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Growing in the Dark: The Evolution of the Christine Feehan’s Carpathian Mythology #exclusive #GuestPost #giveaway
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Growing in the Dark: The Evolution of the Christine Feehan’s Carpathian Mythology #exclusive #GuestPost #giveaway

by davincikittieSeptember 5, 2017

Please help me welcome Christine Feehan, author of the fan-favorite PNR Dark Series!

**** Read to the end of this article for a special giveaway! Just leave a comment to enter. ****

With over 30 books in the Dark Series, which I’ve written for more than fifteen years, it’s important to me to find a way to keep things fresh, to keep the books evolving in some way, but all the while making certain not to betray my established mythology or cheat the readers who’ve been with the series since the beginning. Dark Legacy is one of those milestones for me and for this series where we expand the storyline, expand the mythology, but also embrace all that’s come before it. I always knew, from the very beginning, that we’d end up back in the United States. So much of what I wanted for this series has come about and I’m excited that Dark Legacy furthers my original ideas for the series.

In the beginning of the series the main focus was on the near-extinction of the Carpathian race and the great villains were vampires and a human society that wanted to kill vampires and Carpathians alike. There was a big mystery surrounding why female children weren’t surviving. In the first book, Dark Prince, we learn that lifemates, the other half of a Carpathian male’s soul that keeps him from turning vampire, can be humans who have some psychic talent.

I knew my world building would take us into more of a fantasy element by introducing mages and dragons. For me, mages were always part of the Carpathian mythology. It just took a while for me to work them into the series. We find that one particular evil mage had been trying to further his own line and make himself immortal by using the Carpathians and the vampires for his own purposes.

The mages are a special favorite of mine and I’ve continued to include them in the series. Dark Legacy circles back to them in a significant way as well.

The next expansion for the series was to introduce the Lycans. My first three-book miniseries within the overall series was Dark Lycan, Dark Wolf and Dark Blood, which addressed the Carpathians and Lycans.

After that I spent time in the Carpathian Mountains introducing the ancients at the monastery. These ancients are a furthering of the Carpathian mythology and an expansion of the overall storyline in the series. Dark Legacy’s hero is Dragonmir, one of the “Brotherhood” of ancients from the monastery who came to the United States seeking his lifemate. The ancients were encouraged to find that human women could become lifemates and have left the monastery to seek out that hope for their survival.

Dark Legacy’s hero is Dragonmir, one of the “Brotherhood” of ancients from the monastery who came to the United States seeking his lifemate.

In addition to the ancients, we come back to the United States in Dark Legacy and we’re introduced to Tariq, who is an ancient himself. More importantly though, he has sworn fealty to Mikhail, the current Prince of the Carpathians, and has proven himself invaluable to the Prince on many levels. There are reasons that the Prince decides to make Tariq the new leader of Carpathians in the United States and some of that is addressed in Dark Legacy, though some remains a mystery, and will be revealed in time.

With the addition of the “New Guard” made of ancients who’ve not sworn fealty to Mikhail, and with good reasons that have not been revealed yet, with Tariq and his stronghold in the United States, we will be introduced to new villains, and a new kind of villain in Dark Legacy.

We will be introduced to new villains, and a new kind of villain in Dark Legacy.

Part of this evolution of the story has to do with technology and how vampires embraced it before Carpathians even thought to. As we learn more about the villains and what they’re planning, we come to realize why only Tariq and his New Guard stand a chance of beating them. And we come to realize that there’s a chance that it’s already too late to stop what’s coming.


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Growing in the Dark: The Evolution of the Christine Feehan’s Carpathian Mythology #exclusive #GuestPost #giveawayDark Legacy by Christine Feehan
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In a thrilling Carpathian novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan, a woman fights to free herself from the grip of the vampire trying to possess her...

In a beautiful compound hidden away from the world, Emeline Sanchez tries to blunt the pain that has wracked her body ever since her terrifying ordeal in the labyrinth beneath the city—when she was forced to exchange blood with an evil master vampire.

Now, it’s his voice that haunts her...that calls to her in the dark...that never lets her rest. And while the children that she helped to free from his clutches struggle to heal, watched over by their Carpathian protectors, Emeline knows one thing: She must sacrifice herself to keep them all from harm...

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About Christine Feehan

Christine Feehan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 60 novels and currently writes five different series. She has received numerous honors throughout her career, including a Career Achievement Award from RT Book Reviews and the Borders Lifetime Achievement Award. She lives in northern California.

Giveaway (US only)

New to the Dark series? No problem! Berkley Romance is giving away a mass market paperback of both EDGE OF DARKNESS and DARK CAROUSEL, which are first two books in the mini-story arc that DARK LEGACY follows. One reader will win the set. Leave a comment below to enter to win! This giveaway will close on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 9pm Pacific time. No comments will count as entries after that time. Contest is open to US mailing addresses only.

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  • Are you a Dark series die-hard fan or completely new to the series?
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  • For fans of the series, did anything surprise, shock, or excite you from Christine’s article above?

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Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for GraveTells.com. Sue has been shamelessly pimping book boyfriends since 2010 and has won several blogging awards with GraveTells. Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at DaVinciKittie.com.
32 Comments
  • Liz S
    September 6, 2017 at 7:42 am

    I love the addition of the ancients and the new guard. These characters keep the Carpathian series from stagnating. I’m half way through Dark Legacy and loving it!

