Dark Illusion (Dark #29)
A mage and a warrior must see beyond their facades and embrace the bond that links their souls in this powerful Carpathian novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan.At any other time, Julija Brennan would find solace in the quiet of the Sierra Mountains, but now the mage is in the race of her life. Having broken free from her controlling family, Julija's attempts to warn the Carpathians of the coming threat has failed and put a target on her back—and those who hunt her are close behind... After centuries locked away in a monastery in the Carpathian Mountains, Isai Florea can't believe he's finally found his lifemate—the missing half of his soul. The second he sees Julija his world blazes with color. But despite their explosive connection Julija rebels against what she sees as Isai's intent to control her and rejects the bond that would prevent him from becoming a monster. As their unfulfilled bond continues to call to them both, Julija and Isai aim to complete the task that brought them together. They are used to facing danger alone, but now the mage and the ancient warrior must learn how to rely on each other in order to stop a plot that threatens all Carpathians...

Dark Illusion (Dark #29) Details

TitleDark Illusion (Dark #29)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 3rd, 2019
PublisherBerkley
Rating
GenreFantasy, Paranormal, Vampires, Romance, Paranormal Romance

Dark Illusion (Dark #29) Review

  • Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
    January 1, 1970
    Ever heard the one about a mage, a Carpathian warrior, a book of evil, and the love of a lifetime? Dark Illusion is such a delicious story and I can't wait for you to meet Isai and Julija!Isai's an honorable man who has spent centuries looking for his lifemate while defeating the forces of evil. He's handsome, honest, considerate, fierce, loyal, intelligent, strong, fearless and genuine. I cannot adequately describe the many ways I loved this hero. He was unreal! His patience with Julija knew no Ever heard the one about a mage, a Carpathian warrior, a book of evil, and the love of a lifetime? Dark Illusion is such a delicious story and I can't wait for you to meet Isai and Julija!Isai's an honorable man who has spent centuries looking for his lifemate while defeating the forces of evil. He's handsome, honest, considerate, fierce, loyal, intelligent, strong, fearless and genuine. I cannot adequately describe the many ways I loved this hero. He was unreal! His patience with Julija knew no limits, which thankfully came in handy because she tested mine.He would divide his attention, risk his life, even his soul for her. He might think he was wholly dark, but he had honor. Integrity. He was a man who walked in light even when he didn't see it around him. - JulijaJulija was a little hard to connect to at first, but in the end I adored her too! She came from a family of evil and yet she retained her light. While trying to save an entire race by destroying an evil book of spells, her family is hunting her down. Are they trying to kill her or do they want to recapture their pet? Her abusive ex, an extremely powerful mage, is also out there hunting for her, wanting her back in his control. However, Julija has much more power than even she expected and with the faith, love and guidance of Isai, she just might come into her own. After living a life ruled by fear and doubt, Isai has encouragd her to take charge, find her confidence, and to truly believe in herself. I'm in love with this man!!Have I tempted you yet? If you love your paranormal romance full of action, incredible world building, impossible to resist characters, and yummy steaminess, then you definitely won't want to miss out on this book!
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  • Ꮗ€♫◗☿ ❤️ ilikebooksbest.com ❤️
    January 1, 1970
    First time reading Christine Feehan. I thought it was fantastic!Carpathians are the bomb in the paranormal world. Of course they are not perfect, but they can do so much. They are in essence a sort of mix between vampires (since they drink blood and live for a very long time but they don’t kill humans), shifters, and they have some magical ability thrown in for good measure. Carpathians have to find their lifemate, since as they very slowly age over the millennia, they lose the ability to see co First time reading Christine Feehan. I thought it was fantastic!Carpathians are the bomb in the paranormal world. Of course they are not perfect, but they can do so much. They are in essence a sort of mix between vampires (since they drink blood and live for a very long time but they don’t kill humans), shifters, and they have some magical ability thrown in for good measure. Carpathians have to find their lifemate, since as they very slowly age over the millennia, they lose the ability to see color and feel emotions and eventually they will turn into a vampire which will be be dangerous to humanity since they will feed with no thought for life and kill humans indiscriminately.Isai Florea is one of the ancient Carpathians, he was a warrior who spent his life hunting Vampires until a time when he believed himself to be getting to dangerous. Isai went to a monastery high in the Carpathian Mountains with his brethren to live a simple life where there was no danger of turning Vampire. Isai left the monastery in search of his brother who stole an evil book of spells that was created by the worst high mage that ever existed, Xavier. The book was in the property of the Prince of the Carpathians, Mikhail.Isai’s brother Iulian stole the book and a mage named Julija is following him in the Sierra Mountains in the Western United States. Isai isn’t sure if Julija wants the book for herself or helped him steal it. However, when he catches up with her he finds that she is both high mage and Carpathian on her mother’s side and his lifemate. From there the adventure begins.The book seems to me to be as much Fantasy as it is Paranormal. I have read Vampire books and Shifter books and they both have aspects of adventure in them. Meaning they have storylines that take the main characters on a quest-like journey to find someone or something. But even when they add different Supernatural beings with other powers they pretty much stick to the paranormal genre. This felt more like a fantasy quest, probably because there was so much magic and shifting into different beings, in addition to drinking blood.There were some huge magical battles between Julija and her family who had treated her horrendously in her life. There were some great scenes with these unnatural shadow creatures and there were other crazy out of this world creatures and characters that were involved. The world Christine Feehan built was so unbelievably detailed and awesome, I could picture it completely in my mind. The characters were the same. Every character was well rounded and explained fully, especially how they treated the main characters. Christine has a great way of doing that, not only in the characters own memories, but once their lifemate joins with them, they can read each other’s memory. The lifemate can see how others act or treated them. With dual POV, that shows the characters from a completely separate viewpoint.The romance between Julija and Isai is sizzling hot from the very start. Though there is tension, so it is not smooth sailing for them. I liked that, because even if they have that instant lifemate attraction and lust, that doesn’t always mean they want that or know each other right away. I have read long running series before like The Breeds and Black Dagger Brotherhood and I know how they work, so I realize that there are probably some things that I missed as far as storylines that have been ongoing throughout the series, since this was my first book. However, it truly didn’t bother me at all. This can be read as a stand-alone without any problem. Though now I definitely want to read more.Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Joan
    January 1, 1970
