Read Dark Challenge PDF - A Carpathian Novel by Christine Feehan Avon | A New York Times Bestselling AuthorJulian Savage was golden. Dark Challenge: Number 5 in series (The 'Dark' Carpathian) free online in series (The 'Dark' Carpathian) trilogy pdf free Dark Challenge:download Dark .. "Dark Challenge" is the 5th book in Christine Feehan's wonderfully. Editorial Reviews. Review. ''The exciting and multifaceted world that impressive author Christine Feehan has created continues to improve with age.
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Julian Savage was golden. Powerful. But tormented. For the brooding hunter walked alone. Always alone, far from his Carpathian kind, alien to even his twin. This is the first of the trilogy I wrote within the Dark Series. I wanted to include stories for each of the band members. Dark Challenge starts the trilogy, it is. Christine Feehan - Dark 05 - Dark Challenge - dokument [*.pdf] Dark Challenge Christine Feehan Dark Series - book 5 Chapter One Julian Savage hesitated.
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Before Julian is attacked by the two leopards, he changes into mist and streams away into the night. When Desari gains consciousness, she knows something is different about her. She finds out from her brother, Darius, that the stranger healed her and exchanged blood with her. Darius assures Desari that the stranger wasn't a vampire. Later that evening, Julian contacts Desari on a mental pathway. He tells her he will find her and that she is his lifemate. There is dynamics within this Carpathian family.
Darius at six years old, saved his sister, Desari 6 months , and four other children: Savon 4 years , Dayan 3 years , Barack 2 years and Syndil 1 year old. Through trials and successes, Darius has held his family together throughout the centuries. They are traveling minstrels or troubadours crisscrossing the continents to hide the fact that they do not age. Julian, on the other hand, has lived a life of solitude, seeking high places away from the crowds, and fighting against the vampires.
He was raised in the Carpathian mountains, whereas Darius and crew have not been raised around other Carpathians. Desari doesn't know what a lifemate is, nor is she a fledgling to be ordered about by Julian. I found this novel fascinating in its contrast between the family dynamics and the lone, male Carpathian. Julian had to learn how to coexist with Desari's family. He had to learn what a family means, even though he has a twin, Aiden Savage, whom he has been separated from for centuries.
I guess it is telling that I like the characters in this novel. The plot was pretty straightforward. I scrolled through the pages still wanting to know how the journey would end. Now I am ready for the next novel, Dark Fire. Sep 18, Debbie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Centuries of hunting the undead had left Julian Savage ready to face the dawn, he only had one more task to perform for his prince.
The safety of a singer, Desari, was in question after her name was found on a list. Arriving at the concert hall, Julian was amazed to find that even the security at the front door seemed to feel his presence. After seeing and hearing Desari, the color and light and emotions that flooded him left him unaware of the assassins in the hall.
He was there to protect her Centuries of hunting the undead had left Julian Savage ready to face the dawn, he only had one more task to perform for his prince.
He was there to protect her but was so surprised by finding his lifemate that he almost allowed them to take her from him before he ever truly had her. Book 5. Meeting the new characters and getting to know all of them was enjoyable especially with the connection to one of the characters that we already know trying not to drop any spoilers.
The creativity of this book is higher, it is not just the same tortured male meets the reluctant to be a lifemate woman. He was tortured and she was reluctant, but they both had some good reasons and explanations for why they were the way they were. I am eager to see if Barack and Syndil have at least a short story, Darius and Dayan should each get a story, and Gabriel and Lucian need an ending for there stories, I hope to find out more for each of them too.
Mar 30, Timmysparks rated it liked it. This was my favorite book in the series so far. I really loved Julian. I felt so sorry for him at his forced separation from his twin brother because of the vampire threats. Julian had such a great sense of humor and he didn't have the overbearing possessiveness that the other males in the previous books had. Desari was great too. She was really strong and powerful and was afraid to show it and put Julian in his place when he deserved it.
They were such a great couple. I also loved Darius. The b This was my favorite book in the series so far. The bromance between Julian and Darius was very interesting to read.
We met other Carpathians who were lost from their home in this book and Darius and Desari were among them. I hated Barack's attitude towards Syndil even though he meant well. He was just too bossy and pushy for my liking. One issue I had with this book was the length of the sex scene.
They were just to long and too frequent it almost felt repetitive. Other than that I really enjoyed this book. I'm looking forward to reading about Darius in the next book.
