Series: Carpathian #36
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Also in this series: Dark Sentinel, Dark Challenge, Dark Magic , Dark Illusion
Also by this author: Judgment Road, Shadow Keeper, Dark Sentinel, Dark Challenge, Dark Magic , Vengeance Road, Toxic Game, Shadow Warrior, Dark Illusion, Vendetta Road, Lethal Game, Shadow Flight, Desolation Road, Reckless Road, Shadow Storm (Shadow Riders #6), Murder at Sunrise Lake, Annihilation Road , Savage Road, Leopard's Scar , Recovery Road , Ghostly Game
Embrace the seductive call of the latest novel in Christine Feehan’s #1 New York Times bestselling Carpathian series.
Vasilisa Sidkorolyavolkva is a Lycan of royal blood. She knows what is expected of her, but all she wants is to be out from under her family’s watchful eyes. There is a fire inside her that is building. A restlessness coupled with a sense of growing dread. Every day she feels the weight of the legacy passed down through generations. The prophecy that says a man will come to claim her as his mate, and that she will guard his soul. She knows nothing about him except that he is hers. But nothing seems real until the night she meets him in the flesh....
Afanasiv Belan is a Carpathian, an ancient one. In all the centuries of his existence, no one has ever affected him like Vasilisa. He can see into her mind and feel what is in her heart. They are so alike, warriors bound by honor and plagued by secrets. They both know they must reveal the darkest parts of their souls if they hope to survive and protect the ones they love.
But if they claim each other as lifemates, it will change them down to the bone. They will become something more—something feared by both of their kinds....
Dark Whisper is here! I adore this series, but I have missed a few along the way. I am always afraid I won’t be able to jump back in, but Feehan does a great job of making it feel like I didn’t miss anything. The lycans are prominent in this one and I was excited for that.
Vasi is a lycan but her life mate, Siv, is a Carpathian. While these two groups aren’t enemies, they aren’t besties either. So there is that tension. But, Vasi and Siv know they are life mates and that bond is unbreakable. Vasi has trained to be a warrior and this is a little difficult for the “traditional” Siv to accept but he tries. You also have the other men at the monastery who provide wonderful supporting characters. Overall, I enjoyed every character in the story!
My only issue is a strange one for me. Normally, I LOVE the fated mates trope. But, I didn’t feel like these two LOVED each other so much as just accepted they were life mates. It oddly took the romance out of it for me. Honestly, there is romance-they do care for one another, but it just didn’t really sell me. Maybe I getting too cynical in my old age!
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: fated mates, shifters
- Series/Standalone: standalone within an interconnected series
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- HEA: View Spoiler »yes « Hide Spoiler