    Dark Illusion, a unique pairing of a mage and an ancient Carpathian. I was mildly apprehensive about lifelong enemies evolving into a loving partnership without a lot of conflict along the way. I read literary fiction for pleasure, to be entertained, and Christine Feehan consistently fulfills my need for enjoyment and escapism by letting me explore new worlds with interesting and exciting stories. I was very pleasantly surprised at the different turn of events, especially since for the first a C Dark Illusion, a unique pairing of a mage and an ancient Carpathian. I was mildly apprehensive about lifelong enemies evolving into a loving partnership without a lot of conflict along the way. I read literary fiction for pleasure, to be entertained, and Christine Feehan consistently fulfills my need for enjoyment and escapism by letting me explore new worlds with interesting and exciting stories. I was very pleasantly surprised at the different turn of events, especially since for the first a Carpathian male is the one to reject his lifemate. I thought it was ingenuous to have Isa, one of the monastery ancients, really express his true thoughts and emotions of disappointment in a lifemate he’d waited centuries to find. Usually, Carpathian males fall all over themselves with instant love and devotion once he finds the one woman to restore his soul, colors, and emotions. Not Isai. His emotions come across as authentic and it was good to see an ancient male display an honest response upon meeting his one and only.“She felt his utter and complete disappointment. His rejection of her as his lifemate. It was one thing for her to reject him, but it stung when it was the other way around.” This is a very powerful turn of events in this world wherein it’s usually the male who has to carry the load of the relationship. Isai is my favorite type of hero - possessive and domineering, but he can gentle and very supportive. The tension was fast-paced and the plot consistent with the mission the couple pursued together. Julija, half-mage/half-Carpathian, has stubbornly refused to accept being a lifemate to a Carpathian male. Despite being created in violence, abused, and used as source of blood to provide longevity to her mage family, Julija has an ingrained fear of Carpathians, and her evil mage family has convinced her that she wants nothing to do with being a lifemate, despite knowing that she is condemning her lifemate to becoming vampire of choosing suicide. In Isai’s mind, this is unacceptable. Therefore, he frees her of any obligation to him and plans to return to the monastery after finding his brother, Iulian Florea, and dangerous mage spell book. Apparently, Julija is also on the trail of Isai’s distraught brother, Iulian Florea, who had found his own lifemate on her deathbed and she was unable to restore his soul. Julija discovers that Iulian has destroyed a shadow cat that had stolen the spell book from prince Mikhail and she vows the spell book will never get into the hands of her father and brothers. Her brothers are on her trail with the intent to kill her as a traitor and retrieve the book. Julija plans to warn the Carpathian prince of her family’s evil intention to retrieve the spell book to destroy other species then she plans to go into hiding from her family. Isai path to find his brother crosses with Julija’s and their passion is steamy and all-encompassing. Until Julija states that she does not want to be a lifemate despite her knowledge of her holding his soul. Once Julija decided to trust and came communicated about the abuse she suffered in the past, her and Isai’s relationship development was wonderful escapism. As they pool their powers and resources to retrieve the spell book, Julija and Isai’s relationship develops towards more communication and understanding. My preferred heroine is one who is kind, intelligent and likable heroine, meaning she is a nice woman who is strong but doesn't fight everything. Julija, for the most part met my standards of a good heroine once she came to terms with her unfounded mage fears of Carpathians and accepted Isai for himself…an ancient and honorable man. The sex was well-done and didn't overpower the story. I understand that sex in a romance novel is necessary; however, a romantic plot is far more essential to relationship development. Sex and violence are easy plot tricks to keep the conflict/emotion high. When used for shock value, or as a supplement for character development, sex becomes boring. However, not all of life is about sex. There are many other facets to existence such than just sex. When used properly, sex can move a plot forward. Another aspect of the story was the deep friendship between Elizabeta and Julija the women formed a deep bond during their captivity in Sergei’s clutches. The two women formed a bond of friendship that will help them both navigate new lives as strong women and as lifemates to ancients. It was very poignant when Elizabeta pointed out to Julija that as the keeper of Isai’s soul, her rejection was condemning him to darkness and death or becoming a vile creature as Sergei. I cannot wait for Elizabeta and Ferro’s book! Overall, Isai and Julija's love journey was an example of the fierce passion of new love that's overwhelming and the story focused primarily on the couple without tons of baggage that gets in the way of the passion and romance in the story. My heart melted when Isai showed his compassionate side by reaching towards out to the tortured shadow-cats to win them over as allies rather kill them outright. I loved this book and look forward to the next Carpathian adventure!
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  • Lover of Romance
    January 1, 1970
    This review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceI received this book for free from Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Dark Illusion is the newest installment in the Carpathian series or also known as the "Dark" series, and I truly had such a fun time with this book. Its a crossover of a paranormal and romantic suspense like many of her books. With each installment in this series the more I hav This review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceI received this book for free from Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Dark Illusion is the newest installment in the Carpathian series or also known as the "Dark" series, and I truly had such a fun time with this book. Its a crossover of a paranormal and romantic suspense like many of her books. With each installment in this series the more I have learned to adore. The world building that Feehan has done is one the BEST ever created and I truly love the development in the more recent books and after reading this one I really really NEED the next book because oh my I know its going to tear me to shreds but I am ready.So this story begins with our heroine who is traveling the Sierra Mountain range in search of a evil book ---the book that Xavier created that could only bring about more evil works of his relations. Relations that our heroine, Julija is connected to. She is hunting it to make sure it doesn't fall into the wrong hands but along her search she finds herself being the lifemate to a very ancient Carpathian. Their first interactions are very tense and some distrust and emotional damage is formed, but when they join forces to bring down their enemy, their relationship is mended and the lifemate bond is cemented.Isai Florea has been living in a monastery with his other Carpathian brethren for many years and is one of the oldest of his kind. When he finds his lifemate and the danger she is put in, all other concerns are put in the backseat and even though his instincts are telling him to protect her he also realizes how powerful she is and that she is the key to bringing down the evil members of her family who have used, abused her in the worst of ways. Together they form a bond so powerful and so intimate nothing evil will stand....This was truly a fabulous story here and I am in love with this. now I will admit the beginning of the book began very angsty and I wasn't really on board, in fact I almost wanted to put it down. Almost had a bodice ripper theme to it but I did become won over and they do get the issue resolved pretty quickly here. Now its important to understand the HERO is very alpha, one of the stronger alpha's I have seen from this author so I di let some of what he did go because he is SUPER old so I get it but at the same time it did rub me the wrong way at times. So just fair warning to keep that in mind when you start reading this one.I did feel like this book was truly emotional and life changing in many ways here. There was so much emotional dynamics that it will really tear at your emotions at times. What they both go through but most especially what our heroine really has dealt with in her young life is very heart breaking. But you see her true strength at the core and how determined she is to make she they don't win because they are truly evil. We see the level of intimacy that develops between our pair here and probably one of my favorites to be honest. These moments that form between them from their support of each other, playing and teasing each other and the sexual chemistry that is fiery hot that will send all the tingles down the spine is truly elemental to the story.Overall I found Dark Illusion to be a on the edge of your seat story that will delight, enlighten, and create emotional reactions to adore in every sense!!  
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  • Mimi
    January 1, 1970
    The most difficult thing of all to give is trust.I can always trust Christine to write about strong yet fallible female characters and male characters that make my heart ache in the best way. I teared up a bit reading this so have some tissues handy. This feels like classic Christine Feehan. Note: - It might be difficult to keep the past history and characters straight unless you read many past books in the series, but it's not necessary to read past books to still enjoy this one as a complete s The most difficult thing of all to give is trust.I can always trust Christine to write about strong yet fallible female characters and male characters that make my heart ache in the best way. I teared up a bit reading this so have some tissues handy. This feels like classic Christine Feehan. Note: - It might be difficult to keep the past history and characters straight unless you read many past books in the series, but it's not necessary to read past books to still enjoy this one as a complete story. For myself, it's motivation to go back and reread. - There are some triggers here for readers who have grappled with abuse though nothing too graphic.
