Name: Dark Blood
Author: Christine Feehan
Published: September 2, 2014 by Berkley
Purchased: Christmas gift, December 25, 2014, $7.99 on Kindle
Blurb: “At long last you are truly back with us…” Zev Hunter was an elite warrior, a dark-blood dealer of death to rogue Lycans who preyed on mankind. He was a loner, never given to personal attachments, and damned fierce at his job. But Zev begins to question his past and his purpose when he awakens in the darkness of the sacred cave of warriors—and is soothed back to consciousness by the sensuously familiar voice of one woman, the woman who has haunted his fantasies for centuries. She was Branislava, member of the Dragonseeker clan…“Mother Earth called the ancients to witness your rebirth…” For this half-mage, half-Carpathian temptress, the ritual of awakening Zev to the council of warriors was the only way to save him. Locked away for his own protection, the time has now come for his rebirth, for his blood to stir with that of the ancient warriors before him. He has been assured by Branislava that their fates are entwined, that their spirits are woven together for eternity and that his new purpose in life is beyond imagining. Now, with a blood-sworn vow of honor, mercy and endurance, and under the influence of a siren as bewitching as Branislava, Zev begins to wonder what his purpose is, what it means for the future of the Carpathians and what it is about his rebirth that he has to fear…
*Warning: This review will contain spoilers*
Review: There was something I read, a comment by someone and I don’t remember where I read it but they were talking against the Dark Blood’s being able to be out in the sun when it’s basically been drilled into readers since Dark Prince that Carpathians could not go out into the sun. I get that, I really do, but it’s only this one bloodline that readers are being told can go out into the sun and Zev is the last of that line. Now, if all the Carpathians could start going out into the sun, I might start having a problem but as long as it sticks to this one bloodline, I’m ok with it.
I do wish that there had more discussion about the Dark Bloods though, like why they can go into the sun? What exactly is that key difference in them? Honestly, I would love to know about all the powerful bloodlines, Dubrinsky and Daratrazanoff, Dragonseekers, the descendants of the Cloud People (there wasn’t really a bloodline name for Riley’s Carpathian ancestor that I remember), and the De La Cruz.
I love all the books in this little trilogy within the series but I have to say, Dark Wolf is my top favorite while this book is right behind it. All three of these books, I couldn’t find anything wrong with them.
There’s a lot of action here but the romance is woven in so that I’m not missing out on anything with the couple. Even though this was rather tense and emotional at times, there were some pretty funny moments, especially with Jubal and Paul being covered in oil after the fight with the hellhounds.
I also really loved the fact that Travis played a big enough part in this book, the readers haven’t really seen him since Dark Slayer and that wasn’t such a fun time.
That plot line though, I think the author pulled it off very nicely. It could have either gone horribly or felt like something that was added in just for the shock factor but it wasn’t, at least not to me, especially when it gives readers more of a background of the two ladies when they were trapped in the ice caves.
Thank you for reading my review.