Title: Dark Prince (Dark, #1)
Author: Christine Feehan
Publisher: Books in Motion
Publication Date: January 19, 2006
My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Prince of the Night.
He came to her in the night, a predator — strength and power chiseled his features. The seduction was deep and elemental; he affected her soul. His need. His darkness. His terrible haunting loneliness. Her senses aroused, she craved the dangerous force of his body. Burned for him. And he had only touched her with his mind.
Lady of the Light
She came to him at dawn, his bleakest hour. As the beast raged inside him, threatening to consume him, he vented his centuries-old despair in an anguished cry that filled the waning night. And she answered, a ray of light, piercing his darkness. A beautiful angel. Her compassion, courage, and innocence awakened in him an exquisite longing and tenderness. He knew he must possess her, for only she could tame his savage side and lift the dark shadow from his soul. Apart they were desolate, bereft. Intertwined physically and spiritually, they could heal one another and experience an eternity of nights filled with love.
This is going to be short and sweet because honestly I don’t want to waste another second of my life on this damn thing. Some of my dislikes might be because I listened to the audio version. Maybe this would have been better if I’d read it, but alas, I did not.
- The idea and the world-building: the setting was also a plus. It made me want to research this area of the world and look at maps and whatnot. As for the idea, it was a good one. But when you combine these two characters with all that has to go into the first in any series (background information, meeting all the primary and secondary characters, lore and the world itself), it was a bit overwhelming.
- Gregory: I hope he gets a book. I also liked the other Carpathians that we are introduced to, and are on Mikhail’s side. I just hope they aren’t as obsessive and possessive as Mikhail. (More on him, later)
- I liked that Mikhail could ease the mental anguish Raven was going through because of her ‘gift’. Her gift was not one I would ever want, nor could I survive it. So him being able to help, a definite plus.
- Raven: I didn’t totally hate her. However, I disliked how she would make ridiculous decisions (like walking in the woods, ALONE, when there was a nutjob out there), and then couldn’t help herself, like at all. And there were a lot of times that she came off as whiny and helpless. And if I heard how little she was one more time I was going to punch someone in the throat. Everything about her was little this, and little that. Except her hair. Her hair was heavy. All the time, that’s what you’re told, over and over! And at one point it was so heavy she could barely lift it, because she was so damn little! I mean, seriously!? One of my other pet peeves was her waffling: one minute she was terrified of Mikhail, the next she couldn’t imagine herself without him, and then the next, she was pissed off for him making all her decisions for her. If she was okay with him being a possessive nutjob, fine. But stop the back and forth!
- Mikhail: Look, I like a alpha hero. I even like an alpha-hole at times. But dear god, this guy was a nutjob. Raven needed a restraining order, at the very least. I know, he’s 600 years old and needs some manners and also to read some of the basic books on feminism, but still, he was a bit much, even for me. And the fact he kept his secrets for as long as he did (and the fact that she didn’t figure it out despite the obviousness of it all) bothered the hell out of me.
- The word and word phrase repetitions: velvet; fire; heat; burning; hard; There were so many times words were repeated to the point where I was rolling my eyes heavenward, begging for salvation. Seriously, if I heard it being said how hot or hard or burning or on fire they were, I was going to kill this audiobook with actual fire. However, I somehow fought my urge to do so. (Mainly because I don’t think the library would have approved of my methods.)
So with all my dislikes and low rating you’d think I’d have just DNF’ed it, huh? Nope. Not me. I had to finish it and see how it all played out. Now, I do admit to zoning out a time or two when things were just…bad, but I am glad I stuck with it to the end. At least I can say I finished it, right? And oddly, even though I’m not entirely sold on the main characters in this world, I will likely read more of this series. If for nothing else than to see what happens with the other guys and who they find as their lifemates. I just hope that I can like them a bit more than I liked Raven and Mikhail. So, while I give a below average rating, I guess it’s the mark of a good storyteller that I want to continue with this series, despite that, right?
Have you read this book or series? What did you think? And was I crazy to keep listening? Have you ever hated a book but wanted to continue the series despite your dislike for it? If so, what was the series? Let me know your thoughts and comments below!
*This audio book was on loan from the local library and all opinions are my own.*