|The Carpathians are a race that live for millennia and have
psychic and physical powers. . They shape shift into animals and can become fog, while
moving and travelling with phenomenal speed. They survive on human blood but never kill
the donor and wipe memories when finished. Sunlight and violent wounding can kill them
though they heal themselves from other injuries. They sleep in healing earth during the
day and are awake at night. Theyre declining in numbers though, as no females have
been born for hundreds of years and few males survive infancy.
The male has a darkness
which grows until he finds his life mate who balances and illuminates his darkness.
If he doesnt find her, the male gradually loses his emotions and ability to see in
colour. He is condemned to a lonely, dark and despairing world devoid of all happiness.
When he does find her, he regains his emotions and his world becomes full of joy and hope.
Males who dont find their life mates become filled with dark despair and
"turn," becoming vampires who can then feel exhilaration by murdering humans and
Carpathians. They tried to take human women as life mates before. Humans go violently
insane when their bodies were converted to Carpathian and have to be destroyed.
Mikhail, the Prince and leader of the Carpathians, decides to take his life to stop the
darkness. A womans voice tells him not to give up and he follows it. The owner is a
human woman he sees in colour, showing shes his life mate.
Raven is a psychic who helps the FBI track serial killers. Shes come to the
Carpathian Mountains for a rest after her last case. Theyre quickly drawn to each
other and Mikhail starts to turn Raven, before marrying her. There is a group of fanatical
vampire hunters targeting non-humans. Having killed Mikhails sister and her unborn,
they then focus on Mikhail and Raven.
This is the first in the Carpathian series and has lots of background about the race.
Its not a gripping story though and it was later books in the series that got me
hooked. For someone saying shes intelligent all the time, Raven does some pretty
dumb things. "Ooh, fanatical assassins around, Ill just go for a long walk in
the dark woods, all alone". Mikhail is unbearably bossy and overbearing. Sure,
hes a prince but his "I know best attitude is annoying.
Not the best cover art either. Ok read for when you have nothing better to do. Not
suitable for tweens theres quite a lot of sex.