Dark Challenge - Christine Feehan's "Dark" Book 5
"Julian Savage was golden. Powerful. But tormented. For the brooding hunter walked alone. Always alone, far from his Carpathian kind, alien to even his twin.
Like his name, his existence was savage. Until he met the woman he was sworn to protect. When Julian heard Desari sing, rainbows swamped his starving senses. Emotions bombarded his hardened heart. And a dark hunger to possess her flooded his loins, blinding him to the danger stalking him. And even as Desari enflamed him, she dared to defy him - with mysterious, unparalleled feminine powers. Was Desari more than his perfect mate? Julian had met his match in this woman, but would she drive him to madness or save his soul?"
In the fifth installment of the series we meet Julian Savage. His character carries us into the darker corners of Ms Feehan's world. All of her Carpathians have a weakness, but Julian has a scarred past as well.
At a young age he was very intent on honing his skills and becoming more knowledgeable about the powers the Carpathians achieve as they age. Julian didn't want to wait. The thirst for knowledge soon put him and the rest of his line in danger.
He met a wizard at the young age of 12. The wizard began to teach him. Secrecy was the catch. Julian couldn't tell anyone. It became a game.
Julian was enthralled and admired the wizard for his knowledge and power until the day his world crashed down around him.
The wizard was a vampire.
Julian's blood was tainted.
"Julian was taller and stockier than most of his race. Where most had dark hair and eyes, he was like a Viking of old with long thick blond hair tied at the nape of his neck with a leather thong. His eyes were a strange amber, a molten gold, mesmerizing and haunting. His eyes held a smoldering fire, a hidden danger and a piercing intelligence. He could hypnotize his prey easily with the direct stare of his eyes. He moved like the predatory animal he was, fluid, muscles rippling beneath sleek skin. He could be as still as the mountains and as patient and unyielding. Relentless. Merciless. He was the rush of the wind, could move like water flowing through a channel. He had tremendous gifts. But he was always alone. "
Message From The Author
"Julian has been asked to warn a young singer that she has been put on the hit list of a group of vampire hunters. She has a beautiful, haunting voice and her eccentric ways have attracted the wrong kind of attention. She travels with a band, the Dark Troubadours, consisting of three men and another woman and a couple of not very tame leopards. Much to his shock, Julian discovers a group of missing Carpathians. Desari is an ancient, with the full powers of an ancient female.
He is the first Carpathian male who lays claim to a woman of equal power. This is a story of love and discovery. Two strong very territorial males find themselves in close quarters protecting the woman they love. Desari and her unique gifts are a true challenge for a powerful Carpathian male.
This is the first of the trilogy I wrote within the Dark Series. I wanted to include stories for each of the band members. Dark Challenge starts the trilogy, it is continued with Dark Fire and ends with Dark Melody, which contains the reunion of all band members and their families. Due to word count I could not do justice to the stories and include the reunion so I decided on a continuation of three books. I hope you enjoy them!"
Christine Feehan Bio
New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan has over 30 novels published, including four series. Her debut novel Dark Prince received 3 of the 9 Paranormal Excellence Awards in Romantic Literature for 1999. Since then she has been published by Leisure Books, Pocket Books, and currently is writing for Berkley/Jove. She also has earned 7 more PEARL awards.
She is pleased to have made numerous bestseller lists including the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, USA Today, Bookscan, B. Daltons, Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Waldenbooks, Ingrams, Borders, Rhapsody Book Club, Sirenbooks, and Walmart. She has received numerous honors throughout her career including being a nominee for the RWA's RITA and receiving a Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times.
She has been published in multiple languages and in many formats, including large print, palm pilot, e-book, and hardcover. Her ground-breaking book trailer commercials have been shown on TV and in the movie theaters. She has been featured on local TV, appeared on the The Montel Williams Show, and her book Dark Legend was featured on the cover of Romantic Times Magazine.
Christine Feehan has also appeared at numerous writers' conventions and book signings including: Romantic Times Convention, Get Caught Reading at Sea Cruise, Celebrate Romance Conference, Emerald City Conference, and numerous Romance Writers of America Conferences.
Where you can find Christine Feehan
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~ Dark Challenge Awards ~
- 2000 Paranormal Excellence Awards in Romantic Literature
*Honorable Mention for Best Shapeshifter
*Finalist for Best Overall Paranormal Romance
- 2000 Francis Awards
- 2000 All About Romance Awards
*Finalist for Favorite Other Romance
- 2000 RBL Hughie Book Awards
*Winner for Best Paranormal Romance
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