Saturday 9 February 2013

Book Review: Dark Slayer

Book Title: Dark Slayer
Author: Christine Feehan
Publisher: Berkeley Hardcover
Format: Hardcover
Cost: $10.38 (amazon) $25.95 (market price)
Pages: 416
How I got it: Library
My Rating:★★★★★
Erotica Rating: ★★★
A rumor has persisted in the vampire world of a dark slayer—a woman—who travels with a wolf pack and any among the vampires who meets her is slain. Mysterious, elusive and seemingly impossible to kill, she is the one hunter who strikes terror into the hearts of the vampires. Ivory Malinov is that woman, betrayed by her own people, by her family, by everyone she held dear and she hunts during the night with only her pack to sustain her sanity. She has not spoken to or been with any other person for a hundred years other than to feed from or slay. She stumbles across a body on her way back to her lair and discovers—her lifemate. He is Razvan, branded a hated criminal, detested, feared and loathed by all Carpathians—he is also a dragonseeker of one of the greatest lineages of all Carpathians Held captive nearly his entire life by his grandfather, the Carpathians bitterest enemy, he is seeking the dawn to end his terrible existence. This is a story of two people, horribly betrayed, wounded in spirit, fighters to the death, who must struggle to unite against a common enemy.

My Review:
For the first time ever, the woman is the hunter (at least in the ones I have read so far) this book comes after Dark Curse; where they discuss the issues associated with female hunters. hilarity ensues when Gregori opens his mouth, but it's well worth reading.

Ivory survived something that would have killed the average Carpathian & she did it in the most unique way.  She then creates wolves for herself to run with a pack, she is KICKASS with a capitol K.    Ivory endured when others would have died and she made something of herself that encompassed & changed her world.  Raz arguable the most hated Carptathian trapped by his own family & left for dead he finally makes his way to freedom to the cleansing sun & his lifemate finds him (always at the nick of time that these men are found).

I love the role reversal the two have, that she is the one he must learn from. That she has the experience he lacks as a warrior & yet he despite his experiences has the emotional balance she needs.  I love that they balance each other out.  I love that they needed each other & that they fit together without a great struggle & he didn't try to control her from the get go.  they worked well & I loved their dynamic.

I particularly loved that it wasn't physical strength. Razvan possessed in abundance that drew her to him it was sheer strength of his character, the absolute well of determined spirit deep inside him.  He was so steady, a rock for her. Check out page 235, the scene there was emotional.

I love this book it has become my all time favorite Carpathian novel.  Razvan is an amazing man; his zen like approach to life just drew me in. I love that Ivory was the physically stronger one but still needed him emotionally.

It's a definite must read. Either purchase or check your local library to see if they have a copy. However you do, make sure get this one it's well worth the time to read.
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