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  • Maureen Gianinio
    January 1, 1970
    Another wonderful read by Christine Feehan. This book contains so much its difficult to summarize in a review without feeling you’re leaving too much out. You really need to experience this one in its entirety, submerge yourself in it! The definition of Illusion is prevalent in many ways throughout the story. The magical use of power to make a thing wrongly perceived or interpreted by the senses. And information that gives a deceptive appearance or impression about a person or event, a false ide Another wonderful read by Christine Feehan. This book contains so much its difficult to summarize in a review without feeling you’re leaving too much out. You really need to experience this one in its entirety, submerge yourself in it! The definition of Illusion is prevalent in many ways throughout the story. The magical use of power to make a thing wrongly perceived or interpreted by the senses. And information that gives a deceptive appearance or impression about a person or event, a false idea or belief based on information you have about others.The hunt for Xavier’s book is on! The book was somehow taken from the safe keeping of the Prince. I love the way it happened and no one suspected the truth. It leads to misconceptions and twists that make this book even more intriguing. The journey Isai and Julija have to take to discover each other’s intentions is not the typical lifemate claiming. They move from separate untrusting journeys to one solid union to fight for their survival and the survival of the Carpathians. For them to reach that place they need to unravel their misconceptions, self perceptions, judgments of themselves and each other. To do this they need to be open, trusting enough to share their journey, their pasts. Both are heart-touching and heartbreaking. Isai quickly realized he was wrong about his perception of her deceit and treachery. Understanding dawns as he comes to know her. Sees her reaction to events as they search for the book. Julija has a bit more difficult time trusting, her life had bombarded her with so much deceit, misconceptions of herself and others, she doesn’t know what is real, what to trust. She becomes open to him and their relationship through the support and knowledge she gets from her friendship, her bond with Elizabeta. Love the way this is shared in the book. Love how her self sacrifice for Elizabeta and the Carpathians is revealed, even with all it may cost her. She becomes one of my favorite heroines in the Series. Her courage and trust in him builds a strong bond that gives her hope and faith in herself, in him, and them as a couple and at last hope for victory.As they share their histories, Isai begins to melt my heart. His stoic strength, facing those who had and would harm his woman, his encouragement to help Julija understand, come into her own abilities and admire her confidence in herself is so beautifully written. They use her knowledge and the knowledge he has learned from other Carpathians to fight the evil mages, form unique alliances. (Always trust someone who is kind to animals.) past events from previous books are wonderfully revisited as they decide how to proceed. The love story that develops between them touches the heart. Forgiveness and acceptance, and the willingness to sacrifice everything for each other. they join together to overcome her family , discover the truth about his brother, and destroy Xavier’s book.All with action, and amazing Mage against Carpathian battles. Passion and romantic touching moments, and of course touches of humor. In the end one powerful mage remains as a danger to Julija and the Carpathians, adding even more danger beyond the Vampire threat. Questions about Ferro and Elizabeta are raised. And something big is brewing for the Ancients and those at Tariq’s compound. I'm going to absorb all that’s in this one for awhile while anticipating what’s coming next!
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  •  Leo (Queen of the Rants)
    January 1, 1970
    Excuse me, I would like to ask the author what is she’s smoking? Really? 14$+ tax for an ebook. Let me ask again what are you smoking? #greedyauthors
  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    Isai is mage and Carpathian, she has broken free of her evil mage family and is trying to save the Carpathian people by destroying Xavier’s spell book. On her quest, she runs into Julija, who is a Carpathian ancient and just happens to be her life mate.Julija has a lot to over come in convincing Isai that they should be bonded life mates. Isai has been tormented and tortured, flat out brutalized, her entire life by those who should have protected her.The story is dark, the circumstances behind Isai is ½ mage and ½ Carpathian, she has broken free of her evil mage family and is trying to save the Carpathian people by destroying Xavier’s spell book. On her quest, she runs into Julija, who is a Carpathian ancient and just happens to be her life mate.Julija has a lot to over come in convincing Isai that they should be bonded life mates. Isai has been tormented and tortured, flat out brutalized, her entire life by those who should have protected her.The story is dark, the circumstances behind Isai’s life would be upsetting to anyone. Her family was straight up evil. First, I have to say: I loved the shadow cats, they are an excellent new addition.There is no denying the chemistry between life mates and Feehan makes it sizzle. I’ve been an avid Feehan follower and have read every book in all her series. The Dark: A Carpathian Novel series was my first series to follow and it holds a special place. I must admit over the years I’ve started to feel blasé with the similarities in the plot repetitions. Dark Illusion has broken that mold wide open. Yes, it is a little bit of circling back to the origins of the series, but the mages are back, and they are out for Carpathian blood.
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  • Handcrafted Librarian
    January 1, 1970
    Each story is still unique, even after 28 previous stories! Julija comes from a mage family with direct ties to the villainous triples of Xavier, Xayvion, and Xaviero. She is the product of the son of Xavier and a kidnapped Carpathian girl named, Francesa, who was planned for in order to provide Carpathian blood to her family. Brainwashed and brutalized her entire life, she is still able to break away from her family to warn the Carpathian people and do the right thing. Her plans go array due to Each story is still unique, even after 28 previous stories! Julija comes from a mage family with direct ties to the villainous triples of Xavier, Xayvion, and Xaviero. She is the product of the son of Xavier and a kidnapped Carpathian girl named, Francesa, who was planned for in order to provide Carpathian blood to her family. Brainwashed and brutalized her entire life, she is still able to break away from her family to warn the Carpathian people and do the right thing. Her plans go array due to others interference and now she's running from her family, from the Carpathians, from Sergey and his vampires and still determined to do the right thing and find and destroy Xavier's evil book of spells.Isai is on the trail of his blood brother, who took the book to protect it from getting stolen by a shadow cat. On his hunt, he finds Julija instead. His biases and her scars make for some firework level clashes as these two lifemates learn how to work together when they're coming from such contradicting life philosophies. I thoroughly enjoyed the detail that showed more about their travels and search for safe places to bed down each day. Plus, the addition of the shadow cats was super cool too. A great addition to this series and while not a hard read, still a fun one!
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  • Tina Christopher
    January 1, 1970
    Another great instalment in this long running series.Excited to read Julija’s story after meeting her in Dark Legacy. Enjoyed her story and seeing her and Isai coming together, learning about each other and falling in love.Love learning more about the Ancients and catching more glimpses of Elisabeta. I hope her story is up next.Thank you to Berkley and NetGalley for the ARC.
