Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Review & Giveaway: Dark Prince 'Author's Cut' by Christine Feehan

Way back in 1999 (can that really be 12 years ago? Really?), an unknown author named Christine Feehan wrote a book about a dying race of East Europeans of ancient, magical lineage known as Carpathians, led by their prince, Mikhail. With difficulty in reproducing, especially females, their race was failing, with more males falling to the rogue status of unrestrained savagery known as vampire. A female Carpathian had not been born in 500 years. Not a good thing.

Then Mikhail met a human woman with telepathic abilities, and everything changed. Raven was spunky, sexy, and Mikhail's lifemate, despite her human status. They went through hell to be together.

Sounds like, well, a modern-day paranormal romance doesn't it? But remember--this was 1999, and Dark Prince, the first in the Dark series of Carpathian novels, was a bit different back then.

While the 22nd in the series, Dark Predator, doesn't come out until September, readers can revisit the beginning of the Carpathian story with yesterday's release of Dark Prince: The Author's Cut Special Edition. This is Dark Prince as Feehan intended it, with a hundred pages of text that was left on the proverbial cutting-room floor by the editorial powers-that-be its first time around--and released in hardback for the first time.

Dark Prince has aged very, very well. Oh sure, Mikhail's computer is big and clunky and the Carpathians aren't surfing the Internet, but since it's set in a small, isolated village in the Carpathian mountains, it all feels very gothic and commercially viable for a 2011 paranormal romance world.

I will growl over the book's shifting point-of-view, which is one of my own axes to grind, but this is a lovely example of worldbuilding and character development, with a man walking the thin line between monster and hero, and between arrogant alpha male and the tender, compassionate lover he has the potential to be. It was great fun to step back and revisit this book after so many years.

Want a new hardback copy of Dark Prince: Author's Cut Special Edition (complete with yummy new cover art)? I have one copy to give away to a commenter. If you've read the series, tell me your favorite Carpathian. If not, but you'd like to start, just leave any comment--and please include your email. As always +1 entry for comment, +1 for blog follow, +1 for Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and +1 for Tweet or Retweet. Go to it!


  1. I ahven't had a chance to read this series yet but would like to.

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  2. haven't read these yet, but would love to! another great giveaway, suzanne!

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  3. My Friend, I have a few things on my TBR pile, but I really, really need one more series to work on...and we know how important it is to start at the beginning...

  4. I love love love Feehan's Dark series!! I think my favorite Carpathian would have to be Dominic from Dark Peril.

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  5. Suzanne, you really must stop showcasing all of these awesome books and authors I've never heard of ... I will never write another book because my nose is stuck in everyone else's! I read the description of this one on the New Release list post but skipped over it: your synopsis has shown me I need to rethink that 'skipping' :)

  6. Julian and Aidan!!!

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    aliasgirl at libero dot it

  7. I haven't read this yet but I've been meaning too!

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    Nicole.Zoltack AT gamil.como

  8. WOW! Must read! Lol, I've not yet read any works by Christine Feehan but have heard many a great review and have been dying for a chance to get my hands on one of her books!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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    mleger0546 AT rogers DOT com

  9. These Carpathians are my go to books. My copy of Dark Prince is so worn, I've had to glue the binding back together!
    jennhutson3128 AT yahoo DOT com

  10. It's been a while since I've the Carpathian series. For some reason Gregori sticks in my mind. He was in the earlier books and became a focus for me. I guess I was waiting for his book. I didn't finish reading the series but I've always meant to get them all and read them

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  11. I haven't read this series yet, but I would love to!

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    marieimy (at) gmail (dot) com

  12. I've been wanting to read this series. I can't believe I haven't yet!! Thanks for the opportunity.

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  14. Love this series, and I'm finally up-to-date on reading it. I've really enjoyed the most recent books, but I'll always have a soft spot for Gregori, the healer.
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  15. Omgoodness, this was my very first PNR series, I love it!!!

    Favorite character of all is defintely Ivory.

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    Darn it, can't remember how to retweet, i'm such a twitter noob.

  16. Oopsee darn it, +1 for comment?

  17. *cry* sorry my email is

    (probably got myself knocked out by being an idiot)

  18. Hi,

    I have read several of Christine's books. I can't pick just one character. I love all her Carpathian men. Each are unique. I haven't read this book. So I hope I win it.

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    Teresa K.
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  19. I have these books but haven't read them yet. I will e very soon. Thank you for a wonderful giveaway!!!

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  20. This is the author and PR series that I cut my teeth on. I compare all others by this awesome series. I've read them all and would love to get my hands on this as I know the extra 100 paGES WILL BE AWESOME. tHE BEST-
    Dark Descent as I believe it was the first one to mention the ice caves.
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  21. I have read some of her other books. But have not yet started this series.

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    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  22. I'd love to enter.

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  23. My favourite carpathian is Rafael De la Cruz.

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  24. Love this series! My favorite Carpathian is Dominic Dragonseeker. (I haven't read his book yet, though. It's on the list I'll be asking about at the library tomorrow.)

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  25. I love this series.My favourite is Natalya and Virkirnoff in Dark demon.
    I have just found your blog and am now following.
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  26. Just thought are giveaways international ? I've looked about a bit but can't see :)

  27. @IreneRJ--All giveaways are internatioinal unless otherwise noted! Thanks for visiting the blog!