Dark Celebration by Christine Feehan is a gift to all her loyal fans who have followed the adventures of the Carpathian people since the first book in the series, Dark Prince, was released in 1999. This book takes us back to that original couple, Mikhail and Raven Dubrinsky, as they plan a Christmas celebration for their people even as evil forces stalk them.
The Carpathian people are a race apart from humans. They live in harmony with the earth, a strong and honorable people who need blood to survive. But they are not vampires. Female Carpathians are of the light, and they balance the darkness that exists in their males. After about the first two hundred years of their lives, if a male has not found his lifemate, he begins to lose all emotions and ceases to see in color. If this continues for hundreds of years and the male crosses over to the dark side completely by killing his prey, draining it of blood in an attempt to regain some kind of emotion, then he becomes an evil vampire and must be destroyed by a Carpathian warrior.
Mikhail Dubrinsky is the prince of the Carpathian people and as such must be protected at all costs. He is the living vessel of his people, connecting them all together, providing them with the common path of communication that they all use. He is their past, their present and their future. It is his sacred duty to protect his people, to help them to thrive, but he fears he is failing to protect them from their greatest threat—extinction.
Even though some of the greatest Carpathian and human minds have studied the problem, for some reason their women seem unable to bear healthy children. On top of that dilemma, all their enemies have joined together, and now vampires and an evil mage have all combined their strengths to try and destroy the Carpathian people. Those problems, combined with the recent attacks on Mikhail, have left everyone uneasy and afraid.
Christmas is not a holiday celebrated by Carpathians, but many of the previously human lifemates miss it. For the first time in centuries, Mikhail has called all his people home to their homeland to share in the celebration. It is a time of hope and of renewal, but evil lurks nearby. Mikhail fears that their enemies have finally found a way to defeat them—by destroying the women and children, their hope for the future.
The celebration is a chance to strengthen friendships and renew ties, uniting the Carpathians as a people. There is power and strength in numbers as they all gather together. With their skills combined they have hope to not only defeat their enemies, but to solve the problems that have plagued their race for centuries.
Against this backdrop, Feehan offers readers a tantalizing glimpse into the lives of all the couples from her earlier books. Good humor and passion abounds as we catch up with many familiar and beloved characters. Erotic, enthralling and action-packed, this book offers readers everything they’ve come to expect from this exceptional author. It also contains a cookbook at the back, filled with scrumptious chocolate recipes supplied by her many fans, as well as appendixes that contain the Carpathian healing chants and some of the Carpathian language.
This book is intended for true Feehan fans. It is not a book I’d recommend to someone who hasn’t read the series. I think that they would find it confusing with so many characters to follow. But if you love dark, erotic vampire tales, then I suggest you give yourself the gift of Christine Feehan’s Dark Carpathian novels so you can join in the Dark Celebration. You won’t regret it.