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  • Cathy Jackson
    January 1, 1970
    Love. Hope. Redemption. Trust. Dark Illusion by Christine Feehan gives you these and so much more! Once I started reading, I couldn't stop! Mrs. Feehan is one of my favorite Authors. When she releases a new book, I need to bask in the awesomeness created.The romance between Julija and Isai is sizzling hot from the very start, but there is an underlying current of mistrust. When they are brought together for the common goal of getting, and destroying, the book of evil spells that could end all Ca Love. Hope. Redemption. Trust. Dark Illusion by Christine Feehan gives you these and so much more! Once I started reading, I couldn't stop! Mrs. Feehan is one of my favorite Authors. When she releases a new book, I need to bask in the awesomeness created.The romance between Julija and Isai is sizzling hot from the very start, but there is an underlying current of mistrust. When they are brought together for the common goal of getting, and destroying, the book of evil spells that could end all Carpathians. But evil is chasing them, and they must work side-by-side to fight the evil that chases them on their appointed endeavor. They learn to trust each other, and themselves.The beginning of the story was angsty, but as I read, I understood the reasoning. The book is fast-paced and will keep the reader needing to turn the pages to find out what would happen. Dark Illusion - the reader can consume it as a stand-alone!5 BIG BRIGHT BEAUTIFUL STARS!
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  • Autumn
    January 1, 1970
    Julija Brennan has no idea how powerful she really is. She’s been utterly destroyed by her father and the cruel men that surround him. They think that she alone could never gather the strength to find and destroy the one book that they desire above all else. They are so wrong.Isai Florea is searching for his brother. Iulian, an ancient warrior, disappeared shortly after obtaining a book of spells rumored to be powerful enough to wipe out the entire Carpathian race. What he finds instead is a bea Julija Brennan has no idea how powerful she really is. She’s been utterly destroyed by her father and the cruel men that surround him. They think that she alone could never gather the strength to find and destroy the one book that they desire above all else. They are so wrong.Isai Florea is searching for his brother. Iulian, an ancient warrior, disappeared shortly after obtaining a book of spells rumored to be powerful enough to wipe out the entire Carpathian race. What he finds instead is a beautifully broken young mage who is not only headstrong beyond anything that he’s ever encountered – she’s also his lifemate.Together they must find a way to blend the magic of the mage with the strength of the Carpathian if they are going to win this war. But their bond is brand new and Julija’s traumatic past is ever present. Will their love end before it even has the chance to really begin?“You have to stop. I can’t think when you’re staring at me like that.” “Like what?” “I don’t know. A hungry wolf. You look as if you might devour me any minute.” He flashed a small enigmatic smile at her. “It is a possibility.” “I’m sorry I doubted you, Isai. Or even acquainted you at all with the likes of Barnabas or my father. I should have believed in my own ability to tell truth from lie.” “Do not apologize to me, my little mage. They conditioned you to doubt everything. You will soon believe in yourself again and in us.”In Dark Illusion, Christine Feehan once again introduces us to a lifemate who is just as fierce as her fated Carpathian! Julija is a study in contrasts. She embodies the kind of strength and vulnerability that makes her the perfect equal to a hardened warrior like Isai. The push and pull between them is an actual living force. It flows flawlessly from tentative beginning to satisfying ending. And fans of the Dark series – both old and new - will fall completely under its sensual spell…
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  • Adaiah
    January 1, 1970
    Dark Illusion was a wonderful read!minute agoDark Illusion was a wonderful read. Great storyline, and action pack! I adore these Ancient Carpathian Monks!Isai, and Julija have a bumpy start to their bonding, and the eventual claiming of each other as lifemates. But, Isai adjustments to the modern world is pretty smooth, considering he thinks he wants a woman that clings to his every word. Silly male! What he receives is a lifemate that's just as honorable, protective, and loyal as he is.Julija i Dark Illusion was a wonderful read!minute agoDark Illusion was a wonderful read. Great storyline, and action pack! I adore these Ancient Carpathian Monks!Isai, and Julija have a bumpy start to their bonding, and the eventual claiming of each other as lifemates. But, Isai adjustments to the modern world is pretty smooth, considering he thinks he wants a woman that clings to his every word. Silly male! What he receives is a lifemate that's just as honorable, protective, and loyal as he is.Julija is such a wonderful strong character. She's honorable to the degree, that she reminds me of the Carpathian male. Honorable, loyal, and a protector of all! Julija had such a terrible upbringing, raised among people that are monsters, but was able to retain her sanity, fight for good, and not succumb to despair, and the pressure of evil.Xavier, Xaviero, and Xavion are still impacting the lives of the Carpathian people even though two (2) of the triplets are dead. We find out what happens to Xavier's dark book, and receive more information on how long Xavier's plan in destroying the other species has been in progress. We see the Shadow Cats, and learn even more about them, and how the evil mages have used them over the years. We're introduced to a new villain. I can't wait to see more of him in future books. He's deliciously evil.We also get an update on Elizabeta, and how she's healing mentally. It'll be interesting to see how Ferro will handle his mate, and the abuse she's been subject to.
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  • Dani
    January 1, 1970
    3.75/5 stars
  • Breane Ross
    January 1, 1970
    Received an arc from netgalley. Just when you think this long running series should end Ms Feehan writes another great book. Highly recommend it!
  • Mary Kirkland
    January 1, 1970
    Now for many it might be difficult to keep the past history and characters of Ms. Feehan’s Carpathian series straight unless you read many past books in the series, but it's not necessary to read past books to still enjoy this one as a complete story. It may even tempt you to read the ones that came before this one. Also take note, there are some triggers here for readers who have grappled with abuse though nothing too graphic.Julija is on the run from her family and the Carpathians as well as o Now for many it might be difficult to keep the past history and characters of Ms. Feehan’s Carpathian series straight unless you read many past books in the series, but it's not necessary to read past books to still enjoy this one as a complete story. It may even tempt you to read the ones that came before this one. Also take note, there are some triggers here for readers who have grappled with abuse though nothing too graphic.Julija is on the run from her family and the Carpathians as well as others. She's been tracking a Carpathian who took Xavier's evil book of spells because she doesn't understand why he took off with the book instead of taking it to his Prince. She's afraid he may try to use the book to bring back his dead lifemate. Isai was sent after Julija to get the book back but as soon as he meets her, he knows they are lifemates. He's kept himself locked away in a monastery for a long time because he knew he was dangerous and close to turning. In the monastery, there were others like him and we've seen a few of them in previous books. I've been reading this series for a long time so I already knew that some of these Carpathian males could be centuries old and have different views since they are from a different time. But this guy pissed me off right from the start. He's just met Julija, finds out she's his lifemate and spanks her because she won't do what he says right away. This dude was a bit much at first. But his personality did get better as the book went on, which I was happy about. They clash right from the start but become intimate really fast, which I didn't understand or like but as the book went on, it made a lot more sense. While they are trying to find the Carpathian who has the book and stay one step ahead of her family they get to know each other better. We get to know what her life has been like up to this point and let's just say it was not good. This girl has been used, humiliated, tortured and kept captive against her will. Not only has she been brainwashed by her father but also by someone she thought was her friend. When we find out who she's related to, it's a big twist and it also explains why she was beat down and brainwashed as much as she was because she's more powerful than even she knew. Xavier's evil book of spells was crazy and it was almost like it was alive. It's no wonder the good guys didn't want this in the hands of the bad guys because this thing was so powerful, it could defend itself. It was wild. The addition of the shadow cats was one that I loved. They are more than meets the eye but because they were an experiment and tortured to be killers, they aren't trusted by anyone. Watching their story unfold was one of my favorite parts of this book. While this wasn't my favorite book in this series, it was still really good and well worth the read.
