Thursday, September 17, 2009
A rumor has persisted in the vampire world of a dark slayer—a woman—who travels with a wolf pack and who destroys any vampire who crosses her path. Mysterious, elusive and seemingly impossible to kill, she is the one hunter who strikes terror into the hearts of the undead.
She is Ivory Malinov. Her only brethren, the wolves. Long ago betrayed by her people, abandoned by her family, and cast out by everyone she held dear, Ivory has lived a century without companionship or love. She has sustained her sanity by the habit of the hunt and the custom of the feeding. Until the night she picks up the scent of a man, her unexpected salvation. Her lifemate. The curse of all Carpathian women.
He is Razvan. Branded a criminal, detested and feared, he is a dragonseeker borne of one of the greatest Carpathian lineages, only to be raised as its most despised—and captive—enemy. Fleeing from his lifetime of imprisonment, Razvan now seeks the dawn to end his terrible existence. Instead he has found his deliverance in the Dark Slayer.
In spirit, in flesh and blood, in love, and in war, Ivory and Razvan are made for each other. For as long as they dare to live.
Dark Slayer is defiantly unique from the rest of the dark series, it was very action packed. I loved the descriptive battle scenes against the vampires, so detailed that I could see the action playing out in my head. I was so shocked that Ivory was the same women that the De la Cruz brothers helped raise, and believed dead. Ivory was a change from the normal Feehan heroine's. To sum it up she was a complete bad ass. I was fascinated that any person could survive being hacked to pieces yet live to tell the tale. She's a strong no-nonsense warrior, and has more than earned the respect of her people. Of course the average Carpathian male can't comprehend that any women can rival them....in anything, especially battle. So they left her no choice but to put them in their place, lol I have to say that was my favorite scene.
Razvan, long believed to be a traitor to his people, has been tortured for centuries by Xavier. Yet has never given in to the curse of the men in his species to turn vampire. He, also, was a change to Feehan hero's, he was not arrogant or macho to the extreme. He was calm an actually looked to Ivory for how to defeat the vampire (that's never happened before in the Dark series). Ivory and Razvan fit together wonderfully because the understood what the other had gone through, better than anyone else could have. An I don't think that understanding came only because they were lifemates, it went deeper than that. I guess that saying "the strongest bonds are forged in the fires of Hell" is true. The only issue I had with their relationship was that they seemed to trust each other way to soon, perhaps because they had too? I really admired how they always had each others backs.
There was so much more to the story then what was between the two main characters. Several characters from the previous books had important roles in the story. Especially Gregori. Not gonna lie he's never made a huge impression on me, his "women should tend the home an have babies and that's it. Period." philosophy really irritates me. Yet, this book upped my opinion of him...slightly lol. He actually opened up a little and became more than a macho robot. The dialogue between the characters was so much fun to read, ranging from sarcasm, to witty, to emotional.
Ivory's wolves were another first in the series, what a great idea! I never considered that animals could be changed, Feehan continues to surprise me. It all came together an proved to be all I had expected. Yet, as far as romance goes I felt Dark Slayer was lacking. Apart from the few "steamy" scenes I feel that any romance that may have been there was overshadowed by all the action, and Razvan and Ivory's need to destroy Xavier.
Overall, Dark Slayer is a great read, but not for the faint heart. While some of the books in this series can be read as somewhat of a stand alone, I don't recommend it for this one. I suggest that any reader at least read Dark Celebration, Dark Possession, and Dark Curse to avoid being confused lol. I can't wait until the next book comes out! Feehan continues to introduce more characters, so hopefully the series won't be ending any time soon. :)
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