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Did Not Really Like It
Reviewed in the United States on September 12, 2013
I have not read all the books from The Dark Series and definitely not in order, but the ones that I have read I have loved. But not "Dark Destiny", the book was just too bleak and dready and for the first third of the book there was not that much personal contact between the hero and heroine, other than their "mind thing" Also it was very anti-climatic the scene when he first sees her, after so many years of looking for her, it was really all told from her point of view. That was another thing that I did not like about this book, there was not as much of the point of view of the hero, as in the other books.
There were two reasons I absolutely loved "Dark Magic" the hero's total devotion toward the heroine. And her celebrated beauty. However, in "Dark Destiny" although the heroine at the beginning is described as very beautiful, that is just about it, take an extra adjective or two. The hero is quite devoted to the heroine, but very stingy with his thoughts when considering her physical attributes, the heroine is far more generous with her thoughts about his looks and I hated that. Even Savannah's beauty (from "Dark Magic") was somehow deminished, in this book: she is referred to as this "petite woman", with a "small face", nothing of consequence.
But in the end it was the story itself I did not like. It did not have the feel of the other books. To me it felt (AT TIMES) as if it had been written by a different author, it was conboluted, too much going on and it lack the magical, romantic nature that I had come to expect. There were passages that were indeed enthralling, but not enough of them. The one thing I did enjoy reading about was: how in love the hero was with the heroine, and how willing he was to go the extra mile for her.
SPOILER ALERT BELOW:
And finally I try to avoid at all cost, reading a story where the heroine is scarred. I thought I was safe with the "Dark Series" since Carpathians heal without scars. Wrong!!! More than half way through the book the reader is informed that the heroine is scarred for life, because she was turned by a vampire, to me this did not advance the plot, and I felt like I had been thrown a curve ball. By the end of the story, the reader can maybe assume that her scars disappeared, when she was healed, but it was too vague for my taste.