’ve got a novel that demands to be read at once. For me it toke every rule of the Carpathians, their problems, instincts and passions to the next level. The ending made me hungry to read Dark Guardian (Lucien’s story) immediately. So here’s the warning: Don’t read Dark Legend if you don’t have Dark Guardian ready to be devoured! Christine Feehan delivers it all over again.

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