He meets Desari, the beautiful singer in the band The Dark Troubadours and he knows he has found the woman who will save him. I absolutely loved the band and the members.
The story is absolutely incredible….. I drank in every word I read….. Apr 16, Sue rated it it was amazing.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Dark Challenge is the fifth book in this series by Christine Feehan.
It was a little slow but a good book. Julian and Desari are such a great couple. I loved reading about Desari family. Julian was a chilled kind of guy. He had a very funny sense of humor. He had to learn the hard way about women listening and obeying him. He had to learn to compromise with his lifemate.
Thank you Christine Feehan for another great book in your dark series.
Feb 13, Cristina rated it liked it Shelves: Not as good but I continue my journey through the series. This is my second favorite book out of this series. I liked the whole concept about the Carpathians. Even the term lifemate was cool to me.
But boy does this lady know how to beat something to death. The repetitiveness in t This is my second favorite book out of this series. The repetitiveness in these books just gets annoying very fast. Once he realized Desari was his lifemate everything happened too fast. I would not go quietly to my death without avenging you. The world could not conceive of such a monster as I would become.
You must drink, piccolo, for yourself, your life, for me, for our life together. Drink now. There were these long paragraphs that just kept bringing up the same things over and over again.
A lot of it was that flowery, mushy speech that was just over the top and a little much. It was alright the first time it was mentioned, but then it just became annoying after a while.
I liked the immediate connection she felt. She could feel his presence inside her after he gave her his blood and was anxious and upset to be leaving him behind. It was nice to have a strong female character for once. She felt his touch, his palm brushing her cheek. You fear me. I fear no one. What is the Dark One to you? There was no amusement in the question. It was an imperious command to answer him. He even pushed at her with a compulsion.
Who are you? She pushed him, gave a good, hard compulsion. Julian bent closer as if to soothe her. This is extremely interesting. I searched centuries for lost Carpathians but had given up hope.
How all of you accomplished what you did is extraordinary. She glanced up at him, determined to reprimand him, but he was looking intellectual and earnestly interested in whatever she had been telling him. Except for his eyes. His eyes were molten gold and burning with a liquid fire that seemed to consume her, to mesmerize her. She succumbed a little easily to him though. She was supposed to go there to talk to him and they ended up having sex, three times in a row.
Everything just happened so fast. But I must admit you are dynamite dressed up. She sounded like a hippie. I liked how once he shut off his mind from her she was extremely anxious and unsettled without his presence. Darius ordered her to call him to her since she was so upset, and Julian materialized beside her. I have no wish to get so close to another male. Julian made another effort to breathe. He took her hand in his and carried it to the warmth of his mouth.
When she sang there were silver and gold notes dancing in the air, and that whole thing just a little unexplained and vague. You look tall and elegant and princely, yet you have not matured beyond the cave. He arched an eyebrow at her. They are logical and methodical. I must tell you, although I am taking a huge chance that you might become impossible to live with, that you are an extraordinary lover. Extraordinary lover is the perfect description.
I see that now. That line was used a million times throughout this book, and it just aggravated the crap out of me. He smiled, a show of gleaming teeth. Ok, the guys got gleaming white teeth. We get it already. I just think some synonyms and other expressions would have helped this book out greatly. There were just so many feelings that took away from the story. Constant feelings and little touches between them that got on my nerves. You will become very familiar with these: Not a good percentage when you're reading a book.
I would have loved more of a story, and for there to be more exciting things happening, because a lot of it was simply repeating the same sentiments, ideas, and Julian's past and the life male Carpathians lead. It seemed every time I turned around a vampire was attacking them, and I just wanted them to have some peace and quiet alone together without worrying about her family "unit" or her concerts.
I was hoping he'd meet up with his twin Aiden or that they'd go to their homeland, but sadly, none of that happened. Also, the bits about Syndil and Barack were more interesting than what was going on with Desari and Julian at the time. I found myself wanting to read their story. What I hated was his reputation of being a "hound dog" and the fact that Syndil had been raped, but there was definitely something there. I wanted them to be lifemates and thought that they might be hiding it from everyone else, but then I realized if they were lifemates they would have known it long before now.
Things didn't add up to them being lifemates, because Syndil had been raped, and Barrack had quite the reputation of sleeping around, so that would've have worked. A pattern that I'm noticing is that Christine Feehan has this "strong male syndrome" that has her at war with herself on which characters are actually the strongest.
