The Carpathian men just keep getting older and more powerful. Yes, I know I said that in my review of Dark Legend, but it’s still true. To be fair, Lucian is actually Gabriel’s twin, so they’re actually the same age, but it’s pretty clear that if push comes to shove, Lucian could kick his brother’s ass into next week.
Lucian was finally ready to meet the dawn when Gabriel’s lifemate told him that his fated female was out in the world, in need of him. Sure enough, he finds Jaxon has led a horrific life. As a child, her father’s friend developed an unhealthy obsession with her. He killed her dad, then became her stepfather. A few years later, he murdered her mother and brother, no longer hiding his true nature. Ever since then, he has been killing off everyone Jax has ever loved… he never found anyone worthy of her. And as a result, she has never allowed herself to get close to anyone again.
As Lucian enters her life, Jax is a cop, wounded on the job. He saves her life and slowly brings her into his world. Despite the hallmark repetative vocabulary of the series, this book had a distinctly different flavor. This is due in large part to Jaxon’s fortitude and growing need to protect Lucian. In almost all of these books, it’s only about the male protecting his woman. And while that is still happening her, Jax needs to take care of Lucian every bit as much as he needs to take care of her. What’s more, Lucian recognizes this in her and doesn’t try to sublimate it.
Lucian is so powerful, there is never a sense that a vampire could ever best him. Yes, there are vamps, but the real villian of the story is a human one; and he is no bumbling, ineffective zealot. He is skilled; he is calculating; and he is every bit of a monster as the undead. One of the best in the series. 4 1/2 stars.
Velvet count: 38
by Christine FeehanRelease Date: May 2002Publisher: Leisure Books