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  • Tina
    January 1, 1970
    After Dark Sentinel finished in what seemed like the middle of a scene, I was apprehensively waiting for this release. Christine Feehan has written one of my new favourite books in this long series with one of my new favourite heroes.I initially thought Julija would end up with a different character given events of previous books, but this pairing works incredibly well. Dark Illusion harkens back to when romance and partnership were at the forefront of the books, despite the gathering of enemies After Dark Sentinel finished in what seemed like the middle of a scene, I was apprehensively waiting for this release. Christine Feehan has written one of my new favourite books in this long series with one of my new favourite heroes.I initially thought Julija would end up with a different character given events of previous books, but this pairing works incredibly well. Dark Illusion harkens back to when romance and partnership were at the forefront of the books, despite the gathering of enemies nipping at their heels.Julija Brennan is both running from and toward trouble as she embarks on a journey to aid the Carpathian people, even though she was raised to believe they were an enemy of her people. Julija also happens to be the great granddaughter of Xavier, the man responsible for the Carpathian race’s inability to procreate. Nevertheless Julija goes to warn the Carpathians about a somewhat unknown threat, at risk of her own life being labelled an enemy with her evil family after her too.Isai Florea has taken on the task of hunting his brother, believed to have stolen a very powerful, evil book to use for his own gain. He has spent centuries secluded in a monastery so he wouldn’t turn evil while he waited for his lifemate. Julija and Isai are following the same man, but it becomes clear all is not what it seems. Julija doesn’t have a lot of confidence after years of having it stripped away at the hands of her family. This becomes a running theme and it takes Julija some time to believe in herself to the extent Isai does.There is melancholy within these pages because Isai doesn’t get to actually meet the brother he seeks and Iulian’s story in a sad one and when you are 33 books deep in a series, you feel the pain of these characters as if it were your own. The sex scenes weren’t as ubiquitous and more unhurried than in previous books and definitely had a ring of the familiar of the books that made me fall in love with this series.Julija reminds me a little of Natalya with the way she teases Isai for his age, and I hope one year we get to see these women meet.The re-introduction to the shadow cats not seen since Dominic and Solange’s story in Dark Peril was a surprise and this would be an introduction I’d also like to read.Will Julija’s equal Carpathian and Mage blood give Isai the ability to withstand sunlight? Time will tell.Christine Feehan manages to skilfully mix romance and playfulness with the overarching plot, bringing light to heavy memories and situations faced by these characters.
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  • Slavica
    January 1, 1970
    Dark Series Book #33Release Date: 09/03/2019Review by Slavica/SKOJulija Brennan is a mistress of illusion the best within her family and yet her two brothers want her dead. She chose to separate herself from her family, leave them and go to warn the Prince of Carpathian people Mikhail Dubrinksy of the conspiracy against him and his people. Xavier, the high mage created a book of evil spells to bring on death and destruction to the Carpathians. Julija is determent to find the book and destroy it Dark Series Book #33Release Date: 09/03/2019Review by Slavica/SKOJulija Brennan is a mistress of illusion the best within her family and yet her two brothers want her dead. She chose to separate herself from her family, leave them and go to warn the Prince of Carpathian people Mikhail Dubrinksy of the conspiracy against him and his people. Xavier, the high mage created a book of evil spells to bring on death and destruction to the Carpathians. Julija is determent to find the book and destroy it but plans did not include running into Isai Florea, her lifemate. Isai Florea spent centuries in a monastery high in the Carpathian Mountains. His honor as a warrior, and the hope of finding his lifemate kept him going. The activities of a busy city, lights, traffic noise, and the people, all made him very uncomfortable. However, centuries of discipline helped him focus on his assignment of finding his brother Iulian Florea and Xavier’s evil and deadly book of spells. What Isai Florea did not expect was to find his lifemate Julija Brennan. Even though Julija is not too thrilled to learn Isai is her lifemate she reluctantly accepts his help to accomplish what she set out to do. However, Isai was not willing to lose her. Dark Illusion is book 33 in the Dark Series, also known as the Carpathian Novels. Each book is a standalone read; however it helps if you know the history of Carpathian people. I was totally captivated from the first to the last page and could not put the book down until I finished it. Just when I thought Xavier would be gone forever he is still causing havoc. As Julija and Isai search for the book their bond grows stronger and as their bond grows so does their love for each other. Isai helps Julija search her past memories to understand the present and the true meaning of the lifemate bond. Will the evil legacy Xavier left behind continue to torment the Carpathians or will the ancient Carpathian and mistress of illusion outwit the evil ones and destroy Xavier’s evil book once and for all? As always Christine Feehan storyteller extraordinaire gives us more then we bargained for. The book is action packed, sweet romance and more information that may just require a second and a third reading. Want to live longer? Read a book, and as always until next time happy reading!
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  • Edwina
    January 1, 1970
    After waiting 13 years!! Since 2006 "Dark Demon" book was released. The High Mage Xavier's book of Dark Magic Spells was introduced into the Dark series storyline. Hurray!!! we finally find out what happens to this evil book of magic spells. I can't believe I have been waiting 13 years to see how Christine Feehan would write the destruction of the book. The first time readers get a glimpse of the evil book is in Dark Demon. Natayla and Vikirnoff's story. The search and destruction of the book by After waiting 13 years!! Since 2006 "Dark Demon" book was released. The High Mage Xavier's book of Dark Magic Spells was introduced into the Dark series storyline. Hurray!!! we finally find out what happens to this evil book of magic spells. I can't believe I have been waiting 13 years to see how Christine Feehan would write the destruction of the book. The first time readers get a glimpse of the evil book is in Dark Demon. Natayla and Vikirnoff's story. The search and destruction of the book by Julija and Isai was very well written. I like the relationship between Isai and Julija. CF has done what many fans have asked her by writing shorter and less sex scenes. Dark Illusion is no where near erotic like her other Dark series book and that also, is a good thing. The best part of the entire book was when Julija and Isai found Iulian. He is Isai's brother who had stolen the evil book from The Prince. He sacrifices his life to guard the book with his blood. He becomes a Shadow Warrior. I was hoping they could resurrect him somehow. The reader is introduced to lots of new characters. I think we will see one again. But the book seemed rushed. There was not camaraderie between the Carpathian like in other books. Which leaves it lacking. I felt like it was over edited leaving gaps at the end. The End was abrupt and almost felt like a cliffhanger. I hope the next book is about Elisabeta and her lifemate Farro. She does make a good show in Dark Illusion talking telepathically with Julija. But she is still in the ground. The Dark series storyline moves at a Snails Pace!! I wish Christine would spend more time on The Dark series. Her best selling and oldest series she writes. One incomplete story Once a Year is Just Not Enough!!