  • September 6, 2017 at 8:31 am

    Can’t wait to read this. It looks amazing. Added to my Goodreads!

  • Adaiah La vonda
    September 6, 2017 at 10:15 am

    I love the Dark Series. I’m enjoying how the new guard has arrived in the storyline. The Ancients are a interesting group and brings us so much updated information regarding the Carpathian people.

  • Betty Olsen
    September 6, 2017 at 10:33 am

    Wow, this series really sounds amazing and surprisingly I haven’t read any of them. I think I may have to give them a try. I love Paranormal stories and I can’t believe how many are in this series!

  • Lamar Jackson
    September 6, 2017 at 11:51 am

    I am a die hard fan of the Dark Series! I love the plot and characters that I can know them very well each time that I read one and those characters being a part of my family while reading them! I’m really interesting in this latest story and gives me a good idea what to expect the unexpected!

  • Marie E Lisk
    September 6, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    All I can say is this series is the best. I have been an avid fan since the beginning.

  • Bobbie Ingle
    September 6, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    I’ve been reading the dark series since I was 15 years old. I still remember what book it was, Dark Dream, because it was also my first romance story ever. Christine Feehan will always remain my favorite author. I’ve read every single one of her books and will continue to do so.

  • Cindy
    September 6, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    I Love Mrs. Feehan’s books. Can not wait to read Dark Legacy.

  • jennifer beck
    September 6, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    can’t wait and LOVE her books!!!

  • Janie McGaugh
    September 6, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    I really enjoy this series and am looking forward to Dark Legacy!

  • Kai W.
    September 6, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    When I started reading this series, I have thought it was just another vampire story. I was hooked with the first book and several books later, I love how this series has evolved. New stories, new characters, and new challenges, and villains. I can’t get enough of this series.

  • Nicole Angione
    September 6, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    This is a fascinating series so many characters good , bad, and some who were bad because of being controlled by mages. Excellent world building, I have to say I love the Monastary and the Ancients. I look forward to see how the ancients and The Prince will get along and who will be the next big villian. Thank you in advnace for this chance.

  • Kitty
    September 7, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    I am so excited for this new chapter of the series. So many things were explained and a whole new part to explore with our favorite Carpathian Warriors.

  • kendra davis
    September 8, 2017 at 4:41 am

    Christine Feehan’s Dark Series is hours of wonderful, out of this world reading….the story arc just gets better and more involved as it expands over several continents and so many different characters. Christine is so inventive and does so much research for her books.
    The complexity of the stories and characters are fascinating and give so much depth to the writing…so much more spellbinding then many of the shifter and para books out there. Love the whole series (and the other series she writes) and am always waiting for a new book to appear!

  • kendra davis
    September 8, 2017 at 4:45 am

    What a wonderful series to read….many hours of pleasurable reading with complex storyline and great development of characters.

  • kendra davis
    September 8, 2017 at 4:46 am

    Great reads

  • September 9, 2017 at 7:57 am

    The Carpathian series was the first PNR series I ever read. I love, love, love these books!

  • Rouchelle Robison
    September 10, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    I have been a die-hard fan of the Dark series (and to be honest, all of Christine’s books) for 10 years now. I have loved every twist and turn that enhance the storyline and kept me on my toes all these years.
    The new addition of the Prince having Tariq man the United States with The Guard really threw me for a loop. But it makes me excited for whatever is coming next.

  • Michelle Rich
    September 13, 2017 at 10:30 am

    Dark Legacy = awesome. Dark Carousel brought the ancient to the US but Dark Legacy brought the force to reckoning to the US. Both in the good and the bad.

  • Angela Prudholm
    September 19, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    I love this author so much

  • Kristine R
    September 19, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    I just love the Carpathian series by CF, she is my favorite PNR author, This new arc is interesting.

  • BookLady
    September 20, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Love this series! Christine Feehan has created a fascinating world of Carpathian mythology. I always look forward to each new book in the series.

  • jennifer beck
    September 20, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    Love all her books and would love to win!!! Thank You!!

  • Jana Leah
    September 20, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    I love this world. I’m behind tho & have only read a few of them.

  • Sheryl
    September 20, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    Woohooo another giveaway!

  • Patsy Myers
    September 20, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    I’ve loved the series from the very beginning, and how Christine Feehan always manages to make each story fresh and new while keeping with the original premise. I’m really looking forward to the new direction that Dark Legacy will take us on.

  • Toni Whitmire
    September 21, 2017 at 12:40 am

    Thank you for a chance of a new series [email protected]

  • Valerie Spearman
    September 21, 2017 at 1:52 am

    I enjoy books by this author. Thank you for the chance.

  • Dawn Roberto
    September 21, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Wonderful series and love the new additions to this world.

  • Kathy Valentine
    September 21, 2017 at 7:46 am

    I have loved this writer from the beginning and this series is awesome!!! Thanks for the chance!!!

  • Betty Olsen
    September 21, 2017 at 8:18 am

    I have read a few of this author’s books and they are fabulous. Paranormal & Paranormal Romances are my favorite genre. Haven’t read the Dark Series so thank you for this chance.

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