Mikhail, the prince, is supposed to be the strongest. I was to understand that Gregori was the next, a skilled hunter and gifted at healing. Julian I thought fell somewhere after Gregori, yet Darius is introduced and Julian quickly realizes he's Gregori's younger brother, as strong as Gregori if not more so. As the book progresses we realize Darius is actually stronger than Gregori. I can't help but sigh. It kind of takes away from Gregori's book, because we thought he was the second strongest Carpathian male.
In this book we find out his younger brother is stronger than him, and also that the legendary Lucian and Gabriel are the very strongest I can't remember the exact line-up of Carpathian males in order of their rank Christine Feehan, you can't have your male characters all being stronger than each other.
Someone has to be the strongest, and someone has to be the weakest, or they're all equally strong and talented. You can't keep saying someone's the strongest Carpathian only to make someone else come along and be stronger. View 2 comments. Grant to understand.
Jun 25, Bambi Unbridled rated it really liked it Shelves: I have been trying to get caught up on Christine Feehan's backlist for a while now And that's a good thing seeing as I like her writing.
I happened to be notified about the re-release of Dark Challenge , and it coincided with where I was in the Carpathians series, so I jumped at the chance for a review copy.
I have been curious about Julian for a while, and I was glad to dive into his story. Julian is a loner, he has been on his I have been trying to get caught up on Christine Feehan's backlist for a while now Julian is a loner, he has been on his own for a very long time.
He seems to have self-isolated due to an occurrence in his past which he viewed as a failure. My heart went out to him. He is ready to greet the dawn, but couldn't turn down one last favor for Gregor I always love Feehan's heroes, they are unapologetically alpha male and protective of their females to an obsessive degree.
Julian was no exception. But although he bossed our heroine a bit, I didn't feel like it was in an overbearing or cruel way. I thought Julian's magic and relationship with animals was intriguing, and I could totally picture him as a big sleek cat. Desari was a unique heroine from my limited experience with the Carpathian series.
My recollection of prior books was that the heroines were somewhat damsels in distress. But Desari is an ancient herself, with her own power and abilities, and a sassy independent streak. She kept Julian on his toes, but she wasn't overly assertive in her feminism to the extent that she put herself in dangerous situations.
I liked that she remained close with her family, and I liked that they were all "found" Carpathians that were not previously on our radar. Desari is a singer, and I really liked the power she was able to wield with her voice and song. The secondary relationship in this story that interested me was not a romance, but the mutual respect and friendship that started to emerge between Julian and Desari's brother, Darius.
I was glad that they didn't remain at odds for the entire story. I can feel that we are right together, and I do not believe God would put together two creatures who did not suit one another. I want you to be completely satisfied in all things, lifemate.
And if you were much more thorough, we might both be dead. There was a lot of steamy hot sex in this book as our couple couldn't keep their hands off each other. Julian and Desari got along well together and Julian fit in nicely with Desari's family. You are the lifemate of a sensitive, modern male. Julian's lazy amusement warmed her further, confirming what she already suspected, that he often stayed a shadow in her mind. How fortunate for me. You are everything to me.
If only we have the next few moments together, everything that came before was worth the time we have had. Barack is a bit of a playboy.
He is the only Carpathian male in the whole series where they tell you he messed around with other women, not that other Carpathian males are virgins the books just don't talk about it. You don't have to see it but, view spoiler [ Syndil is his lifemate so she had to watch for years while he ran around with human women.
But to Barack credit he didn't know Syndil was his lifemate, They didn't get raised with other Carpathian's. They didn't know what lifemates were and they were raised as babies together. So for a long time he thought his feelings were because they were raised like brother and sister.
When he figures out she is his lifemate he doesn't touch another. She carries shame feeling like she somehow caused the attack. Dayan has a poet soul.
Dayan is more of a lover not a fighter kind of guy. Darius is my favorite of the group. The patrons seemed enthralled by the singing group they were waiting to hear.
Evidently the band was intensely popular, and recording companies were screaming for deals, but the performers refused to sign with anyone.
Instead, they traveled like old-fashioned minstrels or troubadours, from town to town, city to city, never employing outside musicians or technicians and always performing only their own songs. The odd, reclusive nature of the troupe, along with the lead singer's voice, described as hauntingly beautiful, mesmerizing, nearly magical, had drawn the unwanted attention of the society of vampire hunters.