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  • Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    Mage Julija Brennan’s unique talents because of her Carpathian blood combine with the strength of the Ancient Carpathian who turns out to be her lifemate, Isai Florea, a man that has spent centuries hoping to find that one true love made especially for him. Now they have come together to find an evil book that could cause great harm if found by their enemies searching for it as well. Unfortunately the worst enemies are Julija’s family and former lover. She grew up in a seriously evil household w Mage Julija Brennan’s unique talents because of her Carpathian blood combine with the strength of the Ancient Carpathian who turns out to be her lifemate, Isai Florea, a man that has spent centuries hoping to find that one true love made especially for him. Now they have come together to find an evil book that could cause great harm if found by their enemies searching for it as well. Unfortunately the worst enemies are Julija’s family and former lover. She grew up in a seriously evil household where Julija was physically and mentally tortured, used and abused. They tried to crush her soul; however, its beautiful light shines brightly most especially to Isai, who only saw the world in dull colors and no emotions until they came together.Since Julija has learned to protect her heart, it takes some time for them to work things out. Initially Isai thinks that will not happen, but after they spend time together while looking for his blood brother who has the book, they find common ground. It is not easy for a modern young woman and a man who has lived has a monk for centuries to have a smooth relationship, but they both realize fate has declared it so.Julija and Isai bring out the best in each other working as a bonded team to defeat her nasty, evil brothers, father, and the man she fears most who nearly broke her spirit. Isai will do anything to protect and help Julija live her best life. She has so much magic and skill if she can just believe in herself. Isai is a warrior first and foremost, but takes his lifemate duties very seriously wanting to love, protect, and defend Julija. Together they are a powerful force to be reckoned with no matter what the wicked mages throw at them. This is book # 29 in this longing running series, fans will be pleased with this installment.
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  • The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)
    January 1, 1970
    Dark Illusion continues one of my favorite series, the Carpathians. I love the fated mates trope, so this series has always been a hit for me. Isai and Julija were delightful as well. I think readers will LOVE Isai-what a steadfast and honorable hero! I will say he is VERY alpha. If that isn't your thing, you won't find Isai so perfect.Isai is a warrior and he is enchanting. He has a list of swoon worthy qualities I could go on about forever, but basically, he is perfection! He is strong, patien Dark Illusion continues one of my favorite series, the Carpathians. I love the fated mates trope, so this series has always been a hit for me. Isai and Julija were delightful as well. I think readers will LOVE Isai-what a steadfast and honorable hero! I will say he is VERY alpha. If that isn't your thing, you won't find Isai so perfect.Isai is a warrior and he is enchanting. He has a list of swoon worthy qualities I could go on about forever, but basically, he is perfection! He is strong, patient, and devoted. Julija isn't instantly likable and there were times when I felt she was NOT good enough for Isai (because he was so perfect). However, her life hasn't been easy-her family was horrible, her ex was abusive, and she is seeking an evil book so it can't be used to destroy everything. Isai (being perfect and wonderful) helps her not only with her quest, but in finding her courage and strength. Julija is a really powerful mage and I enjoyed that aspect of the story.Dark Illusion was fast paced (like most of Feehan's stories) and you will be sucked in fairly quickly as Isai and Julija's emotional journey unfolds. While the beginning is a tad angsty (ok, for me, it was really angsty), once I got to understand the characters better, the story began to level out and the angst was focused outside the couple. If you enjoy paranormal romance, a variation on the vampire lore, and steamy romance, Dark Illusion delivers!
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you, Fresh Fiction, for providing me with a highly coveted ARC of Christine Feehan's latest Carpathian novel, Dark Illusion, in exchange for my honest opinion. Full disclosure: I was able to spend some one on one time with the master herself - Christine Feehan - and ask her about the series and the voices in her head. And those conversations HAVE biased my opinion, or to be more exact, more strongly solidified my love of the Carpathian series which has lasted nearly two decades. For those Thank you, Fresh Fiction, for providing me with a highly coveted ARC of Christine Feehan's latest Carpathian novel, Dark Illusion, in exchange for my honest opinion. Full disclosure: I was able to spend some one on one time with the master herself - Christine Feehan - and ask her about the series and the voices in her head. And those conversations HAVE biased my opinion, or to be more exact, more strongly solidified my love of the Carpathian series which has lasted nearly two decades. For those of you new to the Carpathian world, "Welcome," for those well-versed, "Welcome back"! Feehan first brought the Carpathians to North America in Dark Gold, but things have come a long way since then beginning with Dark Crime, Dark Carousel and Tariq Asenguard's stronghold in California (literally, the guy's got some SERIOUS real estate). One of my favorite moments in Dark Carousel - CAUTION SPOILER ALERT - is the introduction of Julija: a smart-mouthed mage who is a little too kind for her own good. Seriously, any gal who can say, "Oh no, I know all about that life mate crap and I'm having none of that," (I'm only slightly paraphrasing) is a woman after my own heart. In Dark Illusion we finally get Julija's story. To be more specific, we get Julija and Isai's story. Isai is one of the extra hot, extra powerful ancients from the monastery (ahem, remember Dark Promises?) and he's on a mission to recover what his brother stole. Only problem is Julija is after the same thing and she doesn't want to have anything to do with literally anything Carpathian. Feehan has been feeding us with bite-sized pieces of Xavier's dark and twisty plan to rule all species, and Dark Illusion only fed my craving for more of the incredible world that exists in her head (I wonder if you looked inside her ear you could see all the stories in there?). I also enjoyed learning more about the mages. Up until this point, mages have been the villains; resurrecting shadow warriors and sacrificing the blood of anyone and everything in their quest for power. Julija is hybrid, but raised to be mage (or is it pronounced, MAJ? - this is supposed to be a jokey pun on the word "major"). And she's a BIG disappointment to Isai. As each battle their nature and their own attraction to the other, an epic showdown between Carpathians and mages is cause for serious sparks in the Sierras. And I am left with no new Carpathian reading until 2020 (more likely 2021). #distressI highly recommend Dark Illusion for all lovers of the Carpathians ready to bring the adventure stateside.Happy Reading!
