Title: Dark Prince
Author: Christine Feehan
Page Count: 314 pages
Publisher: Love Spell
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Copy for review was one I owned already
50 words or less: Mikhail is the Prince of the Carpathians, a dying race with little hope for the future. Raven is a human with psychic powers who rocks Mikahail's world when he realizes that she is his lifemate. What ends up developing between them rocks the Carpathian world and affects everyone in it.
I felt the need to revisit an old favorite after my last book/review, so I turned to Dark Prince, the first book in the Carpathians series. This book basically lays the groundwork for everything that happens in the rest of the series and I have to say, while it's not my favorite book in the entire series, rereading it is still fun, just to see how far the story has come and what has happened to the rest of the characters since this first book came out.
At the beginning, things are not looking good for the Carpathian people. They're dying or turning vampire at a terrible rate and it doesn't look like there's a thing Mikhail can do about any of it. Mikhail is just about ready to punch his ticket when he meets Raven and is pretty much struck stupid by her. He realizes immediately that she is his lifemate and proceeds to try to win her over, with varying degrees of success.
Dark Prince introduces a cast of characters that are interesting and well-drawn and set up the rest of the series very nicely; if I have one complaint about the book it's the use of the "this cannot be happening, I'm choosing not to believe what I'm seeing" plot device to a level that's a little extended for my liking. Raven catches serial killers with her psychic powers, you'd think she'd be a little more receptive to other supernatural doings. There's also a liberal dose of the "look how independent I am, I don't need you!" plot device, which is not one of my favorites either. I felt like there were a few chapters where the characters kind of talked in circles. These are minor complaints, though, and as the series goes on these elements are used to further the story with nice effect. It's a testament to how the story has developed with more layers as time has passed (Dark Prince was first published in 1999.)
If you haven't read this series yet and are a fan of paranormal romance, I highly recommend it. Revisiting Dark Prince has inspired me to reread the rest of the series, since there weren't any installments that I remember not enjoying the first time.
Overall Grade: B+
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