Julian inhaled deeply, and caught the scent of blood.
Instantly hunger beat at him, reminding him he had not fed this night. He stood outside, unseen by the humans clamoring to get in or by the security guards silently standing at the entrance.
He would go in, deliver his warning to the singer of the danger she was in, and get out. Hopefully the woman would listen, and his duty would be done.
If not, he would have no choice but to continue to endure his terrible solitary existence until he could make certain she was safe. And he was tired. He no longer wanted to endure. He began moving then, weaving silently through the crowd. At the door stood the two men, both tall and dark. The one with long hair looked like someone to contend with; he even looked vaguely familiar.
Julian became but a rush of cool air as he glided past, hidden from sight yet walking confidently among the crush of humans. Still, the guard with the long hair turned his head alertly, black eyes searching restlessly, resting on Julian briefly even though Julian was invisible. The guard was clearly uneasy. Out of the corner of his eye, Julian saw him turn his head this way and that before his icy gaze swung back to follow Julian's progress through the crowded bar.
Julian's white teeth flashed with a predator's gleam. He knew he was unseen, so the guard had well tuned, radarlike senses, unusual for a mortal. Interesting that the band had him. He might be worth his weight in gold should there be an actual attack on the woman. The cold air Julian pushed before him parted the pressing crowds; he didn't even have to slow down. He glanced at the stage set up for the performers, then walked toward the back rooms.
As he did so the humorless smile faded from his face, leaving the familiar hard edge to his mouth. He knew there was a hint of cruelty there, the cold mask of the hunter. Then he smelled them.
The enemy. Had they reached the singer before he had? Swearing silently, eloquently, Julian moved with preternatural speed to the woman's dressing room. He was too late. She was gone, already making her way to the stage with the other members of the band. Only two beautiful leopards with spotted fur were curled up in a corner of the small room. Simultaneously their heads swung toward him, all senses alert. The animals were larger and heavier than most in the wild, and their yellow-green eyes, fixed on him, betrayed their superior intelligence.
It was also unusual to see the two together, as leopards were generally solitary creatures. Like Julian. Tell me where she is before her enemies kill her. The female crouched even lower, ready to spring.
Julian felt the familiar sense of brotherhood he always did when he encountered a member of thePanthera pardus family, and yet, when he reached for the leopards' minds, he found he couldn't control either easily. He succeeded only in confusing them a bit, slowing their reaction time. Then the male cat began its move, a slow stalking, head down, eyes fixed on him, its slow-motion manner preliminary to the explosion of speed preceding a kill. Julian didn't want to have to kill such a beautiful, rare creature, so he quickly slipped out of the room, closing the door firmly behind him, and headed toward the sound of thunderous applause.
The band began to play the opening to the first song. Then he heard the woman's voice. Haunting, mystical notes that hung in the air like silver and gold shimmering with fire. He actually saw the notes, saw the silver and gold dancing in front of his eyes. Julian stopped dead in his tracks, shock ripping through him.
He stared at the hallway. The tattered, faded wallpaper was edged with red. It had been well over eight hundred years since Julian had seen anything in color. It was the fate of Carpathian males beyond their youth to lose all sense of color, to lose their emotions, to struggle in gray bleakness against their predatory natures, unless a lifemate appeared to balance their darkness with her goodness and light.
Only then would color and emotion—powerful emotion—be restored to them. But females were rare, and surely one such as Julian would never be blessed with a mate. Yet his heart jumped in his chest. He felt excitement. Real emotion. Colors were so vivid that they nearly blinded him. The sound of her voice played through his body, touched him in places he had long forgotten. His body tightened; need slammed into him. Julian stood frozen to the spot.
The colors, the emotions, the physical lust rising so sharply could only mean one thing. The singer possessing that voice had to be his lifemate. It was impossible. Totally impossible to believe. The men of his race could spend an eternity hunting for the one woman that was their other half. Male Carpathians were predatory, with the instincts of dark, hungry killers, cunning, quick, and lethal. After their short time of growing, of laughter and adventure, it was all over as they lost the ability to feel, to see in colors.
There was nothing left but a solitary, barren existence. Julian's existence had been especially unbearable, alienated as he was from Aidan, his twin, whose inevitable closeness might have made the long, gray centuries a bit easier to endure.