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  • Sandy S
    January 1, 1970
    4.25 stars--ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date September 3, 2019 A mage and a warrior must see beyond their facades and embrace the bond that links their souls in this powerful Carpathian novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan.At any other time, Julija Brennan would find solace in the quiet of the Sierra Mountains, but now the mage is in the race of her life. Having broken free from her controlling family, Julija's attempts to warn the Carpathians of the coming threat has fai 4.25 stars--ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date September 3, 2019 A mage and a warrior must see beyond their facades and embrace the bond that links their souls in this powerful Carpathian novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan.At any other time, Julija Brennan would find solace in the quiet of the Sierra Mountains, but now the mage is in the race of her life. Having broken free from her controlling family, Julija's attempts to warn the Carpathians of the coming threat has failed and put a target on her back—and those who hunt her are close behind... After centuries locked away in a monastery in the Carpathian Mountains, Isai Florea can't believe he's finally found his lifemate—the missing half of his soul. The second he sees Julija his world blazes with color. But despite their explosive connection Julija rebels against what she sees as Isai's intent to control her and rejects the bond that would prevent him from becoming a monster. As their unfulfilled bond continues to call to them both, Julija and Isai aim to complete the task that brought them together. They are used to facing danger alone, but now the mage and the ancient warrior must learn how to rely on each other in order to stop a plot that threatens all Carpathians.•••••••••REVIEW: 4.25 stars--DARK ILLUSION is the twenty-ninth instalment in Christine Feehan’s CARPATHIAN / DARK erotic, paranormal, romance series. This is ancient Carpathian Isai Florea, and mage Julija Brennan’s story line. DARK ILLUSION can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous instalments is revealed where necessary.SOME BACKGROUND: All Carpathian males must find their lifemates before they turn vampire or greet the dawn. Without a lifemate, the males no longer see in color, feel pain or experience emotions. A lifemate is the light to their dark. She is the keeper of his heart and the keeper of his soul. As the unmated Carpathian male ages, the darkness begins to envelope his soul.Told from dual third person perspectives (Julija and Isai) DARK ILLUSION continues to focus on a group of ancient Carpathians, nearing the end of their search for a lifemate who have isolated themselves away from the world in a monastery high in the Carpathian mountains. As his search for his younger brother Iulian takes him to the Sierra Mountains, Isai comes across a woman he discovers to be his fated lifemate. On the run from her family and her past, Julija Brennan believes herself to be an enemy of the Carpathian people due to her family’s attempts to destroy them all. What ensues is the building relationship between Julija and Isai, and the potential fall-out as our couple come under fire from some very powerful mages.Julija Brennan doesn’t believe she is worthy to be a Carpathian mate, and immediately refuses Isai attempts to claim her as his own. Having struggled through the abuse and captivity of her earlier life, Julija battles between head and heart when Isai is willing to walk away without a fight. Isai Florea knew immediately Julija Brennan was his lifemate but her stubbornness amounted to silence in an effort to protect the man with whom she would fall in love. As Julija and Isai search for Isai’s missing brother, our couple find themselves the target of Julija’s past, and the family that is determined to imprison her, once again.The relationship between Julija and Isai is one of immediate attraction but our heroine believes she is an enemy of the Carpathian people. Unable to resist the pull between one another, Julija and Isai will complete the bonding but to both their surprise Julija is so much more than a powerful mage. The $ex scenes are intimate, erotic and passionate, without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. DARK ILLUSION is a revealing story line, one that begins to reveal the history and back story of one of the Carpathian’s most hated enemies, an enemy who was and is determined to take down a race of people using any means necessary. Christine Feehan has pulled from one of her more successful story line arcs where the Carpathian people had to fight and discover the truth, in order to survive. The premise is engaging, entertaining and edgy; the romance is steamy and seductive; the characters are strong and determined but there is limited interaction with any of the previous story line characters.Copy supplied by the publisherwww.thereadingcafe.com
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  • Barb Lie
    January 1, 1970
    Dark Illusion by Christine Feehan is the 29th book in her wonderful Carpathian series. I am happy to say I really ended up loving this story, but at the very beginning I was a bit turned off by the abusive behavior of the Carpathian man; worried that we were going back to that again. But thankfully, that was just the beginning, and everything was great from there on in.Julija Brennan, our heroine, is a mage and Carpathian. We met her in a previous book (Dark Legacy), where she tried to warn the Dark Illusion by Christine Feehan is the 29th book in her wonderful Carpathian series. I am happy to say I really ended up loving this story, but at the very beginning I was a bit turned off by the abusive behavior of the Carpathian man; worried that we were going back to that again. But thankfully, that was just the beginning, and everything was great from there on in.Julija Brennan, our heroine, is a mage and Carpathian. We met her in a previous book (Dark Legacy), where she tried to warn the Carpathians about the threat, but ran away to help find the book of evil spells that could destroy all Carpathians. Julija knows how dangerous the book is, as well as how powerful her father and brothers are (they are products of the evil Xavier) and their determination to find her, get the book and kill her. She has the ability to sense the Carpathian man who has the book and is attempting to hide it; using her mage sense she keeps tracking him, knowing her family will attempt to kill the man. Before she could go too much further, she is accosted by a powerful Carpathian warrior who thought she betrayed the Carpathians.Isai Florea, our hero, and the Carpathian sent to track down Julija, is shocked to discover that she is his lifemate. Isai is an ancient from the monastery, struggling with his lack of emotions or color, and treats Julija abusively at first, since he felt she belongs to him, and she must obey him. Fortunately, Julija is powerful in her own right, and in time, she will teach him how women need to be treated equally. Julija has suffered her whole life, as her family brutalized her often.Isai began to change quickly, as his love for Julija grew, and his admiration how powerful she was becoming, being both a mage and Carpathian. Together their goal was to get the book and destroy it, but they knew they were being followed by Julija’s family. What I loved the most about this book, was not the wonderful romance that was sweet and steamy, but how they both fell hard for the Shadow cats (panthers) that the mages beat and forced them to hurt people. I loved how Julija and Isai helped treat them, and remove the spells on them. Blue and Belle were the first two, and their loyalty to Julija and Isai was wonderful, and eventually 4 more would eventually join them. I loved how they would become part of them, much like Ivory and her wolves. What follows is an exciting, intense story line where both Isai and Julija and the cats have to be one step ahead of her family, and another powerful mage, Barnabas, who are set to destroy them. Along the way, they must find the book and destroy it. Dark Illusion was a pulse-pounding, edge of your seat thriller, that kept me unable to put the book down; as well as having a wonderful couple to root hard for. Dark Illusion though tying most ends, did end a bit abruptly, especially with the powerful Barnabas still around. We know the Malinovs are still around, but now the Mages are too. So much more to come. If you read this series, do not miss Dark IllusionBarbThe Reading Cafe
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  • Diane Mason
    January 1, 1970
    What’s a girl to do when she doesn’t want a lifemate? Don’t talk. At least that is Julija Brennan’s solution. Julija is a mage and was raised to consider the Carpathian people as enemies. Now she finds herself in the Sierra Mountains and in a race to prevent something terrible from happening.Isai Florea has been sent in search of his brother who is suspected of stealing something from the Prince of the Carpathian people. Something that could destroy the entire Carpathian race if it falls into th What’s a girl to do when she doesn’t want a lifemate? Don’t talk. At least that is Julija Brennan’s solution. Julija is a mage and was raised to consider the Carpathian people as enemies. Now she finds herself in the Sierra Mountains and in a race to prevent something terrible from happening.Isai Florea has been sent in search of his brother who is suspected of stealing something from the Prince of the Carpathian people. Something that could destroy the entire Carpathian race if it falls into the wrong hands.Two people on different missions that eventually become one. Having been raised to view Carpathians as enemies, Julija faces a difficult decision when Isai tries to claim his lifemate. Of course, she makes the wrong decision and refuses to talk. When she finally does speak to Isai it’s only to deny the bond. This was heartbreaking for me to watch. Then it becomes enjoyable when Julija changes her mind and wants Isai to claim her. Isai does make her work to earn the claiming and I enjoyed this very much. We also get quite the information dump on past happenings between the mages and the other races. We also experience what happens when a Carpathian male finds his lifemate too late. Make sure you have a box of Kleenex nearby when reading Dark Illusion. If you thought other books in the series had rocky roads, you ain’t seen nothing yet until you read this one. This is Christine Feehan at her best!
