09 September 2008

Review: Christine Feehan - Dark Melody

Mass Market Paperback: 374 pages
Publisher: Leisure Books (October 2003)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0843950498
ISBN-13: 978-0843950496

Lead guitarist of the Dark Troubadors, Dayan was renowned for his mesmerizing performances. HIs melodies stilled crowds, beckoned, seduced, tempted. And always, he called to her. His lover. HIs lifemate. He called to her to complete him. To give him the emotions that had faded from his existence, leaving him an empty shell of growing darkness. Save me. Come to me.

Corinne Wentworth stood at the vortex of a gathering storm. Pursued by the same fanatics who'd murdered her husband, she was risking her life by keeping more than one secret. Fragile, delicate, vulnerable, she had an indomitable faith that made her fiery surrender to Dayan all the more powerful. This was one woman whose loss would destroy him, even as her love promised to heal his soul.


When darkness discovers light. When despair turns in to hope. When grey turns into color. When the soul finally feels again as the Carpathian recognizes his mate. Could you look at her and see life drain from her when the human and Carpathian world can offer so little to save her? Would you walk with her wherever she goes or do you listen to her and live….?

I enjoyed every Carpathian and their story, I enjoyed each claiming and the journey of acceptance and love between the main couple, I even savor one or two as ultimate reads. But it is Darius and his small family that has conquered a special place in my heart. With Dayan’s story, DARK MELODY, the last troubadour finally finds his other half, his light to the darkness, and it has emotionally blown me away. It left me dazed, emotionally wrung out and covered in paper tissues.

With this entry in the Carpathian series Christine Feehan gives it all to the reader of what she is so renowned for. That intense overwhelming moment for the Carpathian male as his senses flare to life, seeing color for the first time, feeling emotions again, is what pulled me irrevocably in to this story. I prepared myself for an intense rollercoaster ride as Dayan recognizes his life-mate Corinne. It is immediately evident for Dayan that there is something physically wrong with Corinne which brings out the need to protect. This is almost a trademark of a mated Carpathian male but Dayan and Corinne also have a gripping tenderness together that held me mesmerized as to where their journey would take them.

It is the portrayal of two people whose essence is so intertwined with music, melodies and lyrics it is something that grabs you by the throat as their emotions overwhelm you. It connected me to Dayan and Corinne in every way possible. The way Corinne lives her life, the way she tries to enjoy each moment, each breath, each starlit night it all gave a sense of urgency and desperation as how it all would work out. There for it made me rapidly read the pages and at the same time trying to savor each and every one of them as Dayan and Corinne’s story unfolded in to a haunting beautiful romance that is going to stick by the reader long after you have closed the book.

Dayan is a Carpathian male pur sang and though very protective he is still thoughtful of Corinne’s need to make her own choices. There is arrogance, but there is also tenderness. Though Dayan wants it all now, he is still patient. He courts Corinne with his guitar play, sultry voice and songs as she drifts of to sleep which only made the romance soar higher. Even the lullaby to an unborn child made me al teary eyed and reaching for another tissue. For that is what you’ll need, a stack of tissues. Perhaps it is also a bit personal taste reflected here but I don’t think any reader can read DARK MELODY and not be affected by their story.

Darius and his family along with Gregori and Shea all come to the aid of Dayan and his new life-mate. Because of Corinne’s weakness it presents many dangers and very few answers which affect the binding ritual as well. When those ritual binding words were finally proclaimed it was such a vow of love guiding the emotions to a cresting height and reverberating it through the heart. For the first time a Carpathian novel has struck such a cord with me, I felt…..that is all I can say in the end. I felt a whirlwind of emotions from joy, to sadness, from love to anger. This is one Carpathian novel that will never be forgotten, nor will the emotions it evoked with me while reading.

Though each Carpathian brought me well spent reading hours filled with amazing tales of love, DARK MELODY is one of those stories that will stick out within this series and make me long for the next Carpathian novel of Christine Feehan.

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