Review: Dark Lycan
“The erotic, gripping series that has defined an entire genre” (J. R. Ward) continues as #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan links the fates of two strangers bound by a secret in the shadows of the Carpathian Mountains…
Tatijana of the Dragonseekers spent centuries encased in ice with her sister, trapped in limbo between life and death, never speaking to a soul other than those who tormented her. Now, she has been freed from her frozen prison by an unknown descendent. Awakened in human form, Tatijana yearns to explore the modern world in which she now lives—a world with more mysteries than she is prepared for.
Fenris Dalka has returned to the Carpathian Mountains after a long absence to be with his brother. He is scarred by centuries of battle, and every hard-won victory. But the real reason for his return home could prove deadly if discovered by the wrong man—or woman. Upon his arrival, he is compelled by a beautiful and enigmatic stranger who carries the scent of fresh earth, of forest, of the night itself.
In time Tatijana and Fenris will discover all that unites them—their secrets and pasts, their predators, and the hot flush of passion that stirs their souls. Yet just as surely, seduced into the silvery darkness of a full-moon night, they’ll also discover everything ancient and evil that exists to destroy them.
Christine Feehan has done it again. You would think after the first dozen or so novels in a series, something would be lost, but Feehan seems to be the exception to that rule. There are so few authors that can maintain a series for as long as she has that it really shouldn’t have surprised me that she has found a way to expand the world of the Carpathians and bring her readers not just one or two new characters to cherish, but multiple new characters and even an entirely new race with whom they interact.
Dark Lycan is the first in a Carpathian trilogy in the Dark Series and introduces Feehan fans to the world of the Lycans through the bond of Fenris and Tatiana. Yes, I admit she did bring us the Lycans before with the De La Cruz family, but this is the first in her series’ that I can recall actually bringing the Lycan world into that of the Carpathians.
After centuries encased in ice, Tatiana of the Dragonseekers has taken to exploring the world around her and finds herself drawn to Fenris Dalka who has only just returned to the Carpathian Mountains. The Lycans have also found their way to the Carpathian homeland, something that has not happened before.
The trials and tribulations that Feehan puts Tatiana and Fenris through would shake just about anybody, but these two independent characters are so evenly matched in strength of will, passion and brute strength that it’s easy to see why they find themselves drawn to each other. Tatiana is not a woman to be held back by anyone ever again – not after finally escaping her icy prison. The dialogue between the two makes me think of some other couples in my favorite books – the ones you know are perfect for each other just because of how they speak to one another.
Feehan brings back characters I had forgotten with such ease that it only took a moment to bring them back from the archives of my mind and make me care about what happens to them once again. She even seems to be setting up her series for continuing into the generations after all the younger additions finding their ways into her novels.
Time moves pretty fluidly within this tale – I’m pretty sure everything happened in a relatively short period of time, but that seems to be the case with many novels nowadays. In no way does the flow of time hinder the telling of the story – it actually kind of helps not having a distinct time frame. The action moves so swiftly that I feel knowing exact days would probably have bogged the story down.
Character relationship-wise, it’s fairly easy to see where this trilogy is going but how she’s going to take us there is a question I’m not sure I’d be able to guess – nor would I want to … why ruin the surprise and the journey that’s been planned.