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  • Kari Marie
    January 1, 1970
    Christine Feehan can be a hit or miss for me. I'll admit that I thought this was going to be a miss in the beginning but I held in and it became a hit. I am not saying this was the greatest book ever or even Feehan's greatest but it was enjoyable. This followed the usual pattern of old ancient guy falling apart, young woman who is damaged by her past. They heal each other and fight a bad guy. Simple and to the point.Three stars for enjoyable but nothing special.Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley Christine Feehan can be a hit or miss for me. I'll admit that I thought this was going to be a miss in the beginning but I held in and it became a hit. I am not saying this was the greatest book ever or even Feehan's greatest but it was enjoyable. This followed the usual pattern of old ancient guy falling apart, young woman who is damaged by her past. They heal each other and fight a bad guy. Simple and to the point.Three stars for enjoyable but nothing special.Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for an ARC. This is an honest review.
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  • Whiskey & Wit Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    It has been 364 days (exactly) since #LoversOfCarpathian breathed Dark Sentinel's new book smell- 364 days since our eyes last partook of ancient warriors, honor codes, lifemates, and vampire rogues. Ahhh, the sweet sound of heart cavity breaching and telepathy.Dark Illusion is ancient hunter Isai and high mage (plus a few other interesting titles) Julija's story (Julija is the one who helped Elisabeta escape her cage). Feehan, being Feehan, tackles some pretty disturbing topics - from suicide a It has been 364 days (exactly) since #LoversOfCarpathian breathed Dark Sentinel's new book smell- 364 days since our eyes last partook of ancient warriors, honor codes, lifemates, and vampire rogues. Ahhh, the sweet sound of heart cavity breaching and telepathy.Dark Illusion is ancient hunter Isai and high mage (plus a few other interesting titles) Julija's story (Julija is the one who helped Elisabeta escape her cage). Feehan, being Feehan, tackles some pretty disturbing topics - from suicide and abusive families to serial, sadistic rapists. The reader feels raw while varying degrees of anger, sympathy, and bewilderment at humanity's capability to do such evil forces our blood to heat and our hearts to pound. Through the pain-filled miasma, the underlying story in Dark Illusion is righteous!!! Dark Fantasy that explores ferocious warriors, the seedy and debauched, the honorable, and one very distressed but still a$$-kicking damsel.💙💙💙*Note - New favorite Carpathians: Shadow Cats (which I first believed to be largish house cats... Not🐈 Even🐈 Close🐈).*Note - Feehan has included a phenomenal reference guide at book's end. Appendix 1: Carpathian Healing Chants. Appendix 2: The Carpathian Language (The language guide and history of the language is seriously fascinating and I hope all fans of the series check it out - I've said this before, but Christine Feehan is all business, all day when it comes to research and storyline building.*Note - The two main characters both have brain-drain names - meaning - My poor, abused mind had to continually ignore the weird spellings and kick out appropriate pronunciations the ENTIRE book. Hail Mary, full of Grace - that second j though...*Note - Elisabeta gets a lot of air time! Yay! I am so dying for her story. Ferro sounds just scary enough to chase away her demons🤍Whiskey & Wit Book ReviewsKris
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  •  Reading In Pajamas
    January 1, 1970
    ✦Review & Giveaway: DARK ILLUSION (A Carpathian Novel, Book 33) by Christine Feehan https://wp.me/p3d0RZ-bg4Publication Date: September 3, 2019Genre: Paranormal RomanceReviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ DonnaRated 4 Stars I enjoyed this installment – for the most part. Do I dare say that they are becoming repetitive? Nothing new except the characters themselves? 33 stories have pushed this romance series to its limit? I rated it a 4 because I like her writing style, and I get sucked into the C ✦Review & Giveaway: DARK ILLUSION (A Carpathian Novel, Book 33) by Christine Feehan https://wp.me/p3d0RZ-bg4Publication Date: September 3, 2019Genre: Paranormal RomanceReviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ DonnaRated 4 Stars I enjoyed this installment – for the most part. Do I dare say that they are becoming repetitive? Nothing new except the characters themselves? 33 stories have pushed this romance series to its limit? I rated it a 4 because I like her writing style, and I get sucked into the Carpathian saga. Granted, I was rather worried at the beginning that I would not like Isai at all. His behavior when they first met pissed me off. Thankfully that changed and I understood him more. Julija’s motives and actions were also believable with her background, so nothing jumped out at me and I’m glad they got together and found their love. I sadly found myself almost speed-reading through the many spells and over-abundance of pages to describe one action. If you love the Carpathians, you will enjoy this book and how it leads into the next one…leaving some unresolved issues. It’s not a cliff-hanger, just readying the readers for what comes next.*Review copy provided by Penguin in exchange for an honest review.~*~*~*~Kindle $13.99 https://amzn.to/2T2nmVy ‬
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  • Heidi
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fantastic book. I admit I was beginning to lose interest in the series despite all the wonderful characters but i felt that the wonder of a life mate for many of the more recent books was more of a meh than an actual love story. The males tended to be a little too domineering (I do what i want follow or else) and to me sex more than romance was on the cards but not in this book. We get to see Julija and she is an amazing character. She reminds me of Ivory, Lara and the dragonseeker wo This was a fantastic book. I admit I was beginning to lose interest in the series despite all the wonderful characters but i felt that the wonder of a life mate for many of the more recent books was more of a meh than an actual love story. The males tended to be a little too domineering (I do what i want follow or else) and to me sex more than romance was on the cards but not in this book. We get to see Julija and she is an amazing character. She reminds me of Ivory, Lara and the dragonseeker women Tatijana and Branislava all rolled into one and it was fantastic. We got to see Isai be both the male domineering person adapt to what his lifemate needed instead of the other way around. I could see similarities between this book and Ivory and Razvan but Isai seemed to be more action and less pacifist but still amazing to read. It was great to see Isai and Julija come together in a true and wonderful partnership. The interesting twists with Julija's species traits reminds me of Mayanne and Solange so it is cool to see. We get to see more of the mage side of things and it didn't disapoint. If the next books are like this please keep them coming.
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  • Carla Smith
    January 1, 1970
    Overall nice read. As an avid fan that highly anticipates the only 1 annual release of a book for this series, I personally felt the ending fell flat. With so many characters & books now in the series, many of us readers enjoy seeing interactions between the carpthians as we read along with the individual stories. One of the favorites being the Christmas novel in which everyone was brought together. This book just seemed such a typical read. Carpathian immediately meets her life mate, they h Overall nice read. As an avid fan that highly anticipates the only 1 annual release of a book for this series, I personally felt the ending fell flat. With so many characters & books now in the series, many of us readers enjoy seeing interactions between the carpthians as we read along with the individual stories. One of the favorites being the Christmas novel in which everyone was brought together. This book just seemed such a typical read. Carpathian immediately meets her life mate, they have troubles to overcome in their relationship, girl has family problems, major battle with a handful of ancients joining & casting one-liners, the end. Zero interactions or plot twists. Completely predictable.I’d consider myself a devoted fan & have read the entire series several times. I have the new releases on auto download/pay for the day they come out. That being said I really hope this isn’t becoming a have to series for Feehan rather then a want to...Here’s to hoping next years book has a bit more individuality...
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