by Christine Feehan

December 1999
ISBN: 0-505-52354-X
Reviewer Graphic Button Leisure Books
Mass Market Paperback

Having read the first in the Carpathian series, I was thrilled when I got my hands on the sequel, Dark Desire.

Shea O’Halloran had always been different. A doctor that could see the ailments of her patients in her head and fix them with her mind, she knew that something was amiss with her body. After several years of research, she found that she had an odd sort of blood disorder, one that made her sensitive to the sun and forced her to feed off blood.

One day in her office, several men show up and begin questioning her, making it clear they thought she was a vampire. Shea fled, and found herself in the Carpathian mountains, running tests and research, trying to find a cure for the blood disorder before it killed her.

But out of the blue, she senses something in the back of her mind, someone calling her. But she had pushed it aside, thinking it to be a dream. But something forces her through the woods, a sense of desperation and she uncovers a coffin.

Jaques Debrinsky, brother of Mikhail who was prince of the Carpathians, had been found by the same men that had confronted Shea. They had driven a stake through his chest, burned him alive and buried him with the soil that he needed to heal on the other side of the woods that encased him. He had somehow connected with Shea and was terrified of having her near him because he didn’t trust himself not to kill her.

But Shea, stubborn to a fault, heals him. Then several other Carpathians find their way to the cabin, with the hunters closing in on them.

This is an amazing story, and I’d recommend it to anyone, even if they don’t like vampire stories or the paranormal. Christine Feehan has a talent that few will ever hope to have. She describes objects and surrounding as no one else can. At times, I felt as if I were standing on the mountain, looking out over the woods, or watching the wolves run through the forest, or the owls soar across the sky. The book itself is totally unreal, but woven with a touch of reality to leave the thought of “what if” in your mind long after you’ve finished reading it.

Reviewed in September 2002 by Lucy.

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