Review: ‘Dark Magic’ by Christine Feehan

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Young Savannah Dubrinski is a mistress of illusion. A world-famous magician capable of mesmerizing millions. But there was one–Gregori, the Dark One–who held her in terrifying thrall. Whose cold silver eyes and heated sensuality sent shivers of danger, of desire, down her slender spine. With a dark magic all his own, Gregori-the implacable hunter, the legendary healer, the most powerful of Carpathian males-whispered in Savannah’s mind that he was her destiny. That she had been born to save his immortal soul. An now, here in New Orleans, the hour had finally come to claim her. To make her completely his in a ritual as old as time…and as escapable as eternity.  (Goodreads Summary)

I picked up the first six books in this series second hand on the recommendation of a friend, but I certainly won’t be wasting my time reading any more beyond this point. I found the first couple of books interesting as they presented a different take on the basic vampire story, but now at book 4 it seems it’s just a case of substituting the appropriate names and locations and everything else is just the same. And it’s not just a matter of the story being repetitious; there are whole phrases which are repeated throughout the books, which seems like laziness rather than a deliberate device. I appreciate that part of the appeal of these books must lie in the fact that they are, essentially, all the same, but they very definitely aren’t for me.

Dark Magic: Carpathians IV by Christine Feehan.  Published by Piatkus, 2007, pp. 349.  Originally published in 2000.

N.B. This is an old review written in 2010 and posted on Goodreads and LibraryThing before I started keeping track of all the books I read here at Old English Rose Reads.  I’ve decided to keep copies here so that this remains a complete record of my reading since I started reviewing books for my own pleasure.

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One Response to “Review: ‘Dark Magic’ by Christine Feehan”

Comment from Jo
Time April 20, 2012 at 7:28 pm

I personally loved this book. It was enthralling and showed the insecurities and fears both Savannah and Gregori have to overcome in order to be happy before it’s too late. Savannah has to make a lot of sacrifices to save Gregori not only from destroying himself but humans and Carpathians alike. Gregori is also battling his own fears and the beast within himself threatening to consume him. Savannah is the light to his darkness and one cannot survive without the other. This book is about unconditional love, trust, sacrifices and hardships.

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